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May 2011 (Issue 50)

Welcome to issue fifty of Fantasy Magazine! On tap this month… Fiction: “Study, For Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine, “Creation” by Jeffrey Ford, “The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek” by Sarah Monette, “Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card. Nonfiction: “Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge” by Stephen A. Watkins, “Man-Made Men” by Alex Irvine, “Five Ways to Trick the Devil” by Heather Shaw, “Feature Interview: David Gaider and Heather Rabitach of Dragon Age II” by Matt London.

In This Issue: May 2011 (Issue 50)

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Editorial, May 2011

Welcome to issue fifty of Fantasy Magazine! On tap this month… Fiction: “Study, For Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine, “Creation” by Jeffrey Ford, “The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek” by Sarah Monette, “Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card. Nonfiction: “Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge” by Stephen A. Watkins, “Man-Made Men” by Alex Irvine, “Five Ways to Trick the Devil” by Heather Shaw, “Feature Interview: David Gaider and Heather Rabitach of Dragon Age II” by Matt London.

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Editorial, May 2011

Welcome to issue fifty of Fantasy Magazine! On tap this month… Fiction: “Study, For Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine, “Creation” by Jeffrey Ford, “The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek” by Sarah Monette, “Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card. Nonfiction: “Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge” by Stephen A. Watkins, “Man-Made Men” by Alex Irvine, “Five Ways to Trick the Devil” by Heather Shaw, “Feature Interview: David Gaider and Heather Rabitach of Dragon Age II” by Matt London.

Fiction

Study, for Solo Piano

The windows go first, from enemy fire and bad frosts. Then the moss and ivy move in, and the birds, and the rain. At last, the brick begins to crumble. By the time the Circus comes, it will be a ruin.

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Author Spotlight: Genevieve Valentine

While I was writing Mechanique, I watched hundreds of hours of circus footage—both the shows themselves and whatever behind-the-scenes material I could get my hands on.

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Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge: Fantasy Archetypes Get Steampunked

Steampunk is frequently associated with the Victorian and Edwardian periods of British and world history lasting roughly from 1837, when Queen Victoria took the throne, through the end of World War I.

Fiction

Creation

I learned about creation from Mrs. Grimm, in the basement of her house down the street from ours. The room was dimly lit by a stained-glass lamp positioned above the pool table. There was also a bar in the corner.

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Author Spotlight: Jeffrey Ford

You have to know the characters, or at least believe that you do. The moments that make up family life are primarily quiet ones, in and of themselves seemingly insignificant.

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Man-Made Men

A man (it’s almost always a man) becomes a powerful magician (or later, a scientist) and creates something that looks almost human. Then it all goes wrong.

Fiction

The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek

I got my sword out of the trunk. Its name was Stella Mortua. John Ray hadn’t had a clue, but Francis told me what it meant: The Dead Star.

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Author Spotlight: Sarah Monette

Morgan and Francis actually come from a couple of dreams I had about a Slayer-like girl and her sidekick in a post-apocalyptic world.

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Five Ways to Cheat the Devil

Sure, the most obvious option is to take the standard contract, but as many of us have learned the hard way, the standard contract isn’t usually the best deal you can get.

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From Troubled Times, Magic: Spotlight on Orson Scott Card’s “Sandmagic”

In 1979, Orson Scott Card published the story “Sandmagic.” Like “Ender’s Game,” the piece is about people at war and how war affects children. Both are about innocents who become weapons.

Fiction

Sandmagic

Where are the uncles? Cer thought. The uncles must come. But the uncles were not there, and Cer heard a terrible scream from inside the garden walls.

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Feature Interview: Dragon Age II Developers David Gaider & Heather Rabatich

To find out how to tell a story on the scale of Dragon Age II, and how this game distinguishes itself from its predecessor, Fantasy Magazine checked in with DA2’s senior writer David Gaider and Associate Producer Heather Rabatich.