From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Editorial: January 2022

CY: I imagine I’m not the only one relieved to put 2021 in the rear-view mirror. The new year always feels like an opportunity for a fresh start; I’m starting to consider some personal goals that I’d put on hold for the past two years (or more). I have a list of things I want to read this year, both fiction and non-fiction, and things I want to create. I’m so inspired by our authors, and I hope our readers are, too.

AS: When you are just trying to get by, or in a state of crisis, it’s harder to create as well as achieve goals. I feel like the last couple of years have been difficult for many people. But I also feel like fiction has been such a great place to express those difficulties, as well as a great place to get a reprieve from them. Our mag has embraced a range of moods, from fun escapism to thoughtful to emotionally raw, and I love that.

CY: My “resolutions” this year aren’t much different from any other year: read more, write more, create more in general.

AS: I love those! What are some of the things you have in mind for reading, beyond Fantasy?

CY: I have a few books on craft I want to get through: Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern, Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form by Madison Smartt Bell, and Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses; I’ve accumulated a number of poetry collections that I want to read; and my book club will keep me reading novels all year long, starting with Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. As for writing, it’s probably time to start generating some new material; I think I got stuck spinning my wheels revising old stories that maybe just aren’t as interesting to me anymore as they once were. (If anyone else out there is looking for a way to track their word count this year, they can make a copy of my Tools for Writers workbook, which I update annually.)

AS: I’m grateful to be a reviewer for Lightspeed, because it drives me to keep reading beyond just my role at Fantasy, which I think is really important. If you’re just picking up our mag for the first time, or if you’ve been reading us for a while, we’re so glad that you are taking these journeys with us. We hope 2022 treats you very well, and that you find some truly wonderful stories, both in our pages and elsewhere.

Christie Yant

Christie Yant writes and edits science fiction and fantasy in the American midwest. She is a World Fantasy Award and Locus Award finalist as co-editor of Fantasy Magazine; a consulting editor for Tordotcom’s acclaimed line of novellas; co-editor of four anthologies; editor of Women Destroy Science Fiction!, winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology; and the author of just enough published short stories that you’d probably have a toe left over if you counted them up. She is absolutely done with social media, but has a website here: She presently attempts to balance her dayjob, writing life, and editing life with varying degrees of success.

Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg is a 2021 World Fantasy Award finalist as co-editor of Fantasy Magazine. He works as a senior editor at Locus Magazine, where he’s been on staff since 2014. He joined the Lightspeed family in 2014 to work on the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, starting as a slush reader. He eventually worked his way up to associate editor at both Lightspeed and Nightmare. Arley is also a columnist for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He takes on multiple roles, including slush reader, movie reviewer, and book reviewer, as well as conducts interviews for multiple venues, including Clarkesworld Magazine and his own site: Arley grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado, and studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland and, in non-pandemic times, usually writes in local coffee shops. He is a 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate.