From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Editorial, July 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-two of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month:

Fantasy Magazine, July 2011July 4

Many towns are full of folks who’ve lost treasures, things like a home or an eye or a family. But in J. S. Breukelaar’s “Union Falls,” one town full of losers is visited by a remarkable keyboard player—who uses her gifts to heal the hurts left by loss.

In our article, “When Wizards Rock,” Wendy N. Wagner explores the influences of fantasy literature on pop music, and discovers that when it comes to rock and roll, magic is here to stay.

July 11

M. Rickert spins an ancient myth into a poignant reflection on tragedy throughout the ages in “The Machine.”

Our feature interview this month is with best-selling author Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel’s Dart and Naamah’s Blessing. Hannah Strom-Martin talks with the author about urban fantasy, strong heroines, and revising Tolkien.

July 18

Bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente returns to our pages, after far too long an absence, and takes us to a Brooklyn of snow and silence in her new story “The Wolves of Brooklyn.” In it, a group of friends realize just how much has changed since wolves began prowling the streets of their neighborhood.

In the related nonfiction, Lauren Davis looks at what dogs and wolves have to say to us in “Conversations With Wolves.”

July 25

Kelly Link gives us a modern vision of the Swan Princess in her story “Swans”—but this princess is far too crafty to let magic get in her way.

Between Disney movies and fantasy novels, there’s a schism in the role of princesses in contemporary culture. Helen Pilinovsky explores the history of the princess in literature in her article “The Princess is Dead, Long Live the Princess!”


So that’s our issue this month. Thanks for reading!

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, such as Wastelands, The Living Dead, and The Apocalypse Triptych. He is also the editor of the Hugo Award-winning Lightspeed and is a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.