From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Editorial, October 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-five of Fantasy Magazine!

Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month.

October 2011October 3

There are some places so magical they can change the very course of your life. In Tim Pratt’s “The Secret Beach,” one man stumbles across such a remarkable place. Now the question is: What will he do to stay there?

In our feature interview this month, Andrew Liptak talks to Richard K. Morgan about switching (and blending) genres, cynicism and economics, and what’s next for Ringil Eskiath, the protagonist of Morgan’s epic fantasy The Steel Remains.

October 10

In “Absolute Zero” by Nadia Bulkin, one man must confront the monstrous truth about his family—before it destroys his town.

It’s not easy loving a deity. Genevieve Valentine explores human-god relationships in her article “The Downsides of Dating a God.”

October 17

When a big-city cop takes over as a small-town sheriff, trouble is bound to happen. But in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Unnatural Disaster,” the trouble comes in a surprisingly weird package.

Jeremiah Tolbert explores the strange creatures that lurk in the barely explored depths of our oceans in “Five Ocean-Dwelling Creatures That Look Like Aliens (But Aren’t).”

October 24

In “The Invisibles,” by Charles De Lint, one artist rediscovers the belief in magic he thought he’d buried years ago.

Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige, explores the arts of misdirection and magic in his article “Are You Watching Carefully?”

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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.