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June 2011 (Issue 51)

Welcome to issue fifty-one of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month. Fiction: “A Prince of Thirteen Days” by Alaya Dawn Johnson, “You Have Been Turned Into a Zombie By a Friend” by Jeremiah Tolbert, “Virgin of the Sands” by Holly Phillips, “The Immortality Game” by Cat Rambo. Nonfiction: “Back to Bordertown” by Mia Nutick, “Indistinguishable From Magic” by Abby Fichtner, “Talking to the Dead” by Randy Henderson, “Feature Interview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director of Kung Fu Panda 2” by Andrew Penn Romine.

In This Issue: June 2011 (Issue 51)

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Editorial, June 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-one of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month. Fiction: “A Prince of Thirteen Days” by Alaya Dawn Johnson, “You Have Been Turned Into a Zombie By a Friend” by Jeremiah Tolbert, “Virgin of the Sands” by Holly Phillips, “The Immortality Game” by Cat Rambo. Nonfiction: “Back to Bordertown” by Mia Nutick, “Indistinguishable From Magic” by Abby Fichtner, “Talking to the Dead” by Randy Henderson, “Feature Interview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director of Kung Fu Panda 2” by Andrew Penn Romine.

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Editorial, June 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-one of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month. Fiction: “A Prince of Thirteen Days” by Alaya Dawn Johnson, “You Have Been Turned Into a Zombie By a Friend” by Jeremiah Tolbert, “Virgin of the Sands” by Holly Phillips, “The Immortality Game” by Cat Rambo. Nonfiction: “Back to Bordertown” by Mia Nutick, “Indistinguishable From Magic” by Abby Fichtner, “Talking to the Dead” by Randy Henderson, “Feature Interview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director of Kung Fu Panda 2” by Andrew Penn Romine.

Fiction

A Prince of Thirteen Days

I clear my throat. “Mister Statue Man,” I say, because I haven’t grown up on the Border without learning to be polite around magic. “Do you think you might have sex with me?”

Nonfiction

Author Spotlight: Alaya Dawn Johnson

One of the things I love about the Bordertown setting is both the fickleness and possibility of magic. The fact that it works sometimes—producing wonders or disasters or nothing at all.

Nonfiction

Back To Bordertown

It’s been thirteen years since the Way to Bordertown mysteriously closed. But now editors Ellen Kushner and Holly Black have re-opened it to us with Welcome to Bordertown.

Fiction

The Immortality Game

Decades later the music was what really tipped Glen off. He heard a song on the radio, a brand new release, and remembered the day he’d first heard it, twenty years earlier.

Nonfiction

Author Spotlight: Cat Rambo

The story owes a great deal to Fritz Leiber’s “The Sinful Ones,” which horrified and fascinated me when I read it in high school.

Nonfiction

Feature Interview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2

We try to treat the pandas and Po with the utmost emotional respect, but that’s based on the fact that they are people we care about as opposed to whether they’re pandas or not.

Fiction

Virgin of the Sands

Graham came out of the desert leaving most of his men dead behind him. He debriefed, he bathed, he dressed in a borrowed uniform, and without food, without rest, though he needed both, he went to see the girl.

Nonfiction

Author Spotlight: Holly Phillips

I’m definitely not a fan of the military mentality, particularly because of the way it can overwrite ordinary people’s moral codes with one that’s a lot more ruinous.

Nonfiction

Talking to the Dead

What are the real-world examples and practices of necromancy? And do you really have to dress like Dracula’s flamboyant goth cousin to be a necromancer?

Fiction

You Have Been Turned into a Zombie by a Friend

You know all about bending and breaking their terms of service; it would take some serious hacking, magical or mundane, to pull this off. But you suspect magic.

Nonfiction

Author Spotlight: Jeremiah Tolbert

For me, scary stuff is like, “Will I be able to pay my rent this month?” I don’t get disturbed by the idea of the living dead, or unknowable cosmic horror.

Nonfiction

Indistinguishable From Magic

Remember Tom Cruise’s amazing computer display in Minority Report? Well, today that technology is a reality.