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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.