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Fantasy Magazine #51 - June 2011
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Nicole Cardiff
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy Online Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: FANTASY201105
Date: 27 June 2011

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Fantasy Magazine #51, has stories by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cat Rambo, Holly Phillips, and Jeremiah Tolbert along with Author Spotlights on all of them (and an Artist Spotlight of cover artist Nicole Cardiff, and non-fiction articles by Mia Nutick, Randy Henderson, Abby Fichtner, and an interview with Kung Fu Panda 2 director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, by Andrew Penn Romine.

Fantasy Magazine #51, is an online magazine. It works just like Lightspeed. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at www.fantasy-magazine.com .

The fiction begins with a reprint, "A Prince of Thirteen Days" by Alaya Dawn Johnson (originally published in Welcome to Borderland, 2011, edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, with an Introduction by Terri Windling). A young girl becomes obsessed with a statue of a prince and uses magic to communicate with it, and more. I might have been more interested in this if I was familiar with the Borderlands series. I'm not, so I wasn't.

Next, is an original story, "The Immortality Game" by Cat Rambo. Glen is some 20 years removed from high school, but he remembers four of his classmates who had a rock band playing a song he just heard as new on the radio. He links up again with Casey, Fred, Derek, and Penelope and finds out what they have been doing. I’ll just say this was another interesting time-travel story and leave it at that.

Then, it's back to a reprint, "Virgin of the Sands" by Holly Phillips, (originally published in Lust for Life: Tales of Sex and Love 2006, edited by Claude Lalumière and Elise Moser). This is set in an alternate-Earth North Africa during World War II. Graham is part of a group that gets advice from a witch, a virgin soothsayer. This made for a good little story that I was glad was reprinted.

The fiction concludes with another original "You Have Been Turned Into a Zombie by a Friend" by Jeremiah Tolbert. This combined zombies and social networking in a fun way.

The fifty-first issue of Fantasy Magazine was a pretty good one. Check it out at their web site at www.fantasy-magazine.com and support them in some way.

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