Kaleidotrope – Spring 2015
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Tex McCranie
Review by Sam Tomaino
Kaleidotrope Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 201502
Date: 26 April 2015
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Kaleidotrope Spring 2015 is here and it with its own special brand of stories.
The issue begins with "The Spine of Worlds" by Eric Rosenfeld. -+- Hal's life has been hard. When he was a boy his family and the rest of his village had been crushed by copulating rock giants. A monastery in which he had found refuge was wiped out by an invading army. He has found safety in a Tower that is the gateway between other worlds. People pass through on their way to adventures but do not return. He meets Alis whose shadow had been stolen by Baba Yaga and he tries to help her to get it back. He falls in love with her. Will he give up his security for her. Nicely dine fantasy.
"Monkey King, Faerie Queen" by Zen Cho -+- Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, winds up in Fairyland. He and the Fair Folk speak a different language and do not understand each other, but they ply him with food and drink. He is taken before the Faerie Queen. Things do not go well but Sun Wukong helps a human woman whose baby had been stolen by the Fae. Very good fairy tale.
"Echoes of Life" by Jetse de Vries -+- Jason is a young boy living on Europa with his mother. Blaze, a man from Earth, comes to investigate the indigenous zeppelin fish and see if their presence is enough to protect Europa from exploitation from Earth. Jason learns much about truth and how it might be manipulated for noble goals. Interesting.
"The Face of Atrocity" by Charles Ebert -+- Ivan is working with Russian partisans against the Nazi occupation of his home during World War II. He has an affinity with Andrei who fought the Mongols centuries earlier. Baba Yaga helps both Ivan and Andrei but there is a price to pay for both. Good supernatural tale.
"The Maquette" by Nicole M. Taylor -+- A sculptor creates his idea of a perfect woman. She comes to life and calls herself Galatea. Does the sculptor eventually learn wisdom. A slight but charming tale.
Kaleidotrope is a great magazine. Check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review). Love those Horoscopes, too!