Kaleidotrope – Summer 2015
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Toe Keen
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 June 2015
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Kaleidotrope Summer 2015 is here and, once again, has the kind of stories only they can publish.
The issue begins with "The Posthuman Condition" by Charlotte Ashley. -+- Jesse has the job of getting bands on stage at H1. The problem is that one of them just killed himself and things don't stop there. Two more suicides and the appearance of an amazing leonine man. add to the strangeness of this tale of the near-future when body modifications have become the norm.
"Shuffle" by Jennifer K. Oliver -+- Our narrator is a flesh-eating zombie that that eventually remembers her name was Sarah when she was alive. She has absorbed other memories from those she has eaten. But she does not want this existence and does something about it. Good story!
"Bitter Medicine" by C.A.L. -+- Percival has no memory of anything before three years ago. He had been under the care of his friend Raoul. Raoul takes him to a party at the house of Henral, whose wife is ill. While it appears to be the early 20th century, other things point to the distant future. Things come to a head and Percival learns the truth in this richly-written tale.
"Chinese Poetry" by Robert Pritchard -+- The Duke is found dead in a locked room and we get many solutions. Fun!
"Her Mother's Child" by Julie Sondra Decker -+- Our narrator's daughter, Iris, has matured and is now eligible to be picked as a mate in a special ceremony. They believe that the choices are made by the Goddess. Our narrator cannot speak but communicates through writing. Iris does not want to be picked by the boy whose ceremony is coming up and she isn't. When the time comes for her to pick, it's a surprise to our narrator. Iris' pick is both different and the same as the one her father made. Beautifully told.
Kaleidotrope is a great magazine. Check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review). But no “Horoscopes!"