Fantasy Magazine #59 - December 2015
Edited by Christopher Barzak
Cover Artist: Priscilla Kim
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy Magazine eMagazine
Date: 29 December 2015
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Fantasy Magazine returns for its 59th issue, a special Queers Destroy Fantasy issue, edited by Christopher Barzak, Liz Gorinsky, and Matthew Cheney. There are two original stories, two reprints, and exclusive content for those that want to pay. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website (see link at the top of this review).
Here are my reviews of the two new stories in this issue.
The first original story is "The Lily and the Horn" by Catherynne M. Valente. -+- The story takes place in a world in which wars are not fought in battles but at grand dinners. The dinners are poisoned and antidotes are mixed with them. Lady Casava is a skilled Lily (poisoner). When she was at a special school, she became lovers with Yew, a Horn (antidote expert). But she had to marry Lord Henry and bear him many children. They are hosting a dinner to settle a dispute between the King and those of a distant land, where Yew lives. She comes as a Horn to the banquet. A wonderful rich fantasy.
The second original story is "Kaiju maximus®: "So Various, So Beautiful, So New" by Kai Ashante Wilson. -+- The Author Spotlight says that this is meant to be video game tie-in fiction. Maybe that is apparent to people more familiar with them then I am. Kaiju is a term applied to monsters like Godzilla and it is just such a beast that the "hero" (the only name she is given) must fight. But she needs the support of her husband and their children and it is the husband that must care for and protect them. I found the story interesting enough but while the husband's and children's personalities were well-drawn, the hero was a bit too remote.
That's the special 59th issue of Fantasy Magazine.