Kaleidotrope – Spring 2016
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Tex McCranie
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 April 2016
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Kaleidotrope's Spring 2016 issue is here and with more of their unusual stories, all very different.
The issue begins with "Where There's Magic" by Michelle Ann King. -+- Twin girls are born. The first is expected and favored and is called Heaven's Gift. The second is not and is called Second Part. Heaven is married to the rich man Leon. But, he had been shown Second first and had fallen in love with her, and she had fallen in love with him. Second is apprenticed to the witch that had been midwife at their births. She and Leon become lovers and the witch gives them a way to be together. But Heaven discovers them and things do not go as planned. More magic and death and life follow in this splendidly imaginative fairy tale.
"Ecdysis" by Kurt Hunt -+- The you of this story is told to "do not speak to them" by grandfather who also says that "she" will not return. What seems to be kind of insect crawls all over "you" until "you" can stand it no longer. Perfectly chilling little short-short.
"The Kid, the Witch, and the Tank-Grown Girl" by Neil Carstairs -+- Tommy is given a job by the Witch, to download a virus into the wiring of a young heiress. He does that but finds himself pursued and in the middle of a war. Things do not go well. Lots of intrigue and shifts and changes in this very different story.
"Lost Things" by Dana Beehr -+- Daitis, a Time Knight, comes to the Grandmother of the March, seeking her sword. She had given it to a knight on a quest to destroy the Everstorm which is consuming everything. He failed and her sword is missing. This is another rich, imaginative story in this great issue.
Kaleidotrope is a great magazine. Check it out on their website (see link at the top of this review).