Kaleidotrope – Summer 2016
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Cesar Valtierra
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 June 2016
Links: Kaleidotrope / How to Support / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Kaleidotrope Summer 2016 is here and, once again, gives us very different stories which nonetheless, fit together.
The issue begins with "This Is the Thing" by Chloie Piveral. -+- Our narrator is 243 years old and had been kept alive and preserved on machines because she has a trust fund. She only minimally responds to the stimuli provided by her nurses but she is aware of what is happening. But she wants to get back to somewhere and it's not life. Nice, effective tale with a good sense of unease.
"Points of Reverie Aboard the Gen Ship" by T.D. Walker -+- A few points in Avery's life aboard a generational ship with the difficulty in forging new memories. A very poignant story.
"Tips Welcome" by Anna Zumbro -+- Our narrator is in an O'Hare airport bar waiting for his flight to Seattle, drinking mojitos made by the beautiful Manuela. He asks if she knows any good stories and she tells him how she got her tattoo. And that is a good story.
"In Charybdis Bide" by Sean R. Robinson -+- A sailor man has a conversation with someone as he awaits Charybdis. Another perfect little story.
"Of Peach Trees and Coral-Red Roses" by Mina Li -+- With her country at war, twenty-one-year-old Princess Kairu Lin of Yue is sent to the Borders, the edge of the world, to hide for her protection. On the castle grounds, in a grove of roses, she meets a young man who is, at first, rude, but then friendlier. His name is Finn and he tells her that his father had abandoned him there. But he is a little vague on details. They grow close and she finds out what his situation is. She plays the hero. Beautifully done.
Kaleidotrope is a great magazine. Check it out at their website (see link at the top of this review).