Kaleidotrope – Summer 2017
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Eddie Wilson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 July 2017
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Kaleidotrope Summer 2017 is here and it's their usual fine issue.
The issue begins with "Nothing Is Good, Everything Is Fine" by Ken Brady. -+- Our lead "you" steps out in the middle of a road in a post-apocalyptic world. You left Oakland to escape the mutants, big-ass rodents and "clown-masked Californians who spoke in nothing but ever-more-obscure 80s movie quotes". You learns to still respect the rules for crossing the road. Short and funny.
The second story is "God Thing" by Julia August. -+- Rob is possessed by the goddess Ann hou'Viresperel and she has made him leave his home in the Isles so she could return Sepharvain, her home. But there they find ruins, the apparent result of a war of the gods. A rich, wonderful fantasy.
The third story is "The Waduf" by Naru Dames Sundar. -+- Zahriya, of the school of Shaub, thrice-marked adept of the Ugundi-Ma, the Waduf, a creature that opposes the group of tale-tellers of which she is a part. She begins a story which it tries to disrupt. She gets through one story and the Waduf asks for another to feed him lest he feed on the marrow of her bones. The stories are clearly of a science-fictional kind. Another story fails to satisfy the Waduf. She finally tries one last story. Nicely done.
The fourth story is "Thousand Young" by Andrew Kaye. -+- Chioma was once a warrior but now she is retired, married with a daughter. But her daughter is stricken with a plague and she and her husband must seek a spring with water that can cure anything. She finds a way. Vero good!
The fifth story is "Syren Song" by A.C. Buchanan. The "you" here is a teenage Syren on the run who arrives at a space station and is stereotyped as someone who lures men to their death. The Syrens don't even have gender. You works to fit in, maybe too well. Perfect little story with a good ending.
Kaleidotrope is one of those magazines that must be read slowly and savored. Check it out at the link to their website (top of this review) and enjoy it. And I won't even mention the absence of the horoscopes.