Kaleidotrope - October 2006
Kaleidotrope Zine ISBN/ITEM#: KALE0610
Date: October 2006 /
Kaleidotrope, No. 1, October 2006
Published Twice a Year, PO Box 25, Carle Place, NY 11514 – Website. Individual issues $4, two year subscription only $16
Kaleidotrope is another new magazine and this is a very good inaugural issue. The stories are all pretty short and most (but not all) are light in tone. All but one got a Very Good from me and that one story only had a minor flaw.
"The Sirens of Tinwa" by David McGillveray is a serious little story about a soldier in an occupied country that meets a beautiful native of that land. In "The Tale of Tales" by Richard Harland we get an example of how it might be a bad idea to tell people how tales come into being. "The Water Queen" by Roy Wilson is a charming story about a very special day for a child told from her point of view. Kurt Kirchmeier's "A Peppermint Purge" is a funny little tale about an apocalypse gone wrong. "Deliberation" by David Siegel Bernstein is an amusing little story about what happens when two warring sides agree on something.
"Afternoon Delight" by Ramona Gardea is a strange story about a woman's day sometime in a very weird future. "Space Dinosaurs" by Sharon Cichelli is a short-short only 4 paragraphs long with a minor flaw in that the end is given away by the title. "Mild Mannered" by Mike Lansley is the best story in the issue. It is a serious story about a young man who can't think well but knows what the right thing to do is.
Fred Coppersmith's "Little Green Men" is a very funny story about a waitress and her Martian customers. "Probed" by Nigel Willis is a good little joke about a real kind of "torture".