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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 64 (February 2021): Fantasy Magazine, #64

Fantasy Magazine, Issue 64 (February 2021): Fantasy Magazine, #64

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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 64 (February 2021): Fantasy Magazine, #64

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Feb 1, 2021


FANTASY MAGAZINE is a digital magazine focusing exclusively on the fantasy genre. In its pages, you will find all types of fantasy-dark fantasy, contemporary urban tales, surrealism, magical realism, science fantasy, high fantasy, folktales_and anything and everything in between. FANTASY is entertainment for the intelligent genre reader-we publish stories of the fantastic that make us think, and tell us what it is to be human.


Welcome to issue sixty-four of FANTASY MAGAZINE! In this issue, we have original fiction by Innocent Chizaram Ilo ("Flight") and David James Brock ("Kisser"); flash fiction by Sharang Biswas ("Of Course You Screamed") and Shingai Njeri Kagunda ("Blackman's Flight in Four Parts"); poetry by Danielle Jean Atkinson ("Like a Box of Chocolates") and Lynette Mejia ("What My Mother Taught Me"); and a new essay, "The Validity of Escapism," by Andrea Stewart. Thanks for reading!

Feb 1, 2021

Informazioni sull'autore

John Joseph Adams is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent books include The Apocalypse Triptych (consisting of The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come), and series editor for The Best American Fantasy and Science Fiction. John is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award and is a six-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

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Arley Sorg and Christie Yant


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What My Mother Taught Me

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The Validity of Escapism

Andrea Stewart


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Editorial, February 2021

Arley Sorg and Christie Yant | 448 words

AS: There’s no doubt that 2020 was. . . challenging. The closer we came to the end of the year, the more eager we were for it to finally be over, to get into something new. And then January hit. . . and. . . well.

CY: This month’s essay by Andrea Stewart is on escapism. As we write this at the end of the first week of January, escapism seems vitally necessary. Around the world the pandemic rages on, though finally we have hope in the form of initial vaccine roll-outs, and here in the U.S. where our foundation has been rattled in a way that’s hard to even grasp. People are heartsick and exhausted, and the mental escape of a book, story, or poem seems more important than ever.

AS: I absolutely agree. There’s a tough balance to strike: to engage with the issues and events in a meaningful way, but not to be overwhelmed by them. Literature can be a means to engage with ideas, and it can also provide relief from the barrage of negativity which seems more and more constant. In fact, some stories can do both at the same time.

CY: Also there’s something about winter that makes me want to turn inward. I’ve been reading for pleasure a lot more lately, rereading old favorites and prioritizing the books in my to-be-read pile. I’m trying to branch out this year, too, and read more poetry and some classics that I’ve meant to get to but never have.

AS: Winter has me sipping hot soup or tea as I read, wrapped up in blankets or thick sweats. I recently wrote a Year-in-Review piece for Locus Magazine which forced me to look back at the fiction I’d read throughout an extremely tumultuous year. There were so many wonderful stories! In the day to day, in the face of our worries, it’s easy to forget how much great fiction is at hand. In remembering, I smiled, and I got excited for the stories to come.

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In the February issue of Fantasy Magazine . . . Original fiction by Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Flight) and David James Brock (Kisser); flash fiction by Sharang Biswas (Of Course You Screamed) and Shingai Njeri Kagunda (Blackman’s Flight in Four Parts); poetry by Danielle Jean Atkinson (Like a Box of Chocolates) and Lynette Mejía (What My Mother Taught Me); and a new essay, The Validity of Escapism, by Andrea Stewart. Thanks for reading!


Arley Sorg is a senior editor at Locus Magazine, where he’s been on staff since 2014. He joined the Lightspeed family in 2014 to work on the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, starting as a slush reader. He eventually worked his way up to associate editor at both Lightspeed and Nightmare. He also reviews books for Locus, Lightspeed, and Cascadia Subduction Zone and is an interviewer for Clarkesworld Magazine. Arley grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado, and studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland, and, in non-pandemic times, usually writes in local coffee shops. He is a 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate.

Christie Yant writes and edits science fiction and fantasy on the central coast of California, where she lives with a dancer, an editor, a dog, and four cats. She worked as an assistant editor for Lightspeed Magazine from its launch in 2010 through 2015, and, in 2014 she edited the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed, which won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. In 2019 she co-edited (with Hugh Howey and Gary Whitta) Resist: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, an anthology benefitting the ACLU, and co-edited The Dystopia Triptych series of anthologies (with Hugh Howey and John Joseph Adams). She is also a consulting editor for’s line of novellas, and her own fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 (Horton),  Armored, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9, and, and has received honorable mentions in Year’s Best Science Fiction (Dozois) and Best Horror of the Year (Datlow).

Blackman's Flight in 4 Parts

Shingai Njeri Kagunda | 339 words

Part 1.

Blackman knew lack

      Of gravity      before gravity

      had a name   

Black man flew  before he was told to

Till the ground

      Till the ground

              Till the ground

Till he forget to look at the sky

Till Blackman forget he knew

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