Issue 6

March 15, 2018: Issue 6
Manuela by Bethany van Sterling
O Fortuna by D. Llywelyn Jones
Subtleties O’ th’ Isle by Ray Bossert

ISSUE 7 NEWS: Due to some unexpected environmental issues at the Fantasist’s offices, Issue 7 was delayed. Some files were damaged, others lost. Everything’s under control now, but Issue 7 will be going live later than planned. Our hope and expectation is to take the issue live on July 19th, the third Thursday of this month. It was already our plan to move our publication schedule back one month, for various reasons. The plan was to do this after Issue 8 went live, but we will instead be doing it now. Issue 8 will go live on the third thursday of October, Issue 9 the third thursday of January, etc. We thank you all for your understanding and patience during this process.
– The Editors

Issue 6

As part of the launch, for one week starting today, all e-books in our store are on sale for $1. Despite the sale, authors will make the same percentage of each e-book sale as they would at the usual price of $1.99. For the next quarter, 20% of all e-book sales will go to the Flint Water Fund. Please, spend a little, and show some support if you can!

In addition to Issue 6, we’re delighted to announce that The Millennial, The Fantasist’s newspaper and home to staff-generated content, is now live with some such content – expecting more soon. Check that out, here. In addition to Issue 6 and the launch of The Millennial, we’re ecstatic to announce the contents of Issue 7, all of whom are international women.

Issue 7
The Weathernose by Maram Taibah
The Great Escape From Fairyland – or – The Witch, the Prince, the Girl and the Dragon by Viktoria Faust
The Book of the Living by Isa Prospero

Submissions are currently open for this year’s theme issue: Issue 8 – Steampunk! – With roots as far back as gothic horror and the earliest pulp mags, and yet other roots as recent as the cyberpunk of authors like William Gibson, Steampunk is arguably at once one of speculative fiction’s oldest and youngest subgenres. However, here at the Fantasist, we wonder: How can Steampunk be Fantasy? As a subgenre riddled with monsters, clockwork, and other borderline farcical technological accomplishments, we don’t imagine with much difficulty. Think airships, lamplight, and top hats. Try to think not England, or at least not Victorian London, if you can, but don’t worry yourself terribly over that either, as stories set in familiar settings can still be surprising and good. Consider works like Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, China Mieville’s Un Lun Dun, and Phillip Pullman’s novel, The Golden Compass. We’re honored to have Megan O’Keefe as the guest editor of the Steampunk! Theme Issue. Megan was raised amongst journalists and, as soon as she was able, joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. It’s only a little like Fight Club. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition, and the author of The Scorched Continent series, available through Angry Robot Books. Issue 8 will come out in September of 2018, and this submission period will close on May 1st, 2018. See our Submission Guidelines for more details about our policies and preferences.

And now, an Editor’s Note by Creative Director Evan Adams:

Last March, I wrote that we didn’t entirely mean to do a resistance issue. This time, we didn’t entirely mean to do a #metoo issue, but here we are. Not every piece in Volume 2, Issue 2 directly addresses sexual assault, but all three novellas tackle themes of bodily autonomy, violation, and our relationship to embodiment under structures of power.

Here, you will find explorations of what we need to survive, and what we need beyond survival; of what we can (and should) do with our rage against the people and systems that have harmed us; of how spaces become different places depending on who is in them and when and why; of how our love and desires can help us heal or be used against us.

These three novellas are set in early 19th-century French-occupied Madrid, in near-ish future San Francisco, and on Prospero’s island after the events of The Tempest. All three novellas involve people being transformed, sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively, often non-consensually into something they don’t want to be, but not always. All three involve choosing immense personal loss for the sake of love, when that choice shouldn’t have had to be made at all. Two of them involve violent things being done with common household objects. Two of them involve very different failures in organizing against oppression. Two of them arrive at very different reasons why immortality isn’t inherently a problem, but it isn’t the solution either.

This issue is kinda heavy, and I’ve been struggling to point out some stuff that’s fun. Subtleties O’ th’ Isle has really good puns. O Fortuna just gets full points for “I know that feel”. Manuela may or may not leave an immortal dog running around Madrid.


Evan Adams
Creative Director
The Fantasist

P.S. Me too.

Content Note: O Fortuna! contains implied sexual violence and discussion of sexual violence.

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