Isotropic Fiction #09

IF09: Editor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Cover art by graphic designer and tattoo artist Matt Ahlsen. More at his facebook page, TheMechanist.Mk.1

Cover art by graphic designer and tattoo artist Matt Ahlsen. More at his facebook page, TheMechanist.Mk.1

August in the North is a time of celebration, one where people say farewell to summer and basking in the sun one last time in the hope the weather won’t be ruined by torrential downpours. It’s also a month where children can be incredibly rambunctious, sometimes causing enough trouble that their parents hand them a ball and tell them to go outside.

This issue features three very different children in three very different situations. A young boy has to grow up fast in Micah Hyatt’s “Magic Marker,” but what he grows into remains ambiguous. In “Shadows,” Andrea Bradley shows us that a little girl’s kindness and cruelty are grafted together, and need only be flipped as easily as a coin. Beyond that, Ben Sunde takes us on an imaginative journey as a little girl who refuses to go home encounters a twisted “Store Policy.”

IF09 also features the finale of “Clockwork Revenge,” where hapless Simon completes his trial by patience, and squares off against bad odds and worse enemies. After that, Martin Zeigler treats us to “Endsville, Pop. 2,” a tricksy nineteenth century genre mash up that will give you a gambling itch.

On a separate note, issue nine begins the second year of Isotropic Fiction. We have spent the last eight issues gathering great tales from all directions, adding features like novel excerpts and author interviews, and refining our process. Now we are better than ever, and you can expect each progressive issue to reflect that growth. Thank you, everyone, for reading and supporting our magazine.

 

 

Lucas Ahlsen

Managing Editor

 



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