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The Definition of "Fantasy" and Fantasy Magazine

I've noticed a few comments, lately this year, about some of the stories published at Fantasy Magazine, that some aren't fantasy ("The Integrity of the Chain" by Lavie Tidhar; or The Moon Over Tokyo Through Leaves in the Fall by Jerome Stueart), or that they're too mainstream, or experimental (The Gnomes are Coast Guards by Chantel Tattoli; or Superhero Girl by Jessica Lee; or Choke Point by Sarah Totton), with people wondering why we run them. Well, apart from the desire to keep you on your toes, and I do mean that, that as a reader I like to be challenged, I like to be surprised . . . for me the definition of "fantasy" is very fuzzy indeed. To me: all fiction is fantasy. And the best fiction makes you think, regardless of category or genre . . . so that's where we are. (Mind you, with the launching of Lightspeed Magazine for June, you'll probably see fewer and fewer science fiction in our pages, but one mustn't assume that we won't ever publish more.) So, let's mix it up. Make it exciting. Make it unexpected. Because life is rarely boring :p
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