Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what other people have to say about Kaleidotrope!
“The stories here this time are mostly fantasy, although some show initial signs of science-fictionality.” – Lois Tilton, Locus
“Kaleidotrope is one of the more interesting small ‘zines in our field.” – Rich Horton, Locus
“Kaleidotrope Fall 2015 is here with its unique brand of fantasy fiction.” – SFRevu
Issue #13 (Fall 2011)
“Kaleidotrope #13 is here with a real mixed bag of stories.” – SFRevu
“…surreal, fantastic, imaginative. Worth reading.” – Lois Tilton, Locus, November 2011
Issue #12 (July 2011)
“The Summer (#12) Kaleidotrope is a departure for the magazine. It is entirely taken up by two pieces: a long poem, and a very long story, just shy of novel length: ‘Libations’ by A.S. Moser. This concerns a priestess of a forest people, Asha, and a human man, Ili. Ili has been accused of a crime, and Asha travels to his human city to kidnap the merchant who can prove Ili’s innocence, while Ili is tortured. The story is promising work, though not quite fully successful, with the motivations of the characters a bit too muddled and the worldbuilding not sufficiently detailed.” – Rich Horton Locus, October 2011
“Kaleidotrope #12 is here with a splendid novella and a long story poem.” – SFRevu
Issue #11 (April 2011)
“The April issue (#11) of Kaleidotrope is fairly typical of this ’zine, with a variety of stories and poems. I liked Eric Del Carlo’s ‘Ride the Shine’, a YA-flavored piece set on a human-colonized planet where some people live in cities but others lead a more tribal existence tending the shines, insect-like alien creatures that bond to individual humans. Fel My is a boy ready to choose (or be chosen by) his first shine, at a Jubilee, when the unthinkable happens: one of the tribes attacks the others. Fel My’s only recourse is a risky escape with an unbonded shine. No surprises here, and not quite a complete story (I wonder if it’s from a novel in progress), but solid fun. Another good piece comes from Silvia Moreno-Garcia, ‘Shade of the Ceiba Tree’, in which a young woman decides to confront the god to whom her village has long sacrificed virgins, her sister included.” – Rich Horton Locus, October 2011
“A hallmark of Kaleidotrope is how varied its stories are. This one has a lot of stories you’ll enjoy for different reasons. It also has the hilarious “Horoscopes” section, which are great fun to read. I’ll say it again, subscribe!” – SFRevu
Issue #10 (October 2010)
Rich Horton’s summary of Kaleidotrope 2010.
Maria Deira’s story “The Giant of Malheur Park” was republished on the fantasy podcast PodCastle.
“Kaleidotrope, once again, delivers with a great issue of many different types of stories. The only thing they have in common is that they are all enjoyable. The issue still has that hilarious Horoscopes section, which is a real hoot. What are you waiting for? Subscribe!” – SFRevu
Issue #9 (July 2010)
Jenny Blackford’s story “Adam” made the Recommended Reading List for the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010.
“Kaleidotrope is always worth your time and consistently has good, varied stories. In addition to the stories, it always has a hilarious Horoscopes section, which I always enjoy. I recommend that you subscribe.” – SFRevu
Issue #8 (April 2010)
Will Kaufman’s story “Eris Sinks Pluto” made the shortlist for Best American Fantasy.
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz’s story “Mouse and I,” Kathleen J. Stowe’s story “The Usherette,” and Will Kaufman’s story “Eris Sinks Pluto” were included in the 2010 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List.
“Kaleidotrope is a magazine that you must take your time with, but it is very rewarding to do so. In addition to the stories, it always has a hilarious Horoscopes section, which I always enjoy.” – SFRevu
“There are enough great stories in this issue of Kaleidotrope to make it more than worth the price. If what you seek is strangeness – in style as well as content – this issue more than delivers.” – Tangent Online
Issue #7 (October 2009)
Bill Ward’s story “How Antkind Lost its Soul” named in the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2009.
“The new issue of Kaleidotrope, #7, is here with its usual mix of distinctly different stories, all of them worth reading…” – SFRevu
“As a community of speculative fiction readers and writers, we are fortunate to have access to Kaleidotrope….
“The 7th issue of Kaleidotrope has supplied this humble critic with enough graphic images and far-fetched suppositions to grant her nightmares and inspirations until the next issue comes out. If you, too, groove on vivid depictions as well as like your writers served up fresh, I encourage, you to read this publication.” – Tangent Online
Issue #6 (April 2009)
Simon Petrie’s story “Single Handed” nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel Award.
“One thing about Kaleidotrope is that no two stories are alike. There is no typical Kaleidotrope story. The variety here is not really found elsewhere. I recommend that you subscribe.” – SFRevu
“The continually improving small ‘zine Kaleidotrope has put out a sixth issue, which is its best yet. Two SF stories were best. Heather Clitheroe’s “Replicate Fade” is about an ex-soldier struggling to get by who takes a job to find a runaway, only to learn to his distress why his employers want her found, which nicely ties into something he’s taken with him, as it were, from his military past. Simon Petrie’s “Single Handed” is a murder mystery about a strange cult heading to another planet, until the ship’s captain is killed. The whole setup is a bit implausible — but that’s part of the flavor of this sort of story, and it leads to a satisfyingly clever resolution.” – Locus, July 2009
Issue #5 (October 2008)
“…this is a good example of what is being done with these modestly produced small ‘zines in our field. This particular issue is perhaps the best I’ve seen, largely because it is simply thicker. – Rich Horton
“Kaleidotrope remains a wonderful magazine of varied and interesting stories. Don’t ignore the “horoscopes”, they are screamingly funny! – SFRevu
Issue #4 (April 2008)
Andrew Howard’s story “Molting” named among the Honorable Mentions list for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year.
“If you like quirky little tales from out of the mainstream, then Kaleidotrope is for you. Check it out!” – SFRevu
“…plenty of worthy work, stories and poems that deserve an audience.” – Rich Horton
Issue #3 (October 2007)
“I think the groundwork has been laid for more significant future work.” – Rich Horton
“There’s a healthy dose of surreal scifi and cross-genre slipstream shorts between the covers, and a variety of poetry and prose poems. But it’s the quirky humor…that really comes through in [the] magazine and makes it different than a lot of other small press cross-genre ‘zines, which take themselves far too seriously.” – Bill Ward
Issue #2 (April 2007)
“…if you dig Martians, robots and people with melting heads…” – Zine World
“Kaleidotrope is a small press magazine that deserves your support.” – SFRevu
Issue #1 (October 2006)
“…a very good inaugural issue.” – SFRevu
“One of the better literary type zines I’ve seen lately.” – Eric Lyden, Xerography Debt #21
“The Horoscopes were a nice addition.” – Gavin Grant, Xerography Debt #21
“I see a fine future for Fred Coppersmith…I hope he continues to publish this magazine for a long time to come!” – John Kuhn
“The October ’06 issue is a fun read and I carry it around in my car for what I like to call ‘lunch-break reading’.” – Wormbrain