Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue 200

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #200Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #200 by Scott H. Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The four vividly imagined worlds in these four fantasy stories are populated by characters on journeys through time and space, their loyalty to existing systems sorely tested, similar in their resolve to see their way through, but different in the complexities of their own unique personalities and how they forge ahead.

The world-building in each story is stunning. “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” is set in 17th Century Europe, yet causes the reader to contemplate modern privacy and surveillance. The vaguely alien and technological realm of “The Judgment of Gods and Monsters” complicates the aftermath of hard-fought-for peace. The rugged mountains and snows of “Shadow’s Weave” provide setting for a tale of stormy, dedicated love. The scarcity of water in “Laws of Night and Silk” leads to armies on battlefields led by wizards and their most precious weapons.

At the end of each story, sometimes resolved and sometimes not quite, the created world and their extraordinary people linger. What an incredible magazine!

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).