July 01, 2014

Fire and Ice



Readers may be puzzled by the painting (Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom, by Ilya Repin) on this issue’s cover. Does it have a hidden meaning? Is someone underwater? All wet?

Not really. The explanation is rather simple, actually. This summer is the 170th anniversary of Repin’s birth, and two of the stories in this issue had to do with “taking the waters,” so it seemed a nice, almost intentional thematic choice. It also was a refreshing image for summertime.

In fact, the inclusion of these two stories (Liquid Assets, page 35, and Holy Spring of Iskitim, page 54) in one issue was not based on a long-planned intent. Things just worked out that way as the issue came together in recent months –  a nice bit of serendipity.


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