US low-paying downloadable and print-on-demand letter-size Semiprozine published and edited by David Lee Summers at Hadrosaur Productions, Mesilla Park, New Mexico. The magazine is a direct successor to Hadrosaur Tales and appeared quarterly from Spring 2005 until publication ceased with volume 10 issue 4 (whole number #40) in Spring 2015.
Although the title suggests fantasy and magic Tales of the Talisman published stories covering the whole range of speculative fiction. Most issues contain several sf stories, usually based on a theme, and the Spring 2011 issue was a special science fiction number. Kenneth James Crist contributed two serials: a murder mystery, "The Ganymede Murders" (September 2005-September 2006) beginning in the second issue – which had a past, present and future crime and detection theme – and "Mind Games" (March-December 2007), where people are able to use their Psi Powers to create sporting events (see Games and Sports). The low payment rates meant that the magazine did not attract many leading writers, although Neal Asher had a little-known early story reprinted in the first issue. Otherwise most contributors were drawn from the central rank of Amateur Magazines, with competent and capable stories. [MA]
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