A subtle, clever story – does the new world require that even the most heroic of heroes are required to stand up and be counted, even deep into retirement?
An unsettling story. One to sleep on perhaps. Perchance to dream…
Tongue-in-cheek superhero fun in Tel Aviv.
A second story in in this issue of greater length than you often get in small press magazine, and also SF rather than contemporary speculative.
Short urban fantasy in which a young girl living rough on the streets is enraptured by a young man she meets.
A grim read, with some unsympathetic characters, and a mashup vision of a Broken Britain from right-wing tabloids, and of state-oppression from the libertarians.
[March 23rd 2010] Work on the new Best SF logo is progressing well. Should be
A promising debut.
An intriguing setting and setup, from an author I’m not that familiar with.
Six-pager in which the mystery of the Punctuality Drive is revealed to a potential Empress, who realises that she may however have a more hands-on role to play in the maintenance of the Drive.
A beautifully written story – an angel is sent to take on the role of the artist’s muse.
After a fantasy story and some verse, Gud #5 provides some solid SF, in the shape of a story that looks from the perspectives of the indigenous race and the visting humans who are intent on terraforming their world for human settlers already en route.
Tale of interspecies conflict – the tone of the story doesn’t work for me, and the story as a whole doesn’t convince and doesn’t engage.
Set in the same ‘post-Mistake’ setting of Lake’s ‘Torquing Vacuum’, which appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine a few weeks back, and which impressed me.
[March 17th 2010] Impressed with the robot-themed stories selected by Infinivox for their latest audio
Another good story from Sandford, to add to his growing IZ ouvre.
Rus(c)hed through at breakneck speed, with little mystery, as things happen very quickly and progress the story with almost indecent haste.
Excellent issue, with Paul Park the standout, and others from Robert Reed, Charles Oberndorf, Dean Whitlock, John Langan, Robin Aurelian, Marc Laidlaw, Steven Popkes, Kate Wilhelm.
Does the ghostly whistle of a late night train, with no railway nearby, offer an opportunity to escape?
A young man, struggling with his girlfriend’s infedility, finds things get much, much worse as the dark, undead canine horrors lurking underneath the streets of Albany close in.
Short, not very subtle blackly humorous take on nano-meds.
A clever story with matrioshka-type realities in play.
A lighter tone from Doctorow to the opening stories in this volume, in a homage to Star Trek (The Original Series), its tropes and characters..
Five traditional fairy tales through the wry lens of modern (in)sensibilities, as is F&SF’s regular wont.
A story that requires, and rewards. the reader’s close attention.
[March 8th 2010] Rudy Rucker has just posted the latest issue of Flurb
Further adventures of Gorlen Vizenfirthe, for afficionadoes of fantasy featuring bards.
The story reads somewhat like one I’d expect to see from a new writer, produced for a workshop. There are several ideas in there, but it’s never clear what is the author’s focus or intention
Short fantasy in a world where when the hunting season opens, the game that is being chased are goblins, faeries and all manner of fantastical creatures.
Tight drama with an interesting background.
L’empereur est mort. Vive L’empereur!
Five regular contributors (Stephen Baxter, H.G. Stratmann, Jerry Oltion, G. David Nordley, Carl Frederick) to Analog providing fayre consistent with that which they have provided previously. Enow already.
Baxter concludes his XeeLee timeline. What strange forces have been at work so that during a couple of days taken as leave from work, I end up reading Baxter’s ‘Starfall’, which has been sitting on my laptop as a PDF for a year, and this story from Analog, which has been sitting on my ‘to be read’ shelf for about six months, in an afternoon sitting?
Stories by four Analog stalwarts and a newbie : G. David Nordley, Craig DeLancy, John G. Hemry, Jerry Oltion, Jay Werkheiser.
Star-spanning combat, part of the XeeLee sequence.
A strong issue, with stories from authors well-established and authors on the way up : Aliette de Bodard, Bruce McAllister, Caroline M. Yoachim, Damien Broderick, David Erik Nelson, Stephen Baxter.
I have to own up to much preferring Baxter’s SF to his alternate history – oh for the XeeLee days!
The backdrop, hinted at on a galactic level (they’re in a ‘post-Mistake’ universe), with genetic modification, and privilege and status to contend with, is a mature one. The same sex relationship is a refreshing change, and it’s an altogether satisfying read.
Watts gets into the mind of the creature that was John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ (via Richard Matheson’s original story).
Good to see another author being given a chance in Asimovs, and certainly the best of the few of her stories that I’ve read. I look forward to seeing more – hopefully with her moving on to even more alien landscapes,
An engagingly told story, with an interesting background, partially glimpsed from a vantage point behind the bushes outside the dancehall.