A story that doesn’t quite fulfil its potential, through trying to address too many issues at the end
A powerful, harrowing story of alienation, loneliness, and political oppression.
Wry humour in a series of letters purporting to be from Gerrold to F&SF Editor Gordon van Gelder in which he chides him for his increasingly radical steps to source fiction for his magazines.
Macabre historico-scientific horror set in the Dutch West Indies in the 16th century.
Remote countryside horror – there’s a small doorway at the back of a cave, and, as you might expect, nothing good is going to come of looking behind the door.
The relationship between a house owner and the house AI is the crux of a missing person investigation…
Originally in the anthology ‘Stars’, which was themed around Janis Ian, the story reflects this in opening with a quote from the Janis Ian song ‘Jesse Come Home’, and finishing with a plaintive cry of loss to the same effect in an alien tongue.
Originally appearing in a baseball magazine, this is a strong mainstream story about an adult reflecting on his childhood and his long-estranged but recently deceased father’s role in it. The speculative element is minimal, but effective.
Further adventures of Orfy and his ickle dino colleagues.
A dark, powerful story to open the issue.
If you like playing Bioshock, you’ll lurve this entertaining yarn.
John Langan, Richard Bowes, Ian R. MacLeod, and Sean McMullen the pick of an extremely strong issue.
As bleakly intense a take on climate change and its consequences as you’ll find.
..a story that benefits from careful reading, there’s a lot of thought gone into its writing, with some clever imagery and thoughtful turns of phrase.
An excellent issue with stories by Mario Milosevic, Jon Ingold, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Jason Sanford, David D. Levine. Ingold and Sanford being my picks of the issue.
A story told through a strong narrative voice.
A story with a strong messages, vividly set on a Tanzanian wildlife reserve.
A clever backdrop to a story, with humanity paying the price for genetic tinkering, and AIs helping villagers to get back on the human plan, whilst others dispense summary justice.
A followup to a previous story which had the readers divided in their opinion.
Intensely personal, and with a fantastical element that’s gentler than most that appear in the magazine, part of a substantial series.
Five Star Protective Services are called in to protect a famous local writer when his ex-lover become an ex-person, in a story that has Cowdrey’s trademark wry humour and detailed observations.
A first fiction sale it would appear, although you would need to be told that, as you wouldn’t guess it from reading the story.
Strange things are happening at the Art Institute in Chicago..
An altogether darker take on space exploration than is the norm
An intelligent piece of metafiction, an antidote to the current crop of forumalaic horror/vampire/zombie fiction/television.
The story effectively deals with isolsation/ism, the need to find out what is beyond the next hill in comparison to those for whom the grass is always greener on the current side of the valley, and loss.
Short story that suggests it may be allegorical.
As a new writer, writing about what you know is advice often given and generally followed, but whilst many authors at the start of their writing careers manage that, the next bit, writing a really good, impactful story, is generally beyond them. Alexander manages this.