Chilling horror fiction – perhaps the biblical references moves it into the fantasy genre and justify its inclusion in an SFF magazine?
Salutary tale about the a potential future where copyright is king, and where, rather than issuing takedown notices for videos on YouTube, copyright owners are able to take our very memories..
Altabef and Campion the pick of the issue for me.
A long, dark night is spent on an alien planet, as three humans stumble onto a Yu Stigmergic Colony, a strange lifeform that, if it senses them, will react instantly and consume them.
Wornom receives The First All-Best SF Annual Homage du Fromage Golden Trowel, for laying it on so very, very thick.
An SF story that failed to engage, on two counts your honour : firstly, it’s mostly dialogue, secondly the protagonist keeps way too much close to his chest.
Excellent dark fantasy tale of love. It’s a well-wrought, poetic story, with a feeling of an old English folk song.
Much more than a story about a woman who finds an android head’….
A gently humorous story of an alien who finds a role for himself on Earth, in a lingerie shop.
van Pelt, a teacher himself, fondly relates the history of the Hareton school, from it’s early days as a small school on a hillside, through to a much larger building, extended and developed over many years.
When dad finds out that Melissa has befriended a child from very much the wrong side of the railway tracks, his instructions are clear..
Great read from Williams – a solitary lighthouse on an uninhabited planet, and a child who has to come to terms with the death of her mother and her place in the much bigger scheme of things.
Piles of cash are being made by aliens – the gall of it!
A very definite sense of place, character and depth, including Inuit shaman Ulruk, who features in a series of epic fantasy novels,
A dispatch from a xeno-scientist, explaining his reason for ignoring the directive not to make planetfall on the first planet with intelligent life humanity discovers.
A bumper double-issue offering ‘a mix of terrifying chills and SF thrills’ : exactly what you want on a muggy mid-August evening. Gregory Frost and Igor Teper the pick of an otherwise average bunch for me..
Another in the prolific Rusch’s ‘Diving’ series, but it felt like something off a production line rather than an artisan, hand-crafted story of the kind Rusch can do.
A young married couple on Earth get their hands on alien tech that gives them a chance to look at possible futures. But a story that lacks a bit of depth and subtlety.
Short mood-piece in which an adult son clearing his recently-deceased mother’s house has cause to reflect on his upbringing, constrained by her OCD cleanliness issues.
What might happen should AIs be able to instantiate themselves into human form? Discuss.
A claustrophobic read that successfully builds tension throughout
An elegant little gem from Valentine, set on the moon Europa, which is a waystation for a desperate humanity.