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A late arrival on my doorstep, and it’s taken much longer to finish the review than I had hoped. Note to self : faster dude, faster!
Robert Silverberg. Against the Current. A car salesman leaves work early after a sudden but short-lived migraine. As he makes his journey home he notices increasingly incongruous changes to the road and the neighbourhoods he drives through, until it becomes clear that he is in fact travelling through time. We follow his journey, as with […]
Matthew Hughes. Bye the Rules. Another of Guth Bandar’s regular appearances in F&SF. M.Rickert. The Christmas Witch. Rickert has provided some classy stories in F&SF in recent years, and this is no exception. This is a contemporary story of a young girl, Rachel, whose mother has died, and whose childish interest in the bones of […]
Daryl Gregory. Gardening at Night. Analog-style ‘scientist fiction’, or ‘lab opera’ as editor Gordon van Gelder uses to introduce the story. As a rule thse stories leave me cold, but Gregory has a little more in it than most, with one scientist well out on the autistic spectrum (as opposed to being a heroic action […]
James Stoddard. The Battle of York. Some 3000 years after the passing of America, the history of the early days of the country lives on, through a not altogether reliable mythology. Stoddard has a huge amount of fun bringing together a wide range of American icons and historical figures – General Custard, Waynejon (The Pilgrim), […]
Paolo Bacigalupi. The People of Sand and Slag. Bacigalupi’s ‘The Fluted Girl’ (F&SF June 2003) was one of my favourite stories of last year, and in constrast to that fantasy tale, here he takes on SF. He postulates a not-too-distant future in which the Earth is a seething, war-reduced, inhospitable environment – or rather, an […]
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Hormiga Canyon. You’d expect a collaboration by these two authors to hit the g-(whizz) spot, and, like their earlier collaboration in Asimovs (‘Junk DNA’ Jan 2003), they do indeed bring satisfaction. It starts off promisingly, with Stefan Oertel amongst his humongous collection of old mobile (US : cell)phones, whose cheap […]