Whitsun, the red-robed man, and his companions, Francesco the burro and Treats the (talking) Husky, make a welcome return to F&SF.
An inventive post-apocalyptic setting just a little different from the norm.
Gently humorous, with the characterisation of the various aliens just a bit different, and Rand B. not overdoing the xeno-language stuff this time…
Something for everyone … pervs included. Duncan, Reaves and Bowes my favourites, giving the first half of the chunky, value for money, volume more grist to my reviewing mill.
Gordon van Gelder : ‘some of the most daring linguistic gymnastics ever attempted’ in the pages of F&SF. Best SF : ‘Yarblockos’
Sean McMullen. The Art of the Dragon. Dryly satirical tale in which a gigantic dragon
Paolo Bacigalupi. Pump Six. The lead-out story in Bacigalupi’s collection ‘Pump Six and Other Stories’.
Marc Laidlaw. Childrun. Wandering bard Gorlen Vizenfirthe makes a re-appearance in F&SF after a ten
Ted Kosmatka. The Art of Alchemy. Excellent SF/science thriller. It has a sense of place
For me the issue gets progressively stronger, with the earlier stories not quite doing it for me to any great extent.
Stories by : Don Sakers, Frederik Pohl, Greg Bear, Isaac Asimov, Joseph H. Delaney, Mary Gentle, Rand B. Lee, Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Thomas Wylde
I am holding off on reading this volume, which I managed to get a copy of in 2002 on eBay. For the moment, here are the contents, and some story summaries for those stories read in other volumes.