A further story in the ‘Wergen’ series, which started with ‘Longing for Langana’ back in 2006. filling in background to the Langana setting, the Wergen psyche and society, and effectively taking the story sequence a step forward.
A story that notches up the tension, exploring the difficulties individuals, families and communities would have to face in a world not that different to ours.
Post-invasion Earth – when an alien aircraft crashes into the bay, the local doctor finds his hippocratic oath is stronger (just) than his hatred for the colonising forces
A touching story about inter-species adoption that will strikes chords with any social worker who has been through interracial adoption 101.
Another in the long-running Majipoor tales.
Stories by Chris Beckett, Paul Cornell, Theodora Goss, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Norman Spinrad, Josh Roseman, Leah Cypess, Bruce McAllister. Some good stories in here, but not a standout issue.
An inventive story, short, but nicely constructed with a narrative voice responding to comments on the narrative throughout.
A different perspective for an alien invasion story, making for an interesting read.
Nicely told contemporary urban dark fantasy/horror story about a female werewolf, who finds unexpected and unwanted success in an audition for a theatrical show.
In which we find out that Peter Pan is in her majesty’s service, in a gently charming story in which the distanced tone of the narrator works well.
Further adventures in the ‘One of Our Bastards Is Missing’ storyline, with multi-dimensional gravitic testicular torture thrown in.
McAllister handles the story well without tipping into sentimentality, so overall a nice little addition to the time travel story without breaking new ground/
Fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t really break any new ground to raise it above what feels like are a whole heap of similar stories.
Stories by Alexandra Duncan, Albert E. Cowdrey, Kate Wilhelm, Chet Williamson, Robert Reed, Steven Popkes, Don Webb, Carter Scholz, Scott Bradfield, S.L. Gilbow, Ken Liu, Robert Reed (again!) – and a strong collection it is.
A tight drama is enacted, with a bit of backstory, and an ending offering the potential of a sequel. FWIW I’d vote for one.
A musician, and a cetacean scientist (no, someone who studies whale, dolphins, and orcas, not a whale, dolphin or orca) find that their expertise unexpectedly overlaps.
A journalist in a dead-end job finds more from what would otherwise have been a routine obituary of an aged musician.
Follows on from ‘Stock Photos’ earlier in the issue, and sort of explains about that story, but opens up a whole range of new questions
A tight near-future thriller, set in Australia, and with a strong tech/political background
A touching mother-daughter story in the far future.
A newly terraformed world, ready to be opened up to colonists, is the subject of criticism from a bureaucrat.
A bleak look at the desperate straits of refugees who have fled to a distant outpost.
Further adventures of the wisecracking canine, who first appeared way back in 1988.
An excellent story with a strong central character, and a huge amount of science in the story, revolving around DNA sequencing.
Duncan has had a series of well-wrought stories in F&SF of late, and this is no exception.