A short morality tale, in classic Golden Age style.
A dark take on what shopping and the marketing thereof may become very soon.
An excellent issue, Chapman, Mirabelli and Johnson the pick of a fine crop.
A short but effective story on the desertification of the USA.
Monkey business on a gonzo Planet of the Apes, with a hired assassin failing spectacularly to complete his contract.
An altogether multi-facted and clever piece of fiction(s).
A strange and unsettling tale, a sort of bastard offspring of David Lynch and Tim Burton (I know they are both male, which makes that conceit even worse…)
An ardent admirer pays his respects to a women living in a remote house in Iceland.
A dog is a man’s best friend, but in this short story a virtual poodle becomes the focus of divorce-settlement unpleasantness, as the dog goes viral.
One of the nicer stories I’ve read for quite some time.
Part meta-fiction, part epistolary, part reality-show confessional. A must-read if you’re a wannabe author off to your first writer’s retreat.
A second excellent story from Chapman in a couple of months.
A first published story for Phetteplace, a 2007 Clarion West alum.
A dose of classic Cowdrey horror, albeit transplanted from the deep south to Europe.
Adult themes and very high quality writing.
A young man, part of a scientific mission that is going to change an alien habitat to suit human habitation, finds out something whilst surfing, and has a moral dilemma to face.
A tender tale of love and the ties that bind, against a backdrop of vampires, whoring, succubi and sapphic action.
Wonderful story from Hand, full of humanity and tenderness.
An attractive magazine with a new Chris Foss cover, and some really good stories – Doctorow, Cadigan, Macleod and Di Filippo of particular note.
A most bodaciously excellent yarn from Friesner, with a very unlikely couple – one an academic, the latter a pole dancer – at the table of the Norse gods.
Looks at bio-medicine, and posits whether medicating against certain human frailties may not be a good thing.
Landis looks as little into the future as is probably possible, with a take on privately-funded spaceflight.
Hamilton closes out an excellent volume on a lighter tone.
A story that really needs more space to do it justice.
Reynolds at his best in identifying a bogglingly long-term problem, and putting in a very human angle on its solution.
Brooke and Brown were regulars in the David Pringle-era of Interzone, and this is a story that could be straight from one of those issues.
A touch of the Lovecraftian Mountains of Madness in the eerie, almost-deserted city through which they roam, as the team gradually dwindles in size.
An excellent collaboration by Klecka and Buckell which looks at the near-future options for a technologically advanced, non-violent incursion force to achieve regime change
The 2010 edition of a high quality small press annual anthology.
Short-short with Buckell crafting the limited words he has used with loving care.
A neat murder mystery against a temporal confusion backdrop, that would work well as a one-off TV drama.
Reassuring to find that my sense of humour and outlook on life is remaining closely in tune with Di Filippo as the years progress.
As we begin to realise what is about to happen/has happened, the tension mounts to give a very focussed human perspective on a global event
Excellent, entertaining story about a crew who are stranded on Mars with only hours of oxygen left, and no hope of rescue.
A good piece of writing, and good to see a longer, intelligent story in a small press mag.
An interesting story, which follows a young man who wakes up far, far into the Earth’s future.
Shorter story in which a young woman leaving Earth on the first colony ship has to work out how to take part of her culture and history with her, and come to terms with the separation from her sister. It’s a shorter story, and skims through the issues quickly.
This issue is whispernetting its way over to my ipad. The cover image says November 2012, but they do mean November 2011!
Too much disbelief for this reader to suspend to begin to engage with the characters.
An intelligent story from MacLeod, the first in this volume I’d tip for Year’s Best honours.
A father with his own substance abuse history finds his son’s experimentation with drugs has put him at grave risk.
In Tidhar’s imagination (something he gives free rein to in his fiction) not only does the revolutionary spirit of Guevara live on after his death.
Clever and amusing time travel story, if you accept that the scientists involved don’t quite have the same grasp on the relationship between cause and effect that you would expect.
Quite a bit of stuff happens, and then in the final couple of pages a lot is revealed, leaving me not much the wise.
An OK issue with stories by Stephen Kotowych, Jason Sanford, Fiona Moore, Jon Ingold, Mercurio D. Rivera.
Another in Rivera’s ‘Wergen’ story sequence.
Humanity finding out some answers to some pretty big questions, but the act of asking…