Pulp alternate history steampunk, in a Victorian world that has been influenced by previous alien visitation.
A solid piece of world-building and characterisation, albeit with a minimal fantasy element.
A darkly humourous espionage thriller, with an FBI agent helping a mind-reading Russian to hide from forces who wish him dead.
No answers in the story, so on the basis that a canto is part of a longer piece, roll on Canto MCMLI.
An affecting inversion of a well established sfnal trope
A frustrated, isolated suburban housewife is initially horrified when the house over the road, a bank foreclosure, sees some aliens move in.
The trenches of the First World War are made an even more horrific place to live, when man is put against man.
Effective piece which looks at three generations of an American family who have an unusual role to play in keeping a balance in world affairs.
An unsettling piece of meta-fiction, sort of in the David Lynch mould.
Charming piece of fantasy meta-fiction as a mother tells (or tries to tell) her daughter the story of a dragon and a young girl, the details changes following comment by the daughter.
Liu provides another dark story set during the Second World War in the Pacific theatre of combat
More tongue-in-cheek investigative adventures of Harry Challenge, returning to the pages of F&SF after some years absence, finding himself in Kensington at the start of the 20th century.
Five original novellas, from Don D’Ammassa, Ken Liu, Tochi Onyebuchi, Gavin Stoddard, and Jason Stoddard, with Liu the standout.
A nicely balanced issue, with four authors new to me making the most of the space afforded to them.
Neat blend of the current obsession with reality TV and with werewolves, vampires, zombies and things that go bump in the night.
New fiction from Cat Rambo, Sarah Dalton, and a classic reprint from Gregory Frost.
Just after the end of the Great War, two lives come together.
A story with a climactic ill behooving.
A first-published story by Swift, and it’s a good one, showing more assurance that you often get.