The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2009

Elizabeth Hand. The Far Shore. A middle-aged man, ballet dancer initially, ballet teacher after an injury, loses his job but gets a timely invitation from friends to house-sit their remote property whilst they take a winter break. As the snow settles in (shades of The Shining, namechecked in the story) Philip, with recurrent nightmares of… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2009

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2009

Charles Coleman Finlay. The Minutemen’s Witch. Adventure set against the American Revolution, with added witchcraft. Part of a series that includes three novels to be sold under the C C Finlay byline. Carol Emshwiller. The Perfect Infestation. Wry take on an alien attempt to take over the Earth through an unusual agent. Their agent proves… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2009

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2008

Albert E. Cowdrey. Inside Story. Retired Detective Sergeant Alphonse Fournet finds the lure of work, post-Katrina, too much to resist, when he finds out that people are continuing to mysteriously disappear. He is rapidly confronted with those of an alien persuasion who have been doing the abducting-humans thing, and as a representative of Bush the… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2008

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2006

Albert E. Cowdrey. Revelation. The bucolic pair, Dr. Dorshin, psychiatrist, and Professor (Dr.) Drea(d) both have the pleasure of knowing, in a professional capacity, one U. Pierson Clyde, who believes that Earth is an egg, laid by the Mother Dragon, which will soon hatch, as a previous planet in our solar system did aeons ago… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2006

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2005

Albert E. Cowdrey. The Amulet. In which a young journalist (in New Orleans, natch) meets a lady with an amulet which she says bestows longevity on the owner, provider you follow the rules. She relates the histories of some of those whom have owned said amulet, and how it changed her life. A gently amusing… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2005

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2004

Robert Reed. The Condor’s Green-Eyed Child. Reed returns to the strange milieu of ‘Raven'(F&SF Dec 2001) and ‘Buffalo Wolf'(F&SF March 2003), in which we are treated to Gene Wolfe-esque glimpses of strange events in a setting just slightly off-key from that which we know. Here young Raven is making his way in the forest when… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2004

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2003

Charles Coleman Finlay. Wild Thing. The Arthurian mythos is seen from another perspective, with the young boy who will grow up to become Sir Percival becoming involved with the faerie folk in the woods. The main characters are Howl and Pooka, two of the little people, who get caught up in the political machinations and… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2003

Fantasy and Science Fiction March 2002

Robert Reed. Coelacanths. In the Dec 2001 issue of F&SF, Reed’s ‘Raven Dream’ brought us a strange story told as if through a distorting lens. This story is similarly unsettling, with a variety of perspectives on what are somehow linked events. A strutting far future man, at once proudly erect and aware of humanity’s greatness,… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction March 2002

Fantasy and Science Fiction October/November 2001

The year’s bumper double-issue, with a nice cover (certainly leagues ahead of the dire cover of Analog’s November issue! Although n.b. I was reading the Peanut Press edition (F&SF hasn’t been avaiable through this source for some time. So here we go… The Lady of the Winds. Poul Anderson. In Analog October 2001 Anderson produced… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction October/November 2001

Fantasy and Science Fiction August 2001

One Last Game. Robert Reed. Another story from Reed, who has taken over the baton from Robert Silverberg as probably the most prolific quality writer of short SF. But imagine how much more SF he could have written if he hadn’t wasted so much time on the unnecessary novelisation of the excellent novella Marrow! And,… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction August 2001

Asimovs, February 2009

Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Colliding Branes. Gonzo fun, as you might expect from Rucker and Sterling. Two bloggers, with an inside track on the end of the world (and the universe), two dense urban bores, take to the road to flee the dense urban cores. Two of the branes of our universe are passing… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2009

Asimovs, August 2008

Matthew Johnson. Lagos. Neatly and wryly brings the bombardment of spam emails into the real world through the daily travails of a Nigerian woman as she tries to eke out a living. She remotely operates hi-tech equipment for a pittance, in some cases the equipment is as low-tech as a vacuum cleaner, and this involves… Continue reading Asimovs, August 2008

Asimovs, March 2008

Brian Stableford. Following the Pharmers. Stableford has published several stories looking at the consequences in developments in biotechnology, and here he explores how unintended consequences can have impact on a small, personal level. Ekeing out a mostly anonymous life amongt the flooded plains of East Anglia, one pharmaceutical experimenting finds his contentment shattered by the… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2008

Asimovs, October/November 2007

Greg Egan. Dark Integers. A sequel to the well-received and Dozoised (13th) ‘Luminous’ from Asimovs, Sept 1995. According to my mini-summation of that volume : “Massive computing power is used to probe mathematical certainties. And if 2+2 does not equal 4, then what does that mean for the fabric of the universe? Maths was never… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2007

Asimovs, October/November 2006

Robert Reed. A Billion Eves. A complex and initially very satisfying story. The story beings is a just-slightly-off-kilter rural American, describing a family vacation in a battered old car which is doomed to failure. Scarily, part of the background is that the trip is against a backdrop of women disappearing : there are ‘missing’ posters… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2006

Wastelands – Stories of the Apocalypse ed John Joseph Adams. Night Shade Books, 2008.

This is a very strong collection. Adams has trawled 25 years worth of high quality SF to put together the volume, and there’s an awful lot of good reading to be had.

Best SF 12. Judith Merril. Simon & Schuster 1967

Stories by : Tuli Kupferberg, Harvey Jacobs, Kit Reed, Tommaso Landolfi, Donald Barthelme, J.G. Ballard, Gilbert Thomas, Tuli Kupferberg, John Updike, Hilary Bailey, Bob Shaw, Peter Tate, R.A. Lafferty, Sonya Dorman, Thomas M. Disch, Brian W. Aldiss, Hortense Calisher, Charles L. Harness, R.A. Lafferty, William Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, Dick Allen, J.G. Ballard, Henri Michaux, Katherine MacLean, Carol Emshwiller, Gunter Grass, Samuel R. Delany, Tuli Kupferberg. (Contents only).

The Fifth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. Judith Merril. Simon & Schuster 1960

Stories by : Damon Knight, Jack Finney, Avram Davidson, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, Gordon R. Dickson, Jack Sharkey, Daniel Keyes, John W. Campbell Jr., Ralph Davidson, Clifford D. Simak, Fritz Leiber, Roger Price, Carol Emshwiller, Randall Garret, Darrel T. Langart, J.G. Ballard, Will Worthington, Theodore Sturgeon, Lawrence Block, Mark Clifton, Hilbert Schenk Jr. (Contents only).

Years Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy 4th Annual Volume. ed Judith Merril. Dell, 1959

Stories by Carol Emshwiller, J.F. BOne, Richard Gehman, Robert Sheckley, Rog Phillips, Gerald Kersh, Theodore L. Thomas, R. M. McKenna, Fritz Leiber, Avram Davidson, Brian W. Aldiss, E. C. Tubb, Arthur Zirul, Theodore Sturgeon, John Steinbeck, Avram Davidson

Science Fiction The Best of 2004, edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan. ibooks, 2005

Stories by : Carol Emshwiller, Charles Stross, Christopher Rowe, Gene Wolfe., James Patrick Kelly, Jeff VanderMeer, Joe Haldeman, M. John Harrison, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Walter Jon Williams.

Year’s Best SF 12. ed David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Eos Books 2007

Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Rosenkrantz, Claude Lalumiere, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Edd Vick, Eileen Gunn, Gardner R Dozois, Gregory Benford, Heather Lindsley, Ian Creasey, Ian R. Macleod, Joe Haldeman, Kameron Hurley, Liz Williams, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Flynn, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Reed, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Wil McCarthy.

Year’s Best SF 8. David G. Hartwell. Eos Books 2003

Stories by : A.M. Dellamonica, Bruce Sterling, Carol Emshwiller, Charles Sheffield, Charles Stross, Eleanor Arnason, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, J.R. Dunn, Jack Williamson, Ken Wharton, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Paul Di Filippo, Richard Chwedyk, Robert Onopa, Robert Reed, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 – edited by Jack Dann, Roc, March 2005

Jack Dann picks up the editorial reins from Vonda N. McIntyre in the Nebula Awards Showcase series. There’s a lot of high quality fiction in this volume, and the only real beef is that the stories are from 2002, which means that in a number of cases you are reading stories which appeared in the Year’s Best anthologies two years ago.