The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2004

Lisa Goldstein. Finding Beauty. Fairy Tale which looks at the Sleeping Beauty story from Prince Charming’s perspective, with the added twist that the beauty which he revives is not in the first flush of her youth, and is mightily unimpressed to be resurrected as an aged crone. But Charming is an honourable chap.. Fine if… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2004

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2003

Judith Moffett. The Bear’s Baby. Moffett has written a couple of novels featuring the Hefn, an alien race who are benignly running the Earth. Here, in the remote American wilderness, a scientist studying bears in the wild is piqued to be re-located to study elsewhere. Such is his strength of feeling that he risks all… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2003

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2003

Robert Reed. Buffalo Wolf. When ‘Raven Dream’ appeared in the Dec 2001 issue of F&SF I noted it was very much an opening story in a sequence, with only a little revealed to start with. ‘Buffalo Wolf’ continues the story, and more is made clearer, although the overall impression is very much of Gene Wolfe,… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2003

Fantasy and Science Fiction February 2002

The Man on the Persian Carpet. Kate Wilhem. A potent blend of mystery/suspense, time travel and a sacrifice needed to keep the world in balance. The writing oozes class, as one would expect. Afterlife. Jack Williamson. I was a bit unmoved by Williamson’s Hugo-winning “The Ultimate Earth”, but enjoyed this shorter story hugely. Whilst “The… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction February 2002

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.

The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: the Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology. Edward L. Ferman and Gordon van Gelder (eds). Tor 1999.

F&SF have been producing anthologies since 1952 – annual anthologies for the first quarter century, and every two or three years since then. Rather than being a 50-year retrospective, this volume collects the best stories published in F&SF between 1994 and 1998 (since the 45th anniversary anthology). Not having been a reader of F&SF during… Continue reading The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: the Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology. Edward L. Ferman and Gordon van Gelder (eds). Tor 1999.