A clever look at the nature of the vampire myth, and how fiction addresses that myth, through a neat plot device.
A cautionary tale from an old SF writer, which looks at current trends and ponders just what chance there might be for old-fashioned storytelling in decades to come.
Droll troll shaggy doggery from Gerrold.
Nicely told, although the tribble with the story is that it’s a fairly well excavated piece of horror landscape, with little to be turned up through further excavation.
Wry humour in a series of letters purporting to be from Gerrold to F&SF Editor Gordon van Gelder in which he chides him for his increasingly radical steps to source fiction for his magazines.
Gene Wolfe. Memorare. This special Gene Wolfe issue leads off with an SF story which confirms just how good Wolfe can be. On the surface it’s a story of a well-established type : a curmudgeonly longer out in the solar system is investigating some very strange artefacts which prove to be qutie dangerous, and has… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2007
Jeremy Minton. The Darkness Between. Subterranean horrors, as group of men, part of a Klondike-type rush to the mines under the mountains of their planet have the misfortune to be deposited by a major landslip into a deep part of the mine from which there appears to be little chance of escape. To make matters… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2007
Gary W. Shockley. The Cathedral of Universal Biodiversity. One of those stories where either I’m missing something, or the story is. The plot : four centuries hence a man who has given up the pleasures of the flesh (and being multi-testiculated that is a big loss) to ponder the Fermi Paradox. Or rather, to create… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2006
David Gerrold. A Quantum Bit Exists in Two States Simultaneously : On This issue is book-ended by two shorts from Gerrold. In the first the protagonist has a conversation at a diner with Pope Daniel the First of The Church of the Chocolate Bunny, who challenges him to consider the nature of sainthood and whether… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2005
PDF version reviewed. Charles Coleman Finlay. Of Silence and the Man at Arms. The third adventure involving Vertir and Kuikin (‘For Want of a Nail’ F&SF March 2003, ‘After the Gaud Chrysalis’ F&SF June 2004). Of the first story I wrote : ‘A wry cod-fantasy yarn, in which a wise-cracking pair of thieves go a-robbing.’.… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2005
James L. Cambia. Ocean of the Blind. A very Analog type of story. A team of scientists is studying alien life under the seas of a distant planet. The team is led by a universally unpopular chief scientist who has arranged for a special ‘stealth suit’ to be shipped to him that will enable him… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2004
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Bruce Sterling, Chris Beckett, Chris Roberson, Daryl Gregory, David Gerrold, David Moles, Dominic Green, Elizabeth Bear, Gene Wolfe., Gwyneth Jones, Hannu Rajaniemi, Harry Turtledove, Ian McDonald, James Patrick Kelly, Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold, Joe Haldeman, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Neal Asher, Paolo Bacigalupi, Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Stephen Popkes, Vonda N McIntyre, William Sanders
Barry Malzberg, Ben Bova, Damon Knight, David Gerrold, Joe Haldeman, Kate Wilhelm, Martha Soukoup, Mike Resnick, Ursula K. Le Guin