Nicely told story of a grief-stricken man rescued from madness, but there’s no fantasy element – unless being set in a standard rural fantasy/medieval setting makes it a fantasy story.
Nicely complements the Strahan/Dozois New Space Opera anthology series, starting with several stories of the contemporary, speculative type.
A contemporary story set on Christmas Eve we follow a young man who is struggling with a home life that has changed, but who finds solace in the arms of a young woman.
The first of the now double-size but bi-monthly F&SF. The disappointment of now to be hearing a copy of F&SF coming through the letter box only six times a year is mitigated by the fact that it now makes an even meatier thump when hitting the floor. Sean McMullen. The Spiral Briar. Some fantasy to… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April/May 2009