The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2007

Esther M. Friesner. At These Prices. Lightweight, very lightweight humour, involving a particularly unappealing hotel guest who takes much more from the hotel than the bath robe. The humour didn’t really work for me, so after a while it was a skim through to the end of a story which just felt a tad olde-fashioned.… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2007

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, January 2005

Alex Irvine. The Lorelei. A nice piece of writing about the fin-de-siecle New York art scene, in which an aspiring young artist travels to the city, and falls under the muse of an older artist, himself under the spell of another muse. Not much F&SF in it, though.. John G. McDaid. Keyboard Practice : consisting… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2005

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2004

James Stoddard. The Battle of York. Some 3000 years after the passing of America, the history of the early days of the country lives on, through a not altogether reliable mythology. Stoddard has a huge amount of fun bringing together a wide range of American icons and historical figures – General Custard, Waynejon (The Pilgrim),… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2004

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2003

Bret Bertholf. Alfred Bester Is Alive and Well and Living in Winterset, Iowa. A ‘doozy’ according to the editorial intro, and I concur. What is particularly refreshing is that Bertholf adds a variety of graphics (from Virgil Finlay to Dr Seuss) to an already psychedelic text that could come straight fromthe 1960s, as an AI… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2003

Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 2002

Robert Reed. The Majesty of Angels. Occasionally, very occasionally, you come across an SF short story that stands out ‘head and shoulders’ above others. This is one such. Reed is at his best here, in giving the reader just enough, and no more. The narrator is one of an alien race, whose job it is… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 2002

Fantasy and Science Fiction April 2002

An enjoyable collection, with Friesner, Disch, Bowman and Dozois providing some entertaining if not substantial fare. Williamson and Thomas provide some good fiction, the Finlay story is stretched just a bit too far to have really held my attention, but the Friesner is a little gem.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2000

Sunrise Blues. S.N. Dyer A not unknown storyline – linking rock’n’roll with vampires – is handled extremely well through a ‘rockumentary’ approach: a music press/TV documentary on Tom Paine and his seventies mega group Commonsense. The group achieves success once they are joined by a female drummer, who is very much a night person, and… Continue reading Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2000

Asimovs, March 2005

Esther M. Friesner. The Fraud. The cover illustration (a Raphael no less) is a good companion for a piece of historical fiction from Friesner. The viewpoint character is a young man, travelling by horse from London to the house of Sir Hadrian Ashgrave. George is in the employ of Lord Edgerton, and betwixt the pair… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2005

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, January 2002

Oracles. Robert Reed. One of the reasons why I started summarising short SF stories I had read in the first place was that I don’t have much of a memory with regard to who wrote what and what a particular story is about. And I will doubtless be checking back from time to time to… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, January 2002

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, February 2000

The Royals of Hegn. Ursula K. Le Guin A short tale from UKLG, describing the small country of Hegn, particularly notable for having a population all of whom are of blue blood – they can trace their royal forebears back many generations. Well, not everyone is royalty, for there is a small family of commoners,… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, February 2000

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.