An intelligent piece of metafiction, an antidote to the current crop of forumalaic horror/vampire/zombie fiction/television.
Excellent issue, with Paul Park the standout, and others from Robert Reed, Charles Oberndorf, Dean Whitlock, John Langan, Robin Aurelian, Marc Laidlaw, Steven Popkes, Kate Wilhelm.
A young man, struggling with his girlfriend’s infedility, finds things get much, much worse as the dark, undead canine horrors lurking underneath the streets of Albany close in.
Wayne Wightman. A Foreign Country. Quentin A. Denmore is standing for President of the USA, an independent candidate, with a very weak platform (mostly shaking hands and being nice), and a very small team behind him. That team gets smaller to the point that they down on his luck journalist assigned to follow him on… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2008
Dangnabbit, GvG has put the Ted Chiang story last of all. Can I resist a peek whilst I make my way through the other stories? Alexander Jablokov. Wrong Number. A more contemporary tale than you normally get from Jablokov, who can do hard SF of the highest drawer. Here there is an urban contemporary setting,… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2007
A so-so issue, some way below their best, and bit below the average high quality.
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
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
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.