There are some dark secrets in the otherwise quiet town of Trenton, Ontario, which are gradually revealed in this lengthy story.
Deceptively clever story from Libling – you have to pay attention from the offset to pick up clues as to what is actually happening.
An opening story with an audacious conceit bang slap in the middle of it, one that is unsettling and lodges itself in the mind.
Paul Di Filippo. The Secret Sutras of Sally Strumpet. Similar in style to PDF’s humourous “The Short Ashy Afterlife of Hiram P. Dottle” from F&SF May 2002, so if you read that and enjoyed it, you’ll like this. A struggling author has hit upon a rich seam – however, he has mined that seam in… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2005
Having just read the Oct/Nov double issue of F&SF I ploughed straight in to this issue, and found halfway through I had to intersperse my reading of it with stories from the latest Asimovs, as I was suffering SF withdrawal, and had to get my fix! Jack Cady. The Fog. Cady died last year, and… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2004
M. Rickert. Leda. In this, the first in a series of ‘contemporary retellings of classical Greek myths’, the relationship between the swan and the human woman, Leda, is not consensual. She and her partner struggle with the aftermath of the sexual assault (the story is taken forward through several viewpoints). Can she truly be pregnant… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 2002
Raven Dream. Robert Reed. ‘An intriguing story that promises to be the start of a series’ according to the editorial intro., and that pretty much sums it up. Reed slowly reveals just enough juicy snippets of information to keep the reader interested. A small, tight-knit community of woods-dwelling humans/elves/creatures forage from the ‘big people, who… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction December 2001