R. Garcia y Robertson. Kansas, She Says, Is the Name of the Star. Garcia y Robertson has provided primarily F for F&SF of late through his Markovy series, and, huzzah huzzah, here he provides some SF – and how! Co-incidentally I’ve not long finished reading Geoff Ryman’s early 90s novel ‘Was’ , which features a… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2007
Matthew Hughes. Inner Huff. Further comic adventures of Guth Bandar (last seen in ‘A Little Learning’ F&SF June 2004), who has a pig of a day in the noosphere. Robert Reed. From Above. A hackberry tree in the woods is a very gentle rural setting for a story in which a higher intelligence responds to… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2005
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
For me the issue gets progressively stronger, with the earlier stories not quite doing it for me to any great extent.
Laird Barron. Old Virginia. Deep in the American countryside an ageing intelligence officer, Garland, is leading a small team which is looking after some scientific experimentation in a ramshackle cabin. Things begin to go wrong. The other side appear to have found them, and the question is whether they should abort the mission. Things get… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2003
Albert E. Cowdrey. The Posthumous Man. Cowdrey takes us once again to New Orleans. Wentworth is an antiques dealer, specialising in Funerary Arts. An old tombstone behind which is a murderous tale comes his way, bringing bad fortune to him. Benjamin Rosenbaum. Droplet. A far-future postmodern couple in deep space come across an ancient planet… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 2002
Almost two year’s after its publication, a mini-review in order to fill in the only post-1999 F&SF issue not previously reviewed. Harlan Ellison. Never Send to Know for Whom the Lettuce Wilts. An expanded, reworked 1956 story. Henry Leclair finds a very obtuse statement in a fortune cookie, and is the kind of chap who… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction January 2002
Doing the Unstuck. Paul Di Filippo. The angst of teen Goth Erin is painfully observed, and set to the music of The Cure (I was more of a Siouxsie and the Banshees person myself). Erin has the attitude and the fashion sense, but lacks the crowning glory – the tousled hair a la Robert Smith.… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction May 2001
It’s a good issue, without being a classic. Stories by Barzak, Broderick, Lindsey, Malcolm, Creasey, Kress, Garcia y Robertson, Reed, Kosmatka, Poore, Barton
Not the strongest of issues, a bit of a surprise considering Reed, Cassutt, Robertson and Baxter being on the front cover.
Robert Reed. The Caldera of Good Fortune. Reed further mines The Great Ship in his ‘Marrow’ setting to further good, if not great, effect. For those not in the know, said Ship is a vast (I mean, really, really, really vast) spaceship of non-human origin, colonised by a vast range of races as it makes… Continue reading Asimovs, September 2007
Reviewed : MobiPocket version on a Tapwave Zodiac. Jonathan Sherwood. Under the Graying Sea. The largest protospike engine in history propels Tessa and Lorand towards the stars, in a spacecraft – or, more accurately, a Concussion Vehicle, for in order to make use of the wormhole that is to be humanity’s pathway to the stars,… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2006
John Grimsley. The 120 Hours of Sodom. A very strong story from Grimsley, one in his ‘Hormling’ series (‘Perfect Pilgrim’ in Asimovs Feb 2003, ‘Getting the News’ Asimovs March 2002 both impressed me). Here he looks at a far future, decadent humanity, with those long-lived humans who have wealth able to satisfy their every whim.… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2005
Mike Resnick. Travels with My Cats. Resnick furnishes a story the like of which you would normally expect to see in F&SF, or in other more mainstream sources. A young boy’s finds a limited edition travel book written some time back by a Miss Priscilla Wallace, whose prose descriptions of her travels enraptures the boy.… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2004
Richard Wadholm. At the Money. I was looking forward to this hugely. A ‘companion piece’ to “Green Tea” from a couple of years back, which I greatly enjoyed, as I did “From Here You Can See the Sunquists”. However, I have to admit to being a tad disappointed, as this didn’t really reach those heights.… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, April 2002
Reflections. Robert Silverberg. Robert Silverberg’s ‘Reflections’ looks back, with rose-tinted spectacles (of a metaphorical nature) at the New Wave of SF in the 1960. An issue or two back James Patrick Kelly pondered ‘on being a cyberpunk’. I wonder how the future will view this period? A fairly low-key period, with sharecrop, media tie-ins a… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, March 2001 (Peanut Press edition)
Stories by : Adam Roberts, Alastair Reynolds, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Bruce Stirling, Bud Sparhawk, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, David Langford, Gardner R Dozois, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Hannu Rajaniemi, James Patrick Kelly, Joe Haldeman, Justina Robinson, Ken MacLeod, Larissa Lai, Lauren McLaughlin, Liz Williams, Matthew Jarpe, Michael Swanwick, Neal Asher, Oliver Morton, Paul McAuley, Peter F. Hamilton, R. Garcia y Robertson, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Tobias S. Buckell, Vonda N McIntyre.
Brian Stableford, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Jack Williamson, James Patrick Kelly, John C. Wright, Katherine McLean, Kim Newman, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul Levinson, R. Garcia y Robertson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, S.N. Dyer, Terry Bisson, Tom Cool., Tom Purdom, William Gibson
Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Bruce McAllister, Bruce Sterling, Dean Whitlock, Gene Wolfe., Howard Waldrop, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, Joseph Manzione, Karen Joy Fowler, Kate Wilhelm, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Michael Bishop, Michael Flynn, Michael McDowell, Neal Barrett Jr, Octavia E. Butler, Orson Scott Card, Pat Cadigan, Pat Murphy, Paul J. McAuley, R. Garcia y Robertson, Robert Silverberg, Susan Palwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams.