Whitsun, the red-robed man, and his companions, Francesco the burro and Treats the (talking) Husky, make a welcome return to F&SF.
An inventive post-apocalyptic setting just a little different from the norm.
Gently humorous, with the characterisation of the various aliens just a bit different, and Rand B. not overdoing the xeno-language stuff this time…
Something for everyone … pervs included. Duncan, Reaves and Bowes my favourites, giving the first half of the chunky, value for money, volume more grist to my reviewing mill.
Gordon van Gelder : ‘some of the most daring linguistic gymnastics ever attempted’ in the pages of F&SF. Best SF : ‘Yarblockos’
Sean McMullen. The Art of the Dragon. Dryly satirical tale in which a gigantic dragon appears and destroys the Eiffel Tower, then begins a world tour, destroying other notable buildings, statues and art collections. An observer of the initial attack enjoys celebrity status, and indeed has a greater role to play, his personal peculiarities putting… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August/September 2009
Paolo Bacigalupi. Pump Six. The lead-out story in Bacigalupi’s collection ‘Pump Six and Other Stories’. Editor GvG warns that the story may not be suitable for younger readers, but I beg to differ as it is exactly they who should be reading it! As in his ‘The Calorie Man’ Bacigalupi creates a believable, original near-future… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2008
Marc Laidlaw. Childrun. Wandering bard Gorlen Vizenfirthe makes a re-appearance in F&SF after a ten year absence, no doubt good news for those who delight in cod-mediaeval bardery, with a heigh-ho nonny no. In entering a village he bespies the sign identifying the name of the village (in the title) and ponders the reason for… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2008
Ted Kosmatka. The Art of Alchemy. Excellent SF/science thriller. It has a sense of place (the dying little steel towns of NW Indiana), and has an interracial relationship : it brings you up a little when the issue of race between the protagonist scientist and the attractive young science politico is raised, in that its… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2008
For me the issue gets progressively stronger, with the earlier stories not quite doing it for me to any great extent.
Stories by : Don Sakers, Frederik Pohl, Greg Bear, Isaac Asimov, Joseph H. Delaney, Mary Gentle, Rand B. Lee, Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Thomas Wylde
I am holding off on reading this volume, which I managed to get a copy of in 2002 on eBay. For the moment, here are the contents, and some story summaries for those stories read in other volumes.