The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August/September 2009

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

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2008

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

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 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

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 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

The Year’s Best Science Fiction, First Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1984.

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.