A newly terraformed world, ready to be opened up to colonists, is the subject of criticism from a bureaucrat.
The first of the now double-size but bi-monthly F&SF. The disappointment of now to be hearing a copy of F&SF coming through the letter box only six times a year is mitigated by the fact that it now makes an even meatier thump when hitting the floor. Sean McMullen. The Spiral Briar. Some fantasy to… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April/May 2009
Robert Reed. Reunion. F&SF regular Reed hit top form with the previous issue’s ‘Five Thrillers’, but in contrast this is a much lower key affair. A young woman attends a school reunion with a difference : the class in question has furnished a dozen high-achievers – extremely high achievers. What is the reason behind this?… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2008
David Marusek. Osama Phone Home. Published earlier in MIT’s Technology Magazine, and it reads like a story that you would expect a high quality writer Marusek would provide that kind of magazine, as opposed to writing it as an F&SF story. It’s OK, but some what short of his best, which is a pretty high… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2007
Alexander Jablokov. Brain Raid. Jablokov wrote some strong short stories in the 80s/90s, being one author who I watched out for in his appearances in Dozois’ Annual Collections. This is a strong story – providing an American counterpart to the Indian rogue AI stories that Ian McDonald has impressed with in the last couple of… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2007