In the gospel according to Sullivan, Yeshua was a humble storyteller, not so much a prophet as in it for the profit.
A story which appears to end with several pages to go, athen the reader gradually realises that in fact the real story has even further to go…
Deep in space some scientific mumbo-jumbo involving ‘uber-symmetry’, ‘complementary particles’, and ‘superpositioning’ allows a man to confront his dead father.
Lacking a bit of subtlety and texture – more like an Analog than an F&SF story, more Aerosmith than Patti Smith.
An SF story that failed to engage, on two counts your honour : firstly, it’s mostly dialogue, secondly the protagonist keeps way too much close to his chest.
A grieving woman is visited by the close friend of her recently departed lover.
Gentle and charming short, which starts off with the death from cancer of one of the main characters, but which nevertheless manages to be uplifting.
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.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction finishes 2009 with an issue of their now standard bi-monthly size, but dated for a single month to enable a clean start in 2010 with a Jan/Feb issue. Alex Irvine. Dragon’s Teeth. Irvine’s ‘Wizard Six’ in F&SF June 2007 was a strong and dark fantasy story. In a… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2009
Albert E. Cowdrey. Inside Story. Retired Detective Sergeant Alphonse Fournet finds the lure of work, post-Katrina, too much to resist, when he finds out that people are continuing to mysteriously disappear. He is rapidly confronted with those of an alien persuasion who have been doing the abducting-humans thing, and as a representative of Bush the… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2008
James Stoddard. The First Editions. Fantasy, in which a bibliophile falls afoul of a fellow collector, a mage who turns him, and his life, into a book, stored on his shelves to be read at leisure, filed amongst other unfortunates now in bookform. He is unwilling to accept his place on the shelves, and true… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2008
Tim Sullivan. Way Down East. A very well crafted story which used the very alien to look at human alienation, separation and grief. We have had First Contact, and whilst the visitor from Gliese 581c has had some impact, life of course goes on. Or not necessarily so for the protagonists, two fisherman from New… Continue reading Asimovs, December 2008
Maybe its me favouring fellow Brits, but Baxter and Glass are the pick of the bunch for me.
Interstitial. Paul J. McAuley. The Great Winter has forced humanity from then now-frozen Earth. The moon colonies have degenerated into warring factions, with youngsters groomed into drug-crazed soldiery. McAuley sets off on what is initially a fast-paced army scenario, with a tech forced by his more gung-ho brother into a mission which does not bode… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, July 2000