Year’s Best SF 15. (eds Hartwell/Cramer, Eos Books, 2010).

As ever, a strong collection of stories, albeit fairly ‘safe’ in terms of a relatively narrow range of sources.

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, March 2009

Daniel Abraham. The Curandero and the Swede : a Tale from the 1001 American Nights. Taking his new girlfriend to his family in the country, and worrying what his family will make of her, a young man learns a lot from his Uncle – on the nature of the country in which they live, the… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2009

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2005

PDF version reviewed. Charles Coleman Finlay. Of Silence and the Man at Arms. The third adventure involving Vertir and Kuikin (‘For Want of a Nail’ F&SF March 2003, ‘After the Gaud Chrysalis’ F&SF June 2004). Of the first story I wrote : ‘A wry cod-fantasy yarn, in which a wise-cracking pair of thieves go a-robbing.’.… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2005

Fantasy and Science Fiction January 2001

The Measure of All Things. Richard Chedwyk. Tom Groverton runs an animal rescue centre – with a difference. Instead of abandoned or mistreated cats or dogs, his charges are intelligent bio-toy dinosaurs. Created and genetically tweaked to be small and cute, with a short life-span and limited intelligence, the dinosaurs turned out small, but they… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction January 2001

Science Fiction The Best of 2002, edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber. ibooks, 2003

With the SF community having being served for two decades by the Dozois annual collection, producing an anthology with only a dozen stories is going to be challenging. The Silverberg/Haber collection makes it even more difficult as the majority of the stories are from the first half of 2002.