Contents Pages Michael Libling “How I Came To Write Fantasy” Benjamin Rosenbaum “Rejoice, My Brothers and Sisters” Charlotte Ashley “The Joy in Wounding” Charles de Lint: Books to Look For —The Rook by Daniel O’Malley —Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley —Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma —Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell —Shadow Hunter by BR Kingsolver —Night Stalker by BR Kingsolver Michelle West: Musing on Books —The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda —Fall, or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson —Exhalation by Ted Chiang Matthew Hughes “A Geas of the Purple School” M. Rickert “Evergreen” Gregor Hartmann “A Hand at the Service of Darkness” James Morrow “Bird Thou Never Wert” Jane Yolen “Swing Between” (verse) Rebecca Zahabi “It Never Snows in Snowtown” David J. Skal’s Television: Those Were the Days Jerry Oltion’s Science: Portable Power F&SF Competition #98 “Titles as Acronyms” F&SF Competition #99: Ignorance is Bliss Marie Vibbert “Knit Three, Save Four” Andy Stewart “The Vicious World of Birds” Sam J. Miller “Shucked” Coming Attractions F&SF Market Place Index to Volumes 136 & 137 Jan–Dec 2019 Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: The Arrogant History of White Ben by Clemence Dane (1939)
Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 137 No. 5 and 6, No. 746, Nov/Dect 2019 Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder Editor: C.C. Finlay Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky Cover: Bob Eggleton Cartoons: Nick Downes 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Jan. 6, 2020 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
As Gordon Van Gelder promised in TDE10, “Our 70th anniversary issue is going to be good one.”
Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 137 No. 3 and 4, No. 745, Sep/Oct 2019 Contents Kelly Link “The White Cat’s Divorce” Paolo Bacigalupi “American Gold Mine” Y.M. Pang “Little Inn on the Jianghu” Mary Soon Lee “Last Human in the Olympics” (verse) Robert Silverberg: Three Score and Ten Charles de Lint: Books to Look For James Sallis: Books Michael Moorcock “Kabul” Maureen McHugh “Under the Hill” Amanda Hollander “Madness Afoot” Nick Wolven “The Light on Eldoreth” Elizabeth Bear “Erase, Erase, Erase” Karin Lowachee: Films—Love Death + Some Regression Jerry Oltion: Science—Net Up or Net Down? Paul De Filippo: Plumage From Pegasus—A Giraffe Yoked to an Ox: A Review of Flora Columbia: Goddess of a New Age Jeff Crandall “Halstead IV” (verse) Ken Liu “Booksavr” Esther Friesner “The Wrong Badger” Michael Swanwick “Ghost Ships” Gardner Dozois “Homecoming” Coming Attractions Market Place Thomas Kaufsek’s Curiosities—Science Fiction: Complete with Everything: Aliens, Giant Ants, Space Cadets, Robots, and One Plucky Girl by No-Frills Entertainment (1981)
Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder Editor: C.C. Finlay Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky Cover: David A. Hardy Cartoons: Mark Heath, Danny Shanahan 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Nov. 4, 2019 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
In the intro to “Unearthed Death,” Marissa Lingen reveals a little of the inspiration behind her story. “Sometimes I write to try to teach myself compassion. Sometimes I even succeed.”
Osrith is a messenger of the gods who visits the dying. Her task is to connect her “clients” with one of the gods for the afterlife, or the alternative—the boneyard, the place for those the gods have rejected. “Unearthed” provides a strong finish for the issue’s fiction.
Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 137 No. 1 and 2, No. 744, Jul/Aug 2019 Contents Cassandra Khaw “Mighty Are the Meek and the Myriad” Deborah Coates “Girls Who Never Stood a Chance” Mary Soon Lee “To Skeptics” (verse) Theodore McCombs “Lacuna Heights” Charles de Lint: Books to Look For Michelle West: Musing on Books G.V. Anderson “A Strange Uncertain Light” Dominica Phetteplace “Nice for What” Albert E. Cowdrey “The Legacy” Andrej Kokoulin “The Slave” translated by Alex Shvartsman David J. Skal’s Films: Sequel, Califragilistic Jerry Oltion’s Science: How Vaccines Work Paul Di Filippo’s Plumage From Pegasus: What Reads Me Next? Beth Cato “My Ghost Will Know the Way” (verse) Eliza Rose “Planet Doykeit” Molly Gloss “The Everlasting Humming of the Earth” Alex Irvine “The Legend of Wolfgang Robotkiller” Coming Attractions Market Place David Langford’s Curiosities: The Mind of Mr. Soames by Charles Eric Maine (1961)
Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder Editor: C.C. Finlay Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky Cover: Mondolithic Studios Cartoons: Nick Downes, Arthur Mascar 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Sept. 2, 2019 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
Publisher Gordon Van Gelder shares this advance look at the cover to the Jul/Aug issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction, by Mondolithic Sudios, coming to newsstands in July. You’ll see the cover art before its typography was added in The Digest Enthusiast No. 10, which I hope to be able to release tomorrow.
Sean Adams tells his tale, “An Obstruction to Delivery,” in 31 numbered reports. The postal service has gone underground, delivering mail via a massive network of tunnels, enabling recipients to pick up their daily distribution of letters and packages from a box in their basements. The reporterly format distances the narrator from story’s events, amplifying their absurdity. While I admire the unusual approach, the distance delayed engagement with the action until deep into the story.
Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 136 No. 5 and 6, No. 743, May/Jun 2019 Contents Andy Dudak “The Abundance” Kelly Barnhill “Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters” Mary Soon Lee “Guinevere” (verse) Bruce McAllister “Breath” Charles de Lint: Books to Look For Elizabeth Hand: Books Lavie Tidhar “New Atlantis” Gretchen Tessmer “From Tierra de Fuego to the Moluccas” (verse) David Gullen “The Moss Kings” Debbie Urbanski “How to Kiss a Hojacki” Pip Coen “Second Skin” Karin Lowachee’s Films: Bird Box Never Quite Takes Off Jerry Oltion’s Science: How to Calculate an Orbit F&SF Competition #97: “Watered Down” F&SF Competition #98: Titles as Acronyms Matthew Hughes “Sternutative Sortilege” Rebecca Campbell “The Fourth Trimester Is the Strangest” Tobias S. Buckell “Apocalypse Considered through a Helix of Semiprecious Foods and Recipes” Coming Attractions Market Place Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: Atomsk, by Cordwainer Smith (1949)
Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder Editor: C.C. Finlay Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky Cover: Cory and Catska Ench “New Atlantis” Cartoons: Danny Shanahan, Arthur Mascar, S. Harris 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until July 1, 2019 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
The song is the fantasy element in “Afiya’s Song,” the issue’s final novelette by Justin C. Key. It’s a brutal account of slavery in the deep south. The song’s magical powers transport Afiya and those she teaches to sing it to a far better place, helping them survive the horrors of their imprisonment.
“The Ghayrog city of Dulorn was an architectural marvel, a city of frosty brilliance that extended for two hundred miles up and down the heart of the great Dulorn Rift.” “Lord Valentine’s Castle” part two by Robert SilverbergFantasy and Science Fiction Dec. 1979
The many bees from the preceding story “I Am Not I” segue into Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty’s Science column “With the Best of Intentions,” which reports on the decline of bees, threats to their existence, and the repercussions of their dwindling populations.
David J. Skal gives us a twofer in his column on Films, “Ghoulies, Ghosties, Beasties,” reviewing Beauty and the Beast from both 1991 and 2017—comparing and contrasting, with plenty of “bonus” material on the director of the 2017 version, Bill Condon.