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 Silverberg Fantasy and Science Fiction Dec. 1979
Columns from Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017:
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.
Whether you label G.V. Anderson’s “I Am Not I” fantasy or bizarro fiction, you’d be correct. A wonderfully imaginative novelette about a girl who struggles for survival in a world of over-evolved lusus naturae who malign the merely human. “The inspiration for the honey man, I remember very clearly. The photographs online of lotus pods grafted onto various body parts—most people have seen those, I expect. They gave me nightmares, but I knew it would make an amazing visual for a character.”
Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 136 No. 3 and 4, No. 742, Mar/Apr 2019
Gregor Hartmann “The Unbearable Lightness of Bullets”
Matthew Hughes “The Plot Against Fantucco’s Armor”
S. Qiouyi Lu “At Your Dream’s Edge”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Michelle West: Musing on Books
Mary Soon Lee “In the Caverns of the Moon” (verse)
Sophie M. White “Away” (verse)
R.S. Benedict “All of Me”
Tina Connolly “miscellaneous notes from the time an alien came to band camp disguised as my alto sax”
John Kessel “The Mark of Cain”
Diana Peterfreund “Playscape”
Margaret Killjoy “The Free Orcs of Cascadia”
Paul Park “Dear Sir or Madam”
Jerry Oltion’s Science: E.T. Shmee-T
David J. Skal’s Films: The Yawning Abyss
Jerome Stueart “Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun”
Nick DiChario “Bella and the Blessed Stone”
Rich Larson “Contagion’s Eve at the House Noctambulous”
Graham Andrews’ Curiosities: The Brontés Went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson (1931)
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: Ken Bash “Contagion’s Eve at the House Noctambulous”
Cartoons: Nick Downes, Bill Long, Arthur Mascar, Danny Shanahan
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until April 29, 2019
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Review columns from Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017:
Two book review columns, run back-to-back in this issue, to provide plenty of titles for readers’ consideration. Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For” covers Tillie Madison vs Reality by P.L. Winn; Nathan Van Coops’ time travel series In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never; Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti & Omar Rayyan; Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs; Gods & Goddesses: The Fantasy Illustration Library Volume Two edited by Malcolm R. Phifer and Michael C. Phifer; and Creaking Staircases: Gothic Tales of Supernatural Suspense by James E. Coplin.
Michelle West’s “Musing on Books” reviews Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner, In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle, and A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge.
Lint begins each of his reviews with a personal story, used as a springboard into the book at hand. West begins her reviews with a little background on the author, and to some degree, her own experiences of their work. I enjoyed how both Lint and West approach their entry to their reviews, but your mileage may vary.