Category Archives: March 2011

Racontons une histoire ensemble: History and Characteristics of French IF (Part 2)

Val Grimm, Editors’ note: As part of our coverage of this year’s Second Annual Interactive Fiction Mini-Convention, we are publishing two articles from Interactive Fiction Theory Reader, a newly released collection of essays including work by Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, … Continue reading

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Racontons une histoire ensemble: History and Characteristics of French IF (Part 1)

Val Grimm, Editors’ note: As part of our coverage of this year’s Second Annual Interactive Fiction Mini-Convention, we are publishing two articles from Interactive Fiction Theory Reader, a newly released collection of essays including work by Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, … Continue reading

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Asimov’s Science Fiction, Vol. 35, #3, March 2011

In “Clean” by John Kessel, Elizabeth and Daniel decide, against their daughter Jinny’s insistence, that Daniel should experience mechanical memory erasure in one fell swoop to stave off the degeneration of Alzheimer’s. The process strips away Daniel’s affective memories of … Continue reading

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Ideomancer, Vol. 10 Issue 1

According to the editor’s note, The March issue of ideomancer is comprised of three stories full of “slanted spring sunlight; stories light enough to float; stories about beginnings”. On the surface, I would agree, but what I really think the … Continue reading

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Clarkesworld Magazine, #54, March 2011

The two fiction pieces in the March issue of Clarkesworld share some similarities. Both stories have female protagonists who are also narrators. The protagonists have bodies that set them apart from the human species. The story-worlds in both are radically … Continue reading

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A brief history of Hungarian fantasy

Hungarian fantasy is based on the  pre-existing anglophone literary traditions and did not develop independently. Hungarian fantastic literature is varied but authors did not form a movement based on the common usage of the surreal and the fantastic, and did not … Continue reading

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Curveship: A new way to write IF

Nick Montfort‘s overview of Curveship was among the programming associated with the second IF mini-convention at PAX East. We interviewed him about the project.”What Curveship does differently is allowing control over the telling, not just the underlying storyworld.” How did … Continue reading

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Analog Science Fiction and Fact April 2011

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World SF Blog, January-February 2011

The World SF Blog, run by Lavie Tidhar and Charles Tan, was set up in 2009 to carry news and features on science fiction from the world over. For the last few months, the blog has also been publishing fiction (mostly … Continue reading

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History of Italian IF

Val Grimm; Editor’s Note: As part of our coverage of this year’s Second Annual Interactive Fiction Mini-Convention, we are publishing two articles from Interactive Fiction Theory Reader, a newly released collection of essays including work by Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, … Continue reading

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Strange Horizons, January 3-31 2011

The new year and a new format for this publication converged. I was unable to find a  unifying thread binding together three pieces of new fiction and a reprint of a story from 1955, along with an introduction by fiction editor Jeff … Continue reading

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Aotearoa by Matt Wigdahl

The winners of the XYZZY awards, the Interactive Fiction community’s answer to the Grammys and Oscars, have been announced. A plethora of science fiction and fantasy titles are among the award recipients, chief among them Matt Wigdahl’s “Aotearoa”, a speculative fiction piece which also won the Interactive Fiction Competition last year. Continue reading

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Current Danish Science Fiction

Every year the Danish fanzine SCIENCE FICTION (www.sciencefiction.webbyen.dk) hosts a themed short story competition. Reviewer Andreas J. Søe recently wrote down his impressions of 4 issues, for the Danish clubzine HIMMELSKIBET. We reprint this article here, as it gives plotexamples of current Danish fiction writing among fans.
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The Universe of Things, by Gwyneth Jones

The Universe of Things is a difficult anthology to review, since it is populated by some very difficult writing, and I don’t mean the language is hard to understand. By this, I mean that the stories are very challenging, and … Continue reading

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Tor.com, January 2011

Tor.com published two original pieces of short fiction in January, covering two areas close to my heart: Japan and monkeys.

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Quechuan Proto-Science Fiction

We know that modern science fiction is considered to have begun with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, yet despite this there are a lot of older stories that might be considered science fiction too. Those books are halfway between fantasy and explorations … Continue reading

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Editors’ Note, March 2011

Welcome, readers. This month we’re planning to bring you an overview on the past forty years of Hungarian fantasy, Mike Hilborn’s review of Aotearoa (which swept this year’s XYZZY Awards), Valentin D. Ivanov’s musings on classic Soviet science fiction, and … Continue reading

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Alt Hist, Issue 1

Alt Hist, Issue 1 is a new periodical aimed at filling a gap in the market for alternative history and historical fiction.  Published in the U.K. by Mark Lord, its mission is “to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short … Continue reading

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Analog, March 2011

The March 2011 issue explores possibilities in the interaction between humans and robots, humans and aliens, and humans and our own social taboos, and the stories included feature time travel, nanotechnology, genetic mutation, and even the evolution of timeshares, which … Continue reading

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, March/April 2011

All of the stories in this issue are solidly written and thought-provoking. There was only one small disappointment among an array of excellent stories covering the themes of death and immortality, change and new beginnings.

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