Tag Archives: English

Clarkesworld, January through June

I’ll be covering highlights of the January through April issues, and a more in-depth review of the May and June issues.

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Analog, July/August 2011

This double issue contains a mix of stories ranging in quality from Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s excellent novella to a one-joke piece of flash fiction.  As usual for Analog, many of the stories feature space explorers, scientists and engineers.

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Apex Magazine #24, May 2011

In a strong issue, the protagonists of these three stories find a reality that doesn’t match their expectations or hopes. Jeremy R. Butler tells of a worker in the asteroid belt who dreamed of adventure in space, but instead finds he has … Continue reading

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Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, Volume 10 Issue 2, June 2011

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Strange Horizons, April 4-May 30, 2011

In “Pataki,” by Nisi Shawl, published in two parts on 4 and 11 April 2011, Rianne is starting over in a new place, but still hasn’t recovered from the disproved allegations that caused her to flee Ann Arbor, Michigan for Oakland, … Continue reading

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Expanded Horizons #27

This issue features four female authors, three of whom are Indian, and one who is from the Philippines. Though there are only four stories, they cover such varied topics as transdimensional portals, mermaids, the Indian goddess of destruction, and space … Continue reading

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Expanded Horizons #28

The story “God in the Sky”, by An Owomoyela, is especially interesting coming as it does on the heels of the Rapture hype in the news in May. In this story, a light appears in the sky. Scientists study it, … Continue reading

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Analog, June 2011

The stories in Analog’s June issue seem squarely aimed at readers who enjoy tales of clever engineers and scientists bravely solving engineering problems while complaining about the difficulty of doing things for public relations purposes.

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The Magical Roots of Malaysian Horror Fiction In English

The diverse history of Malaysia has given rise to a unique folklore that stems from multiple sources such as animism, tribal beliefs, shamanism and various religions such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Serious studies of the occult exist,  if heavily biased … Continue reading

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Shimmer, Issue 13

The stories in this season’s issue are extremely well-written and an absolute pleasure to read. The stories themselves, for the most part serious or even melancholy, are built on fresh ideas or at least interesting twists on established ones. Their … Continue reading

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Analog, May 2011

All of the six stories are reasonably well written, but overall the May issue failed to invoke much of a sense of wonder for me.  Some of the stories feel dated in style and content compared to fiction being published … Continue reading

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Apex Magazine Issues #21 and #22, February and March 2011

This review is an overview of the February and March issues, picking out my favourite stories from the two. In the pieces on which I’ll be focusing here, Cat Rambo tells of siblings with an uneasy relationship, which might or … Continue reading

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Strange Horizons, February 7-March 21, 2011

“Widows in the World” by Gavin J. Grant embodies the word strange in the ezine’s title. Told in two parts, published 7 February and 14 February 2011, this surreal rambling, which invokes Roald Dahl,  is unintelligible.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, May/June 2011

The thirteen stories collected here visit the past and both near and far futures, encompassing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Climate change, music, New Orleans, and genetics all figure prominently.

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After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar

Edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, this anthology of fantasy stories has a fun concept that acts as a connective thread: all the stories take place, at least partly, in a bar. The same bar. And not just any … Continue reading

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Electric Velocipede, Issue 21/22, Fall 2010

Electric Velocipede is a print magazine that started as a ‘zine in 2001. This issue will be the last published by Night Shade Books, according to a post on EV’s site by editor John Klima, as the magazine moves online. … 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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Analog Science Fiction and Fact April 2011

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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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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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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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The Door to Lost Pages

Troubled young runaway Aydee escapes her abusive home and stumbles across a bookstore called Lost Pages. After a series of bizarre encounters with a variety of creatures and divine beings, Aydee is befriended by Lost Pages’ shopkeeper Lucas and his … Continue reading

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Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction, Edited by Cecilia Tan and Bethany Zaiatz

The Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Cecilia Tan and Bethany Zaiatz is a cohesive, balanced collection of stories that definitely live up to Circlet Press’ goal to find new ways to break open the strictures and formulas … Continue reading

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Albedo One, #39, 2010

Albedo One bills itself as Ireland’s longest-running and foremost magazine of the fantastic, and I’m happy to take their word for it.  This issue, # 39, contains an interview with Mike Resnick, several reviews of new novels, and six short … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Greenhouse

A review of “Welcome to the Greenhouse” (ed. Gordon Van Gelder) Continue reading

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Expanded Horizons #26, 2011

The webzine Expanded Horizons calls itself “speculative fiction for the rest of us,” which could mean a lot of things. Who exactly are “the rest of us”? People who are embarrassed to be science fiction and fantasy fans, perhaps? As … Continue reading

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Fantasy Magazine, January 2011

Fantasy Magazine tells you what it’s about right there in the masthead: “From modern mythcraft to magic surrealism.” No ambiguous names, no hunting around to get a feel for the sort of stories they publish. They feature a new piece … Continue reading

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Words Without Borders, December 2010

Words Without Borders is an online magazine dedicated to translating and publishing contemporary fiction from around the world. For their December issue, they decided to “counter the merriment with a dose of the macabre” by focusing on horror stories from … Continue reading

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Tesseracts 14

Tesseracts is a historic semi-annual anthology of Canadian science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each volume is put together by a different pair of editors. Jean-Louis Trudel’s history of the series up until 1998 can be found in Tesseracts 7. Edge … Continue reading

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Tenth Orbit

Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places is a single-author collection by Argentine writer Gustavo Bondoni, put out by the small press Altered Dimensions and available in paperback and ebook editions. The twenty-two stories comprising this volume are primarily idea-driven science … Continue reading

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Asimov’s Science Fiction February 2011

Sci-fi shorts, I admit, are not my best subject, but I took the reviewer position to familiarize myself more with today’s up and coming science fiction authors. Asimov’s Science Fiction is one of the leading science fiction magazines in the … Continue reading

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, #26, November 2010

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW) is a ‘zine that Small Beer Press has published for ages now (in ‘zine time at least, the first issue is dated November 1996), and has a reputation for strange, original fiction that bulges well … Continue reading

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The Warbler’s Nest by Jason McIntosh

“The Warbler’s Nest” is Jason McIntosh’s entry to the 2010 Interactive Fiction Competition. The game tied for ninth place in the competition, which surprised me, since I felt it was a better piece than several submitted works (at least, the … Continue reading

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Apex Magazine Issue #20, January 2011

January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways and gateways and journeys. The god of beginnings and also the god of endings.   Apex Magazine Issue #20 embraces the Janusian name by presenting three stories … Continue reading

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