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 link they all share is that they are chock full of bittersweet flights of fancy.... Continue Reading →

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 different from ours. Neither tale thinks much of the human species. Finally, both stories are... Continue Reading →

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.

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. "Beauty Belongs to the Flowers" by Matthew Sanborn Smith tells the story of Miho, a teenage girl living in Nagasaki, and explores the conflict between natural and artificial beauty.  Miho finds real life disappointing compared... Continue Reading →

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 stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened,"... Continue Reading →

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 are no longer just condos on the beach. “Rule Book” by Paul Carlson, the first... Continue Reading →

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. The novella "The Evening and the Morning" is set at the far-future end of Sheila Finch's "Guild of Xenolinguists" universe.... Continue Reading →

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