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Profiles of July 1998 Issues

Interzone July 1998
An international issue, with the first stories translated from the French and German that IZ has ever published, by Michael Iwoleit and Jean-Claude Dunyach. Stephen Baxter's cover story is about astronauts, a barrier at the edge of the solar system, and telomeres. Dennis Etchison is interviewed about his writing techniques, Whitley Strieber, Lizzie Borden, and California: ''the centre of the universe and the mark of normalcy''. Keith Brooke explains how an idea for a home page on the web grew into infinity plus. Brian Stableford's series of essays on the creators of science fiction takes on John W. Campbell, Jr., the man who molded science fiction in his own image, transforming Astounding into Analog, ''the magazine for speculatively-inclined engineers''. And David Pringle gives thumbs-up to Thomas M. Disch (in a misprinted review corrected in the August issue). (Short fiction reviews)
(Tue 15 Sep 98)
F&SF July 1998
''As we approach the end of the 1990s, I think it's safe to say that cinema has been the dominant art form of the Twentieth Century'' editorializes Gordon Van Gelder, and so the most literary and venerable of SF magazines ''goes to the movies''. Most fun: lists by Le Guin, Kessel, Cadigan, Friesner and others of books that should (or shouldn't) be made into movies, casting suggestions, and more. John Kessel finds a role in everything from The Stars My Destination to Corrupting Dr. Nice for Kevin Bacon. In fiction, Richard Chwedyk invests an ordinary SF situation with insight into movie-making, while Harvey Jacobs counterpoints a sly fantasy with thoughts on the importance of movies in contemporary life. Also, familiar fun from Ron Goulart, and a Terry Bisson time travel story starring Richard Feynman that is in the form of a screenplay. And Paul Di Filippo turns things upside down.
(Fri 10 Jul 98)
Asimov's July 1998
Another movie story: Kage Baker sends a time traveler to negotiate a photoplay treatment from Robert Louis Stevenson. R. Garcia y Robertson provides a wide-screen space adventure, the kind of story we might wish Hollywood should be making. Ian R. MacLeod writes of an artist in a future in which virtual reality is so pervasive it's just called 'reality'. Michael Swanwick completes an Avram Davidson fragment, and Leslie What charms with a tale about humans taking jobs as temporary pets. Robert Silverberg writes about a mutant seaweed invading the Mediterranean Sea; no, not science fiction, but another news story that just sounds like science fiction. Laurel Winter contributes a playful poem about the horrors of life as an egg. Peter Heck reviews books by and about Jack Vance, plus James P. Hogan's book about artificial intelligence.
(Fri 10 Jul 98)
Science Fiction Age July 1998
A novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch counterpoints a future social trend, ''coolhunting'', with the tale of a girl medically fixed in a child's body but now aged into mental adulthood. In other fiction, Jack Williamson brings aliens to earth for a lesson in what happens to the conquered, Eric Brown ponders the deep future, and Paul Di Filippo outdoes himself with a story inspired by the art of Chris Mars. Movie tie-in: Godzilla. The science round table, with Landis, Benford, and Cramer, ponders last year's discovery that gives possible support to SF's idea of teleportation. Copying quantum states doesn't violate physical laws, but the process is limited by light-speed -- and it destroys the original. Karen Haber profiles the art of Darrell K. Sweet.
(Fri 10 Jul 98)
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