New SF, Fantasy, and Horror magazines seen 18 January - 1 February
Issue 232, Vol. 25 No. 1, January 2003, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp, cover art by Dominic Emile Harman
Monthly SFFH trade journal, founded in 1979 by Andrew I. Porter as Science Fiction Chronicle; now published by Warren Lapine, with news editor John Douglas
Headlines concern SF/fantasy writers who've won recent mystery awards; Vivendi's sale of Houghton Mifflin; World Fantasy Awards winners; and Diamond Distribution deals. Newnotes includes items about publishers, Harry Potter, publishers, booksellers, awards, auctions, organizations & conferences, media, websites, other stuff, and BBC; and then there are extensive author/editor/agent news items.
Features include Don D'Ammassa's summary of the year's best books (his top picks are titles by Reynolds, Mieville, and Simmons respectively for sf, fantasy, and horror). News editor John R. Douglas's editorial discusses possible changes to the magazine, and invites feedback. Among letters is a long one from Paul T. Riddell, about giving up writing.
John Hertz reports on the Worldcon Masquerade, and Darrell Schweitzer provides a World Fantasy Con report.
Other features include Jeff Rovin's Cinema report, Don D'Ammassa's book reviews, Steve Sawicki's short fiction reviews, Alan Dean Foster's movie reviews, a UK report by Tanya Brown, and Young Adult book reviews by Mike Jones.
(Mon 27 Jan 2003)
The Leading Edge
Issue 44, December 2002, $4.95, 134pp, cover art by Leonid Kozienko
Semiannual SF/fantasy magazine published since 1981 by students, faculty, and alumni of Brigham Young University; current editor Eric J. Ehlers
The magazine, now 20 years old, memorializes Marion K. "Doc" Smith, one of its founders, who died September 2, 2002. New lead editor Eric J. Ehlers congratulates James C. Christensen, who won a 2002 Chesley Award for his cover to the magazine's 41st issue, and contributes the issue's nonfiction article, comparing Darth Vader to Faust.
Fiction in this issue is by Steven Mohan Jr., Eugie Foster, Bruce Golden, Christopher M. Cevasco, and James Facos. Poetry is by Darla Cady and Christopher Kugler.
Kugler also provides book reviews, of works by Brooks, Adams, and Collings. Associate editor Megan Schoonover editorializes about the difficulty of rejecting stories.
(Sat 1 Feb 2003)
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 173, Vol. 15 No. 5, January 2003, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
Editor David Hartwell reacts to Locus Online's tally [since extended] of best SF/F books according to general newspapers and magazines, inviting submissions from readers of their best sf, fantasy, horror, or slipstream from 2002.
Lead review/essays address the novels of Edward Whittemore (by Anne Sydenham) and NESFA's Robert Sheckley omnibus (by Arthur D. Hlavaty).
Other reviews include John Clute on Jeff Noon's Falling Out of Cars, in which he denounces the publisher for 'unlabeling' this near-future disaster novel as a generic literary novel, and contrasts the varying protocols of different reading approaches. Plus, Gwyneth Jones on Carol Emshwiller's two recent books, Graham Sleight on Alastair Reynolds (and the length of so many recent SF novels), Russell Blackford on Ken MacLeod, Michael Levy on Roger MacBride Allen, Timons Esaias on Tom Standage, and others.
Michael Cisco offers a "Read This" list: David Lindsay, Jean Ray, Marcel Bealu, J.G. Ballard, and many others.
(Wed 22 Jan 2003)
Realms of Fantasy
Vol. 9 No. 4, April 2003, $3.99/C$5.99, 74pp, cover art by Donato Giancola
Bimonthly fantasy magazine, published since 1994; edited by Shawna McCarthy
As noted last issue, the magazine has a website now (see link above), but it's not been updated recently, and has nothing about this issue. It does, however, now have subscription information.
Fiction in this issue is by James Patrick Kelly, Thomas Seay, Billie Aul, Tanith Lee, Tim Pratt, and Maya Lassiter.
Departments include Emma Bull on the Society for Creative Anachronism, Terri Windling's "Folkroots" column about changelings, book reviews by Gahan Wilson and Paul Witcover, Karen Haber's artist profile of Michael William Kaluta, and game reviews by Eric T. Baker.
(Mon 27 Jan 2003)
Earlier: 1 - 17 January
Issue 2, December 2002, £3.50, 72pp, cover art by Dwayne Harris
Bimonthly SF magazine, debuting late 2002; published by Ben Jeapes, edited by Liz Holliday
The second issue of this new UK magazine has fiction, most quite short, by James Van Pelt, Joe Haldeman (an excerpt from his novel Guardian), David Langford ("The Last Robot Story"), Vaughan Stanger, Paul E. Martens, Gene Wolfe, Greg Beatty, Gus Smith, Sabine Furlong, John Aegard, and Colin P. Davies.
Features include interviews with Joe Haldeman and Robin Hobb; an essay "The Republic of Heaven" by Philip Pullman (reprinted from The Horn Book, 2001); UK book reviews by Gwyneth Jones and US book reviews by Rich Horton; media and game reviews by Alex Stewart; short film reviews by Steve Mohn; a "readers' guide" to feminist SF by Cynthia Ward; and more, such as a report on last year's Worldcon, ConJose.
(Wed 15 Jan 2003)
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 123 No. 3, March 2003, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by David A. Hardy
Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited by Stanley Schmidt
Fiction in this issue includes part 2 of a serial by Rajnar Vajra; novelettes by Richard A. Lovett and David Alexander; short stories by Shane Tourtellotte and Lloyd Biggle Jr., and poetry by G. Solov.
The science fact article, by Tressa Whalen, is about genetically altered 'Bt' corn, with 2 full pages of bibliographic references.
Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial about the return of the 'mad scientist' cliché; a special feature about Superman by Mike Resnick; an "Alternate View" column by John G. Cramer about quasars' "Lyman-alpha forest"; book reviews by Tom Easton; and letters.
(Fri 17 Jan 2003)
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 27 No. 3 (whole #326), March 2003, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Rob Day
Near-monthly (11 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Gardner Dozois
Novelettes are by Alex Irvine, Lucius Shepard, Sally Gwylan (her first Asimov's sale), and Charles Sheffield (the "final story" by the late author, who "sent his nice stories to Analog and his nasty stories to Asimov's", according to Sheila Williams's obit notice); short stories by Stephen Baxter and Joe Haldeman; and poetry by Haldeman, Bonita Kale, PMF Johnson, and David Lunde [6 words!].
Departments: Robert Silverberg's reflects on "Fantastic Libraries", wherein he remarks "surely I've read five hundred books for every one that I've written". James Patrick Kelly's finds humor on the Net at Book a Minute SF/F, The Onion, and elsewhere. And Norman Spinrad's occasional book column focuses on "Economic Determinism" with reviews of novels by Paul Di Filippo, Orson Scott Card, Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder, and Paul McAuley.
(Fri 17 Jan 2003)
Issue 15, December 2002, C$6.00, 123pp, cover art by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Canadian near-quarterly magazine of fantasy and science fiction, published since 1997; edited by David M. Switzer
Fiction in this issue is by W.D. Glenn, Jeff Dundas, Ian Creasey, K.G. McAbee, and Corey Kellgren.
James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer interview Karl Schroeder; David M. Switzer features the 2nd of 3 parts of a survey of SF and fantasy art; and James Schellenberg surveys the Alien films and game/graphic novel ties.
(Tue 7 Jan 2003)
Issue 184, November/December 2002, £3.00, 66pp, cover art by Jason Hurst
Monthly SF magazine, published since 1982; edited by David Pringle
The final 2002 issue is another double-month dated issue (following issue 180, June/July) -- "because of slippage in our schedule", not because the magazine is changing frequency, according to editor David Pringle.
Fiction is by "Philip Lawson" (Michael Bishop & Paul Di Filippo), Daniel Kaysen, Zoran Zivkovic, Julian West, Neil Williamson, and Bud Webster.
Barrington J. Bayley is interviewed by Juha Lindroos. David Langford's "Ansible Link" records in print items he posted online a couple months ago. Gary Westfahl essays on "The End of Science Fiction's Childhood", about children's and YA books. Evelyn Lewes (subject of a couple readers' letters) comments on Dinotopia, the TV series, and other shows. Book reviews are by Neil Jones, Paul Beardsley, and Paul Brazier.
(Thu 16 Jan 2003)
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Vol. 104 No. 3 (whole #615), March 2003, $3.99/C$4.99, 162pp, cover art by Michael Garland
Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Fiction includes stories by three authors named Reed: novelets by Robert Reed (a new 'Raven' story), Charles Coleman Finlay, and Lawrence C. Connolly; short stories by John Morressy, Dale Bailey, Kit Reed, and Aaron A. Reed (the debut by a Salt Lake City writer). And there's a poem, "ee 'doc' cummings", by elizabeth bear.
Charles de Lint reviews Greg Keyes's The Briar King and others. Elizabeth Hand reviews 2 books by M. John Harrison, 1 by China Miéville, and 1 by Christopher Priest. Paul Di Filippo's latest "Plumage from Pegasus" installment is about publicists. Kathi Maio reviews Tuck Everlasting. And Graham Andrews contributes a "Curiosities" page about The Birds -- the 1936 novel by Frank Baker.
(Wed 15 Jan 2003)
Issue 330, Winter 2002-03, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp, cover art by Stephen Hickman
Dark fantasy magazine, published since 1923; currently published quarterly, edited by George H. Scithers & Darrell Schweitzer
Fiction is by William Michael McCarthy, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sarah A. Hoyt, James Van Pelt, and Darrell Schweitzer. Also, an illustrated limerick by George Barr.
Editorial "The Eyrie" comments on Neil Gaiman's American Gods as myth, and on numerous other books. John Gregory Betancourt (alternating with Doug Winter) takes over "The Den" column from S.T. Joshi, commenting about books, anthologies, and audiobooks.
The last page, a black & white illustration by [World Fantasy Award winner] Allen Koszowski, depicts Ray Bradbury's "The Fog Horn".
(Mon 13 Jan 2003)
Last month: December 2002