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2004 Archive

Magazines November #1
Book of Dark Wisdom
Mythic Delirium
Realms of Fantasy

Magazines October #2
Andromeda Spaceways
New York Review of SF


This page lists new SFFH magazines seen by Locus Online.

Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

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Issues Seen second half of November 2004

• Issue 606, Vol. 73 No. 4, December 2004, $5.99/C$8.99, 82pp
• Monthly multi-media SF magazine, edited by David Gross
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• The cover feature is Resa Nelson's profile of The Incredibles writer-director Brad Bird. Other features include an article about Blade:Trinity writer-director David Goyer, and a profile of Laurell K. Hamilton by Dorman T. Shindler.
• Departments include a farewell editorial from departing editor-in-chief Dave Gross, previews of upcoming books and films, reviews of movies, dvd's, books, and comics, and a Q&A with Harry Turtledove.
• Fiction this issue is by Larry Tritten, Paul Di Filippo, Patrick Weekes, Steve Carper, and Aaron Allston.
• Rich Horton reviews the issue in the upcoming January Locus, noting that "The quality of the fiction at the revived Amazing has been impressive." He calls Steve Carper's "Grafts from the Memory Tree" "a very strong SF story", and especially recommends Larry Tritten's "The Man from Breakneck", whose "setting is strikingly weird and the characters exotic".
(Sat 20 Nov 2004)


• Vol. 125 No. 1&2, January/February 2005, $5.99/C$8.99, 240pp, cover art by Vincent Di Fate
• Near-monthly (10 times/year) magazine of science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited by Stanley Schmidt
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• This 75th-anniversary double-sized issue features the opening installment of a new serial, "The Stonehenge Gate", by 96-year-old Jack Williamson, whose work has now appeared in the magazine in eight consecutive decades.
• Other fiction consists of novellas by James Gunn and Richard A. Lovett, novelettes by Ben Bova and David Brin, and short stories by Michael A. Burstein, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moestra, and Jeffery D. Kooistra. The science fact article is "Where Are They?" by Thomas Donaldson.
• Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, celebrating the magazine's diamond anniversary; an Analog/Astounding Photo Yearbook by Jay Kay Klein; Jeffery D. Kooistra's "The Alternate View" column, surveying some of the more controversial nonfiction pieces that have appeared in the magazine; book reviews by Tom Easton; an index to 2004 issues; "Brass Tacks" letters; and "Upcoming Events" from Anthony Lewis.
• Rich Horton reviews the issue in the January Locus, citing Brin's "Mars Opposition" as the best piece: "The story manages to be at once creepy-horrifying, thought-provoking, paranoid-weird, and deeply tied to quite central concerns of the heavily-interlocked communities of SF fans and space scientists."
(Thu 18 Nov 2004)


• Vol. 29 No. 1 (whole #348), January 2005, $3.99/C$5.99, 144pp, cover art by Michael Whelan
• Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Gardner Dozois
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• The first issue with Sheila Williams' name on the masthead as editor leads with an editorial about Williams' background in SF and some of the changes she plans on making in the magazine. Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column is a testimonial to Gardner Dozois and his status as one of the great magazine editors in science fiction's history. An essay by Roger Ebert about his fan days is the first example of one of Williams' changes: occasional nonfiction pieces about SF and its effect on the world at large.
• Fiction in this issue consists of a novella by Connie Willis, novelettes by Phillip C. Jennings and Matthew Jarpe, and short stories by Susan Palwick, Larry Niven, and Bruce McAllister.
• Paul Di Filippo reviews books, and there's an index to 2004 issues of the magazine, the ballot for this year's reader's awards, and Erwin S. Strauss' "SF Conventional Calendar".
• Reviewed by Nick Gevers in the upcoming November issue of Locus Magazine, who especially recommends the stories by Asher, Counihan, and Roberson. Rich Horton, in the January Locus, recommends the Palwick.
(Thu 18 Nov 2004)


• Issue 253, Vol. 26 No. 11, November 2004, $5.95/C$6.95, 50pp, cover art by Larry Price
• 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
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• This issue's cover downplays the lead news -- the Hugo Awards winners, announced September 4th -- in favor of Jeff Rovin's "SF Cinema" column and Alan Dean Foster's movie review column, which covers Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
• News items include the launch of Paperback Digital, plans for a Peter Pan sequel, the new Hitchhiker's Guide radio series, Penguin's plan to publish manga, and many other items grouped under headings for Newsnotes and Authors & Editors.
• Additional features include a report on the Hugos and Retro-Hugos ceremony, short fiction reviews by Michael M Jones, Tanya Brown's UK Report, two editorials by John Douglas (including one which spells out the canine analogies used by Ginjer Buchanan in announcing the Hugo Best Editor nominees), Marvin Kaye's "Nth Dimension" column about music of fantasy and terror, and many book reviews by Don D'Ammassa.
(Wed 24 Nov 2004)


• Issue 195, November/December 2004, £3.50/$6.00, 66pp, cover art by Edward Noon
• Monthly SF magazine, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
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• This second issue of the magazine since production was taken over by Andy Cox's TTA Press has fiction by Nicholas Waller, Hugh A.D. Spencer, Michael J. Jasper, Elizabeth Bear, and David Memmott. Titles and samples are posted (for the moment) on the magazine's current issue page.
• Features include editorials from Jetse de Vries and Andy Cox; David Langford's "Ansible Link" news column; a column by Andrew Osmond, "Anime-Ted", about anime and manga; book reviews by Rick Kleffel, Iain Emsley, Graham Sleight, and others; an interview with Ken MacLeod by Andy Hedgecock; and Nick Lowe's "Mutant Popcorn" films reviews (covering Sky Captain.., The Village, and The Chronicles of Riddick).
(Thu 18 Nov 2004)


• Issue 27.6, Nov./Dec. 2004, $3.50, 20pp, cover art by Cathy Buburuz & Marge Simon
• Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
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• Poetry is this issue is by William John Watkins, Charlee Jacob, Robert Frazier, Bruce Boston, Darrell Schweitzer, and several others.
• Other items include an editorial by Marge Simon, a President's Message by Mike Allen, a report from treasurer Bruce Boston, small press reviews, news and announcements compiled by Robert Frazier, and arguments in a debate about retaining SFPA's Grand Master Award.
(Tue 30 Nov 2004)


• Vol. 15 No. 4 (whole #58), October 2004, $2.50, 6pp
• Quarterly SF/F/H reviewzine, published and edited by
Andrew M. Andrews

• Publisher/editor Andrews editorializes about Bush and Kerry, then reviews books by John Varley, David Morrell, Ursula K. Le Guin, several anthologies, and others.
(Tue 16 Nov 2004)


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