Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 125 No. 11, November 2005, $3.99/C$4.99, 144pp, cover art by George Krauter
Near-monthly (10 times/year) magazine of science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited by Stanley Schmidt
Message Board: http://www.analogsf.com/discus/
This issue begins a four-part serial by Karl Schroeder, "Sun of Suns". (Schroeder, on his website, describes it as "the first of a series set in a new universe" and "my pirate novel".) Analog's site has an excerpt.
Other fiction consists of a novella by John Barnes, a novelette by Thomas R. Dulski, a short story by Richard A. Lovett, and a "Probability Zero" vignette by Richard Foss. The science fact article is "Retirement Homes of the Gods", about red dwarf stars, by Stephen L. Gillett, Ph.D.
Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, about the tyranny of pharmacists who refuse to fulfill certain prescriptions on moral grounds; Jeffery D. Kooistra's "The Alternate View" column, about Project Orion (the "spaceship propelled by atomic bombs"); book reviews by Tom Easton, covering Charles Stross, Chris Roberson, Pierce Askegren, and others; "Brass Tacks" letters; and "Upcoming Events" from Anthony Lewis.
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Issue 20, Vol. 4 No. 2, August/September 2005, A$7.95, 128pp, cover art by Brian Smith
Bimonthly Australian magazine focusing on humorous and light-hearted SF and fantasy
This issue of the Australian SF and Fantasy magazine, edited this time by Stuart Barrow, has fiction by Martin Austwick, Dirk Flinthart, Eric Marin, Matthew Bey, Lydia Fazio Theys, and others.
Special features include interviews with author Margo Lanagan and artist Brian Smith, an article by Ben Cook on "Great Blunders in Astrophysics", and a survey of fan conventions by Zara Baxter.
Regular features include book reviews by Ian Nichols and Zara Baxter.
The magazine's current issue page has the table of contents.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 29 No. 10&11 (whole #357&358), October/November 2005, $5.99/C$7.99, 240pp, cover art by John Allemand
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
Message Board: http://www.asimovs.com/discus/
This Double Issue's cover story is a short story by M. Bennardo, "Nightmare". Other fiction includes a novella by Tom Purdom, novelettes by L. Timmel Duchamp, Steve Martinez, Lois Tilton, Phillip C. Jennings, and Jay Lake, and other short stories by Ted Kosmatka, Jack Skillingstead, Geoffrey A. Landis, and Nisi Shawl. Poetry is by William John Watkins, John Alfred Taylor, and W. Gregory Stewart.
Departments include Sheila Williams' editorial Behind the Scenes; Robert Silverberg's Reflections column, looking at the history of magazines serials; a nonfiction feature by Rudy Rucker, Adventures in Gnarly Computation; Norman Spinrad's occasional On Books column, this time covering the New Wave and the New Weird; and Erwin S. Strauss' "SF Conventional Calendar".
Asimov's site has the complete table of contents, with links to excerpts of the Bennardo and Duchamp stories.
Tangent Online has a review of this issue. Rich Horton's review in the upcoming October issue of Locus especially recommends Tom Purdom's story.
Dreams and Nightmares
Issue 72, September 2005, $3.00, 20pp, cover art by Angela Mark
Magazine of fantastic poetry, published approximately quarterly since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
This issue has poems by K.S. Hardy, Gary Every, Mikal Trimm, Marge Simon, Elizabeth Keogh, Alan Catlin, Michael A. Arnzen, Angelyne Bosch, Bruce Boston, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Wendy Rathbone, Chris Ambrose, W. Gregory Stewart, Terrie Leigh Relf, and Cythera.
There's a brief editorial, "From the Brain Stem".
Issue 200, September/October 2005, £3.50, 80pp, cover art by Pawel Lewandowski
Monthly SF magazine, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
The 200th issue of the British SF and fantasy magazine continues the refinement of the redesign that began with Andy Cox's takeover of the magazine from original editor David Pringle with issue 194. The page-count increases from 66 to 80, and there's full-color art or photos on almost every page.
Stories in this issue are by David Mace, Will McIntosh, Rudy Rucker, Jason Stoddard, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Edward Morris.
The Interview is of Richard Calder. "Interface" departments are an editorial by Andy Cox, the kick-off of this year's Readers' Poll, and David Langford's "Ansible Link" column. "Interlocutions" includes Nick Lowe's film reviews (covering War of the Worlds and others), Andrew Hedgecock's review of Emmanuel Carrère's book on Philip K. Dick, John Clute's "Scores" column, covering Terry Pratchett and China Mi&eacte;ville, and additional book reviews by David Matthew, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Martin Lewis, Graham Sleight, and others. The magazine's current issue page has a brief table of contents.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 205, Vol. 18 No. 1, September 2005, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This Special "Surprises" issue has a review by Michael Moorcock of R.C. Sherriff's The Hopkins Manuscript, and an essay by Bob Eldridge about the SF tastes of Mark David Chapman (the man who killed John Lennon), as revealed by letters from Chapman in prison to Gerry de la Ree.
Inside are reviews by Joan Gordon, Jenny Blackford, Tom La Farge, Ritch Calvin, and others, of books by Suzy McKee Charnas, Paul Park, Gregory Feeley, Tanith Lee, and others. Sidebar items are by Michael Bishop, Marleen S. Barr, and Michael Swanwick.
David G. Hartwell continues his editorial series "On Editing", concerning the trend toward longer books.