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2006 Monitor Archive

2005 Monitor Archive


This page lists new SFFH magazine issues seen by Locus Online.

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

Issues seen April - May 2006
posted 18 May 2006

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

• Issue 22, Vol. 4 No. 4, January/February 2006, A$7.95, 128pp, cover art by Conny Valentina
• Bimonthly Australian magazine focusing on humorous and light-hearted SF and fantasy
• Website:

• This issue of the Australian SF and Fantasy magazine, edited this time by Tansy Rayner Roberts, has fiction by Adam Browne, Lee Battersby, Trent Jamieson, Will McIntosh, Hannah Strom-Martin, G Scott Huggins, Miles Deacon, Peter Friend, Josh Rountree, Andrew Hindle, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, and Jennifer Pelland.
• Special features include an interview with author Trent Jamieson, and an article by Cory Daniells on "The Mainstreaming of SF".
• Regular features include book reviews.
• The magazine's current issue page has the table of contents.

(Sat 29 Apr 2006)


The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

• Issue 169, Vol. 39 No. 4, Spring 2006, $4.95, 56pp, cover art by Alan F. Beck
• Website:

• This issue, distributed to banquet attendees of the Nebula Awards Weekend earlier this month and sent to subscribers a week or so later, features statements from each of this year's nominees about the genesis of their nominated works.
• Other features includes articles by Doranna Durgin, about health insurance for the self-employed; Ron Vitale about using technology; Bruce Holland Rogers, Leslie What, and Jerry Oltion about collaborating; and Alexis Gilliland about science, SF, and fantasy.
• Columns include Mike Resnick & Barry Malzberg latest Dialogue, about criticism; Robert Metzger's "State of the Art" column about dealing with collaborators; Steve Carper's "Writers' Bloc" column about the Author's Guild v. Google; Bud Webster's "Anthopology 101" column about Groff Conklin's Great Science Fiction by Scientists; and Cynthia Ward's Market Report.

(Sat 6 May 2006)


Dark Wisdom

• Issue 9, Spring 2006, $6/C$8, 80pp, cover art by Steven Gilberts
• Quarterly publication of Dark Fiction and Lovecraftian horror, edited by William Jones
• Website:

• This issue has fiction by Jay Caselberg, Scott Nicholson, Gord Rollo & Brett A. Savory, Simon Wood, G. Durant Haire & Stephen Mark Rainey, and others. There's also a graphic tale by Kurt Belcher & William Jones, and poetry by Wesley Lambert, Lee Clark Zumpe, Kevin L. Donihe, Eric Hermanson, and G.O. Clark.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with A.A. Attanasio, a column on writing by Richard A. Lupoff (this time about rejection slips), an article about "The Cryptic Plain of Jars" in Laos by Bryan Thao Worra, a column on overlooked films, and book reviews.
• The complete table of contents includes brief excerpts of each story.

(Sun 7 May 2006)


Leading Edge

• Issue 51, April 2006, $4.95, 147pp, cover art by Nichole Cardiff
• Semiannual SF/fantasy magazine published since 1981 by students, faculty, and alumni of Brigham Young University
• Website:

• Fiction in this issue is by Ramon Rozas III, Danielle Emond, Timothy S. Webster, Lindsey Duncan, and Jamie Barras, with poetry by Brendan McBreen, Marianna Busching, and Stephanie Allen.
• Departments includes three editorials, by Jason Wallace (about "Writing Tips from the Pros"), Jillena O'Brien (about writers who describe characters' eyes), and Matt Gibbons (about creativity in fantasy), plus book reviews, letters, and contributor biographies.
• The page for issue 51 has links to excerpts from each story.

(Fri 21 Apr 2006)


The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Vol. 111 No. 1 (whole #652), July 2006, $3.99/C$5.99, 162pp, cover art by Ron Miller
• Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
• Website:
• Message Board:

• This issue has a novella by Ysabeau S. Wilce, a novelet by R. Garcia y Robertson, and short stories by Steven Popkes, Terry Bisson, Matthew Hughes, Robert Onopa, Jerry Seeger, and Heather Lindsley.
• Departments include Charles de Lint's "Books to Look For", reviewing Patricia Briggs, Elaine Cunningham, and Stephen King; a Books column by James Sallis, discussing Ian McDonald's River of Gods; a Films column by Kathi Maio, about Nanny McPhee; and a Curiosities page by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, about an 1884 book by Charles Edward Carryl.
• Nick Gevers reviews this issue in the upcoming June issue of Locus Magazine, recommending the stories by Popkes and Wilce.

(Sun 7 May 2006)


The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Issue 213, Vol. 18 No. 9, May 2006, $4.00, 24pp
• Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
• Website:

• This special "Opinionated Critics" issue features Adam Roberts' annual survey of the Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist (reviewing novels by Ishiguro, MacLeod, Reynolds, Ryman, Stross, and Williams -- and for once, his favorite book to win the award actually did win), and an essay by John Kessel & James Patrick Kelly on "Slipstream, the Genre That Isn't".
• Inside is an essay by Darrell Schweitzer about Neil Gaiman's Stardust, plus reviews by Lucy Kemnitzer of Justina Robson, James L. Cambias of Eileen Kernaghan, David Mead of Larry Niven, Charles Oberndorf of Robert Charles Wilson, Alexandre Donald of M. John Harrison, Michael Levy of John Barnes, Ursula Pflug of Elisabeth Vonarburg, and Greg L. Johnson of Robert J. Sawyer.
• There are also letters, and an editorial about the recent deaths of Butler, Lem, and others.

(Mon 1 May 2006)



• Issue 6, Spring 2006, £6/$10, 144pp, cover art by Debbie Hughes
• Quarterly SF magazine, edited and published by Peter Crowther; published since 2004
• Website:

• This issue has fiction by Juliet E. McKenna, Matthew Hughes, Rhys Hughes, Zoran Zivkovic, Stephen Baxter, Garry Kilworth, and Conrad Williams.
• Nonfiction includes an editorial by Steven Erikson, an interview with Elizabeth Hand by Iain Emsley, and an article on Houdini by Mike Ashley.
• Subscribers to this issue received a chapbook by Gene Wolfe containing the original short story "Christmas Inn".
• The magazine's website has this page listing the contents with ordering information.

(Wed 3 May 2006)


Realms of Fantasy

• Vol. 12 No. 5, June 2006, $3.99/C$5.99, 90pp, cover art by Luis Royo
• Bimonthly fantasy magazine, published since 1994; edited by Shawna McCarthy
• Website:

• This issue has fiction by A.C. Wise, Daniel Hood, Catherine Krahe, Jim C. Hines, Josh Roundtree, Ruth Nestvold & Jay Lake, and Patrice E. Sarath.
• Departments include Resa Nelson's TV column, about a forthcoming Stephen King miniseries Nightmares and Dreamscape; a Folkroots column by Kit Whitfield, about the werewolf genre; book reviews by Gahan Wilson and Paul Witcover, covering Philip Roth, William Browning Spencer, Naomi Novik, and others; a Gallery feature by Karen Haber about artist Rob Alexander; and games reviews by Eric Baker.
• Rich Horton reviews this issue in the upcoming June issue of Locus Magazine, discussing the Nestvold/Lake and Hood stories.

(Wed 3 May 2006)


Sci Fi Magazine

• Vol. 12 No. 3, June 2006, $4.99/C$6.99, 82pp
• The official magazine of the Sci Fi Channel; bimonthly; Editor-in-Chief Scott Edelman
• Website:

• While the majority of the issue focuses on current and forthcoming film and TV releases, including articles about Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep and Werner Herzog's Wild Blue Yonder -- and cover story about Superman Returns -- there are four pages of book reviews by Adam-Troy Castro, covering Bruce Sterling, Daniel H. Wilson (How to Survive a Robot Uprising), Vernor Vinge, and others, with a sidebar interview with Bruce Sterling.

(Tue 2 May 2006)



Science Fiction Chronicle

• Issue 266, Vol. 28 No. 2, February/March 2006, $5.95/C$6.95, 78pp, cover art by NASA
• Monthly SFFH trade journal, published 1979-2000 by Andrew I. Porter; bought in 2000 by DNA Publications; current publisher and editor-in-chief Warren Lapine, with news editor Ian Randal Strock
• Website:

• This magazine, known as Chronicle from September '02 through at least October '05 (with one or two issues since then not seen), has reverted to its original name and begun a program of combining content from DNA Publications' other magazines on a rotating basis, this time from Absolute Magnitude (with Dreams of Decadence and Fantastic Stories forthcoming).
• News in this issue includes stories about e-books, John Ordover's clothing-optional dinner/reading event last November, the Nebula Preliminary Ballot, and William Shatner's kidney stone. Other Chronicle content includes Don D'Ammassa's book reviews, Jeff Rovin's "SF Cinema" column, letters, obituaries, and extensive News Notes and Authors & Editors items.
• Fiction from Absolute Magnitude consists of stories by Stephen Dedman, Chris Bunch, Denise Lopes Heald, James Keenan, Jo Walton, and Brooks Peck.
• Among other changes noted in Warren Lapine's editorial is a more uniform pay structure for DNA Publications' magazines, which results in Science Fiction Chronicle once again being eligible for the Best Semi-Professional Hugo Award.

(Wed 3 May 2006)


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