Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 128 No. 7&8, July/August 2008, $7.99, 240pp, cover art by Bob Eggleton
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 double-sized issue has part one of a serial by David R. Palmer, "Tracking", a novella by Dean McLaughlin, novelettes by Carl Frederick, Michael F. Flynn, and Paul Carlson, and short stories by Bond Elam, Juliette Wade, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, and Kyle Kirkland. There's also a "Probability Zero" vignette by Jerry Oltion.
The science article is "The Challenge of the Anthropic Universe", by Carl Frederick. There's also a special feature by Richard A. Lovett on "Hook, Lure, and Narrative: The Art of Writing Story Leads".
Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, about speaking foreign languages; an Alternate View column by John G. Cramer, about teleportation; Tom Easton's "Reference Library" book reviews, covering S.M. Stirling, Michael Swanwick, and others; the results of this year's "Analytical Laboratory" reader survey of 2007 stories, articles, and artwork; "Brass Tacks" letters from readers; and "Upcoming Events" compiled by Anthony Lewis.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 32 No. 7 (whole #390), July 2008, $4.99, 144pp, cover art by Tor Lundvall
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
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Fiction in this issue is a novella by Brian Stableford, novelettes by Gord Sellar and Michael Bishop, and short stories by Steven Utley, R. Neube, and Kij Johnson. Mark Rich contributes a poem.
Departments include Sheila Williams' editorial, and humorous stories; Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, more on rereading Olaf Stapledon; an "In Memoriam" about Janet Kagan; letters from readers; a "Thought Experiments" feature by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "When the Whole World Looked Up"; books reviews by Paul Di Filippo, covering magazines, nonfiction, poetry, anthologies, collections, and asorted novels and novellas; and Erwin S. Strauss' "SF Conventional Calendar".
Nick Gevers reviews the issue in the upcoming June issue of Locus Magazine, recommending the Stableford, Sellar, and Bishop stories; "Especially good is ‘‘Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons’ Blues’’ by Gord Sellar, a new writer of enormous promise on the strength of the tour de force he accomplishes here. Writing in a style drawing on the hip autobiographical voice of Miles Davis, Sellar reimagines the late 1940s East Coast jazz scene as it might have evolved had aliens visited Earth during and after WWII..."
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Vol. 115 No. 1 (whole #674), July 2008, $4.50/C$6.50, 162pp, cover art by Mondolithic Studios
Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
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This issue has a novella by Michael Blumlein, novelets by Matthew Hughes and Albert E. Cowdrey, and short stories by Lisa Goldstein, Scott Dalrymple, and James L. Cambias.
Departments (not yet online) include book reviews by Charles de Lint, covering Stephen King and F. Paul Wilson; a "Books" column by James Sallis, covering the VanderMeers' anthology The New Weird and Swanwick's novel The Dragons of Babel; a "Plumage from Pegasus" vignette by Paul Di Filippo, "Galley Knaves"; a "Films" column by Kathi Maio, covering Jumper; and a Curiosities page by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, about Shepherd Mead's 1954 The Big Ball of Wax.
The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
Vol. 8 No. 3 (whole #31), Spring 2008, $5, 30pp, cover art by Mark Rich
Occasional small-press poetry magazine, edited by Roger Dutcher; published since 1985
This issue has poetry by Mark Rich, Maureen McQuerry, Robert Borski, Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Ed Gavin, Ann K. Schwader, C.A. Gardner, Jason Venner, and Sandra Lindow.
There are also "Points of Interest" news items and a list of Publications Received.