Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 128 No. 12, December 2008, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by David A. Hardy
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 and the December Asimov's, listed below, inaugurate a resizing of the two Dell-published SF magazines: a bit taller, and a little bit more wider, than the old format, with proportionately fewer pages with more words on each page.
This issue has part 2 of Robert J. Sawyer's serial "Wake", novelettes by David Bartell and Joe Schembrie, and a short story by Jason Sanford, plus a "Probability Zero" vignette by Rick Norwood. The science article is "Green Nanotechnology", by Richard A. Lovett.
Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, "Relativity", about religious tolerance; a "Biolog" about David Bartell, by Richard A. Lovett; an Alternate View column by John G. Cramer, "Noise as a Quantum Signal"; Tom Easton's final "Reference Library" book review column, concluding 30 years of reviews, covering Greg Bear and others; "Brass Tacks" letters from readers; and "Upcoming Events" compiled by Anthony Lewis.
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Issue 37, Vol. 7 No. 1, 2008, A$8.95, 120pp, cover art by Dan Skinner
Bimonthly Australian magazine focusing on humorous and light-hearted SF and fantasy
This issue of the Australian SF and Fantasy magazine, edited by Tehani Wessely, is a bit fatter than usual, with extra fiction: stories by Dirk Flinthart, Christine Lucas, Penny-Anne Beaudoin, Leith Daniel, Lee Battersby, Grant Stone, Adam Bales, Eilis O'Neal, Jason Fischer, Eugie Foster, David Conyers, Thoraiya Dyer, and Paul Haines.
No special features this month, just contributor biographies and acknowledgements.
The magazine's website should have a page for this issue soon.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 32 No. 12 (whole #395), December 2008, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by J.K. Potter
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
Message Board: http://www.asimovs.com/discus/
This issue, along with the December Analog listed above, is resized to be a bit taller and a bit and more wider than previous issues, a change that Sheila Williams addresses in her editorial, where she says this new format is known in the trade as an "L-trim size" magazine.
Fiction consists of a novella by David Ira Cleary, novelettes by Tim Sullivan and Melanie Tem & Steve Rasnic Tem, and short stories by Kathryn Lance & Jack McDevitt, Steven Utley, and Geoffrey A. Landis. There's no poetry this issue.
Departments include a Sheila Williams' editorial; Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, about a prescient story 1946 story by Will F. Jenkins, "A Logic Name Joe"; book reviews by Peter Heck, covering Walter Jon Williams, Matthew Hughes, and others; and Erwin S. Strauss' "SF Conventional Calendar".
Issue 15, 2008, C$7.95, 80pp, cover art by Stephanie Ann Johanson
Quarterly SF magazine published from Vancouver, Canada, debuting 2003; edited by Karl Johanson
Fiction in this issue is by Kevin Lauderdale, R.S. Pyne, Marlissa Campbell, Robert Lively, Daniel Pearlman, and David McGillveray. There's also poetry by Jeremy Gorman.
Nonfiction includes an editorial by Karl Johanson, letters, editorial column "A Walk Through the Periodic Chart" this time about Zinc, a commentary by Matthew Hughes about "The Process of Writing", recent awards news, reviews of books and DVDs, and an essay by the editor about music.
The magazine's website includes subscription info, submission guidelines, and a detailed description of this issue.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 241, Vol. 21 No. 1, September 2008, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This special "Retro" issue, the first issue in its 21st year of publication, includes two pages of photos from its 20th anniversary party in July. Featured essays are by Paul Shackley, about James Blish, and Allen Steele, about Doc Savage.
There's also a lengthy survey of Greeks and Greek expatriates involved with SF, by Spyros A. Vretos; a review of John Shirley's Living Shadows by Greg L. Johnson; a "random reading" page of reviews by David Langford; and "Screed" letters of comment.
David G. Hartwell editorializes about his first SF convention, in 1963.
Issue 31.4, July/August 2008, $3.50, 28pp, cover art by Marge Simon
Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
Poetry in this issue is by Robert Borski, Geoffrey Landis, John Tumlin, Josh Gage, Mary Turzillo, G. Sutton Breiding, and others.
There's also a short editorial by Marge Simon; a president's message by Deborah P. Kolodji; an article by Denise Dumars about finding speculative poetry in non-genre magazines; news and reports about Worldcon, the Rhysling Awards, and ReaderCon; and the conclusion of an article by Duane Ackerson, "From Tedium to Terror".