Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 128 No. 10, October 2008, $4.99, 144pp, cover art by Scott Grimando
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 issue has the conclusion of the three-part serial by David R. Palmer, "Tracking", plus novelettes by Richard A. Lovett & Mark Niemann-Ross and Dave Creek, and short stories by Robert R. Chase, Tracy Canfield, and Carl Frederick. There's also a "Probability Zero" vignette by Edward M. Lerner.
The science article is "Here Be There Dragons: The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and Other Mysteries of an Explored Planet", by Richard A. Lovett.
Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, "RSVP"; a "Biolog" of Mark Niemann-Ross by Richard A. Lovett; an Alternate View column by John G. Cramer, "Hacking Adolf", Tom Easton's "Reference Library", covering Allen Steele, A. Lee Martinez, and others; "Brass Tacks" letters from readers; and "Upcoming Events" compiled by Anthony Lewis.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 32 No. 9 (whole #392), September 2008, $4.99, 144pp, cover art by John Picacio
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
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This issue has novelettes by William Barton, Will McIntosh, and Stephen Baxter; short stories by Robert R. Chase, Mary Rosenblum, Ian Creasey, Steven Utley, and Derek Zumsteg, and poetry by G.O. Clark, Bruce Boston, and Ian Watson.
Departments include a Sheila Williams' editorial, presenting the results of the 2008 Readers' Awards; Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the column (which ran in Galileo and Amazing Stories before moving to Asimov's); book reviews by Paul Di FilippoPeter Heck; and Erwin S. Strauss' "SF Conventional Calendar".
Issue 12, Vol. 2 No. 6, Summer 2008, $9.95/C$9.95, 224pp, cover art by Bruce Pennington
Quarterly "adventures in fantasy literature"; published since 2001; published and edited by John O'Neill
Fiction in this issue is by John R. Fultz, James Enge, Martha Wells, Constance Cooper, Todd McAulty, Ed Carmien, and Howard Andrew Jones, with a "fantasy classic" by Charles R. Tanner, "Tumithak and the Ancient World".
Columns includes fantasy game reviews by Howard Andrew Jones, and book reviews by diverse reviewers. Departments include John O'Neill's editorial, letters, and a comic, "Knights of the Dinner Table", by Jolly Blackburn, Steve Johansson, and John O'Neill.
The magazine's website has the table of contents, with links to excerpts of the stories.
Dreams and Nightmares
Issue 80, May 2008, $4, 20pp, cover art by Hanes Bach
Magazine of fantastic poetry, published approximately quarterly since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
This issue has poetry by Deborah P Kolodji, Bruce Boston, Robert Borski, Ann K. Schwader, Joshua Gage, and others.
The magazine's new webpage http://dreamsandnightmares.interstellardustmites.com/ has a photo of editor David C. Kopaska-Merkel, plus a bibliographry, gallery, and ordering information.
Issue 14, Spring 2008, $7, 100pp
Small-press, thrice-yearly magazine of fiction and poetry, published since 2001; edited by John Klima.
This issue, now published in a perfect binding with full-color cover, has fiction and poetry by Elissa Malcohn, Erzebet Yellowboy, Michelle Scott, Tracie McBride, Sonya Taaffe, Jennifer Pelland, Leslie Clarie Walker, and many others.
There's also short nonfiction pieces, both about food, by Penelope O'Shea and Karen Joy Fowler.
The magazine's website has the complete table of contents.
Issue 52, Summer 2008, 20pp
Semi-annual magazine for writers, produced by the British Science Fiction Association
This issue includes an editorial by Martin McGrath about the influence of Arthur C. Clarke; an article by Geoff Nelder about launching new SF magazine Escape Velocity; an article by Michael Amos about planning a novel; the third in a series of articles by Christopher Priest, "Masterclass", this time about "Bringing Home the Bacon"; news that the BSFA will now administer the James White Award; and other articles by Jetse de Vries, Paul Raven, and Dev Agarwal.
There are also four short poems by Edward Comma. The magazine has a new webpage, http://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa/website/pubsmagsfocus.aspx, under construction.
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Vol. 115 No. 3 (whole #676), September 2008, $4.50, 162pp, cover art by Cory & Ench, Catska
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 Carolyn Ives Gilman, a novelet by Paolo Bacigalupi ("Pump Six", the title story of his recent collection), and short stories by Laura Kasischke, Rand B. Lee, Michael Swanwick & Eileen Gunn, Robert Reed, and Jim Aikin.
An editorial by Gordon Van Gelder discusses the Harlan Ellison film documentary Dreams with Sharp Teeth.
Other Departments include Charles de Lint's "Books to Look For", covering Nick Sagan, Terry Moore, and Greg Keyes; Elizabeth Hand's "Books", covering Samantha Hunt and Zachary Lazar; and a "Curiosities" feature by Dave Truesdale about an 1830 book by Sir Walter Scott.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 239, Vol. 20 No. 11, July 2008, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This special "Readerconfluence" issue has essays by Damien Broderick about Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars and Joe Sanders about Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries.
Other essays are by Karen Burnham, on gender identity in books by Stross and Egan; Tom Purdom, the third installment of his memoir; and Darrell Schweitzer, interviewing Lisa Tuttle.
Reviews, by Stacie Hanes, Jenny Blackford, John Langan, Niall Harrison, J.G. Stinson, and John Clute, cover books by Brian Francis Slattery, Michael Bishop, Ellen Datlow, Karen Joy Fowler et al, and Theodore Judson.
There's also an editorial, which calls for volunteer work to help keep the magazine running.
Issue 256, Summer 2008, £4.00, 48pp
Bimonthly critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association; edited by Niall Harrison
This issue is a tribute to the late Arthur C. Clarke, subject of Niall Harrison's editorial and a collection of tributes by Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, Paul Kincaid, Ken MacLeod, and many others. There's also a transcription of a panel at the 2008 Eastercon about Clarke, with Graham Sleight, Edward James, Ian McDonald, and Martin McGrath.
Other features include an interview with Roz Kaveney by Graham Sleight, an article about Due South by Sarah Monette, Graham Sleight's "The New X" column, about the Arthur C. Clarke Award finalists, and Stephen Baxter's "Resonances" column, about floods.