The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Issue 179, Vol. 42 No. 2, October-November 2008, $6.95, 60pp, cover art by Christophe Vacher
This issue continues the magazine's renovation under new editor Mark Kreighbaum. Features this issue include a report by Lou Antonelli about Howard Waldrop's 'phone in' reading at ArmadilloCon, an article by Ron Vitale on How to Twitter, a "Writer Beware" column by A.C. Crispin, Victoria Strauss, and Rich White, an article about media tie-ins by William C. Dietz and Norman Spinrad, a 2008 Worldcon report by John Helfers, and photos of SFWA at Denvention by Keith Stokes.
Columns include Cynthia Ward's Market Report, a new "Agent Anonymous" column by "Sue Dee Nym", Mike Resnick & Barry Malzberg's latest Dialogue, second of two parts about clueless self-published writers, Robert Metzger's "State of the Art" column, "Don't Do That!", Steve Carper's "Writers' Bloc" column, and Nancy Holder's column about urban fantasy.
Departments include a President's Message by SFWA president Russell Davis, an editor's message by Mark Kreighbaum, notes about new members, and a committee report from the grievance committee by Paul Melko.
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Vol. 116 No. 1 (whole #679), January 2009, $4.50, 162pp, cover art by Maz Bertolini
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 novelets by Charles Coleman Finlay, Albert E. Cowdrey, and Dean Whitlock, and short stories by Carol Emshwiller, Jerry Oltion, Barry B. Longyear (his first appearance in F&SF), Michael Meddor, and Jim Aikin.
This month's classic reprint -- celebrating the magazine's 60th year of publication -- is Patricia Ferrara's "Rising Waters" from July 1987, selected by Anne Devereaux Jordan.
Departments include Charles de Lint's "Books to Look For", covering Daniel Waters and C.E. Murphy; Chris Moriarty's "Books", covering Charles Stross, Paul Melko, and Sean Williams; "Films" by Kathi Maio, covering Tarsem's The Fall; and a "Curiosities" page by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, about a 1908 book by G.K. Chesterton.
Issue 6, Winter 2008/2009, £6.99, 82pp, cover art by Jason Beam
Quarterly magazine of graphic speculative fiction, edited by Matt Wallace and Gill Ainsworth; debuted 2007
This issue has prose fiction by Alan Frackelton, David J Howe, Brian G Ross, Damien G Walter, Jonathan C Gillespie, Alan James Roll, Christopher Morris, J C Alegria, and Sophy Adani.
Graphic fiction is by C J Carter-Stephenson, Luke Cooper, Lavie Tidhar, and James Johnson.
There's also an interview with Jason Beam.
The website has the complete table of contents.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 243, Vol. 21 No. 3, November 2008, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This special "Savage Dragons" issue features Fiona Kelleghan's "A Definition of Savage Humanism, with Autobiographical Anecdotes", and a review by Ariel Haméon of Michael Swanwick's The Dragons of Babel.
Other reviews are by Jenny Blackford, on Adam Roberts; Donald M. Hassler, on Ken MacLeod; Philip E. Smith, on Matthew Jarpe; Greg L. Johnson, on Daryl Gregory; and Michael Levy, on Judith Moffett. Sidebar features include David Langford on Clarke & Baxter's Time Odyssey trilogy
David G. Hartwell editorializes about the magazine's declining subscriber base, and the possibility of a delayed issue this coming winter.
Realms of Fantasy
Vol. 15 No. 2, December 2008, $3.99/C$5.99, 90pp, cover art by Donato Giancola
Bimonthly fantasy magazine, published since 1994; edited by Shawna McCarthy
This issue has fiction by Euan Harvey, Jay Lake, Clinton Lawrence, Gregory Frost, Josh Rountree & Mikal Trimm, Williams H. Wandless, and Stephen Woodworth.
Departments include a "Folkroots" column by Phil Satyr Brucato, about feet in myths, fairy tales, and pop culture; Resa Nelson's TV column, about HBO's True Blood and others; book reviews by Paul Witcover and Jeff VanderMeer, covering Galen Beckett, Thomas M. Disch, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and others, with sidebar YA reviews by Michael Jones; a Gallery feature by Mia Nutick on a book by Ari Berk about giants; and Games reviews by Eric T. Baker.
Science Fiction Studies
Issue 106, Vol. 35 No. 3, November 2008, $15, 369-542pp
Thrice yearly academic journal published at DePauw University, founded 1973 by R.D. Mullen; currently edited by Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk
This volume of articles, essays, and reviews has articles by Simon Spiegel, Ria Cheyne, Thomas F. Bertonneau (on Walter M. Miller, Jr.), Janis Svilpis, Alec Charles (concerning Doctor Who), and Robert Crossley. A review-essay by Andrew M. Butler concerns books by and about Philip K. Dick, and the collector's DVD edition of Blade Runner.
Reviews, by Michael Levy, Nicola Nixon, Doug Davis, and others, cover books by L. Timmel Duchamp, Joanna Russ, Martin Willis, and others.
The journal's website has this table of contents, with a page of abstracts of the six lead articles.