The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2018 NOVELLASLikho Andy StewartNOVELETSThe Satyr of Brandenburg Charlotte AshleyDeep Sea Fish Chi HuiHideous Flowerpots Susan PalwickA Dog of Wu Ted RabinowitzSHORT STORIESThe Next to the Last of the Mohegans Joseph BruchacThe Beast from Below William LedbetterA Swim and a Crawl Marc LaidlawThe Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi Wole TalabiDown Where Sound Comes Blunt GV AndersonPOEMSAfter the Wolf Jeff CrandallDiaspora Mary Soon LeeDEPARTMENTSBooks to Look For Charles de LintMusing on Books Michelle WestPlumage From Pegasus The Varley Corps Wants You Paul Di FilippoScience Naked Eye Astronomy Jerry OltionFilms The Shape of Things Coming Soon David J SkalComing Attractions Curiosities Robert EldridgeCARTOONSArthur Masear, Arthur Masear, S Harris, S Harris,Danny Shanahan, Bill Long, Kendra AllenbyVERCory and Catska Ench for The Satyr of Brandenburg From Titan, to Chernobyl, to Nigeria, the stories in this issue of F SF are varied in setting and mood, ranging from space faring science fiction to eighteenth century fantasy I like the variety, as per usual, and thought this a particularly strong issue The Satyr of Brandenberg, a fine novelet by Charlotte Ashley, left me wanting to readabout the characters adventures Chi Hui s story, Deep Sea Fish, translated by Brian Bies, reminded me, yet again, how much I enjoy stories set else From Titan, to Chernobyl, to Nigeria, the stories in this issue of FSF are varied in setting and mood, ranging from space faring science fiction to eighteenth century fantasy I like the variety, as per usual, and thought this a particularly strong issue The Satyr of Brandenberg, a fine novelet by Charlotte Ashley, left me wanting to readabout the characters adventures Chi Hui s story, Deep Sea Fish, translated by Brian Bies, reminded me, yet again, how much I enjoy stories set elsewhere in our solar system I liked the humor and warmth of Joseph Bruchac s short story, The Next to Last of the Mohegans I admired Jeff Crandall s dark and clever acrostic poem After the Wolf Though I liked the pieces named above, I liked the novella, Andy Stewart s Likho, better yet a beautifully told, haunting story about the aftermath of Chernobyl I also found myself strongly moved by Susan Palwick s compassionate novelet, Hideous Flowerpots, which is not the type of story I usually favor, yet in Palwick s hands is affecting and effective.Both Likho and Hideous Flowerpots might have been my favorite story in another issue But this issue contained A Dog of Wu by Ted Rabinowitz, my favorite story in at least the past four issues I found it evocative, eloquent, carefully narrated, its setting layered and rich, my sympathy for the main character drawing me deeper into a story that is still resonating with me Excellent I enjoyed every piece in the collection, perhaps my favorite of the nine issues I ve read I found some new writers I like.Runners Up Deep Sea Fish, Chi Hui A beautiful story, reminded me of a literary, philosophical type anime It has a message in the plot, set in a unique and unsettling world.Hideous Flowerpots, Susan Palwick Beautiful story with a feminist flavor about women coming together to overcome personal issues They use a device that interconnects their thoughts, found by chance The I enjoyed every piece in the collection, perhaps my favorite of the nine issues I ve read I found some new writers I like.Runners Up Deep Sea Fish, Chi Hui A beautiful story, reminded me of a literary, philosophical type anime It has a message in the plot, set in a unique and unsettling world.Hideous Flowerpots, Susan Palwick Beautiful story with a feminist flavor about women coming together to overcome personal issues They use a device that interconnects their thoughts, found by chance The story centers on a woman hardened and embittered It moved me.The Beast from Below, William Ledbetter A lighthearted, comedic plot concerning radiation mutation, creature creation, and set like a B rated movie classic.Second and Third The Next to the Last of the Mohegans, Joseph Bruchac Third A story I could feel funny, lighthearted and smart The writing unfolds with high skill but maintains easy flow I sense a kind spirit from the author He writes about a man who has a gift to talk to creatures, and when his friend gets in trouble with a Leprechaun, he helps him The Little People Ancient races of reclusive, powerful, mysterious beings who can sometimes grant favors to us mortals However, it doesn t take much to piss them off Down Where Sound Comes Blunt, GV Anderson Second One of the most shocking ending I ve read, a sucker punch to the gut The author creates two stories 1 The experience of the character through her point of view, and 2 The truth You see the story again at the last line, as it happened, a removal of a dark veil from the head A woman searches for her lost father, in the ocean, tracked by a device She connects with a new species of evolved aqua life advanced in communication Can they help her find her father I confess I m laughing inside First A Dog of Wu, Ted Rabinowitz I must lay aside my literary vernacular for naked self expression This was some majorly cool stuff I want to read , much , from Rabinowitz The suspended disbelief, the reality of this vivid, dystopian world where the entire planet Earth has been abandoned and destroyed but for a few pockets Genetically engineered groups of humans do the bidding of the controlling powers, such as the organization the main character works for as a slave, the Way It s unique He has a unique style in sentence flow and structure It resonates with me He gives fragments of a situation and creates the full spectrum in the mind A culler, assigned to put to death genetically engineered humans has a task given by a Wu, to extract files given to old people They have committed the crime of listening to a rocket taking off, recorded in the 1960 s I want to see this into a novel The story doesn t cover the old folks, just the files, and he encounters another Wu, and faces a dilemma creating personal mental conflict I am Tomas APO A 34a Milano, a servant of Wu The Milanos are great in the Way No other clade has as many generations, or as much influence over its gene right We are close in service to the families guards and lictors, soldiers although this role is almost obsolete, thanks to their wisdom and body servants We are tall, increasing the leverage of our limbs for strikes and grapples we are lean, although we maintain enough fat for stamina, should that be needed Our senses are sharp, our reaction time low Our line maintains strong variability for new growth As children, we are taught to go beyond the gifts of our genome, to learn tenacity, fidelity, aggression Our reward is to serve the Families face to face in all things I am a culler Junior clades often have difficulty with the word culler We are the specter of their childhoods, the shadow under their bed Good issue, with numerous stand out pieces Novella Likho by Andy Stewart, a fantastic, creepy tale set around the ruins of Chernobyl Novelet The Satyr of Brandenburg by Charlotte Ashley, a fresh historical setting with fun characters Novelet Deep Sea Fish by Chi Hui, my favorite of the batch Classic sci fi kind of tale with resonance and depth Story The Next to the Last of the Mohegans by Joseph Bruchac, great voice and mix of native tales with a modern setting Story The Beast from Below Good issue, with numerous stand out pieces Novella Likho by Andy Stewart, a fantastic, creepy tale set around the ruins of Chernobyl Novelet The Satyr of Brandenburg by Charlotte Ashley, a fresh historical setting with fun characters Novelet Deep Sea Fish by Chi Hui, my favorite of the batch Classic sci fi kind of tale with resonance and depth Story The Next to the Last of the Mohegans by Joseph Bruchac, great voice and mix of native tales with a modern setting Story The Beast from Below by William Ledbetter, a 1950s monster movie in story form Enough good stories to make issue worthwhile Likho by Andy StewartEngaging adventure story as woman hires guide for illegal trip into the Chernobyl contamination zone, following rumors of ghost children who were left behind in the evacuation Add conflicting Orange Revolutionaries and secret government laboratories, and a touch of the supernatural Deep Sea Fish by Chi HuiColonists researchers on Titan find ancient writings in the ice, signs of a vanished race Terraforming project j Enough good stories to make issue worthwhile Likho by Andy StewartEngaging adventure story as woman hires guide for illegal trip into the Chernobyl contamination zone, following rumors of ghost children who were left behind in the evacuation Add conflicting Orange Revolutionaries and secret government laboratories, and a touch of the supernatural Deep Sea Fish by Chi HuiColonists researchers on Titan find ancient writings in the ice, signs of a vanished race Terraforming project jeopardizes the ice, and the aline record The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi by Wole TalabiNigerian girl sees a mysterious object fall from the sky It has some strange attributes, but dad is too busy organizing clean water protests to listen The Beast from Below by William LedbetterGiant radioactive critters terrorize Oklahoma town Godzilla of the great plains, mildly amusing ending Down Where Sound Comes Blunt by G.V AndersonHumans have discovered Mermaids one woman researcher is determined to find how her father disappeared with them 1 2 The Next to the Last of the Mohegans by Joseph BruchacGuy has obnoxious wingman who also happens to have some supernatural powers for traveling and meeting with the wee folk of native American variety A Swim and a Crawl by Marc LaidlawIncomprehensible waste of time about a swimmer floating with the currents and I have no idea

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