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Amazing Stories Magazine - January 2005 by (Piazo January 2005 / $12/yr) - I finally get an issue of the new version of the granddaddy of them all, Amazing Stories. From the January 2005 issue, I review a great story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman and very good ones by Mike Resnick, Robin D. Laws, Gail Sproule and Greg Keyes.

I was happy to catch up with this old favorite and see that while it devotes much of its issue to articles and reviews that it still had some top-notch stories. The best story was a novelette by Nina Kiriki Hoffman called ?The Wisdom of Disaster?. Irene and Naples March are an old married couple who have recently connected with a granddaughter that they did not know they had. A stranger arrives at their door with a young girl who had been hit by a car. The girl starts speaking in a strange language that somehow Irene can understand and speak. That?s just the start because the real story is the decision that Irene must make about who needs her help most of all.

I was a bit disappointed in ?Nowhere In Particular? by Mike Resnick but that?s because his stories set such a high standard. This one is just predictable. I did enjoy the other stories: ?Brainspace? by Robin D. Laws which tells about people?s dreams being invaded for an unusual reason. ?Jimmy and Cat? by Gail Sproule about a future society where most people are illiterate and how Cat inspires Jimmy to make things better and ?Wishful Thinking? by Greg Keyes which is a 1000 word story (inspired by a picture) about the problems with a Gaia bacterium that is supposed to make life on Earth better.

(see review)

Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Arpil 2005 by (Penny Press April 2005 / $40.50/yr) - In the April 2005 issue of Analog, I find great stories by Kyle Kirkland, David L. Burkhead, James C. Glass, John G. Hemry and Brian Plante.

The April 2005 issue of Analog does not disappoint. All the stories are great! ?Company Secrets? by Kyle Kirkland tells of a future America in which some 300,000 people have incorporated themselves with the others referred to derogatively as 'sheep'. How he deals with this makes for a classic Analog story in which the protagonist must deal with some sort of problem. Kirkland creates some interesting characters to tell this story.

?Her World Exploded? by David L. Burkhead is a story about a woman named Victoria who has to figure out just why, literally, her world exploded. It is an amusing story with a good scientific explanation at the end. ?Reinventing Carl Hobbs? by James C. Glass tells of the loyalty of an actress named Melody to her AI bodyguard named Carl. ?Standards of Success? by John G. Hemry is a fun little short-short about what happens when NASA seriously micro-manages a Mars expedition. ?Letters of Transit? by Brian Plante is an unusual epistolary tale in which the letters must pass through a wormhole.

So all this with the conclusion of a serial by Jack Williamson and an article about the most prolific Analog authors. What?s not to like? (see review)

Asimov's Science Fiction - March 2005 by (Penny Press March 2005 / $40.50) - In the March 2005 issue of Asimov?s Science Ficiton, I find an excellent story by Esther M. Friesner, great stories by Lori Selke, Nary Rosenbaum, Gene Wolfe (of course), Matthew Hughes & Bud Sparhawk and very good stories by David D. Levine, Steven Utkey and R. Neube.

As I comment in my review of the March 2005 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, no one writes a funny story like Esther Friesner. Well, in the March 2005 issue of Asimov?s Science Fiction, Friesner shows with "The Fraud", that she can write a great serious story, too. Set in early 19th century England, this tells how people deal with a young woman?s story about being impregnated by a unicorn. She is not the ?fraud? of the title and the end of this story will send a chill up your spine. This is a story that will make my Hugo nomination list for the best of 2005.

The issue has some other great stories, too. ?The Dodo Factory? by Lori Selke tells about a project to bring back the dodo and the shape just such a project might take. ?Green Shift?by Mary Rosenbaum tells about a young woman who sets out to avenge the murder of her brother and what happens to her on the way to that goal. ?Bright Red Stone? by Bud Sparhawk tells of a rescue mission of a different kind. ?The Devil You Don?t? by Matthew Hughes tells what Winston Churchill might do with foreknowledge. ?The Card? by Gene Wolfe is about a man reactions when he finds out how his life might have been.

Other stories include: ?Tk,tk,tk? by David D. Levine (a saleman?s difficulties on another world), ?The Wave-Function Collapse? by Steven Utley (a Schrodinger?s Cat story) and ?Organs R Us? by R. Neube (an unusual detective story). All in all, another issue worth getting! (see review)

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - March 2005 by (Spilogale Inc March 2005 / ) - In the March 2005 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, I review some wonderful stories by Albert E. Cowdrey, Al Michaud, Charles Coleman Finlay, Thomas M. Disch, Carol Emshwiller, Gary W. Shockley and Esther M. Friesner.

The March 2005 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction does not have a single story that?s not worth reading. Like most of his stories, ?The Amulet? by Albert E. Cowdrey is set in New Orleans but that?s just a starting place. The story of an amulet that can give long life but only if you use it properly starts in Italy in 1308 and enchants you right from the start. ?Ayuh, Clawdius? by Al Michaud is the follow-up to a previous story about Clem Crowdah, his lobster Clawdius and the inhabitants of Clapboard Island, Maine. Clem must prevent the rising of the Sea Crone in a hilarious, riotous story. ?Love and the Wayward Troll? by Charles Coleman Finlay (another sequel) tells about a boy raised by trolls and his first steps trying to live as a human. ?I Live With You? by Carol Emshwiller is a classic Emshwiller tale in which a uninvited visitor tries to improve her hostess?s life. ?The Beau and the Beast? by Esther M. Friesner starts out as an epistolary tale about a young girl meeting English Regency Society but with just one word (which I won?t give away) you know this is going in a very strange direction. No one writes a funny story like Esther Friesner.

Also in this issue is ?The Wall of America? by Thomas M. Disch. This concerns a wall between the U.S. and Canada and how it is more than just a security measure. ?Late Show? by Gary W. Shockley is a fictional transcript of an appearance of an alien on the David Letterman Show.

Again, editor Gordon Van Gelder delivers another great issue. (see review)

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