Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - July 2005
by Gordon Van Gelder (ed)
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0507FSF
Date: June 2005 /
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction July 2005 - ISSN 1095-8258 - Vol. 109, No. 1, Whole Number 641
Contents: Novellettes: The Tournament at Surreptitia -6- John Morressy; Hero, The Movie -139- Bruce McAllister - Short Stories: The Pitiless Stars -46- Jim Young; Angry Duck -60- Scott Bradfield; Twilight States -71- Albert E. Cowdrey; Think So? -90- Robert Reed; Promised Land -96- Steven Utley; Old as Books -118- Mike Shultz - Departments: Books to Look For -35- Charles de Lint; Books -40- James Sallis; Films: Post Traumatic Straitjacket Syndrome -112- Kathi Maio; Coming Attractions -129-; Competition #69 -159-; Curiosities -162- Paul Di Filippo; Cartoons: Joseph Farris (70), Arthur Masear (111), S. Harris (117); Cover by: MICHAEL GARLAND FOR "HERO, THE MOVIE"
The July issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has stories by many of the usual suspects and that's a very good thing. The best story in the issue is "Twilight States" by Albert E, Cowdrey. This should come as no surprise as he is one of the most consistently great storywriters for the magazine. This story is set (as many of Cowdrey's are) in New Orleans. Milton, a bookseller, sells an old pulp magazine to a psychiatrist name Dr. Erasmus Bloch. It contains a story about a boy transported into another dimension. The story and its author have a connection to Bloch and Milton but not what we think at first. This all makes for a wonderful tale of horror.
All but one of the other stories in this issue get my very good rating. "The Tournament at Surreptitia" by John Morressy is another in his long running tales of Kedrigern and Princess. In this one they help a knight find an elusive land that is hosting a tournament that he must attend. "In The Pitiless Stars" by Jim Young, a father/daughter team of "compressed personalities" are sent out to investigate a pulsar. What they find is something very different and provides an answer to Fermi's question, "Where is everybody?"? "Angry Duck" by Scott Bradfield is a hilarious spoof on retrospectives of dead iconoclastic writers. This one is a duck-poet named Sammy. "In Think So?", the always entertaining Robert Reed gives us a peek into a world where Intellectual Property Rights have got out of control. "Promised Land" by Steven Utley is a tale of how a scientist manages to satisfy a dying colleague's last wish. The lead character in "Old as Books" by Mike Shultz is a librarian of the future and tells us how he deals with his advanced age.
The only disappointing story in this issue is "Hero, The Movie" by Bruce McAllister. This is the story of what happens after one of those 1950's monster/science fiction flicks. Unfortunately, it is written in the style of a movie proposal and this gets tedious after a while. It goes on a bit long and the end is not worth it. I guess you can't win them all.
But the whole issue is still worth getting, maybe for the Cowdrey story alone.