Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - October 2005
Dell Zine ISBN/ITEM#: MF&SF1005
Date: October 2005 /
THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION - December 2005 - 57th Year of Publication
The December issue of The Magazine of Fantasy And Science Fiction caps off a great year for the magazine. All the stories are worth reading and three of them were excellent. First off, we have "Poppies by Moonlight" by Sydney J. Van Sycoc. In it, Carla takes her regular vacation from her ordered accountant life to take care of her wastrel step-brother, Rob. When she sees him, she finds him more mature. It seems he has taken in a boarder. The nature of this border makes for a lyrical and very beautiful story. "The Cure" is another story by Robert Reed and more straightforward than his other stories. A mid-list science fiction author is encouraged by his agent to write something more conventional. He achieves great success with a book called The Cure which makes villains of groups we normally feel are good guys. What happens next is a witty and insightful look at contemporary American society. "When the Great Days Came" by Gardner Dozois is from the point of view of a rat running around in New York City. This tale makes us glad that he is writing more often.
The rest of the stories (with one exception) all get a very good rating. "The Last Ten Years in the Life of the Hero Kai" by Geoff Ryman is set in a mythical Far Eastern land. Kai realizes that his country is being dominated by 'Neighbors' and seeks to free his people. He tries one solution but that causes more problems. How he finally becomes a true hero makes for the quality story that we expect from Ryman. "Walpurgis Afternoon" by Delia Sherman is a tale of a house that suddenly appears on a vacant lot, the two women who live in it and the effect they have on the neighborhood. "The Last Akialoa" by Alan Dean Foster takes us to a part of Hawaii that is actually dangerous as a man is obsessed with finding a rare bird. This is not a whimsical tale and Foster shows us his versatility. "An Incident at the Luncheon of the Boating Party" By Allen M. Steele is an amusing little story about a time-travelling woman and a famous painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The remaining story, "Cannibal Farm" by Ron Goulart is also quite funny but I did not think it had enough of a payoff, but that is only a slight disappointment.
Once more, I think that The Magazine of Fantasy And Science Fiction is the best of the news-stand magazines.