Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - February 2006
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: F&FS0602
Date: December 2005 /
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Febuary, 2006. 57th Year of Publication.
Table of Contents: Novellas: Planet of Mystery, Part 2 56 Terry Bisson | Novelets: The Cathedral of Universal Biodiversity 5 Gary W. Shockley | The Long and the Short and the Tall 36 John Morressy | Thirteen O'Clock 104 David Gerrold | Boon 142 Madeleine E. Robins | Short Stories: Parsifal (Prix Fixe) 128 James L. Cambias | Departments: Books to Look For 26 Charles de Lint | Musing On Books 31 Michelle West | Plumage From Pegasus: 100 Paul Di Filippo | Brother, Can You Spare A Hyperlink | Coming Attractions 127 | Films: A Mound Of Blunder 136 Lucius Shepard | Curiosities 162 F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre | Cartoons: Arthur Masear (25,35), J.P. Rini (55), Joseph Farris (99), Bill Long (103), Danny Shanahan (141). Cover by David Hardy for "The Cathedral Of Universal Biodiversity"
The February 2006 issue of The Magazine of Famtasy and Science Fiction is another great one. First off, I'll conclude some old business and review "Planet of Mystery" by Terry Bisson, a novella which began in the January issue and concludes in this one. This is a great story that will make my short list for Hugo consideration for the stories of 2006. Gordon van Gelder was wise to serialize it, because it's a corker. It starts off with two astronauts making the first human landing on Venus, but they get a surprise. The "dry lake" is actually very wet and the air is Earth-normal. Then they're captured by Amazons riding centaurs and are taken to their queen. What sounds like a dumb 1950s science fiction movie is anything else but. Kudos for Terry Bisson to take an old cliché and do something great with it.
The rest of the stories all get a very good from me. "Thirteen o'clock" by David Gerrold is the story of a man who, after nearly dying in Vietnam, has been in constant search for something he sensed in his near-death experience. There is a warning that if this story were a movie, it would get a "hard R" rating and that's true but Gerrold gives us a touching story in the midst of that. "The Cathedral of Universal Biodiversity" by Gary W. Shockley is a tale set in the future about a man who has started his own religion based on his ability to see other life in the universe. The problem is that no one else has been able to actually find any such life.
"Boon" by Madeleine E. Robbins is set in a New York City that has been settled by elves and other folk from Faery. A human single mother, caring for her daughter, finds something in common with them. "The Long and the Short and the Tall" by John Morressy is another tale of Kedrigern and Princess. It's the usual fun and the only quibble I have is that Princess is not in it enough. Last, but not least, is a nice little short story by James L. Cambia called "Parsifal (Prix Fixe)" about Americans vacationing in Europe who decide to seek the Holy Grail. What they find is very satisfying.
If you don't subscribe to this magazine, you are missing a lot. This was another fine issue.
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