Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - April 2006
by Gordon Van Gelder (Ed.)
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: MF&SF0306
Date: April 2006 /
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2006 issue
The April 2006 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is another fine issue. All the stories in it got a very good from me. I was especially impressed with "IKLawa" by Donald Mead. This novelet is Mead's first professional publication and a great way to start. Set in Africa at the time of the Zulu uprising against British rule, it centers on Cetshwayo, the king of Zululand and the successor to Shaka. The lead character must resort to supernatural means to try to defeat the British. This makes for a good story and Mead also provides us with some actual history after the story ends. Donald Mead is someone to watch and kudos to F & SF for publishing him. In "Gardening at Night", Daryl Gregory gives us a nice little hard science tale about a group developing machines to find landmines. The head of the group is suffering from TB and has his own agenda. The third novelet, "The Moment of Joy Before" by Claudia O'Keefe, is a lyrical story about a woman living in West Virginia with her mother and daughter because of economic problems but there is something else going on. She gets visits from a stranger that she can't remember and then things really take a turn for the worse.
The issue is rounded out by two short stories. "Cold War" by Bruce McAllister, a short tale set in the days of Sputnik about a boy whose father shows him something more interesting than that first artificial satellite. The other story seems odd to read at this time of year but it is for the April issue after all. "Starbuck" by Robert Reed is of that nice little subgenre of science fiction, mainly "baseball science fiction." Starbuck is a minor league pitcher in a future time. He finds a way to maintain an edge as a pitcher in a sport wherein the owners like to see home runs. I loved the story and can't wait until baseball season begins again.
All in all, this was another great issue for the best magazine on the newsstand (or bookstore).
(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)