Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - June 2006
by Gordon Van Gelder
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 2006Jun
Date: June 2006 /
Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction - June 2006 - 57th Year of Publication
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction continues its fine run with the June 2006 issue, due on the stands April 29 with all but one story getting a "Very Good" rating from me.
The cover story is a novella, "Hallucigenia" by Laird Barron. It is a disturbing story about a man and his young wife who meet with a terrible accident that leaves him crippled and her brain damaged. They were both kicked by a horse, who later disappeared. The man has the place where this happened investigated and finds stories about a family involved in strange experiments. Barron gives this story a mood of approaching horror that one does not forget quickly. "Animal Magnetism" by Albert E. Cowdrey is a considerably lighter tale. When a man's lover leaves him, he gets a lovable dog named Trixie. There is more to Trixie, however, and his life takes a turn for the better. In "Counterfactual", Gardner Dozois gives us an America in which the Civil War never ended and it is the 1930s with Confederate guerrilla soldiers still hiding in the hills. In this world, a man tries to write a story in which Lee surrendered at Appomattox. The third novelet in this issue is another Kedrigern and Princess story, "The Protectors of Zendor". Kedrigern must find a way to prevent a war. How he does it is another treat from author John Morressy.
The issue is rounded out by two short stories. "Terms of Engagement" by C.S. Friedman is an amusing little tale about a woman who learns how to deal with the cockroaches in her apartment. A bit disappointing is a short-short by Tim McDaniel, "Why the Aliens Did What They Did to That Suburb of Madison, Wisconsin". The answer to the question is not really all that clever. But that's only a few pages in an otherwise excellent issue. It is highly recommended.
(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)