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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - July 2006 by Gordon Van Gelder (Ed.)
Spilogale, Inc. Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: F&F0607
Date: May 2006 /

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Contents: Novellas: * The Lineaments of Gratified Desire 66 Ysabeau S. Wilce Novelets: Kansas, She Says, is the Name of the Star 5 R. Garcia y Robertson Short Stories: Holding Pattern 40 Steven Popkes * Billy And The Unicorn 50 Terry Bisson * The Meaning of Luff 55 Matthew Hughes * Republic 117 Robert Onopa * Memory of a Thing That Never Was 135 Jerry Seeger * Just Do It 147 Heather Lindsley Departments: Books to Look For 30 Charles de Lint * Books 35 James Sallis * Films: Supercali Fragilisticnanny 129 Kathi Maio * Coming Attractions 160 Curiosities 162 F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre * Cartoons: Arthur Masear (39, 134), Tom Cheney (49), Frank Cotham (146) * COVER: "The Fountains of Enceladus" BY Ron Miller

The July 2006 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is another great one with all the stories getting a Very Good rating from me.

The novella in this issue is "The Lineaments of Gratified Desire" by Ysabeau S. Wilce. The story is a sequel to a story from 2004, set in a world that editor Gordon Van Gelder aptly describes as baroque. In the City of Califa (which sounds like San Francisco), a young man named Hardhands (whose grandmother is the "Pontifexa") searches for a little girl named Tiny Doom (who is somehow his wife and the Pontifexa's successor). Tiny Doom always has a stuffed animal that she just calls Pig but there is more to Pig than it appears. The chase is fraught with perils and wild events. All in all, it makes for a delightful ride. The issue also has one novelet, "Kansas, She Says Is the Name of the Star" by R Garcia y Robertson. A young girl named Amy is about to turn 13 and in her culture that means she will become part of the harem of some old man. She doesn’t want that and runs away, borrowing a scarecrow’s clothes. Her journey is filled with delightful versions of familiar characters from a familiar tale (suggested by the title.) This, too, was a fun story that runs in unexpected directions. The issue is rounded out by stories by new writers. "Memory of a Thing That Never Was" by Jerry Seeger is a nice little tale about a man recruited for a war against The Other. They are apparently aliens but there is more going on here in what makes for some good intrigue. In "Just Do It" by Heather Lindsley, we get a story of a future where mega-corporations can do just about anything to get people to buy their products. A young woman named Alex is part of a group opposed to this but must go undercover in more ways than one. While the tale has some humor to it, the end is positively chilling.

Again, this is a magazine that you should be picking up.

(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)

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