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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - December 2006 by Gordon Van Gelder (Ed.)
Spilogale, Inc. Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: MF&SF1206
Date: October 2006 /

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The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction – December 2006
Table of Contents: NOVELETS: Bye the Rules by Matthew Hughes * The Christmas Witch by M. Rickert * Damascus by Daryl Gregory SHORT STORIES: Dazzle the Pundit by Scott Bradfield * Pills Forever by Robert Reed * John Uskglass and the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner by Susanna Clarke DEPARTMENTS: Books to Look For by Charles de Lint * Books by James Sallis * Coming Attractions * Films: Beautiful Slacker, Wake Unto Me by Kathi Maio * Curiosities by David Langford * CARTOONS: Arthur Masear * COVER: By Laurie Harden for "The Christmas Witch"

The December 2006 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is one of the best of the year. Two of the stories got an excellent rating from me and the rest got a very good.

I'll talk about the two excellent stories first. "Bye the Rules" by Matthew Hughes is another of his tales about Guth Bandar. Bandar has been thrown out of the Institute for Historical Inquiry for heresy. He claimed the noosphere was sentient. His downfall was orchestrated by one Didrick Gabbris. Gabbris is now going after Bandar's uncle and the battle is on in the noosphere. The other excellent story is by Susanna Clarke of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell fame and is a side story of that novel. In "John Uskglass and the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner", Uskglass, the Raven King, treats a charcoal burner badly and pays a price for it.

The rest of the issue is well worth reading. "The Christmas Witch" by M. Rickert is a touching story of a girl whose mother has died and how she deals with the strange legends of her new hometown. In "Damascus", Daryl Gregory gives us a story of a woman named Paula who becomes a disciple of a dangerous new religion. Scott Bradfield's "Dazzle the Pundit" is another amusing story about an intelligent dog. In this one, Dazzle is giving a lecture series in Berlin but must figure out how to handle a difficult student. Last, there is "Pills Forever", another unusual story by Robert Reed. This one is about extended life for a man and his cat.

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction continues to be the best magazine on the stands.

(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)

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