Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Jan. 2007
by Gordon Van Gelder (Ed.)
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: MF&SF0107
Date: Nov 2006 /
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – January 2007 – 58th Year of Publication
Once again, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction delivers a great issue. One story got an Excellent from me and the others were all Very Good.
Even better, the best story was the longest. "Kiosk" by Bruce Sterling was a bizarre story, set in what I guess is a Russia of the future. Borislov owns a little kiosk and sells many odd items. When someone cleans him out, he buys an unusual Fabrikator that can make a black, indestructible copy of anything. This has a profound effect on his society. Next, Jeremy Minton gives us a claustrophobic little tale about a young man on another planet, stuck underground with his family and friends. He does not trust a "magician" that has come amongst them but things turn out very surprisingly.
The issue is rounded out by four very enjoyable shorter stories. "The Strange Disappearance of David Gerrold" by David Gerrold is a letter detailing a strange trip in which Gerrold encounters a strange green boy who is, apparently, being hunted. Robert Reed gives us another odd tale in "X-Country". In it, what seems to be a cross-country race may be something else entirely. Neil Gaiman's "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" is actually about two boys who stumble upon a party with very beautiful girls in attendance. They get the surprise of their lives. Lastly, the very talented Marta Randall's "The Dark Boy" is a haunting tale about a woman's trip to Mexico and an unusual young boy.
As I always say, this is a magazine well worth subscribing to.
(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)