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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - February 2007 by Gordon Van Gelder (Ed.)
Edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Cover Artist: Cory & Catska Ench
Spilogale, Inc. Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: MF&S0207
Date: February 2007 /

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – February 2007

Table of Contents: Novella: The Helper and His Hero, Part 1 by Matthew Hughes Novelets: Brain Raid by Alexander Jablokov * Fool by John Morressy Short Stories: Stone and the Librarian by William Browning Spencer * Red Card by S. L. Gilbow Departments: Books To Look For by Charles de Lint * Musing on Books by Michelle West * Plumage from Pegasus: Our Feynman Who Art In Heaven by Paul Di Filippo * Films: In a Dark and Rainy City of Lights by Kathi Maio * Coming Attractions * Curiosities by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre * Cartoons: Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Tom Cheney Cover: Cory and Catska Ench for "The Helper And His Hero"

The February 2007 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is another great one. We get the first part of a serial, an author's first story, a great story by the late John Morressy and two more very good ones.

"The Helper and His Hero" by Matthew Hughes is part one of a two part serialized story featuring Guth Bandar, traveler in the noosphere, but I'll wait until next month to review the whole thing. The best story in the rest of the issue is "Fool" by John Morressy. Gordon Van Gelder tells us that this is the last story he has in inventory but holds out hope that more may be found in Morressy's papers. This one is not a Kedrigern & Princess story but something very different. Niccolo is a deformed, ugly man who serves as a fool for a count. Told entirely though the fool's viewpoint, Morressy shows us that he can right a serious story, too. This one gets a Great from me and makes me miss the author even more.

The issue is rounded out by stories that all get a Very Good. "Brain Raid" by Alexander Jablokov tells us of a crew that hunts low-level AI's and how they handle a situation that's a little over their heads. Jablokov creates some good characters here and gives them an exciting story. William Browning Spencer's "Stone and the Librarian" is called a combination of Robert E. Howard & Marcel Proust. I confess to not having read the latter but I liked the story and especially liked the ending. Last, we have a first publication, "Red Card" by S. L. Gilbow. In some different version of our world, people who are given one of a limited number of "red cards" can kill anyone they want to. Linda uses it to kill her husband and we are allowed a look into her mind. I am going to remember Gilbow's name when it comes time to nominate for the John W. Campbell Award.

I say this all the time, but F&SF is the best monthly magazine in the genre. You should subscribe!

(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)

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