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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - April 2007 by Gordon Van Gelder (Ed.)
Cover Artist: Mondolithic Studios.
Review by Sam Tomaino
Spilogale, Inc. Zine  
Date: February 2007

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The April 2007 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a special Gene Wolfe issue. It includes articles about Gene Wolfe and a fantastic novella by the man himself. (On sale February 28, 2007)

Table of Contents:
Special Gene Wolfe Section

    How to Read Gene Wolfe by Neil Gaiman
    Memorare by Gene Wolfe
    The Wolf in the Labyrinth by Michael Swanwick
    Gene Wolfe: The Man And His Work by Michael Andrei-Driussi
Novelets: The Equally Strange Reappearance of David Gerrold by David Gerrold
Short Stories A Thing Forbidden by Donald Mead * Titanium Mike Saves the Day by David D. Levine
Poems: Onocentaur by Sophie M. White
Departments: Books to Look For by Charles de Lint * Films: Time Warps, Undying Love and Living Dolls by Lucius Shepard * Coming Attractions * Competition #73 * Curiosities by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre * Cartoons: Joseph Farris, Arthur Masear * Cover by Mondolithic Studios. for "Memorare"

"Memorare" is one of the finest stories that Wolfe has ever written and that's saying a lot. This is the best story I've read since Peter Beagle's "Two Hearts" and it's as good as that story. Wolfe introduces us to March Wildspring, a down on his luck television producer, trying to make a success of a documentary about memorials that people have been erecting in space. They are quite elaborate and some are booby-trapped because some believe that if people die there, they will serve the dear departed in the afterlife. March, the woman he loves, March's ex-wife and her current abusive husband wind up on a very unusual memorial ship and the story told touched me deeply.

"The Equally Strange Reappearance of David Gerrold" by David Gerrold is a sequel to the story in the January 2007 issue. Gerrold and two other men go to check out the place where he saw the green boy before. This is a hilarious and fun story. David D. Levine writes a great little piece with "Titanium Mike Saves the Day". We get a series of stories about people who face a crisis and use tales of a legendary Paul Bunyan type character to help them. The stories go back in time and we learn a bit about how legends are made. The last story is "A Thing Forbidden" by Donald Mead about a girl battling the devil in 1849 California. This has a very startling ending, but it worked for me.

I did not get the articles to review but I did get the poem "Onocentaur" by Sophie M. White and that's good, too. This was an absolutely splendid issue and when it comes on sale, you should buy it. Better yet, subscribe!

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