Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - May 2007
Edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Cover Artist: Mark Evans
Review by Sam Tomaino
Spilogale Inc Zine ISBN/ITEM#: MF&SF0507
Date: March 2007 /
The May 2007 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction is another good one with one story getting an Exceptional from me and all the rest a Very Good.
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The Exceptional tale is a quiet one by K.D. Wentworth, called "Kaleidoscope". The story starts when Ally Coelho, a woman in her 50s, rescues a lost dog. The next day her memories change and she is sure the dog was hit by a car and killed. This sort of thing happens more and more, with friends being childless or having a daughter. It's not just memories, the young girl exists or doesn't. The most important change is about a man she met that she likes in one version and doesn't in multiple others. She finds a way to deal with this in an enchanting story.
The novella in this issue, "The Master Miller's Tale" by Ian MacLeod takes place in a world that is the setting of MacLeod's other fiction. I haven't read them but this story works fine for me. Nathan Westover is a miller, a family tradition. There is a magic that helps his craft along, including a way to capture wind and release it at a later time. Nathan's life is now being changed by steam engines and other machines and he has a problem with this. "Telefunken Remix" by A.A. Attanasio is an imaginative story of Noel who lives 2 million years in the future. He is the clone of a man in our present time and goes back to help him out. This gets complicated but we get a glimpse of a fascinating future.
The magazine is rounded out by two nice short stories. "The Tamarisk Hunter" by Paolo Bacigalupi is a reprint from something called High Country News but I am glad to have the opportunity to read it. It's a story of a future in which California has run out of water and the legal and social ramifications. A man named Lolo makes money from digging up Tamarisk plants that use up water. There is bitterness from neighboring states over what California is doing to them. This story illustrates an ecological problem that the mass media ignores but is a potential disaster. Last of all, "The Great White Bed" by Don Webb is a chilling little story about a young boy caring for a grandfather going senile. Webb dedicates the story to Basil Copper for a reason not apparent until the end which will leave you feeling very uneasy.
So, once again, editor Gordon Van Gelder shows us why you should be subscribing to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.