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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - June 2007
Edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Cover Artist: Maurizio Manizeri
Spilogale, Inc. zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1095-8258
Date: April 2007

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The April 2007 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is another great one, with one of the stories getting an Excellent from me and the rest getting a Very Good.

The best of the stories comes as no surprise to me. It's "Sweet Trap", another Henghis Hapthorn tale from Matthew Hughes. This takes place after his recent novel Majestrum and was actually published with the special edition of that book. I did not get that limited edition so it's new to me, as it will be to most readers. Here, Henghis is hired to find a missing man named Chup Choweri. It turns out Choweri had disappeared while trying to buy a spaceship called the Gallivant and so had two other men. Henghis and his grinnet assistant apply their usual wit and intelligence to the problem.

In the rest of the issue, we get "An Eye for an Eye" from Charles Coleman Finlay. This is a bit different than Finlay's usual fare. A man who makes his living at burglary is hired to steal back another man's most important possession which are being held by an ex-girlfriend. It's his "family jewels!" From there, things get even more bizarre. Next comes, "Wizard's Six" by Alex Irvine, a pure fantasy in which a soldier must stop an apprentice wizard from gaining a terrible power. The apprentice does this by drawing on the magic inherent in six children. Unfortunately, to stop the man, he must kill the children.

For some years, Sheila Finch has been writing stories about a guild of "lingsters" who specialize in figuring out how to contact alien cultures. Here she gives us the origin of the guild. Set some thirty years in our future, Jamal Lenana is asked by the NSA to communicate with a strange man found on a Maryland highway. Needless to say, the man is an alien. Marta Randall has been writing great fiction for decades and. in this issue, "Lazaro y Antonio" does not disappoint. Set on a nasty little part of space called, the Curve, two brothers survive by stealing. But a familiar sequence of numbers will change their lives. Last comes "Elegy" by Melanie Fazi (translated by Christopher Priest). Fazi is a French writer who I've enjoyed before. In this short tale, a woman mourns the disappearance of her twin children and pleads with their "abductor." In just a few pages, Fazi gives us some great fantasy.

So once again, F&SFgives us a great issue. Subscribe!

From release/information:

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - June 2007 - Volume 112, No. 6 (Whole Number 662) ISSN 1095-8258

Table of Contents:
Novelets:
Sweet Trap by Matthew Hughes
An Eye for an Eye by Charles Coleman Finlay
Wizard's Six by Alex Irvine
First Was the Word by Sheila Finch
Lazaro Y Antonio by Marta Randall

Short Story:
Elegy by Melanie Fazi

Departments:
Books to Look For by Charles de Lint
Musing on Books by Michelle West
Plumage from Pegasus: It's All Goodkind by Paul Di Filippo
Films: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by David Skal
Coming Attractions
Curiosities by Bud Webster
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Bill Long
Cover Illustration by Maurizio Manizeri for "Lazaro Y Antonio"

(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)

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