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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - December 2007 by Gordon Van Gelder
Edited by Gordon Val Gelder
Cover Artist: Cory & Catska Ench
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy & Science Fiction  ISBN/ITEM#: 1095-8258
Date: 25 September 2007

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The December 2007 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fictionis another good one. It's got stories from Frederic S. Durbin, David Moles, David Marusek, M. Rickert and others. All that is supported by reviews and articles from Charles de Lint, Michelle West, Lucius Shepard and David Langford.

Hugo Winner Gordon Van Gelder rounds out the year 2007 with a nice December issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. All the stories got a Very Good from me.

First up, we have "The Bone Man" by Frederic S. Durbin. Conlin is a hitman who has just finished a job. On Halloween, he happens upon a small town that is never named. He finds it quaint as everything is all aflutter about their annual Halloween Parade. Then, he starts hearing about a regular participant in the festivities called the Bone Man. Is this just a guy in a suit or something else? What do you think? The other novelette is David Moles' "Finisterra", a story set sometime in the future, featuring a woman named Bianca Nazario. She's an engineer who has taken a job on a gas giant world called Sky, on which the only habitable surfaces are archipelagos that are made up of living creatures. Moles gives us a lot of background about a future society in this story of redemption.

The issue is rounded out by four short stories. "Osama Phone Home" by David Marusek features a group of people who want to find a way to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. Through some novel scientific approaches, they might just succeed. "Stray" by David Rosenbaum and David Ackert features an immortal man named Ivan who must change the way he lives when he falls in love with an African-American woman in the South of the 1930s. M. Rickert tells a chilling little story in "Don't Ask." Two boys are kidnapped and return after some years. They were being raised by wolves and have come back different. What can their family do? Last of all, we have "Who Brought Tulips to the Moon" by S.L. Gilbow. Sometime in the near future, "voluntary" euthanasia has become a practice through a company called "Smooth Passing", located on the moon. At his daughter's insistence, Jack Hudson has accepted this and journeys to the moon with her and her husband. What will his last day be like?

The issue is rounded out with a nice poem from Sophie M. White and the usual columns. Once again, I highly recommend it.

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