The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – March 2008
by Gordon Van Gelder
Edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Cover Artist: Vincent Di Fate
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy & Science Fiction ISBN/ITEM#: 10958258
Date: 24 January 2008 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The March 2008 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction includes stories by Albert E. Cowdrey, Alexander Jablokov, Nancy Springer, K.D. Wentworth, Richard Paul Russo, and Richard Mueller as well as the usual reviews and articles.
The March 2008 issue The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is another good one with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
The issue begins with "The Boarder" by Alexander Jaboklov. As Gordon Van Gelder admits in his introduction, this is neither fantasy nor science fiction. It is a nice little piece of historical fiction, set in the America of the 1960s. Told by a man looking back at his childhood, it concerns a boy whose parents are Russian immigrants who rent rooms to various interesting people. One of them is Vassily, a Soviet defector who cannot use his metallurgical skills in America. But he has interesting stories to tell the young boy. Next is "Rumple What", in which Nancy Springer gives us a humorous view of a familiar fairy tale. Albert Cowdrey's "The Overseer" is set in New Orleans but this one starts off in 1913 and looks back in history at the time just before and just after the Civil War. An old man is writing of his youth and a villainous overseer of his father's slaves. The overseer is killed but that does not end his evil.
In "Exit Strategy", K.D. Wentworth tells us of a near future in which people can have their personalities transferred into new bodies. A cult called the Second Life Temple has developed around this and a young girl wants to donate her body to it. She finds that life is something different than she imagined. In Richard Paul Russo's "The Second Descent", a group of mountaineers descend a snowy mountain. Will they ever reach the bottom? Last in the issue is "A Ten-Pound Sack of Rice" by Richard Mueller. An old man is haunted by the memory of a Japanese soldier he killed in World War II. He is visited by the devil and frustrates him in a surprising way.
Once again, F&SF is a magazine you should subscribe to.