Analog Jan/Feb 2009 coverThe grandaddy of American SF magazines gets the new year started in fine fashion with an enjoyable January/February 2009 issue. Reviews of the seven stories and one serial installment behind the cut—beware of minor spoilers (but I’ll try not to give away the endings).


Visual Journeys coverOf Late I Dreamt of Venus” (novelette)
by James Van Pelt
Originally published in Visual Journeys, ed. Eric T. Reynolds, Hadley Rille 2007

(slated for inclusion in Gardner Dozois’ upcoming The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, due out from St. Martin’s Griffin in July 2008.)

The Story: Elizabeth Audrey, the richest human being who ever lived, is using her vast wealth to realize the dream of an inhabitable Venus. With the help of her assistant Henry, she facilitates the terraforming of the second planet, bombarding it with asteroids to adjust its orbit, and with comets to introduce water to its ecosystem. (more…)

Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2007Finisterra” (novelette)
by David Moles
Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2007

(The first of a series in which I’ll review the stories slated for inclusion in Gardner Dozois’ upcoming The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, due out from St. Martin’s Griffin in July 2008.)

The Story: Bianca Nazario, an engineer from a Spanish/Muslim community where her status as both a woman and a Christian stifled her talents and prospects, accepts a job from a shady character named Valadez. That job takes her to Sky, a gas giant planet with an Earth-like nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere but no ground, where gigantic flying creatures called zaratánes have become settlements—living, floating islands kilometers long with ecologies and weather patterns, where humans eke out meager existences. (more…)

Astounding Science Fiction, April 1957Call Me Joe” (novelette)
by Poul Anderson (1926-2001)
Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1957

From one of Jupiter’s smaller moons, the Solar System’s largest planet is studied by a team of dedicated researchers. One of their project’s primary tools is the pseudojovian, a powerful genetically-engineered creature designed to live in the harsh conditions of Jupiter’s surface, and controlled psionically from the research station with the help of a device called an esprojector. The first of the pseudojovians, “Joe,” is already on the surface, remotely controlled by a bitter quadriplegic named Edward Anglesey. (more…)

Analog January/February 2008Still a few days to go until it’s 2008 proper, but the new year’s short sci-fi (and fantasy) has already been available for a while. We won’t call it a “resolution,” per se, ’cause we all know how those turn out, but I will try to stay on top of things from here on out. In this ginormous double issue, we get eleven (!) stories, one of them the first part of a serial, plus a “Probability Zero” (a short, humorous vignette) and all the usual features and departments. With such an abundance of riches, this is gonna get unwieldy, so I’ll try doing it in two parts.


FSF October/November 2005Echo” by Elizabeth Hand
Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2005
Nebula Award nominee for Best Short Story

From an isolated island in Maine, a woman calls out to a lost lover, wondering plaintively where he is and what has happened to him.  Her days are full of simple survival, long walks with her wolfhound Finn, references to Greek mythology, and memories of the time she spent with him. (more…)

Pip and the Fairies” by Theodora Goss
Originally published on Strange Horizons, 3 October 2005
Nebula Award nominee for Best Short Story

Susan Lawson was the author of a series of children’s books about a girl named Pip and her adventures in a magical land with the likes of Jack Feather, Hyacinth, and the Thorn King. Her daughter Philippa, now a successful soap opera star, was the inspiration for those stories. When her mother passes away, everyone remembers how much they enjoyed the Pip books when they were children, and suddenly Philippa is again living in her mother’s shadow. (more…)

Asimov’s July 2006Impossible Dreams” by Tim Pratt
Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2006
Hugo Award nominee for Best Short Story

Pete, a low-key guy who loves movies more than anything else in the world, finds a strange little video store called Impossible Dreams, a store that he’s positive wasn’t there before. Unable to resist going in, he finds the shelves lined with movies that shouldn’t exist (more…)

FSF October/November 2005Helen Remembers the Stork Club” by Esther M. Friesner
Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2005
Nebula Award nominee for Best Short Story

Helen — the Helen, as in “of Troy,” as in getting lots of boats on their way with her face, that Helen — is thousands of years old and living in a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan (her long life a by-product of being the daughter of Zeus). World-weary doesn’t begin to describe how she’s feeling lately, (more…)

Links will appear when each item has been read and blogged.

2007 NEBULA AWARDS (to be awarded May 12, 2007 at the Financial Center Marriott in New York City)

From the Files of the Time Rangers by Richard Bowes (Golden Gryphon Press, 2005)
The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford (Dark Alley, 2005)
The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra, 2006)
To Crush the Moon by Wil McCarthy (Bantam Spectra, 2005)
Seeker by Jack McDevitt (Ace, 2005)
Farthing by Jo Walton (Tor, 2006)

Sanctuary” by Michael A. Burstein (Analog, Sept 2005)
Burn by James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon Publications, 2005)
The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, Apr/May 2006)
Inclination” by William Shunn (Asimov’s, Apr/May 2006)

The Language of Moths” by Christopher Barzak (Realms of Fantasy, Apr 2005)
Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2005)
Little Faces” by Vonda N. McIntyre (Sci Fiction, 23 Feb 2005)
Journey into the Kingdom” by M. Rickert (Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2006)
Walpurgis Afternoon” by Delia Sherman (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Dec 2005)

Short Stories
Helen Remembers the Stork Club” by Esther M. Friesner (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2005)
Pip and the Fairies” by Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons, 3 Oct 2005)
Echo” by Elizabeth Hand (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2005)
Henry James, This One’s for You” by Jack McDevitt (Subterranean #2, Nov 2005)
The Woman in Schrödinger’s Wave Equations” by Eugene Mirabelli (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Aug 2005)
An End to All Things” by Karina Sumner-Smith (Children of Magic, DAW, 2006)

2007 HUGO AWARDS (to be awarded September 3, 2007 at Nippon 2007 in Yokohama, Japan)

Eifelheim by Michael F. Flynn (Tor, 2006)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (Del Rey, 2006)
Glasshouse by Charles Stross (Ace, 2006)
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (Tor, 2006)
Blindsight by Peter Watts (Tor, 2006)

The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, Apr/May 2006)
A Billion Eves” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2006)
Inclination” by William Shunn (Asimov’s, Apr/May 2006)
Lord Weary’s Empire” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s, Dec 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story” by Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing, 2006)

Yellow Card Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimov’s, Dec 2006)
Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth” by Michael F. Flynn (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2006)
The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald (Asimov’s, July 2006)
All the Things You Are” by Mike Resnick (Jim Baen’s Universe, Oct 2006)
Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)” by Geoff Ryman (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct 2006)

Short Stories
How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things, Morrow, 2006)
Kin” by Bruce McAllister (Asimov’s, Feb 2006)
Impossible Dreams” by Tim Pratt (Asimov’s, July 2006)
Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, June 2006)
The House Beyond Your Sky” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, 4 Sept 2006)

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