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Stories: Rampion, by Alexandra Duncan The Black Mountain, by Albert E. Cowdrey Music Makers, by Kate Wilhelm The Final Verse, by Chet Williamson Stock Photos, by Robert Reed Agent of Change, by Steven Popkes Fine Green Dust, by Don Webb Signs of Life, by Carter Scholz Starship Dazzle, by Scott Bradfield The Old Terrologist's Tale, by S.L. Gilbow Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Re Stories: Rampion, by Alexandra Duncan The Black Mountain, by Albert E. Cowdrey Music Makers, by Kate Wilhelm The Final Verse, by Chet Williamson Stock Photos, by Robert Reed Agent of Change, by Steven Popkes Fine Green Dust, by Don Webb Signs of Life, by Carter Scholz Starship Dazzle, by Scott Bradfield The Old Terrologist's Tale, by S.L. Gilbow Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer, by Ken Liu The Road Ahead, by Robert Reed Features: Jess Francis McComas: The Traveler Returns, by Maria E. Alonzo Editorial by Gordon van Gelder Books to Look For, by Charles de Lint Books, by Chris Moriarty Plumage from Pegasus: Building a Readership, by Paul Di Filippo Films: Without a String...or a Thrill, by Kathi Maio Coming Attractions Competition #81 Curiosities, by F. Gwynplaine McIntyre


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Stories: Rampion, by Alexandra Duncan The Black Mountain, by Albert E. Cowdrey Music Makers, by Kate Wilhelm The Final Verse, by Chet Williamson Stock Photos, by Robert Reed Agent of Change, by Steven Popkes Fine Green Dust, by Don Webb Signs of Life, by Carter Scholz Starship Dazzle, by Scott Bradfield The Old Terrologist's Tale, by S.L. Gilbow Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Re Stories: Rampion, by Alexandra Duncan The Black Mountain, by Albert E. Cowdrey Music Makers, by Kate Wilhelm The Final Verse, by Chet Williamson Stock Photos, by Robert Reed Agent of Change, by Steven Popkes Fine Green Dust, by Don Webb Signs of Life, by Carter Scholz Starship Dazzle, by Scott Bradfield The Old Terrologist's Tale, by S.L. Gilbow Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer, by Ken Liu The Road Ahead, by Robert Reed Features: Jess Francis McComas: The Traveler Returns, by Maria E. Alonzo Editorial by Gordon van Gelder Books to Look For, by Charles de Lint Books, by Chris Moriarty Plumage from Pegasus: Building a Readership, by Paul Di Filippo Films: Without a String...or a Thrill, by Kathi Maio Coming Attractions Competition #81 Curiosities, by F. Gwynplaine McIntyre

34 review for Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2011 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #695)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    An average issue, largely enjoyable with a mixture of story types from fantasy to science fiction to some that I wouldn't classify as either - which I like about this magazine. It is more literary than others, but also contains pure entertainment popcorn reads. Unlike something like, say, Analog, it isn't bogged down with technical matters or science. "Rampion" by Alexandra Duncan - The longest of the stories, this one is well written and entertaining tale of two loves separated by family and cir An average issue, largely enjoyable with a mixture of story types from fantasy to science fiction to some that I wouldn't classify as either - which I like about this magazine. It is more literary than others, but also contains pure entertainment popcorn reads. Unlike something like, say, Analog, it isn't bogged down with technical matters or science. "Rampion" by Alexandra Duncan - The longest of the stories, this one is well written and entertaining tale of two loves separated by family and circumstances, so nothing deep, and nothing new. It is more a historic story, and exotic, taking place in Southern Spain many centuries ago when the Umayaad caliphate ruled. Was interesting to see Jewish, Moslem, and Christian characters interact in ways they once did, but not so much now. "The Black Mountain", by Albert Cowdrey - An enjoyable 'paranormal' type tale from New Orleans, which is what Cowdrey writes about seemingly always. Long-dead Eastern European priest whose foreboding presence still holds sway and protection over the church he built. "Music Makers", by Kate Wilhelm - Loved the theme of music working magic on people. Story wise I didn't care much for it. Shifting points of view made it hard for me to follow. "The Final Verse", by Chet Williamson - This is a story that will stick with me. A yarn of sorts, about a Bluegrass musician and the lost verse to a haunting folk tune. A horror story. "Stock Photos", by Robert Reed - Two Reed stories in this issue, which even for his prolific self you don't see much. But then I found out why there were two. This one made no sense and the editor's request for more info led him to write the second. A strange woman and her male photographer assistant come up to a man who is mowing his lawn and ask to take his photo doing various mundane tasks. Question the subject has, and we the readers is why? Why do they want to photograph him cutting bread? etc. The ending indicates it is SciFi, as in speculative, but leaves a lot of interpretation open. "Agent of Change", by Steven Popkes - Story written about lizard/dinosaur monster found at sea. Written as news stories and meeting transcripts. Blah. Didn't enjoy at all. "Fine Green Dust", by Don Webb - Interesting short story about a teacher who finds one of his students sunbathing naked in the neighbors yard. Naked, but covered in an odd green powder. Takes place in ultra hot Texas where the girl is applying the powder to take on reptilian characteristics to handle the climate change. In few words the story touches on gender and age differences, ways of looking at the world, eschatology, eroticism, scifi, genetic engineering, and more. "Signs of Life", by Carter Scholz - What I LOVED about this story is that it is SciFi, but not speculative. It is a story that simply happens to take place in a lab and involves dealing with being a scientist. Well, there's a bit of speculation in here re: what all those non-gene parts of our DNA are for, but it's all just a MacGuffin. "Starship Dazzle", by Scott Bradfield - A comic story about a talking dog. Not funny to me at all, and dull. I do like some stories of this type, but not this one. "The Old Terrologists Tale", by S.L. Gilbow - a scifi cautionary tale of being careful how/who we critique, and not to wish for any particular extreme in life at the expense of other considerations. "Altogether Elsewhere: Vast Herds of Reindeer", by Ken Liu - Liu's story last issue (The Paper Menagerie) (http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/2011/0...) was one of the greatest short stories I have ever read. This story also focuses on familial relations, but in the far future, post-Singularity. OK story, but nowhere near as resonant as the last. "The Road Ahead", by Robert Reed - The continuation or preface to "Stock Photos", from the point of view of the woman and the photographer. Their conversation gives clues to what might have been going on in the other story, drawing on topics like prediction software. Still leaves things unclear. If they were intent on publishing the previous tale regardless they should've just left this one out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    5 Star: Music Makers Loved the characters. Had a hard time choosing between Music Makers and the Final Verse for my favorite of the edition. This one was more predicable, but liked the characters more. The Final Verse After reading this one, my mom renewed her interest in playing the banjo. It's more than a little unrelated, but I was very interested in making sure that she was sticking with classic folk songs and not searching too much into the meaning of the songs she was playing.. 4 Star: 5 Star: Music Makers Loved the characters. Had a hard time choosing between Music Makers and the Final Verse for my favorite of the edition. This one was more predicable, but liked the characters more. The Final Verse After reading this one, my mom renewed her interest in playing the banjo. It's more than a little unrelated, but I was very interested in making sure that she was sticking with classic folk songs and not searching too much into the meaning of the songs she was playing.. 4 Star: The Black Mountain I always enjoy a Cowdrey story in the magazine. The writing goes down easy, (view spoiler)[even when the supernatural steps in (and it almost always does), the reader doesn't get lost (even if the main character does...) (hide spoiler)] Rampion It took me awhile to get into this one, but I enjoyed the Arthurian feeling that came along with the story. (view spoiler)[And I enjoyed the fact that the woman stepped up for her own well being and wasn't just waiting to be rescued. (hide spoiler)] The Old Terrologist's Tale I kept imagining that the Old Terrologist may be Slartibartfast. I'm sure he was an inspiration for this one. Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer A great reminder of the importance of being human, not just thinking like one. Fine Green Dust I was reading this during a very warm winter day and wondering what next summer was going to be like (view spoiler)[and when I could get my dost of dust. My bearded dragon always seemed so happy under his heat lamp. (hide spoiler)] 3 Star: Stock Photos / The Road Ahead So, these are two stories within the magazine, but should be reviewed as one, since one continues the other. The forward said that the staff requested the second part of the story, and got it. While I enjoyed Stock Photos, I didn't care for the "wrap up" from the Road Ahead. So, they average out at a three. Signs of Life Little surreal for my taste, but well done. And something about this story reminded me a bit too much of my own dull daily job. But in a more hopeful light. Agent of Change I didn't care for the story at all. But really liked the approach it took in writing the story, so it hangs on at the bottom of a three-star. Less: Starship Dazzle Maybe I'm not remembering the other Dazzle stories to truly appreciate this one. But it didn't take hold for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Artem Stepin

    Fred Chappell. Maze of Shadows Честно сказать, повесть далась мне с трудом. Автор очень старался стилистически окрасить повествование, в результате половина слов, за которыми я ползал в словарик, оказались с пометкой archaic. То есть, чисто технически я страдал, но тут, конечно, не вина автора. Что касается непосредственно сюжетно-идейных позиций – довольно обыденное фэнтези про специалистов узкого теневого профиля и кошек. Я вообще-то кошек не люблю, но пишет Чеппелл про них очень красиво и с лю Fred Chappell. Maze of Shadows Честно сказать, повесть далась мне с трудом. Автор очень старался стилистически окрасить повествование, в результате половина слов, за которыми я ползал в словарик, оказались с пометкой archaic. То есть, чисто технически я страдал, но тут, конечно, не вина автора. Что касается непосредственно сюжетно-идейных позиций – довольно обыденное фэнтези про специалистов узкого теневого профиля и кошек. Я вообще-то кошек не люблю, но пишет Чеппелл про них очень красиво и с любовью. 6,5/10. Naomi Kritzer. Liberty's Daughter Нэнси Дрю в условиях свободных островных недогосударств будущего. В точки зрения языка - после Maze of Shadows прочитал влет. 7/10 Albert E. Cowdrey. Asylum История о призраках и неудачнике. Так себе. 5/10 Pat MacEwen. Taking the Low Road Довольно интересная зарисовка о пространственных перемещениях в космосе и проблемах идентичных близнецов. 8/10 Michael Alexander. The Children's Crusade Вот эта история мне очень понравилась. Любопытная, хотя и не революционная фабула, и очень хорошо написано. И до самого конца думаешь, почему автор выбрал такое название. 8,5/10 Dale Bailey. Necrosis Ну, э-э-э. Мужик ходит и разлагается. 6/10 Andy Stewart. Typhoid Jack Трудовые будни распространителей заразы на фоне проблем взаимодействия андроидов и человеческого общества. 8/10 Matthew Corradi. City League Лучший рассказ номера. Может быть, не идеальный с точки зрения стилистики, тут судить носителям языка. Но эмоционально очень насыщенный и мощный, как фастбол Нолана «The Ryan Express» Райана (да, я подсмотрел в википедии). Отцы и дети, память, бейсбол. 10/10 Chris Willrich. Grand Tour Тоже история отцов и детей. На сей раз о том, как в будущем дети будут отправляться в самостоятельную жизнь. По-моему, достаточно оригинальный подход. 7/10

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Cress

    This is a short story comp and as with most, some stories will appeal to certain readers and some won't. There is variety hill such as stories of the supernatural, climate, predicting the future and of a talking dog in space. Nothing really jumped out to me but at the same time, the collection didn't bore me. This is a short story comp and as with most, some stories will appeal to certain readers and some won't. There is variety hill such as stories of the supernatural, climate, predicting the future and of a talking dog in space. Nothing really jumped out to me but at the same time, the collection didn't bore me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristie Star

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trish Thompson

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark Wilson

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ubikuberalles

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allison Emm

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meran

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Hawkins

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard Flores IV

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cosborn

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  18. 4 out of 5

    J. Allen Nelson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

    danny hatfield

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sonic

  22. 4 out of 5

    J Davis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brick Marlin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Duncan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Sunny

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason Manford

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thibaut

  30. 5 out of 5

    Verin

  31. 4 out of 5

    Zina Polonskaya

  32. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

  33. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

  34. 5 out of 5

    Caty

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