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42 review for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1978 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #329)

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Loyd

    Collectors' issue, because of the King story. 5 • The Man Who Had No Idea • 29 pages by Thomas M. Disch Good+. Barry is trying to get a conversation license. He took the test and got a temporary license. Now he needs to get three recommendations. Slightly humorous, but with 29 pages needs to be outright funny or give us some depth into why people need a license to talk to each other, at least tell us the penalty for breaking this rule. Is it just that you feel guilty about breaking the rule? 41 • Collectors' issue, because of the King story. 5 • The Man Who Had No Idea • 29 pages by Thomas M. Disch Good+. Barry is trying to get a conversation license. He took the test and got a temporary license. Now he needs to get three recommendations. Slightly humorous, but with 29 pages needs to be outright funny or give us some depth into why people need a license to talk to each other, at least tell us the penalty for breaking this rule. Is it just that you feel guilty about breaking the rule? 41 • Cassandra • 8 pages by C. J. Cherryh Good+. Alis goes through life seeing the town in flames and all the people as ghosts. One day a stranger comes into the diner and he isn't a ghost. She's a bit awkward, but manages to talk with Jim. The story was a little too sad or fatalistic for my taste. 50 • A Clone at Last • 2 pages by Barry N. Malzberg, Bill Pronzini OK. Lapham has no luck with women. He has money, though, so he has a female clone made of himself. 52 • The Gunslinger • 39 pages by Stephen King OK/Fair. The gunslinger is chasing the man in black through the desert. He see's a final hut and stops at a hut. He asks Brown about the man in black, yes he came through a few weeks ago. He then tells Brown the story of what happened in Tull. His stay in Tull didn't tell me much about the man in black and no hint at all of why he was chasing him. Nor did it make any sense to me why the residents of Tull suddenly changed their attitude. 94 • Pulling the Plug • 12 pages by Ron Goulart Good. Gurney was in an accident, but his brain was saved and put into a Noofu. He is worried that his wife is being unfaithful. He's been able to connect to the home computer and extended his reach. The kids don't like him censoring the content of their shows and he's trying to spy on his wife. 106 • Effigies • 25 pages by Michael Bishop OK. Verlis has an idea of how to save the dying people. He's taken seeds and added genetic material so that they can grow new individuals. 141 • Virra • 17 pages by Terry Carr OK/Good. Wesk is a tree who is cheered up when he sees Virra skitter past. He's still young enough to move, but not nearly as fast or agile as Virra and she is gone before he can barely talk to her. He makes his way to the fields and Virra has a different philosophy than the trees. The trees not wanting to waste energy. Virra saying not to use the sunlight is a waste. An existential story that is fairly decent.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marti Dolata

    If you ever wondered what it felt like to be a teen growing up during the cold war years, this story captures the emotion, so, so clearly. The fear and dread. I just reread it in Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories and it all came back to me. If you ever wondered what it felt like to be a teen growing up during the cold war years, this story captures the emotion, so, so clearly. The fear and dread. I just reread it in Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories and it all came back to me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Outis

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    Kristen

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    Thomas

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    Joe B

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sara

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    David Bell

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    Jesse

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul Nolan

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    Paiten

  12. 5 out of 5

    James

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    Bronwen

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Red

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sohár

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nigel Baker

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexandru Voiculescu

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cyliena

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brad Waller

  22. 5 out of 5

    Walter Raley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pexa

  25. 5 out of 5

    René Beaulieu

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    Igraine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Foxglove Zayuri

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jima330

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sweetpea

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Druce

  31. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Blakeman

  32. 5 out of 5

    Shanea

  33. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

  34. 5 out of 5

    David Blythman

  35. 5 out of 5

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    Roxy

  37. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hatchett

  38. 5 out of 5

    Pat Winter

  39. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

  40. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Areland

  41. 4 out of 5

    Remi Gau

  42. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

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