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Editor’s Note for Nov/Dec 2015

The November/December of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is now on sale! You can order a single copy of the issue from our website or buy an electronic edition from Amazon or AmazonUK.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015, cover by David HardyThis is also a great time of year to subscribe or renew your subscription. And, with the holidays coming up, you might take a look at our discounted gift subscriptions.

But let’s talk about the issue!


David Hardy’s cover for this month’s issue features the return of Bhen. The mischievous green alien has been having fun with NASA’s toys for forty years. His very first appearance was with the Viking Lander on the November 1975 issue of F&SF. It seems only fitting that he celebrates the anniversary by showing up on Mars again, this time with ESA’s ExoMars rover, due to land in 2018.

Later this week, we’ll be posting a retrospective of all of David Hardy’s Bhen covers for F&SF from the past four decades, as well as an interview with the alien himself. If you must have more Hardy now, you can visit his website at


This month’s novella goes with the cover’s theme of space exploration.

Although Carter Scholz has been writing science fiction for decades, this is the first time he has turned his attention to the very hard problem of interstellar travel.  Even though this story is set only twenty-five years into the future, it’s meticulously grounded in current science and research.

Gardner Dozois has called it “perhaps the best SF novella of the year.”Gypsy is also available in book form from PM Press, as part of Terry Bisson’s Outspoken Authors series.


The issue opens with “The Winter Wraith” by Jeffrey Ford, a haunting holiday story set in the bleak Ohio countryside. Tim Sullivan returns to the heavy gravity millieu of Cet Four with “Hob’s Choice: (seen previously in “The Nambu Egg” in F&SF, Jul/Aug 2013). “The Thirteen Mercies” by Maria Dahvana Headley’s is first appearance in F&SF. It’s a dark fantasy with crocodiles and war magic.

KJ Kabza gives a short, thoughtful fantasy with “Her Echo.” Harvey Jacobs lightens up the issue with “The Fabulous Follicle.” Bruce McAllister offers up “Dreampet,” a science fiction story that began life as a Hollywood move pitch. And Naomi Kritzer returns to these pages with “Cleanout,” her first new story not set in the Seastead universe.

The issue closes with “It’s All Relative at the Space-Time Café” by Norman Birnbach, which is a short celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s “Theory of General Relativity” in 1915. And then Lisa Mason explores the fate of all time and space with her new novelet, “Tomorrow is a Lovely Day.”

You’ll also find “Phases,” a new poem by Sophie White, and…


Every issue features one story that we also offer for free download online, via our free electronic digest for Kindle. This month’s free story — which you can also find in the print edition — is “The City of Your Soul” by Robert Reed. Even if you don’t subscribe to the magazine, you can click on this link and read Reed’s story and all the columns in the issue for free.


Charles de Lint tells you why you should read new books by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Melissa F. Olson, Hayley Campbell, and A. G. Riddle.

Michelle West reviews new work by Mark Z. Danielewski, Clive Barker, and Neal Stephenson.

Elizabeth Hand considers Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell, and Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown, along with David Nicholson’s debut collection.

Film and television critic Kathi Maio reviews “Self/Less” and “Advantageous,” and offers her thoughts on the Netflix series “Sense8.”

And in our regular “Curiosities” column, Douglas A. Anderson reconsiders The Capture of Nina Carroll by Arthur Thrush, published in 1924.

We also publish the winners to Reader Competition #90, “Game of Prose,” and introduce Competition #91, “It’s All Relative.”

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We think it’s another great issue. We hope you’ll read it and share your thoughts about it on one of these sites:

In the meantime… enjoy!

C.C. Finlay
Fantasy & Science Fiction


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