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Editor’s Note for May/June 2017

New stories by Richard Bowes, Leah Cypess, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Matthew Hughes and more!

The May/June issue of the magazine can be found in most Barnes & Noble stores, as well as many local independent booksellers. You can order a single copy from our website or buy an electronic edition from Amazon, AmazonUK, and — now, available worldwide and in every format — through Weightless Books.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2017, cover by Maurizio ManzieriThis month’s cover is by Maurizio Manzieri, illustrating “The Prognosticant” by Matthew Hughes. To see more of his work, visit his website at http://www.manzieri.com/.

BALDEMAR LEVELS UP

In the March/April issue we published “Ten Half-Pennies,” in which Matthew Hughes introduced us to a new character in his Archonate universe — Baldemar, a young wizard’s henchman. Baldemar’s adventures continue in this issue with “The Prognosticant.” As you can probably tell by the cover image, his problems get much larger.

MORE GREAT FICTION

Along with the new Hughes story, we have a wide variety of great fantasy in this issue. Elgin Award winning poet Shannon Connor Winward makes her F&SF debut in this issue with a traditional fantasy, “Witch’s Hour.” Richard Bowes marks his twenty-fifth anniversary of F&SF stories with “Dirty Old Town,” a contemporary fantasy about growing up in Boston. And Leah Cypess offers us “Neko Brushes,” a story inspired by the Japanese folktale “The Boy Who Drew Cats.” And Zach Shephard, another writer making his first appearance in the magazine, brings us dense world-building and a complex character in his flash story, “The Woman With the Long, Black Hair.”

You’ll also find a wide variety of science fiction in this issue. Brian Trent, who first appeared in F&SF a year ago with “The Last of the Sharkspeakers,” returns to the magazine with “A Thousand Deaths Through Flesh and Stone,” a story about human identity in a post-human world. Kelly Jennings returns us to a more familiar — and more threatened — Earth with her F&SF debut, “A History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs.” Gregor Hartmann returns to the planet Zephyr and his outer space adventure series with “What the Hands Know.” John Schoffstall makes his first appearance in the magazine with another fast-paced story that explores identity, “The First Day of Someone Else’s Life.” And Nina Kiriki Hoffman, who last appeared in our January/February issue with the charming fantasy story “Cinnamon and Vinegar,” returns to our pages with “Rings,” a darker space adventure that shows off her versatility and range.

And we’re also pleased to introduce you to the work of R. S. Benedict, a writer who makes her fiction debut in this issue with a compelling and hard-to-categorize story, “My English Name.”

OUR REGULAR COLUMNS AND FEATURES

Charles de Lint suggests Books to Look For by Justine Larbalestier (“Wow!”), Elizabeth Hand, and Joe R. Lansdale, as well as a graphic novel by Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, and Lee Sullivan, a new anthology edited by Jaym Gates and Monica L. Valentinelli, and the Bookburners series by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Frances Slattery. Elizabeth Hand recommends new books by Peter S. Beagle and Graeme Macrae Burnet, along with Literary Wonderlands, edited by Laura Miller. In our television column, David J. Skal considers “Western Histories” as interpreted by HBO’s “Westworld” series and season 2 of Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle.” And for our Curiosities column, Mark Esping explores the work of obscure writer/artist Annabell Krebs Culverwell, who published much of her work under the name of “Columba,” including her first novel The Moon is Inhabited (1961).

As we announced in January, the Science Column by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty has returned to every issue. This month continues their exploration of robotics with driverless cars and other “Robots On The Road”.

Paul Di Filippo contributes a new Plumage from Pegasus column, “Happiness is a Worn Gunn.” (Yes, it is. Yes, it is.)

And we also publish the results of F&SF Competition #93, “True Names,” and announce a new competition with a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including subscriptions to F&SF.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

We hope you’ll share your thoughts about the issue with us. We can be found on:

In the meantime… enjoy!

C.C. Finlay, Editor
Fantasy & Science Fiction
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