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Editor’s Note for March/April 2018

The March/April edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction features the return of the Faerie duelist La Héron in a new story by Charlotte Ashley, plus so much more.

The new issue 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 electronic format — through Weightless Books.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2018, cover by Cory and Catska EnchThis month’s cover illustrates “The Satyr of Brandenburg” by Charlotte Ashley. The artwork is by Cory and Catska Ench. To see more of their work, visit their website at


Charlotte Ashley introduced regular readers of this magazine to the Faery duelist La Héron and her brawl-first, ask-questions-later assistant Sister Louise-Alexandrine three years ago in our March/April 2015 issue. The story was a finalist for the Aurora and Sunburst Awards, and since then Charlotte Ashley has become one of the magazine’s favorite new writers, bringing us an alternate history of Canadian settlement in “More Heat Than Light” (F&SF, May/June 2016) and another story of duelists, “A Fine Balance” (F&SF, November/December 2016). This new adventure was inspired by the famous fencing exhibition between the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (an Afro-French symphony conductor and professional duelist) and La Chevalière D’Eon (a transgender French diplomat, soldier, and spy) at Lilles in April 1787.


After publishing “Wormwood is Also a Star,” a story about Chernobyl, politics, and children with strange powers, in the May/June 2013 issue of F&SF, Andy Stewart found that he could not stop thinking about the damaged nuclear reactor and the political situation in the Ukraine, especially when he was reading profiles of young urban explorers sneaking into Pripyat armed with Geiger counters and cans of spray paint. The result is this hallucinogenic novella that goes into the heart of a great disaster to find something even worse.


Our other fantasy offerings this month include “Hideous Flowerpots” by Susan Palwick, a story about acceptance and healing, “The Next to the Last of the Mohegans” by Joseph Bruchac, making his F&SF debut, and “A Swim and a Crawl,” a dark fantasy about being caught between the ocean and the cliffs, by F&SF regular Marc Laidlaw.

For the science fiction portion of our title, we have “Deep Sea Fish,” hard science fiction about the exploration of Titan, written by Chi Hui, one of China’s celebrated young authors. This translation by Brian Bies is the story’s first appearance in English. We also have another story of humanity’s future, “A Dog of Wu” by Ted Rabinowitz. And Wole Talabi returns to the magazine with “The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi,” a story about a young girl in Nigeria, a mysterious artifact, and the cost of social protest.

We also offer two lighter pieces that provide fresh twists on classic science fiction tropes, with William Ledbetter taking us on a hunt for “The Beast From Below” while Paul di Filippo, in his latest Plumage from Pegasus column, wants everyone to know that “The Varley Corps Want You.”

Finally, we close the issue with “Down Where Sound Comes Blunt,” a new story from World Fantasy Award winner G. V. Anderson. We aren’t going to tell you anything about the story because we don’t want to give anything away.

The issue also includes two poems, “Diaspora” by Mary Soon Lee and “After the Wolf,” a sneakily acrostic piece of verse by Jeff Crandall, making his first appearance in the magazine.


Charles de Lint recommends some Books to Look For by Richard Kadrey, Alice Hoffman, Mark Henwick, Kevin Hearne, and Kari Maaren, along with a look at a new book on the legacy of Hugo Gernsback. Michelle West’s Musing on Books column considers new work by Sarah Rees Brennan, JY Yang, Emily Winfield Martin, and Steven Brust. And for our monthly Curiosities column, rediscovering lost writers and books, Robert Eldridge reads the first English translation of the Korean classic The Cloud Dream of the Nine by Kim Man-Choong

In his latest film column, David J. Skal takes you to the fiftieth Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic, an annual October event on the Catalonian seaside just outside Barcelona, and covers a wide range of new international films, including a review of festival favorite “The Shape of Water.” Jerry Oltion makes his science column debut with a piece on “Naked Eye Astronomy.” And the print version of the magazine also offers up fresh cartoons by Arthur Masear, S. Harris, Danny Shanahan, Bill Long, and Kendra Allenby.


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So grab a copy in your favorite format and enjoy.

C.C. Finlay, Editor
Fantasy & Science Fiction | @fandsf


2 Responses to “Editor’s Note for March/April 2018”

  1. Meet ‘The Satyr of Brandenburg’ « Once & Future on March 1st, 2018

    […] My latest novelette, “The Satyr of Brandenburg,” is finally available for purchase! I sold this story back in April of 2017 after a harrowing revise & resubmit process (any writer will tell you that ALL revise and resubmit processes are harrowing; this was nothing worse.) I found out in September ’17 that my story would be the cover story, but it was not until last week that I finally saw the art! […]

  2. Ending 2019 With a Whoosh-Bam! « Once & Future on October 6th, 2019

    […] pleased to announce that ‘The Satyr of Brandenburg‘, the sequel to ‘La Héron‘, will soon appear as a 2-part podcast on PodCastle. […]

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