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  1. digdug
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    Just finished reading - Interzone #278 - November/December 2018

    http://www.ttapress.com/1988/interzone-278-nov-dec/0/4/

    Sheldon Pacotti takes top honours. Our hero is with Air Force Cyber. We get to meet him on R&R.

    I didn't like Tim Lees' story about a confused war vet.
    I also didn't Like Eliza Ruslander's tale. The point of view character used to be a Mazda... but we are never given details of how the transition to almost human happened.

    Overall a pretty good issue.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Interzone #278 - November/December 2018

    http://www.ttapress.com/1988/interzone-278-nov-dec/0/4/

    Sheldon Pacotti takes top honours this time. Our hero is a member of Air Force Cyber. We get to meet him when he's out for some R&R.

    I didn't care for Tim Lees' story about a confused war vet.
    I also didn't like Eliza Ruslander's tale. The main character used to be a Mazda... but now somehow lives inside a human man.

    Overall a pretty good issue.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  3. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Apex Magazine #115 - December 2018

    https://www.apex-magazine.com/issue-115-december-2018/

    Jim Marino takes top honours for me. Our superhero is not so super anymore.

    I didn't really care for the stories by Buchanan and Warrick.

    Overall a pretty good issue.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. MattHughes
    Member

    Greg Hullender, blogger/reviewer/analyst at Rocket Stack Rank, has some interesting views and recommendations for those who want to read worthwhile short SF and fantasy: http://www.rocketstackrank.com/2019/01/finding-science-fictionfantasy-magazine.html

    Posted 4 months ago #
  5. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Clarkesworld #147 - December 2018

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/prior/issue_147/

    Zhang Ran takes top honours with a tale about an ordinary time traveller. This was a new concept in time travel to me.

    I also enjoyed Kelly Robson's story but it was previously published in Asimov's in 2015.

    The rest of the stories were OK. Not bad, but not really good either.

    Overall a pretty good issue.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  6. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading Neo-Opsis #29 - (Dec 2018 )

    http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Nine.htm

    August Von Orth takes top honours with 'A Matter of Nurture'. Our heroine learns some unsettling truths.

    J.M. Dover's story was also quite enjoyable.

    The others were OK. Not good. Not bad.

    Overall a pretty good issue

    Posted 4 months ago #
  7. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Amazing Stories - Winter 2018

    https://store.amazingstories.com/product/amazing-stories-winter-2018-premium-edition-paperback-volume-76-issue-2/

    Marina Lostetter takes top honours with 'The Asteroid Contention'. Two rivals find out things are not what they seem.

    This issue also contains good stories by Holtschulte, Kimmel, Novakova, Chinn and Crist.

    Unfortunately it also contains a throwaway non believable story by Lena Ng.

    The feature story by Allen Steele continued to be an almost exact replica of the old Captain Future stories. I haven't found one CF story that I liked yet.

    Overall a pretty good issue

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - On Spec # 109 - (Dec) 2018

    https://onspecmag.wordpress.com/current-issue/

    As far as I can tell 'Joyhound' is Calder Hutchinson's first published story. It's a doozy. Our heroine stays as calm as possible in a trying situation. A very well written story.

    There are also good stories by Onia, Mehrotra and Cole and no bad stories anywhere.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  9. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Space and Time #132 - Fall 2018

    http://www.spaceandtimemagazine.com/current-issue/

    Rahul Kanakia takes top honours this time. Aliens are among us, but are they really from another star system?

    I also enjoyed the tales by Andrew MacRae and Greg Leunig

    Overall a pretty good issue

    Posted 3 months ago #
  10. digdug
    Member

    Hi Everyone,
    The last entry above concludes my reading of all the Fantasy and SF magazines that were available in a print edition for 2018.
    This includes all issues from the following magazines:
    Amazing, Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Cirsova, Clarkesworld, F & SF, Galaxy’s Edge, Interzone, Neo-Opsis, On Spec and Space & Time.

    If anyone knows of other individual SF magazine issues that were available in print, please let me know. I am not really interested in primarily horror magazines like Black Static or Cemetery Dance.

    Two stories from 2018 share my award for best story of the year.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch - The Rescue of the Renegat
    Asimov’s Jan/Feb 2018

    Allen M. Steele - Barren Island
    Asimov’s Jan/Feb 2018

    The following tales also stood out from the rest in 2018 for me.

    Ted Rabinowitz - A Dog of Wu
    F and SF Mar/Apr 2018

    Carolyn Ives Gilman - Umbernight
    Clarkesworld #137 Feb 2018

    C. Stuart Hardwick - Open Source Space
    Analog July/Aug 2018

    William Ledbetter - Broken Wings
    F and SF July/Aug 2018

    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Analog - January/February 2019

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?700191+c

    Tom Jolly takes top honours this time with 'Ring Wave'. I was reminded of Andy Weir's 'The Martian' at the beginning. In this case a smart young woman must fight for survival. Then the viewpoint switched to a not so likable character and things got more interesting. A wonderful story.

    Auston Habershaw's 'Applied Linguistics' is also a very good story. We get to see the world from a very alien point of view.

    I also thoroughly enjoyed Adam-Troy Castro's latest tale of Draiken.

    There are a total of 20 stories presented in this issue and I count 7 that are just OK and one truly annoying entry. ( Lerner's short short).

    Thankfully these 8 stories were all fairly short so most of the issue was strong.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  12. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Asimov's - January/February 2019

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?700306+c

    Sean Monaghan is one of my favourite newer writers and 'Ventiforms' doesn't disappoint. A mother does what she has to do.

    Also included are fine tales by Jablokov, Wu, Cypess, Palmer and Robert Reed.

    Overall a very good issue.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Clarkesworld #148 - January

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/prior/issue_148/

    This issue of Clarkesworld contains 7 stories and none of them are bad. You would think that it was a good issue. Right?

    I found it frustrating. My Favourite story appeared in Asimov's less than a year ago. Marissa Lingen's "Left to take the lead" is very good.

    Karl Bunker's story is almost as good. The only problem is that it appeared in Asimov's less about 2 years ago.

    Bleah

    Posted 1 month ago #
  14. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Galaxy's Edge #36 - January 2019

    https://www.amazon.com/Galaxys-Edge-Magazine-Issue-January/dp/1612424465/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=galaxys+edge+36&qid=1554769014&s=gateway&sr=8-1

    Charles Sheffield's Tomorrow and Tomorrow continues serialization and it continues to be very interesting.

    My favourite new tale comes from an old writing combination. Malzberg and Pronzini have combined their talents again. This time the story actually involves spaceships and aliens. It is quite good.

    Overall it's a good issue.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  15. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Interzone #279 - January/February 2019

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?702590+c

    Sean McMullen takes top honours with another story set in the early 1900's in England. This time our hero is the world's leading authority on reviving newly dead people.

    G.V. Anderson and David Cleden are also along with good stories.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  16. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Clarkesworld #149 - February 2019

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/prior/issue_149/

    A.T. Greenblatt takes top honours this time. A heroic archivist tries her best to save the planet.

    There are other strong stories by Reed, Creasey, Balder, Hefu and McDonald.

    The only annoying part of the issue is that it includes a story (by S. QIOUYI LU) that was in Asimov's a year ago.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  17. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Analog - March/April 2019

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?704999+c

    James C. Glass takes top honours this time. I'm always a sucker for a well told tale about humans exploring a new planet.

    Brendan DuBois is also on hand with a top notch whodunnit set on Mars.

    There are a few stories that are just ok for me.... but they take up a small part of the whole.

    Overall a very good issue.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  18. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Asimov's - March/April 2019

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?704992+c

    This is the Gardner Dozois tribute issue. It contains many funny stories and kind words from his many friends. He sounds like he would have been a great guy to get to know.

    As for the fiction, Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes top honours again. As far as I know 'Transport' is not connected with any of her other stories. It has it all.

    Allen Steele is also along with another excellent tale called 'The Lost Testament' that is a sequel to last year's 'Starship Mountain'.

    The only story I disliked was the contribution from Michael Swanwick.

    Overall a very good issue.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  19. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Clarkesworld #150 - March 2019

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/prior/issue_150/

    Rich Larson does it again. This time our heroine survives in a gritty future. Clean air is precious.

    Kij Johnson has a good story but it appeared in Asimov's previously. Kai Hudson also has a good story.

    I count four stories that are just OK.

    I didn't like the contribution from D.A. Xiaolin Spires this time.

    Overall a pretty good issue.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  20. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Galaxy's Edge #37 - March 2019

    https://www.amazon.com/Galaxys-Edge-Magazine-Issue-March-ebook/dp/B07P81VYMK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=galaxys+edge+37&qid=1557968732&s=gateway&sr=8-1

    I liked J.P. Sullivan's 'You Would Make an Excellent Dictator'. Our hero profoundly disagrees with the prognosis from the powers that be.

    Floris Kleijne's 'A Fragment for Father' also packed a punch.

    Rusch, Haldeman, Card and Lackey are also on hand with good stories plucked from their illustrious careers.

    I count ten stories that I liked and five that I found just OK. None were a chore to read.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  21. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading - Interzone #280 - March/April 2019

    http://www.ttapress.com/1992/interzone-280-mar-apr-2019/0/4/

    I didn't like the stories by Val Nolan and Sarah Brooks.

    The other stories were OK, but nothing more.

    OVerall an OK issue.

    Posted 10 hours ago #

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