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May-June 2020 issue

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  • Started 3 months ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from C.C. Finlay

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    May/June • 71st Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS

    BYZANTINE -101- Holly Messinger

    NOVELETS

    STEPSISTER -25- Leah Cypess
    BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS -172- Rebecca Zahabi
    WHO CARRIES THE WORLD -218- Robert Reed

    SHORT STORIES

    HORNET AND BUTTERFLY -6- Tom Cool and Bruce Sterling
    EYES OF THE FOREST -61- Ray Nayler
    WARM MATH -147- Rich Larson
    AN INDIAN LOVE CALL -156- Joseph Bruchac
    IN THE EYES OF JACK SAUL -208- Richard Bowes
    ANOTHER F*CKEN FAIRY TALE -247- M. Rickert

    POEMS

    MAB’S WEDDING -77- Jane Yolen
    FIRST CONTACT -191- Mary Soon Lee

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -78- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -87- James Sallis
    PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS: FASTER, PUBLISHER! BINGE! BINGE! -96 -Paul Di Filippo
    GAMES -192- Marc Laidlaw
    FILMS: THE DISEASE OF CLASS DIVISIONS -196- Karin Lowachee
    SCIENCE: STARLINK, STAR JUNK -200- Jerry Oltion
    COMPETITION #99 -206-
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Paul Di Filippo

    Cartoons: Kendra Allenby (24, 171), Bill Long (60), Arthur Masear (95).

    COVER BY MAURIZIO MANZIERI FOR “WHO CARRIES THE WORLD”

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Hey, I'm very, very glad to see Robert Reed back.

    I was getting worried because I hadn't seen anything from him in ten months, plus his websites are down. In no way, does he get the money and respect he deserves. Sure, he's prolific, and not all of them are great though plenty are. But you don't hit home runs unless you keep swinging, and at this point he's got more great stories in his bibliography than someone like, say, Robert Silverberg, IMO.

    Actually, it's one of your best line-ups in a while with Bowes, Larson, and Sterling.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. JohnWThiel
    Member

    "Who Carries the World". Sounds like a very ambitious story from Robert Reed.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Review of the issue from SFRevu (no reviewer listed this time, but it's probably Sam Tomaino): http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=19039

    "The May/June 2020 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction(#749) is a another great one."

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Mike Wyant Jr.'s take on the issue is very different from Sam Tomaino's. Here's a link to his review for TANGENT ONLINE: https://tangentonline.com/print-bi-monthly/fantasy-science-fiction-may-june-2020/

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Another excellent issue.

    I like a lot of Robert Reed's fiction, but I have never been able to get into his World Ship stories, because none of them has any characters I can identify with or care about. Forget his aliens, even his "humans" are so evolved as to be unrecognizable to me. This story was no exception.

    But aside from that one, every story in this issue was at least good, and most of them better than that. "Byzantine," especially, was a great read.

    Kudos to Gordon and C.C.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Well, I got mine. Rather early, in fact. However, I never did get the March-April issue.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Er, "Another F*en Fairy Tale". I see the title was worth an introductory comment. Thought maybe some of the forum people had at last sold a story there, but the name and the credits in the intro tell me different. I haven't read but the first paragraph yet, then turned to the front to see what Tom Cool had in. I only read the opening paragraph of that, too, and saw that both stories took place on the seashore. But I think my first reading will be Robert Reed's "Who Carries the World". I intersected your new forum talking about Robert Reed, who was a new reading experience for me then, and found him to be what I considered a sort of mundane crossover. That was over ten years back. The title seems a very ambitious one. I'll be starting it soon.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    Ray Nayler takes top honours for me. Our heroine struggles through challenges in a forbidding environment.

    There were other good tales as well, of course.

    I was disappointed with Robert Reed's cover story. It wasn't bad, just not as good as I was hoping it would be.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    The May/June issue is reviewed by Steve Fahnestalk for Amazing Stories.

    https://amazingstories.com/2020/06/fsf-review-may-june-2020/

    Posted 1 month ago #

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