Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 32 No. 8 (whole #391), August 2008, $4.99, 144pp, cover art by Bob Eggleton
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
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This issue has novelettes by Ted Kosmatka and Neal Barrett, Jr., short stories by Matthew Johnson, Robert Reed, J. Chris Rock, Jack Skillingstead, and Carol Emshwiller, and poetry by Geoffrey A. Landis, Peter Payack, G.O. Clark, and Ruth Berman.
Departments include a Guest Editorial by Stephen Baxter, a tribute to Sir Arthur C. Clarke; Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, an essay to a forthcoming collection, titled "Some Thoughts on the Short Story"; James Patrick Kelly's "On the Net" column, "Storming the Academy"; a special "Thought Experiments" essay by Rudy Rucker, "The Great Awakening" (which also appears in Damien Broderick's new anthology Year Million); book reviews by Peter Heck; and Erwin S. Strauss' "SF Conventional Calendar".
Nick Gevers reviews the issue in the July issue of Locus Magazine, recommending the Barrett, Johnson, Reed, and Skillingstead stories; "The best is 'Radio Station St. Jack' by the ever-reliable and ever-offbeat Neal Barrett, Jr. ... Barrett captures beautifully the familiar-yet-bizarre texture of a Texan existence regressing to mid-twentieth century levels and then backwards still: the magic-realist interpersonal relationships, the perpetual insecurity, the hasty comradeship."
Issue XXI, July 2008, £2.75, 53pp, cover art by Jesse Speak
Quarterly UK SF magazine, edited by Ian Redman
This UK quarterly celebrates its 5th anniversary with a wraparound color cover.
The issue has fiction by Terry Grimwood, Gareth D Jones, James Lecky, Christopher Lockhart, and Mike Wood, plus a poem by JPV Stewart.
The cover artist has a page on the making of the cover painting, showing 18 stages from initial thumbnail to completed work.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 238, Vol. 20 No. 10, June 2008, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This special "Way We Were" issue has essays by Graham Andrews on the SF of Milton Lesser, S.V. Soplenkov on Anglo-American SF in pre-Glasnost Russia, Gary G. Garner on patterns in stories by Anthony Boucher, and Robert Bee on "Imaginary Books in Speculative Fiction".
Darrell Schweitzer and Damien Broderick contribute reviews of books by Felix Marti-Ibañez and John C. Wright.
Sidebars include Michael Hemmingson on Moby-Dick in SF, and Henry Wesells on Junot Díaz' The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
There's also an editorial, which includes a plea for subscribers to renew, and letters.