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New SF, fantasy, and horror magazines seen in October

Analog Science Fiction and Fact -- Vol. 120 No. 12, December 2000, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Alan Gutierrez, cover design by Victoria Green.
Cover story is a novella by Jack Williamson, "The Ultimate Earth", that is part of the same series about clones on the Moon trying to colonize Earth that ran in SF Age. Other stories are by Brian Stableford, Christopher L. Bennett, Stephen L. Burns, Jerry Oltion, Larry Niven (a Draco Tavern story), and a "Probability Zero" piece by Paul Levinson. The science fact article, on climatic changes, is by J.R. Dunn. Departments include Jeffery D. Kooistra's "The Alternate View", book reviews by Tom Easton, editorial, letters, etc. (website) (Tue 17 Oct 2000)

Asimov's Science Fiction -- Vol. 24 No. 12 (whole #299) , December 2000, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Bob Eggleton, cover design by Victoria Green.
Here the cover story, by George R.R. Martin, is part of another series, the author's ongoing "Song of Ice and Fire". (This story might well be an extract from the about-to-be-published third volume in that series, A Storm of Swords, but there's no indication that that's the case.) Other stories are novelettes by Mike Resnick, Richard Parks, and Cory Doctorow & Michael Skeet, and short stories by Kage Baker and M. Shayne Bell. There's a poem by Keith Allen Daniels. Departments include Robert Silverberg's "Reflections", recounting the history of SFWA's Grand Masters, and Paul Di Filippo's eclectic book reviews, covering everything from small-press reprints to big new books by Baxter, Aldiss, Harrison, etc. (website) (Tue 17 Oct 2000)

Black Gate -- Vol. 1 No. 1, Spring 2001, $7.99, 240pp, cover art by Keith Parkinson.
First issue of a new fantasy magazine, subtitled "Adventures in Fantasy Literature", published and edited by John O'Neill (formerly of SF Site) with Managing Editor David A. Truesdale. It's 7 1/4" x 10 1/2", perfect bound, and somewhat pulpish in appearance with large print and mostly rather crude b&w interior illustrations. Complementary copies were given to members of last month's World Fantasy Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas. This issue has original fiction by Richard Parks, Charles de Lint, and Jeffrey Ford, a "classic reprint" by Karl Edward Wagner, and a 72-page excerpt from Michael Moorcock's The Dreamthief's Daughter (to be published next year). Feature articles include book reviews by Victoria Strauss and Paul J. McAuley, and a "News from the Edge" article by Mark Sumner. There are Gaming columns by Todd Ruthman and Don Bassingthwaite, Comics reviews by Claude Lalumiére, short book reviews by Charlene Brusso, Rich Horton, and others, and comic strips by various hands. See website for subscription information. (website) (Fri 27 Oct 2000)

Dreams of Decadence -- Issue 12, Summer 2000, $5.00, 56pp, cover art by Malcolm McClinton.
Vampire poetry and fiction, edited by Angela Kessler and published by Warren Lapine. Stories in this issue are by Lois Tilton, J. Marie DeGuzman, Don Webb, Laura Anne Gilman, etc.; poetry is by Darrell Schweitzer, Uncle River, Jennifer O'Brennan, Kevin Roberts, H.D. Lail, etc. Book reviews are by Steven Sawicki. (website) (Fri 20 Oct 2000)

Indigenous Fiction -- Issue 6, October 2000, $6, 76pp, cover art by Lauren Halkon.
"Wondrously weird & offbeat" fiction and poetry, edited by Sherry Decker. Stories are by Antony Mann, Elina Gertsman, Ryan Miller, Ceri Jordan, Kathryn Roach, Scott Standridge, Patricia Russo, Geary Danihy; poetry by Jeff Gilkison, Noah M. Tysick, Paul D. McGlynn, David Huntsperger, Virgil Suarez. There are short book reviews by Michael McCarty. (website) (Wed 18 Oct 2000)

Interzone -- Issue 159, September 2000, £3.00, 67pp, cover art by Dominic Harman.
Fiction by Richard Calder, Catherine S. McMullen, Stuart Falconer, Zoran Zivkovic, Dominic Green. Tricia Sullivan is interviewed by Nick Gevers. David Pringle's editorial presents results of the readers' poll for the best stories from the magazine's 1999 issues. Features include David Langford's "Ansible Link", Nick Lowe's film reviews, book reviews by Mike Ashley and others, and a Gary Westfahl essay about the non-publication of The Last Dangerous Visions. Westfahl's theory: Ellison overbought and the stories just aren't that good. (website) (Sun 29 Oct 2000)

Interzone -- Issue 160, October 2000, £3, 67pp, cover art by Roy Virgo.
Fiction by Barrington J. Bayley, Liz Williams, Zoran Zivkovic, Chris Beckett, Jean-Claude Dunyach. Features includes interviews with Ben Jeapes and with Steven Gould & Laura J. Mixon; David Langford's Ansible Link; film reviews by Nick Lowe; book reviews by Paul J. McAuley, Chris Gilmore, and others. (website) (Thu 12 Oct 2000)

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet -- Issue 7, October 2000, $3.00, 40pp.
Semi-annual small press magazine with fiction by Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Klages, John Trey, Jeremy Cavin, and James Sallis; poetries by Lucy Snyder, G.O. Clark, and Dora Knez. Each copy of this issue has a different playing card pasted to the front cover. (website) (Sun 29 Oct 2000)

The New York Review of Science Fiction -- Issue 146, Vol. 13 No. 2, October 2000, $3.50, 24pp.
Lead item is a keynote speech/essay by Guy Gavriel Kay on how fantasy relates to history (the essay is also available on Kay's website). Eugene Reynolds reviews the latest Datlow/Windling Year's Best anthology and books by Harry Turtledove; Joe Milicia reviews Guy Gavriel Kay; Michael Kandel reviews Terry Bisson; Matthew Appleton reviews James Blish; etc. There are short essays by Grania Davidson Davis, Susan Palwick, and Michael Andre-Driussi (on John Crowley). (website) (Sat 21 Oct 2000)

On Spec -- Fall 2000, C$9.95, 224pp, cover art by Peter MacDougall.
A double-sized issue that features results of a short story contest judged by Tanya Huff: first prize story is by Kain Massin; second prize story by Siobhan Carroll; third prize story by R.W.C. Sylvester; and there are 11 honorable mentions. Other fiction is by Laurie Channer & Peter Watts, Cory Doctorow, and Derryl Murphy, plus the first few alphabetical "postcard stories" by Catherine MacLeod. Nonfiction includes an essay by Steve Mohn on the film 2001. (website) (Thu 19 Oct 2000)

Realms of Fantasy -- Vol. 7 No. 2, December 2000, $3.99/C$4.99, 102pp, cover art by Michael Whelan.
Fiction is by Paul Di Filippo, Dave Smeds, Naomi Kritzer, Gruce Glassco, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Leslie What. Departments include a guest editorial by Christine Anne Z. Russell; book reviews by Paul Di Filippo and Gahan Wilson; Terri Windling on literary fairy tales of France; Resa Nelson with a movie preview of Shadow of the Vampire; Karen Haber profiling the art of Rick Berry; and Eric T. Baker on games. (No website, though some RoF stories are archived at (Tue 24 Oct 2000)

Terra Incognita -- Issue 5, Summer 2000, $5, 72pp, cover art by Darcy Gerdes.
Fifth issue of semi-annual magazine edited and published by Jan Berrien Berends, subtitled ''a new generation of science fiction''. Fiction is by H. Courreges LeBlanc, L. Timmel Duchamp, Paul Melko, David J. Hoffman-Dachelet, D.A. Houdek, Mary Soon Lee, and Michael Ford; verse by Michael Spence and Timons Esaias. There's an editorial ("SF Movies Suck!") by Berends, and Jack McDevitt is interviewed by Darrell Schweitzer. (website) (Sat 7 Oct 2000)

Weird Tales -- Issue 321, Fall 2000, $4.95, 66pp, cover art by Jeff Remmer.
Quarterly magazine of fantasy and horror fiction, ''the unique magazine'', edited by George H. Scithers and Darrell Schweitzer. Fiction by Tanith Lee, Richard A. Lupoff, Keith Taylor, Kiel Stuart, and Ian Watson; verse by Joanne Morcom, Kathleen Youmans, Steve Eng, Bruce Boston, Darrell Schweitzer, and J.W. Donnelly. There's a short ''Eyrie'' editorial of letters and reviews, and Douglas E. Winter reviews the film career of Clive Barker, including Gods and Monsters (excerpted from Winter's book on Barker). (website) (Mon 2 Oct 2000)

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