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This page lists all new SFFH magazines seen by Locus Online, either subscribed to or received for review.

Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

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New SF, Fantasy, and Horror magazines seen 14 - 30 April

Analog Science Fiction and Fact
• Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited by Stanley Schmidt
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• Vol. 122 No. 6, June 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Wolf Read

• Fiction consists of a novella by Rajnar Vajra (the cover story), novelettes by Marissa K. Lingen and Brenda Cooper & Larry Niven, and short stories by Grey Rollins (latest in the "Victor" series), Amy Bechtel, and Jerry Oltion. Stanley Schmidt editorializes about the events of Sept 11, speculating on a relationship between them and the Fermi Paradox. The science fact article is by Richard A. Lovett (like Vajra, a winner of an AnLab Readers' Award for 2001 this past weekend) about high altitude research and its application to alien worlds. John G. Cramer's "Alternate View" column is about quantum computing (key term: qubit, analogous to bit), and Tom Easton reviews books by Brin, MacLeod, Barnes, Vinge, and others. (Tue 23 Apr 2002)

Asimov's Science Fiction
• Near-monthly (11 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Gardner Dozois
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• Vol. 26 No. 6 (whole #317) , June 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Dominic Harman

• Fiction includes novelettes by James Patrick Kelly (his annual June issue story, this one titled "Luck"), Brian Stableford (provocatively titled "Taking the Piss"), Allen M. Steele (latest in the "Coyote" series, of which two earlier stories are on this year's Hugo ballot), and Charles Stross ("Halo", a follow-up to the Manfred Macx stories that include Hugo-nominated "Lobsters"). There are also short stories by Liz Williams, Howard V. Hendrix, and Robert Reed, and poems by Tom Disch and Mario Milosevic. Robert Silverberg's Reflections column wonders what would happen if he could go back in time to meet his younger, 1953 self, while James Patrick Kelly's "On the Net" column explores resources for SF convention goers. Peter Heck's book reviews cover Kingsbury, Zahn, Carey, and others. (Tue 23 Apr 2002)

The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
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• Issue 154, Vol. 36 No. 1, Summer 2002, $4.95, 64pp, cover art by Mark Ferrari

• This special Nebula Awards issue includes an (outgoing-) President's Message from Norman Spinrad about Betty Ballantine's Life Achievement Award, a history of the Nebula trophy by Michael Armstrong, and statements from all the nominees about their nominated works. There are installments from regular columnists Steve Carper, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick & Barry Malzberg (debating print on demand), Michael Cassutt (about Hollywood warning signs), and Robert Metzger. Features include a "Crimea River" installment from Howard Waldrop (online at Electric Story), John Clute (about cognitive dizziness at the millennium), Gregory Feeley (about non-postmodern futures), and a long symposium among editors Schmidt, Datlow, Dozois, and Van Gelder on the state of short SF and the magazines. Plus (satire alert!) Paul Di Filippo's review of the latest SFWA Handbook. (Mon 29 Apr 2002)

• Monthly SF magazine, published since 1982; edited by David Pringle
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• Issue 177, March 2002, £3.00, 67pp, cover art by Dominic Harman

• This 20th anniversary issue is guest-edited by infinity plus compatriots Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers (with John Grant as reviews editor). The stories are by Michael Swanwick (more dinosaur stories!), Paul Park, Mark Roberts & Neil Williamson, Paul Di Filippo, Brian Stableford, and James Lovegrove. Features include an interview by Nick Gevers of Kim Stanley Robinson, two installments of David Langford's Ansible Link, film reviews by Nick Lowe (of Monsters, Inc. and Vanilla Sky). Peter D. Tillman's "Guide to SF on the Web" is a broad overview, admittedly somewhat cribbed from James Patrick Kelly's column in Asimov's, but worthy (it mentions Locus Online twice!). John Grant's book reviews cover Greg Bear, Sheri S. Tepper, and Alice Borchardt; Nick Gevers does Matthew Hughes; Randy M. Dannenfelser, Stuart Carter, Josh Lacey, Lou Anders, Jeff VanderMeer, and Keith Brooke also contribute; and David Pringle compiles his useful monthly Books Received column. (Mon 22 Apr 2002)

Science Fiction Chronicle
• Monthly SFFH trade journal, published since 1979 by Andrew I. Porter; current publisher and editor-in-chief Warren Lapine, with news editor Andrew I. Porter
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• Issue 224, Vol. 23 No. 5, May 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp, cover art by Dominic Harman

• The no-longer-semi professional magazine features news about DNA Publications' latest purchase--The Whole Cat Journal--, and a legal setback in Harlan Ellison's lawsuit against AOL. There's also a long essay by Allen M. Steele summarizing Ellison's battle to date with AOL. There are two interviews, of Ellen Datlow and of Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta. Regular features include Steve Sawicki's short fiction reviews, Jeff Rovin's SF cinema column, and book reviews (32 this time) by Don D'Ammassa. (Fri 26 Apr 2002)

Science Fiction Studies
• Thrice yearly academic journal published at DePauw University, founded 1973 by R.D. Mullen; currently edited by Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk
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• Issue 86, Vol. 29 No. 1, March 2002, $10, 160pp

• Articles address Gustave Le Rouge (pioneer of early French SF), PKD and Jonathan Lethem, Lem, Brunner, and "the grotesque" in SF; plus, many book reviews (of nonfiction/academic works), and notes and correspondence including Darko Suvin on Wells' numerology, anonymous participants A, B, and C debating the LotR film, SF in Greece, and more. (Tue 16 Apr 2002)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
• Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
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• Vol. 102 No. 6 (whole #607) , June 2002, $3.50/C$4.99, 162pp, cover art by Jill Bauman

• This issue marks editor Van Gelder's 5th anniversary with the magazine (as well as a longevity record, in terms of number of issues to date, matching Amazing Stories'), and GVG invites readers to fill out an online survey, with prizes including a lifetime subscription.
• Fiction consists of a novelet by Ron Wolfe, and short stories by David Prill, Sheila Finch, Yoon Ha Lee, John Morressy, Robert Sheckley, Scott Bradfield (a new 'Dazzle' story), and Donald Barr. Departments include book reviews by Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Hand, Paul Di Filippo's "Plumage from Pegasus", a science column about robots by Gregory Benford, and a "Curiosities" feature by David Langford. (Sat 13 Apr 2002)

The New York Review of Science Fiction
• Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
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• Issue 164, Vol. 14 No. 8, April 2002, $3.50, 24pp

• This issue has essays by Michael A. Arnzen, about Stephen King's novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Tavis Allison, about art and music in the work by John Barnes. Reviews, by John Clute, Michael Levy, Paul Kincaid, Bruce Gillespie and others, cover books by Patrick O'Leary, Ben Bova, Michael Flynn, Brian Aldiss, and others. Hartwell's editorial, and an essay by Cramer, discuss current fantasy short fiction and the task of editing year's best anthologies. (Mon 8 Apr 2002)

Science Fiction Chronicle
• Monthly SFFH trade journal, published since 1979 by Andrew I. Porter; current publisher and editor-in-chief Warren Lapine, with news editor Andrew I. Porter
• Website:
• Issue 223, Vol. 23 No. 4, April 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp, cover art by Martina Pilcerova

• In addition to news, buyers guide listings, and obituaries, there are a cinema column by Jeff Rovin, a UK report by Paul Kincaid, letters, an editorial by Porter about not saying "sci-fi" and not covering media fiction, a horror column by Brian Keene, short fiction reviews by Steven Sawicki, and 43 book reviews by Don D'Ammassa. (Mon 1 Apr 2002)

Weird Tales
• Dark fantasy magazine, published since 1923; currently published quarterly, edited by George H. Scithers & Darrell Schweitzer
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• Issue 327, Vol. 58 No. 3, Spring 2002, $4.95, 66pp, cover art by Dominic Harman

• This issue has fiction by Stephen Gallagher, Darrell Schweitzer, Will Ludwigsen, Tony Richards, Michelle Cacho-Negrete, Tanith Lee, and Ralph Gamelli; plus poetry by Mike Allen, George Barr, et al. The editorial Eyrie column discusses "who we are & how we do it"; Douglas E. Winter's Shadowings column reviews the latest King & Straub novel. (Tue 9 Apr 2002)

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