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

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New SF, Fantasy, and Horror magazines seen 26 - 31 July

Absolute Magnitude
• Quarterly SF magazine, published since 1994; published and edited by Warren Lapine
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• Issue 19, Summer/Fall 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 58pp, cover art by George Barr

• No departments, reviews, features — just fiction, the centerpiece of this issue being a new "Legion" story by Jack Williamson and a new "Liaden" story by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. There are also stories by Carolyn Clowes, Scott Edelman, and Chris Bunch. Warren Lapine's Editorial Notes point out the magazine's new payment rates, 7 to 10 cents/word, making it the top paying print market in SF — though for now, Lapine also reminds, Absolute Magnitude is still eligible for this year's semi-professional magazine Hugo Award. This issue has an odd production glitch: page 25 is the same as page 25 of the August Science Fiction Chronicle. (Mon 29 Jul 2002)

Realms of Fantasy
• Bimonthly fantasy magazine, published since 1994; edited by Shawna McCarthy
• Vol. 9 No. 1, October 2002, $3.99/C$5.99, 90pp, cover art by Donato Giancola

• Fiction by Mark Bourne, Naomi Kritzer, Bruce Holland Rogers, Liz Williams, Bruce Glassco, and Elizabeth Counihan. Departments include Resa Nelson's Movies column on Signs, book reviews by Gahan Wilson and Paul Di Filippo, a Folkroots column by Terri Windling about Bluebeard, Karen Haber's Gallery profile of Omar Rayyan, and game reviews by Eric T. Baker. (Mon 29 Jul 2002)

• Quarterly magazine of dark fantasy and horror, published since 2000; edited by Trent Jamieson & Garry Nurrish
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• Issue 8, April 2002, $6.00, 135pp, cover art by Gary Nurrish

• Fiction by Geoffrey Maloney, Darrell Pitt, Gene O'Neill, Chris McMahon, Adam Browne, Michael Kaufmann & Mark McLaughlin, David McAlinden, Hertzan Chimera & M.F. Korn, Iain Darby, Alison L.R. Davies, Jack Fisher, Jesse Butcher, Rhys Hughes, and Michael Laimo. There's also an interview with Tim Powers by Nick Gevers. The full TOC is on this page. (Wed 31 Jul 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 227, Vol. 24 No. 8, August 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp

• With this issue SFC changes its cover design from SFnal artwork to photographs of SF authors — that's Chris Bunch on this cover — at least temporarily, as Warren Lapine explains in his Publisher's Notes. Further changes are coming, as reported in the August Locus and elsewhere: the name will be truncated to just Chronicle beginning next issue, and SFC founder Andrew I. Porter will be departing, to be replaced as news editor by John Douglas. For now, this issue has an interview with Chris Bunch, a Bram Stoker Awards report by Brian Keene, Jeff Rovin's cinema column, a review of Minority Report by Alan Dean Foster, a horror column by Brian Keene, 44 short reviews (some of more than one book) by Don D'Ammassa, as well as news, newsnotes, buyers guide, letters, obituaries, etc. (Fri 26 Jul 2002)

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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. 9, September 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Dominic Harman, cover design by Victoria Green

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• A response to 9/11 comes in a novella by Pat Forde, "In Spirit", excerpted on the Analog site, which has the editorial blurb "How differently would people act if they could experience their actions as others do?" Other fiction in this issue consists of novelettes by Timothy Zahn and Lloyd Biggle, Jr., short stories by James Van Pelt, Jerry Oltion, and Larry Niven (a "Draco's Tavern" story), and Probability Zero vignette by Grey Rollins. The science article by Richard A. Lovett Ph.D. is about "the onion-layer approach to time travel". Departments include an editorial on school standards, a column by John G. Cramer, and book reviews by Tom Easton. The Forde and Van Pelt stories will be reviewed by Rich Horton in the August issue of Locus Magazine. (Tue 9 Jul 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. 8 (whole #319) , August 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Michael Carroll

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• This issue has a novella by William Barton, novelettes by Robert Silverberg and Brenda Cooper & Larry Niven, short stories by William Sanders, Louise Marley, and Daniel Abraham, and poems by Bruce Boston and Geoffrey A. Landis. The Departments are all currently online at the Asimov's site: Robert Silverberg's column is about the discovery of a new species of squid that has something like elbows; James Patrick Kelly's On the Net covers horror on the web; and Paul Di Filippo's On Books column ranges from John Dalmas to Geoff Ryman to British SF magazines. Several of the stories are reviewed by Rich Horton for the August issue of Locus Magazine; he especially likes Barton's novella "The Engine of Desire", which is excerpted at length on the Asimov's site. (Tue 9 Jul 2002)

Horror Garage
• Semi-annual horror magazine, published since 2000; edited by Paula Guran
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• Issue 5, ©2002, $5.95/C$6.95, 50pp, cover design by Don Howell

• Though its design exhibits an "intentional artlessness of its Z-grade zombie flick psychotronic garage format", the magazine is very serious about its fiction, which in this issue is by David J. Schow, Richard Kadrey, Charlee Jacob, Edward Lee, Greg Kihn, and Rudy Rucker. Several stories were inspired by a John Shirley concept to do an anthology about street people, as Guran explains in her editorial. Features include interviews with Clive Barker and Nekromantix, columns by Norman Partridge and Siobhan Webster, and audio reviews. (Thu 11 Jul 2002)

• Monthly SF magazine, published since 1982; edited by David Pringle
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• Issue 179, May 2002, £3.00, 67pp, cover art by Dominic Harman

• Stories are by Molly Brown, Stephen Baxter, Nigel Atkinson, Timons Esaias, Martha A. Hood, and Dominic Green. Features include an interview with Liz Williams, David Langford's "Ansible Link" (consisting of material that ran months ago at one or the other of Langford's online venues), film reviews by Nick Lowe (K-PAX, Ice Age, etc.), TV commentary by Evelyn Lewis (Enterprise and similar Roddenberry progeny), book reviews, and an essay by Gary Westfahl about S.L. Viehl as James White's heir in the subgenre of medical SF. Nick Gevers's take on the issue's fiction will appear in the August Locus; his pick is Dominic Green's "News from Hilaria". (Fri 5 Jul 2002)

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. 103 No. 3 (whole #610) , September 2002, $3.50/C$4.99, 162pp, cover art by David Hardy

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• Contents include a novella by John Langan (author of last year's well-received "On Skua Island"), novelets by Robert Reed, Albert E. Cowdrey, and John Morressy, and short stories by Bruce Sterling, Greg van Eekhout, Esther M. Friesner, and Jack Cady. Departments include book reviews by Charles de Lint and James Sallis, film reviews by Kathi Maio, a Curiosities page by Mike Ashley (about a book by Algernon Blackwood), and an editorial by Van Gelder explaining the competition that resulted in the extra cover illustration (for the Reed novelet, on the back cover) by Jenny Kerr; other competitors are scheduled to appear on the F&SF website. (Wed 10 Jul 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 87, Vol. 29 No. 2, July 2002, $10, 161-320pp

• Articles are by George Slusser and Daničle Chatelain, Philippe Mather, Cornelius Partsch, and Richard Swope, on topics from SF cinema to the work of Paul Scheerbart; review-essays are by Patrick A. McCarthy, Carl Freedman, Tom Moylan, and Gary Westfahl, on topics from Star Trek to postcolonialism; and there are numerous book reviews by Marleen S. Barr, David Seed, Mark Bould, etc. The website has the complete table of contents, as well as abstracts of the lead articles. While current reviews are subject to a one-year blackout, hundreds of earlier reviews and articles are available on the website; see main link and this index. (Fri 12 Jul 2002)

Weird Tales
• Dark fantasy magazine, published since 1923; currently published quarterly, edited by George H. Scithers & Darrell Schweitzer
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• Issue 328, Vol. 58 No. 4, Summer 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp, cover art by George Barr

• Fiction is by Stephen Woodworth, David Barr Kirtley, Ian Watson, and Keith Taylor — fewer stories than usual, but the magazine has dropped from 66 pages in recent issues to 50 pages in this one. Editorial feature "The Eyrie" considers J.R.R. Tolkien as a horror writer, and notes recent publications, while S.T. Joshi's review column "The Den" covers Mike Ashley's book about Algernon Blackwood, and the anthology The Children of Cthulhu (ed. Pelan & Adams). In between these items are verse by George Barr, Darrell Schweitzer, K.S. Hardy, Sally Parker, Chris Ferrier, and Ruth Berman. (Tue 9 Jul 2002)

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