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Dec '01

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New SF, Fantasy, and Horror magazines seen 25 - 31 August

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; current editor Keith Stevenson
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Issue 29, ©2002, A$12.50, 125pp, cover art by Peter Loader

• This first issue after a hiatus has fiction by Richard Harland, Lee Battersby, Shane M Brown, Cory Daniells, Chuck McKenzie, and Robert N Stephenson. New editor Keith Stevenson's editorial, "SF is Dead", comments on Damien Broderick's book The Spike (which concerns a technological notion something like Vernor Vinge's "singularity") and the lack of imagination in much current SF. Articles include Jeremy Davies on "Medieval Combat 101", Bill Congreve's "Reviews and News", focusing mostly on Australian SF; plus an interview by Van Ikin of Lucy Sussex and Sean Williams, a report on the 2001 Aurealis Awards, market reports, an editorial letter column, etc. The magazine's new website includes a Forum, a Flash Fiction archive, a subscribable e-newsletter, etc. (Mon 26 Aug 2002)

Mythic Delirium
• Bi-annual poetry magazine since 1998; published by Warren Lapine and edited by Mike Allen
• Website:
Issue 7, Summer/Fall 2002, $5.00, 30pp, cover art by Tim Mullins

• This issue has SF and fantasy poetry by Gary Every, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Kendall Evans, Sonya Taaffe, Shunit Mor-Barak, K.S. Hardy, Kiel Stuart, Karen R. Porter, Danny Adams, Darrell Schweitzer, and Ann K. Schwader, plus two collaborations between Kopaska-Merkel and Evans. For more on Kopaska-Merkel, see the profile and samples at WritersMonthly.US. (Mon 26 Aug 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. 10, October 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Randy Asplund, cover design by Victoria Green

• This issue begins a 2-part serial by Edward Lerner, "Survival Instinct". Other fiction consists of novelettes by Michael A. Burstein and Rajnar Vajra; short stories by Timothy Zahn, Arlan Andrews Sr., and Mary A. Turzillo; and a special feature by Shane Tourtellotte. The science fact article by Kyle Kirkland Ph.D., "The Tell-Tale Brain", is about neuroforensics. Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, about predictably-diverse reactions to writing editorials and an earlier piece about SUVs; Jeffery D. Kooistra's "The Alternate View" column, book reviews by Tom Easton, and letters (several concerning Robert J. Sawyer's recent serial "Hominids"). (Tue 6 Aug 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. 9 (whole #320) , September 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Fred Gambino

• Fiction in this issue consists of novellas by Eleanor Arnason and Charles Stross ("Router", a new Manfred Macx story, sequel to Hugo-nominated "Lobsters"); a novelette by Kage Baker; and short stories by Brian Stableford, James Van Pelt, and Geoffrey A. Landis. There are poems by G.O. Clark, Alex Irvine, and Rebecca Lu Kiernan. Departments include Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, about religion vs. science and the current stem-cell debate; complete results of the 16th annual Asimov's Readers' Awards results; book reviews by Peter Heck (covering Damien Broderick, S.M. Stirling, Paul McAuley, Vernor Vinge, and Stephen Hawking), and Erwin S. Strauss's convention list. (Tue 6 Aug 2002)

Black Gate
• Quarterly "adventures in fantasy literature"; published since 2001; published and edited by John O'Neill
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• Vol. 1 No. 4, Summer 2002, $9.95/C$14.50, 208pp, cover art by Charles Keegan

• Fiction is by Michael Kaufmann & Mark McLaughlin, Tina L. Jens, David B. Coe, Cory Doctorow, David W. Hill, Patrice E. Sarath, Keith Allen Daniels, [Hugo Award winner] Bill Johnson, and a "Black Gate Fantasy Classic" [from 1998] by Nancy Varian Berberick. John O'Neill editorializes about his debt to poet Keith Allen Daniels. Columns are gaming reviews by Don Bassingthwaite, comics reviews by Claude Lalumière, and book reviews (most by Lisa DuMond); plus a comic strip, "The Java Joint", by Jolly Blackburn & Steve Johansson. (Tue 6 Aug 2002)

• Monthly SFFH trade journal, founded in 1979 by Andrew I. Porter as Science Fiction Chronicle; now published by Warren Lapine, with news editor John Douglas
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• Issue 228, Vol. 24 No. 9, September 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp

• This issue of the magazine formerly known as Science Fiction Chronicle is the last for founder, recently news editor, Andrew I. Porter, with John Douglas taking over the latter role beginning next month. Lead news stories are about the Campbell and Sturgeon awards winners, John Jarrold, Endeavour award nominations, Kuo-Yu Liang's new venture, etc.; there's also a report by Stephen Jones about Locus publisher Charles N. Brown's 65th birthday celebration in June. By-lined features include Jeff Rovin's SF Cinema report, Alan Dean Foster's review of Men in Black II, Marvin Kaye's "Nth Dimension" column, Steve Sawicki's short fiction reviews, Don D'Ammassa's book reviews (rather fewer than usual), Brian Keene's horror column, John Betancourt's publishing column, and an interview with Allen Steele (pictured on the cover) by Warren Lapine. Also, newsnotes, obituaries, buyers guide, etc. (Thu 22 Aug 2002)

• Monthly SF magazine, published since 1982; edited by David Pringle
• Website:
• Issue 180, June-July 2002, £3.00, 67pp, cover art by Jason Hurst

• This issue is dated June-July, but not because a month is being skipped; just to accommodate a gradual slippage in the magazine's publication schedule. Contents include fiction by Eric Brown (part 1 of a novella), Timons Esaias, Keith Brooke, Terry Bisson (a script called "The Hugo Nominee", which is scheduled to be performed at Worldcon next week by Bisson, Janis Ian, and others), and Chris Beckett. Features include an interview with China Miéville, David Langford's "Ansible Link", film reviews by Nick Lowe (including Attack of the Clones), and an essay by Gary Westfahl called "Why Science Fiction Fears the Future"; plus, readers' letters, book reviews, and color photos on the back cover from the Arthur C. Clarke Award ceremony. (Mon 19 Aug 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
• Website:
• Vol. 103 No. 4&5 (whole #611) , October/November 2002, $4.99/C$5.99, 242pp, cover art by Cory & Catska Ench

• The 53rd anniversary issue has novellas by Charles Coleman Finlay and Lucius Shepard ("The Drive-In Puerto Rico"), novelets by Jeffrey Ford, Robert Reed, Tanith Lee, and Damon Knight (likely his last published story), short stories by Terry Bisson and Ursula K. Le Guin, and a poem by Robert Frazier. Charles de Lint reviews Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman's forthcoming The Fall of the Kings and other books, while Elizabeth Hand takes a long look at two books about Henry Darger, and Tom Shippey's Hugo-nominated book about J.R.R. Tolkien. Other departments include a new "Plumage from Pegasus" vignette by Paul Di Filippo, a Gregory Benford "Scientist's Notebook" column, and a Curiosities page by John Eggeling. (Fri 16 Aug 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.
• Website:
• Issue 168, Vol. 14 No. 12, August 2002, $3.50, 24pp

• Lead essays are by Kim Coleman Healy, who relates Gordon R. Dickson's Childe cycle to Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and Kate M. Southard, who examines the economic theory implicit in Nancy Kress's Beggars In Spain. An inside essay by Robert Borski examines Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus. There's also an essay by Don Webb, "The Exchange of Wonder", plus 8 reviews, including Damien Broderick on George Zebrowski, Paul Kincaid on Damien Broderick, Alec Austin on C.S. Friedman, and Kathryn S. Morrow on Silverberg & Greenberg's Great SF Stories: 1964. Hartwell editorializes on China Miéville and authenticity in SF and fantasy, recalling a debate about a Hal Clement story that turned on whether a match would stay lit in a spaceship without gravity. "How small sf would be if that was what it was supposed to do." (Wed 14 Aug 2002)

Nova Express
• Critical magazine featuring interviews, articles, and reviews; founded in 1987 by Lawrence Person
• Website:
• Vol. 6 No. 2 (whole #22) , Summer 2002, $5.00, 45pp, cover art by Michael Csontos

• A special Paul Di Filippo issue, in essence if not officially, with two long interviews, plus an article on his work by Chris Nakashima-Brown, and a review of Strange Trades by Fiona Kelleghan. Elsewhere there's an article by Bruce Gillespie on Avram Davidson's short fiction, a review by Bruce Sterling of four short books by Zoran Zivkovic, and numerous book reviews by Person, David Langford, Nick Gevers, etc--all listed on the issue table of contents here, on the magazine's new website. (Wed 21 Aug 2002)

The Third Alternative
• Quarterly UK magazine of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, edited by Andy Cox
• Website:
• Issue 31, Summer 2002, £3.75/$6, 66pp, cover art by David Ho

• Stories are by Gala Blau, Conrad Williams, John Aegard, Christopher Fowler, Mat Coward, and Steve Mohn. There are interviews with Michael Marshall Smith, Alan Moore, and Jeffrey Ford, plus a film column by Christopher Fowler, and an essay on the films of Peter Weir by Gary Couzens. Inserted is the fourth issue of The Fix: The Review of Short Fiction, with reviews of magazines from Albedo One, Ambit, Analog, and Asimov's to Talebones, Thriller UK, Weird Tales, and Wicked Hollow; more on this publication is here. (Mon 19 Aug 2002)

Weird Tales
• Dark fantasy magazine, published since 1923; currently published quarterly, edited by George H. Scithers & Darrell Schweitzer
• Website:
• Issue 329, Vol. 59 No. 1, Fall 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 50pp, cover art by Virgil Finlay

• Fiction in this issue is by Greig O'Brien, Ian McDowell, James Van Pelt, Joel Arnold, and Tracina Jackson-Adams. Verse is by George Filip, Chris Ferrier, Kelly McCullough, Fred Chappell, John Grey, and Kendall Evans. Features include an interview with Tim Powers by Darrell Schweitzer, the editorial "Eyrie" column on submission guidelines (with a remark that more people are trying to write for Weird Tales than are subscribing or buying copies from the newsstands), and Douglas E. Winter's "Shadowings" column about Ramsey Campbell. (Fri 23 Aug 2002)

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