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New SF, Fantasy, and Horror magazines seen 8 - 20 November

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. 123 No. 1, January 2003, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Michael Carroll, cover design by Victoria Green

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• Fiction consists of a novella by Daniel Hatch, novelettes by Rajnar Vajra (whose first novel will be serialized beginning next issue) and Lori Ann White & Ken Wharton, and short stories by Daniel M. Hoyt, Kyle Kirkland, and Larry Niven. The science fact article, about the Kepler Mission to probe for Earth-like planets, is by Yoji Kondo, and Richard Foss contributes a Probability Zero feature. Departments include a Stanley Schmidt editorial about why "character-driven" isn't the best criterion for judging fiction (especially SF), John G. Cramer's "The Alternate View", about the latest theory of a recycling universe, book reviews by Tom Easton, and a 2002 Index. An archive of Cramer's column is here. (Tue 19 Nov 2002)

Asimov's Science Fiction
• Near-monthly (11 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Gardner Dozois
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• Vol. 27 No. 1 (whole #324) , January 2003, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by John Allemand

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• This issue, with a redesigned Table of Contents page (and no interior illustrations!), includes a novella by Steven Popkes [excerpt], novelettes by Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling ("Junk DNA"), Robert Reed, Nancy Kress, and Mary Rosenblum (her first story here in several years), and a short story by Sally McBride. Poetry is by Tim Pratt, Steven Utley, Ruth Berman, Tom Disch, and Bruce Boston. Departments include Robert Silverberg's Reflections on e-mail and correspondence, James Patrick Kelly's musings on SF cover art and reviews of artists' websites, book reviews by Peter Heck, a 2002 Index, and a readers' award ballot. (Tue 19 Nov 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 230, Vol. 24 No. 11, November 2002, $4.95/C$5.95, 46pp, cover design by Ron Miller

• Headlines announce the Hugo and Campbell awards winners and cover news about David Eddings, Phobos Books, Lian Hearn, and Clive Barker. Additional Hugo coverage includes a first-hand report of the ceremony by Mike Resnick, and complete voting breakdown. Regular features include Newsnotes, Author/Editor/Agent notes, a Buyers Guide, Jeff Rovin's SF Cinema column, Brian Keene's horror column, short book reviews by Don D'Ammassa, short fiction reviews by Steve Sawicki, and a film review by Alan Dean Foster (of Lilo and Stitch). There are two interviews, of Charles Sheffield and Terry Books, and profile of Warner Books (that's Jaime Levine and Devi Pillai on the cover) by Cecilia Tan. (Tue 19 Nov 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. 104 No. 1 (whole #613) , January 2003, $3.99/C$4.99, 162pp, cover art by Kent Bash

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• Steven Popkes has a story in this January issue too, along with novelets by M. Shayne Bell, Jeremy Minton, and Alex Irvine, and other short stories by James L. Cambias, John Varley (a 'Feghoot' involving Rocky and Bullwinkle), M. Rickert, and Albert E. Cowdrey. Departments incluce a "Plumage from Pegasus" vignette by Paul Di Filippo (taking off from a recent 'feature'), book reviews by Charles de Lint and James Sallis, a film review by Kathi Maio, and a Curiosities page by Peter Atkins. The editor denies plans to publish an "All Mainstream Stories" issue. (Sun 10 Nov 2002)

Seen earlier, 26 October - 7 November

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. 12 (whole #323) , December 2002, $3.50/C$4.95, 144pp, cover art by Dominic Harman

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• Allen M. Steele's novella "Glorious Destiny" (excerpted online) is the last of several stories incorporated into his just-published novel Coyote, though a second set of Coyote stories is forthcoming. Novelettes are by Simon Ings and Robert Reed; short stories by James Patrick Kelly (a Christmas story; excerpt), Tavis Allison (a first fiction sale), and Kage Baker; plus poetry by Bruce Boston, Steven Utley, and Ruth Berman. Robert Silverberg's column is about SF's prodigies, and Paul Di Filippo reviews lots of books from small-presses. For some reason this issue hasn't turned up on newsstands in Locus Online's neighborhood; meanwhile, columns from the January 2003 issue are already posted on the Asimov's website, as is the 2002 Readers' Award Ballot. (Sat 26 Oct 2002)

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; current editor Keith Stevenson
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Issue 30, 2002, A$12.50, 155pp, cover art by Les Petersen

• Fiction, mostly by Australian writers, is by Neil Halliday, Jeremy Davies, Mina Athanasopoulos, Helen Patrice, George Ivanoff, Trent Jamieson, Cat Sparks, Maxine McArthur, and Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson--the last item is "Hunting Harkoennens", a stand-alone Dune story that is also available on Tor's website. Stevenson's editorial is about "the essense of speculative fiction", and his Conduit column is about reclaiming the UFO/abduction debate from the excesses of media dramatizations. Articles include Van Ikin interviewing Terry Dowling, Lucy Sussex interviewing Robert Silverberg, and book reviews by Bill Congreve. (Sat 26 Oct 2002)

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
• Semi-annual small-press magazine subtitled 'an occasional outburst'; published/edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
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Issue 11, November 2002, $4.00, 52pp

• Short fictions are by Theodora Goss, Molly Gloss, Neil Williamson, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Sarah Monette, Minsoo Kang, John Rubins, and Christine Klingbiel. Poetics are by Kathryn Cramer, David Moles, and Nan Fry, and there's nonfiction by L. Timmel Duchamp (about a museum exhibit called "Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own"; here's a link, and note that the Kahlo concerned is also the subject of the current film Frida), Leslie Burmeister on the bar scene in Northampton, and William Smith reviewing Donnie Darko; plus 'zine and entertainment reviews, notes & letters. Samples and contributor notes are posted here. (Sat 2 Nov 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 171, Vol. 15 No. 3, November 2002, $4.00, 24pp

• A long interview of Gardner Dozois by Michael Swanwick covers Dozois's military career, meetings with Jack Dann, James Tiptree Jr, and John W. Campbell, and how he broke into publishing. Walter Minkel reviews the new YA fantasy novels by Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Chabon. Kathryn Cramer reviews Mars Probes, while David Soyka, Darrell Schweitzer, and Michael Levy all consider the work of Zoran Zivkovic. Other reviews cover books by John C. Wright, Rudy Rucker, S.L. Viehl, and others. (Mon 4 Nov 2002)

Say. . .
• Semi-annual fiction zine, debuting 2002, edited by Christopher Rowe
Issue 1, 2002, $5, 68pp, cover art by Thomas Canty

• First issue of a new magazine from the publisher and editor of the one-shot 'zine this a cat? earlier this year; it will be semi-annual, each issue themed around a question. This issue: Was that a kiss? (Next issue: What time is it?) Stories are by Tim Pratt, Greg van Eekhout, Kristin Livdahl, Scott Westerfeld, Jay Lake, Mikal Trimm, Richart Butner, Jeffrey Ford, F. Brett Cox, M.L. Konett, and Chris Barzak; poems by H. Courreges LeBlanc, K. Alma Peterson, Maximum Lizard, Sophie Levy, and Laurel Winter. In addition there's an essay by Terri Windling on the meaning of "Fairy-kist", and contributor notes. No website yet; subscriptions are $10 in the US, otherwise write for rates: The Fortress of Words, PO Box 1304, Lexington KY 40588-1304. (Sat 2 Nov 2002)

The Third Alternative
• Quarterly UK magazine of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, edited by Andy Cox
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• Issue 32, Autumn 2002, £3.75/$7, 66pp, cover art by Richard Marchand

• Fiction in this issue is by John Grant, Brian Hodge, Joel Lane, Tony Richards, and Graham Joyce (an extract from his next novel, The Facts of Life). Mark Chadbourn is interviewed by Andrew Hedgecock, Neil Gaiman is interviewed by Iain Emsley. There's also a column by Allen Ashley, a Christopher Fowler cinema column about cult films, an article by Derek Hill about the films of Guy Maddin, an assessment of Miyazaki's latest films by John Paul Catton, and numerous books reviews by Peter Tennant, Andrew Hook, and others. (Mon 4 Nov 2002)

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