Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 126 No. 6, June 2006, $3.99/C$4.99, 144pp, cover art by Jean Pierre Normand
Near-monthly (10 times/year) magazine of science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited by Stanley Schmidt
Message Board: http://www.analogsf.com/discus/
Fiction includes a novella by the team of James Grayson & Kathy Ferguson (who also contribute this issue's fact article), a novelette by Richard A. Lovett, and short stories by Charlie Rosenkranz and Carl Frederick, plus the second part of a serial by Edward M. Lerner.
The science fact article by James Grayson & Kathy Ferguson is "Solar System Commuter Trains: Magbeam Plasma Propulsion". Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, about the nature of debates; Jeffery D. Kooistra's The Alternate View column, about his father; Tom Easton's book reviews, covering John Barnes, Jeff Duntemann, Mike Resnick, and others; letters; and "Upcoming Events" from Anthony Lewis.
The magazine's website has an excerpt of the novella by Grayson & Ferguson.
Rich Horton reviews this issue in the upcoming May issue of Locus Magazine, noting the stories by Richard A. Lovett and Carl Frederick, "a steadily improving new writer, and 'The Door That Does Not Close' may be his best work yet."
Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest
Issue 5, Vol. 1 No. 5, Spring 2006, $6.00/C$7.00, 112pp
Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, edited by Jason Sizemore; published since 2005
This issue of the quarterly "science fiction and horror" magazine has fiction by Steve Parker, Ben Bova (a reprint of the Nebula-nominated 1994 "Inspiration"), William F. Nolan, Robert Dunbar, Amy Grech, Jerry J. Davis, Steven Savile, and Rhonda Eudaly.
Nonfiction includes interviews with Neil Gaiman, Robert Rankin, and Sherrilyn Kenyon, essays by Gill Ainsworth (about Nolan's story), Athena Workman, and Alethea Kontis, and book reviews by various hands.
The magazine's website has the table of contents.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 30 No. 6 (whole #365), June 2006, $3.99/C$4.99, 144pp, cover art by Kinuko Y. Craft
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
Message Board: http://www.asimovs.com/discus/
Fiction includes the annual June-issue story by James Patrick Kelly and another novelette by Beth Bernobich, plus short stories by Jack Skillingstead, Scott William Carter, Robert Reed, Matthew Johnson, Ian Creasey, and Rudy Rucker. Poetry is by Jane Yolen, Wil McCarthy, W. Gregory Stewart, and Laurel Winter.
Departments include Sheila Williams' editorial about Rog Phillips' classic story "The Yellow Pill" and how different readers respond to SF; Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, Sixtus the Sixth, explaining why he still wants to be Pope; James Patrick Kelly's On the Net column, about podcasting; book reviews by Peter Heck; and Erwin S. Strauss' convention calendar.
The magazine's website has the table of contents with links to several departments and to excerpts of the Bernobich and Rucker stories.
Nick Gevers reviews the issue in the upcoming May issue of Locus Magazine, recommending the stories by Bernobich ("her spectacular Asimov's debut"), Reed, and Skillingstead. Rich Horton reviewed the issue in April, recommending Reed and Skillingstead.
Issue 54, ©2006, $5, 112pp, cover art by Stacy Drum
Quarterly horror magazine, published since 1988; published by Richard Chizmar and currently edited by Robert Morrish
This issue has fiction by Eric Brown, Keelan Patrick Burke, Tony Richards, James Ireland Baker, A.R. Morlan, Loren Roads, C.J. Henderson, Nick Kaufman, and Tim Waggoner.
There are conversations with Neil Gaiman and Roger Anker (the latter about Charles Beaumont's Twilight Zone scripts), and a 'publishing spotlight' feature about Elder Signs Press.
Regular features include editorials by Robert Morrish and Richard Chizmar; a column of Stephen King news by Bev Vincent; other columns by Thomas F. Monteleone, Paula Guran, and Michael Marano; and book reviews by various hands.
The magazine's website lists the complete table of contents.
Vol. 38 No. 2, March/April 2006, $7.99/C$9.99, 64pp
Approx. bimonthly magazine of SF cinema, marking its 35th anniversary in 2005
While most of the issue focuses on current films and TV shows, including Silent Hill and Battlestar Galactica, the issue's "Print" department has an interview with Ellen Datlow, plus reviews by Paula Guran of new and re-released books by Christopher Priest, Kim Wilkins, Walter Mosley, and Kenneth J. Harvey.(Wed 29 Mar 2006)
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Vol. 110 No. 6 (whole #651), June 2006, $3.99/C$5.99, 162pp, cover art by Max Bertolini
Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Message Board: http://www.nightshadebooks.com/discus/messages/378/378.html?1081904411
This issue has a novella by Laird Barron, novelets by Albert E. Cowdrey, Gardner Dozois, and John Morressy, and short stories by Tim McDaniel and C.S. Friedman.
Departments include Charles de Lint's "Books to Look For", reviewing John Connolly and Scott Westerfeld; book reviews by Michelle West, covering Walter Mosley, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Laura Resnick; film reviews by Lucius Shepard; and a 'Curiosities' page by Bud Webster about a book by John Hollander.
Nick Gevers reviews the issue in the upcoming May issue of Locus Magazine, recommending Dozois' "Counterfactual" and Barron's "Hallucigenia".
Issue 14, Winter/Spring 2006, $5.00, 28pp, cover art by Tim Mullins
Bi-annual poetry magazine since 1998; published and edited by Mike Allen
Poetry in this issue is by Constance Cooper, Catherynne M. Valente, C.S. MacCath, A.D. Eldritch, Sonya Taaffe, Ann K. Schwader, the team of Deborah P. Kolodji, oino sakai, Teri Santitoro, Mary Margaret Serpento, and ushi, Suzette Haden Elgin, Anna Tambour, Ian Watson, Mikal Trimm, Michael A. Arnzen, John Peery, and JoSelle Vanderhooft.
The Mythic Delirium site has the wraparound cover image, and complete table of contents.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 212, Vol. 18 No. 8, April 2006, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This special "Genre Elements" issue features reviews of John M. Ford's overlooked 2004 collection Heat of Fusion by Graham Sleight, and a book of essays about Christopher Priest reviewed by John Clute.
Inside are an essay by Madeline Malan about Ghost in the Shell, a 2000 interview with Jack Dann by Darrell Schweitzer (with an update by Dann), and an introduction bo Richard Calder's Babylon by K.J. Bishop.
Other reviews, by David Mead, Robert Bee, Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen, Kris Dikeman, and Matthew Appleton, cover books by S.L. Viehl, David Mitchell, Kim Wilkins, Jack Cady, and John Scalzi. There are also brief items by Jeff VanderMeer and Robert Friedman, letters, and an editorial.
Issue 29/1, Jan./Feb. 2006, $3.50, 24pp, cover art by Craig Houghton
Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
Poetry in this issue is by Meghan Davis, Robert Frazier, Mikal Trimm, Sonya Taaffe, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, and others. Meghan Davis' "CC" is currently posted on the 'zine's current issue page.
Features include a President's Message by Mike Allen, in part reporting a tie in a membership vote about creating a 'short-short' Rhysling category, plus small press reviews, a conference report, and other brief items from Jim Garrison, Steve Sneyd, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, and Deborah Kolodji.
Issue 32, Spring 2006, $7/C$8.50, 108pp, cover art by Tom Simonton
Magazine of SF and dark fantasy, published since 1995; publishers and editors Patrick & Honna Swenson
This issue has fiction by Charles Coleman Finlay, Jason Stoddard, Timons Esaias, Steven Mohan, Jr, D.E. Wasden, Devon Monk, Richard R. Harris, Catherine MacLeod, and Joanne Steinwachs, plus poetry by Donna Taylor Burgess, Roger Dutcher, and Greg Beatty.
Departments include an editorial, which explains that reviews now run on the magazine's website rather than in the magazine, and that this issue's interview, with Louise Marley by Ken Rand, will be the magazine's last. Elsewhere in the issue are letters, contributor bios, and a previous of the next issue.
Issue 339, March-April 2006, $5.95/C$7.5, 98pp, cover art by Rowena Morrill
Dark fantasy magazine, published since 1923; currently published quarterly, edited by George H. Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer, & John Betancourt
This special 96-page expanded issue has fiction by Gregory Frost, Michael Siefner (translated from the German), Tony Richards, Charles L. Harness, Stephen Dedman, Kelly McCullough, Cherith Baldry, Kelli Wilkins, Fitz-James O'Brien ("The Lost Room", first published in 1858), and Ian Watson & Roberto Quaglia.
Verse is by Wendy Rathbone, Jill Bauman, George Barr, Darrell Schweitzer, Catherine A. Callaghan, Kane S. Latranz, and Chris Ferrier.
Features include editorial "The Eyrie", remembering Charles L. Harness and Robert Sheckley, and Douglas E. Winter's "Shadowings", reviewing current books. concerning the magazine's roots and purpose; Scott Connors' "The Den", reviewing books by and about H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, and M.P. Shiel; and a classic horror illustration by Allen Koszowski.
The magazine's website has this page with the complete table of contents.