Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Vol. 126 No. 12, December 2006, $3.99/C$4.99, 144pp, cover art by Mark A. Garlick
Near-monthly (10 times/year) magazine of science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited by Stanley Schmidt
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This issue has part 3 (of 4) of Robert J. Sawyer's serial "Rollback", plus novelettes by C. Sanford Lowe & G. David Nordley and Grey Rollins, and short stories by Craig DeLancey, Jerry Oltion, Wil McCarthy, and Catherine H. Shaffer, plus a "Probability Zero" vignette by Eric James Stone.
The science fact article by Stephen L. Gillett, Ph.D., is about "Floatworlds". Departments include Stanley Schmidt's editorial, "Extracurricular Education"; John G. Cramer's "The Alternate View" column on "EPR Communication: Signals from the Future?"; Tom Easton's books reviews, covering Gene Wolfe, Victor Koman, Robert A. Heinlein & Spider Robinson, and others; "Brass Tacks" letters; and "Upcoming Events" from Anthony Lewis.
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Issue 25, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2006, $7.95, 96pp, cover art by Richard Bartrop
Bimonthly Australian magazine focusing on humorous and light-hearted SF and fantasy
This issue of the Australian SF and Fantasy magazine, this time edited by Nicole R. Murphy, has fiction by Kevin Veale, Geoffrey Maloney, Jessica Elizabeth, Ayne Terceira, Thomas Canfield, Dirk Flinthart, Deby Fredericks, Greg Beatty, Sarah L Edwards, and Christopher Johnstone.
There's also poetry by Constance Cooper.
Special features include a report on Conflux 3, a retro-review column by Ben Cook covering several books and films from the 1980s and before, and an essay by Ian Nichols about humor in SF.
Included is a "do-it-yourself repair kit" consisting of two replacement pages for Issue #23, which had been misprinted.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Vol. 30 No. 12 (whole #371), December 2006, $3.99/C$4.99, 144pp, cover art by Jeroen Advocaat
Near-monthly (10 times/year) SF magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
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Fiction in this issue includes a novella by Michael Swanwick, a novelette by Paolo Bacigalupi, and short stories by Robert Reed, Susan Forest, Brian W. Aldiss, Christopher Priest, and Ian Creasey.
Poetry is by David Livingstone Clink, Greg Beatty, Laurel Winter, and Holly Phillips.
Departments include Sheila Williams' editorial "How My Heart Breaks When I Hear that Song"; Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, this time about reading Mike Ashley's history of SF magazines Transformations; a Science Fiction Sudoku by Ruth Crabtree; book reviews by Peter Heck, covering William R. Trotter, Daniel Abraham, and others; and Erwin S. Strauss' SF Conventional Calendar.
Nick Gevers' review in the October issue of Locus Magazine calls this "an outstanding December issue" and especially recommends the stories by Bacigalupi, Reed, and Swanwick.
Issue 55, ©2006, $5, 112pp, cover art by Steve Gilberts
Quarterly horror magazine, published since 1988; published by Richard Chizmar and currently edited by Robert Morrish
This issue has fiction by Stephen Graham Jones, Lisa Morton, JT Petty, Simon R. Green, Daniel Braum, Michael A. Arnzen & Mark McLaughlin, Ed Gorman, Tony Richards, Darren Speegle, and Gene O'Neill.
There are conversations with Tim Lebbon and Christopher Beaumont.
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, Michael Marano, and John Pelan; and book reviews by various hands.
The magazine's website lists the complete table of contents.
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Vol. 111 No. 6 (whole #656), December 2006, $4.50/C$6.50, 162pp, cover art by Laurie Harden
Near-monthly (11 times/year) magazine of fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
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This issue features novelettes by Matthew Hughes, M. Rickert, and Daryl Gregory, and short stories by Scott Bradfield, Robert Reed, and Susanna Clarke.
Nonfiction includes Charles de Lint's "Books to Look For", covering Monsters, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Mark Chadbourn; a "Books" essay by James Sallis, covering Peter S. Beagle and Jeffrey Ford; a "Films" column by Kathi Maio, about The Lake House and A Scanner Darkly; and a Curiosities page by David Langford about a 1957 book by W.E. Bowman.
Nick Gevers review in the upcoming November issue of Locus Magazine especially recommends the stories by Gregory "for its courage and sympathy, deserves an award or two") and Rickert
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Issue 217, Vol. 19 No. 1, September 2006, $4.00, 24pp
Monthly review and criticism magazine, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.
This special "More Space Opera" issue features an essay by David L. Wheat, Jr., about aliens in SF, and David G. Hartwell's "Nine Ways of Looking at Space Operas: Part II", drawn from The Space Opera Renaissance.
Reviews by L. Timmel Duchamp, Darrell Schweitzer, Paul Kincaid, Janine Stinson, Ursula Pflug, Greg L. Johnson, David Mead, and Michael Levy cover books by Lisa Tuttle (twice), John Scalzi, Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill, Iain M. Banks, Walter J. Williams, Peter F. Hamilton, and Neal Asher.
Additional items include an exchange about writers' pay between David Drake and Darrell Schweitzer, a brief interview by Michael Swanwick of Samuel R. Delany, a letter, and an editorial by David G. Hartwell & the Editors, which tells about meeting the woman who broke Isaac Asimov's heart.
Science Fiction Chronicle
Issue 267, Vol. 28 No. 3, September 2006, $5.95/C$6.95, 78pp, cover art by NASA
Monthly SFFH trade journal, published 1979-2000 by Andrew I. Porter; bought in 2000 by DNA Publications; current publisher and editor-in-chief Warren Lapine, with news editor Ian Randal Strock
This issue, the first since #266 (dated February/March but received in May), emphasizes features on the cover over news, where the lead item is the death of Octavia E. Butler in February. Other news include the Nebula and Hugo nominations and numerous items about publishers, booksellers, authors, websites, etc. Continuing its program of combining content from DNA Publications' other magazine on a rotating basis, this issue has five stories from Dreams of Decadence #19, by Shariann Lewitt, Chris Bunch, Julia Duncan, Lillian Csernica, and Alan Small.
Columns include Don D'Ammassa's book reviews, young adult reviews by John Deakins, and Jeff Rovin's SF Cinema.
Issue 33, Summer 2006, $7/C$8.50, 112pp, cover art by Paul Swenson
Magazine of SF and dark fantasy, published since 1995; publishers and editors Patrick & Honna Swenson
This issue has fiction by James Van Pelt, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Don D'Ammassa, Jennifer Rachel Baumer, James Michael White, Stephen Couch, Donald Lucio Hurd, and Katherine Woodbury.
Poetry is by Greg Schwartz and Mark Rich.
Departments include an editorial, which describes the successful subscriber campaign that saved this issue from becoming the last; a letters page; and contributor bios.