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July/August 2018

Allen M Steele’s July/August 2018 novella introduces us to the enigmatic city of Landencyte and its mysterious planet. There’s much to unravel in “Starship Mountain,” and much that will remain a conundrum. Don’t miss this exciting tale!

The rest of the issue is chock full of novelettes and sprinkled with short stories. In an alternate universe where Seward’s folly didn’t occur, Harry Turtledove’s leathernecks find other means for “Liberating Alaska”; unusual “Rules of Biology” become apparent in Dale Bailey’s disturbing new story; socks and lost humans end up in Jack Skillingstead’s “Straconia”: Octavia Cade creates a suspenseful view through “The Backward Lens of Compromise”; for Michael Cassutt’s hapless teen, being “Unter” can be terrifying; and let’s hope the best future wins in Suzanne Palmer’s “Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain.” Take a few minutes to meet Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s aptly named “Lieutenant Tightass”; puzzle out the heartbreaking nature of Ian R. McHugh’s “Ephemera”; discover why “Attachment Unavailable” is a little more unsettling than usual in the latest tale from Leah Cypess; and learn some of the secrets of the “True Zing” in a first sale from brand new author Zack Be.

In his latest Reflections, Robert Silverberg doesn’t need a GPS to visit “Terra Incognita”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net suggests we “Listen, Watch, Read”; Paul Di Filippo’s On Books reviews works by Annalee Newitz, Andy Weir, Darrell Schweitzer, Rhys Hughes, Hugh Howey, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.   

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Novelettes

Ephemera

by Ian R. MacLeod

Today, this evening, I am she. Sometimes, I am I, and sometimes I, KAT, can be he, or it, or you, or even we, or simply a mood, weather pattern, star, object, idea, universe, philosophical system, or landscape. For nothing is impossible and everything is real, or not real, or the truth, or a lie, or some kind of weird metaphor or allusion. At other times, I am simply KAT, and a different kind of I. For I am KAT, the curator. READ MORE

 
 

Liberating Alaska

by Harry Turtledove

Off to the west, the four-inch guns of the flush-deckers protecting the landing fleet boomed. Marine Sergeant Eddie Houlihan, aboard the SS Liberty Glo, nodded somber approval. “That’ll give those filthy Reds something new to think about,” he said.

“Here’s hoping.” Corporal George Veliotis, who led a squad in Houlihan’s section, puffed on a Camel. He gripped the rail as the Hog Islander pitched in the chop of the Bering Sea. READ MORE

Poetry

A Love Poem

by Richard Schiffman

After aeons of hurtling through space, minding its own business,
there’s suddenly this other heavenly body out there
jerking on an asteroid’s heartstrings. Not that asteroids have hearts...

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Departments

Editorial: The 2018 Dell Magazines Award

by Sheila Williams

Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing co-judge, Rick Wilber, and I were once again delighted that the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and Dell Magazines cosponsor the award. The winner gets a plaque and a check for five hundred dollars. The 2018 award and finalists’ certificates were distributed at the Thirty-Ninth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in March. It went to Arthur Davis, a junior at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Art, who has studied with the writer Gregory Frost, is originally from Texas. READ MORE

 
 

Reflections: Terra Incognita

by Robert Silverberg

As anyone with a GPS can testify, there are no unexplored places left on Earth. The gnomes of Google have been everywhere, except, perhaps, for the bottom of the sea, and their busy cameras have mapped every square millimeter and set it down in digital form, so that with a few clicks you can take yourself off to what our ancestors knew as “Terra Incognita”—formerly unknown parts of our planet about which they were free to spin all sorts of romantic fantasies. READ MORE

 
 
 

On the Net: Listen, Watch, Read

by James Patrick Kelly

I’ve been thinking about how the internet has changed my home mediascape in the twenty years since I first began writing this column. Take music, for example. Back in the Reagan years, American music tech was molecule-based; people listened on CDs, cassettes and vinyl. According to the Recording Industry Association of America www.riaa.com/u-s-sales-database/, the first decade of the new century was a catastrophe for the music biz. Revenue from sales and licensing peaked at $14.6 billion in 1999 and plunged to $6.3 billion in 2009. READ MORE

 
 

In Memoriam: Mary Rosenblum

We were saddened and shocked to learn that Mary Rosenblum died in a plane crash in March. She was piloting a single engine Piper Super Cub, with no one else on board. Mary’s first fiction sale was to Asimov’s—“For a Price” (June 1990). Before taking up writing she had already made a living breaking horses, doing endocrine research, raising goats, and running a cheese factory. READ MORE

 
 

In Memoriam: Kate Wilhelm

With the death of Kate Wilhelm, we sadly note the loss of another SF legend. Kate and her husband Damon Knight helped found the Milford and Clarion Writers’ Workshops. In recognition of the profound effect Kate had on authors and the SF field, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America created the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award in 2009 for significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. Kate was one of the inaugural winners of this award. READ MORE

 
 

On Books

by Paul Di Filippo

To claim that Annalee Newitz’s debut novel, Autonomous (Tor Books, hardcover, $25.99, 304 pages, ISBN 978-0765392077), anoints her as the “new William Gibson” or the “new Bruce Sterling” would be facile and unfair, given that she offers a distinct voice and worldview and sensibility of her own. And yet there is some truth and justice to the hype, perhaps bolstered by an endorsement from Gibson himself on the book’s back cover. This novel has the punch and heft, sass and assaultive idea-machinery of Neuromancer or Schismatrix, and it could very well kickstart a raft of like-minded coevals. READ MORE

 
 

The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

This year, the World Science Fiction Convention is in the Western hemisphere, for the only time in a four-year stretch. Now is the time to be planning your membership, transportation lodging. Don’t miss out. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. For an explanation of our con(vention)s, a sample of SF folksongs, and info on fanzines and clubs, send me an SASE...  READ MORE