Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - January 2005
by Gordon Van Gelder (ed)
Spilogale Inc Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: B00006KDW3
Date: January 2005
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Website (hosted by SF Site): http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/current.htm / Cover Artist: Max Bertolini. - The January 2005 issue features a great fantasy story by Esther Friesner. The other stories by Alex Irvine, Arthur Porges, John G. McDaid and Bruce Sterling are also very good.
"The Lorelei" by Alex Irvine is a "magic realism" story that takes place in the art world of 19th century New York City. A struggling artist comes to New York and meets an established one with the perfect name, Alfred Pinkham Ryder. We get a real feel for the time period as the young artist finds a way to succeed. ?Born Bad" by Arthur Porges is very short story about what "Young Nicophemus" will grow up to be. "Keyboard Practice" by John G. McDaid is a story about a Piano Competition in 2023. This competition is contrasted by a previous one and the story of its founder. The story (which has a longer title) is set up to mimic Bach?s ?Goldberg variations? which are intgral to the tale. I think I?d have enjoyed it more if I knew more about music but it was very good, nonetheless. "The Blemmye?s Strategem"by Bruce Sterling is set in the time of the Crusades and tells a very different story of a Christian , a Moslem and an alien. But the Moslem is the founder of the Assassins and the Christian the founder of the Hospitallers. Sterling has fun with these historical characters and what they must do to combat a common enemy.
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction?s January 2005 issue has four very good stories and one excellent one. That one is "Last Man Standing" by Esther Friesner. As with many of her stories, it is very amusing but it rises above mere comedy. Namtar is a slave (working as a potter) of the great Sumerian king Gilgamesh. When the king dies, he and 31 other slaves are to die with him. He manages to escape this fate but the story does not end there. He takes a trip to the Underworld in a quest to save others. How he succeeds is very ingenious. Friesner rarely disappoints and certainly doesn?t here.
(Source: Spilogale Inc)
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