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Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Feb '05 by Gordon Van Gelder (ed)
Review by Sam Tomaino
Spilogale Inc Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: B00006KDW3
Date: February, 2005 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

February TOC: The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction
February - 56th Year Of Publication
Novelets
Inner Huff 6 Matthew Hughes
Queen of the Balts 70 R. Garcia Y Robertson
Proboscis 116 Laird Barron
Short Stories
From Above 50 Robert Reed
Dutch 144 Richard Mueller
Departments
Books To Look For 39 Charles De Lint
Musing On Books 44 Michelle West
Films: Sky Captain and The World Of Tomorrow 110 David J. Skal
Plumage from Pegasus: 140 Paul Di Filippo
The Marching Models
Coming Attractions 160
Curiosities 162 Connie Braton Meek
Cartoons: Arthur Masear (139)
Cover By Kent Bash For "Dutch"

"Inner Huff" by Matthew Hughes is another in his series about a 'collective unconscious' from where our myths come. Guth Bandar is 'traveling' on one of the lands and winds up being turned into a pig by an enchantress. This limits his ability to talk and escape back to reality. We are treated to versions of an old story about pigs, a wolf and what 'huff' is referring to. "Dutch" by Richard Mueller is a story about the men who used to ride the rails. A railroad man named Red encounters such a man in Dutch. He discovers the man's tragic story and why he cannot leave the rails. The story ends on an uplifting and redemptory note.

"From Above" is another unusual tale from Robert Reed about what happens when a young boy and a mathematical genius encounter a being who is five dimensional. "Queen of Balts" by R. Garcia y Robertson is another story about a land called Markovy and how it deals with invaders. This centers on a pagan princess and what she does to survive. I liked this story but Robertson does make his villains a lot more evil than is necessary. The story I liked least was "Proboscis" by Laird Barron, which got too carried away by a 'gonzo' style of writing at the expense of a good story.

Nonetheless, the stories by Hughes and Mueller are worth the price of the issue.

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