Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - May 2005
Spilogale Inc ZIne ISBN/ITEM#: 0505F&SF
Date: May, 2005 (On Sale: March 29, 2005) /
The May 2005 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is yet another excellent issue. All the stories got a very good rating from me. The cover story is a novella, ?The Imago Sequence? by Laird Barron. In it, Marvin Cortez is asked by old friend Jacob Wilson to track down another man named Anselm Thornton, who reportedly has the legendary third entry (called Imago) in a series of photographs taken by a mysterious man named Maurice Ammon. Wilson has the first paragraph (Parallax Alpha) and Thornton has loaned the second (Parallax Beta) to a gallery. Cortez is haunted by the first paragraph, which may be a hominid and starts his quest. In ?I.D.I.D.? by Robert Thurston, a young woman tries to communicate with a race of aliens that has landed on Earth. Complicating this is an America in which people are increasingly obsessed with identity (gender, race, etc).
The issue also has four wonderful short stories. In ?The Golems of Detroit? by Alex Irvine, we see an alternate World War II, where America is using supernatural means to fight the Axis. ?The Great Caruso? by Stephen Popkes is one of the few science fiction stories about cigarettes. How this relates to opera is something to see. K.D. Wentworth?s story, ?Born Again?, is about a young girl and how she copes with having a Jesus-Clone for a brother. Lastly, Robert Reed contributes a story called ?The New Deity? in which a state fires its old supreme being and hires a new one, much as a university chooses a football coach. Reed indulges in great satire here and the ending is a real hoot.
Again, editor Gordon Van Gelder gives us an issue that does not disappoint and is well worth picking up.
(Source: Spilogale Inc)