Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - March 2006
by Gordon Van Gelder
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: F&SF0603
Date: January 2006 /
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - March 2006. On sale January 30, 2006.
The March 2006 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is another great one and the magazine remains the best in the field. The best story in the issue, getting an Excellent rating from me, is "Intolerance" by Robert Reed. As the story begins, we are introduced to what appears to be a venomous two-year old boy named Cabe McAllister. He's not actually two and not an adult either, but uses his status to make people miserable. What truly makes the story stand out is the conclusion, one of the scariest I've ever encountered.
The rest of the stories in this issue all got a Very Good from me. "The Revivalist" is a novella by Albert E. Cowdrey and unusual for his stories in that it does not take place in New Orleans, but in the Baltimore area. When the story opens, Edward Fogarty is a boy, born in the 1890s who sleeps a lot and ages at a slow rate. When he realizes this condition, he resolves to use this to live a very long life. How he lives through the 20th century and what he realizes when he looks back on it make for a great story. The issue also has a novelet, "Shambala" by Alex Irvine. In the future, many people are living forever in a virtual world. The problem is that things are breaking down and this results in a ton of problems. This seems like it could easily be turned into a novel as Irvine creates a number of characters and explores a lot of issues that he could spend more time with.
The remaining stories are (except for one) a humorous bunch. The one serious story is "From the Mouths of Babes" by Trent Hergenrader and is his first published story. What starts out seeming like a story about a father and his very precocious son takes a very interesting turn. I'll look forward to more stories from Hergenrader in the future. "The True History of the Picky Princess" by John Morressy is not a tale of Kedrigern and Princess but is a hilarious spin on a classic fairy tale. Watch out for even a good fairy's gifts! "The Capacity to Appear Mindless" by Mike Shultz tells us about a teacher with an unusual problem. He's a goblin teaching a class of mostly goblins but three human children. A teacher's lot is never an easy one. "Czesko" by Ef Deal is a wild tale of a man who wants to be baptized even though he's dead. Then, the story gets very strange.
This issue does not actually go on sale until January 30, but remember to look for it. Although, you should really be subscribing!
(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)