Friday, February 29, 2008

Into Space - Jules Verne

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/16457

Early lunar mission start.


3 out of 5

Halting State 3 Steaming - Charles Stross

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/halting_state_extract/jack-steaming.html

"Four years of top-secret death marches and psychotic deadline chases in beige-walled cubicle hell"


3.5 out of 5

Spin - Robert Charles Wilson

http://e2ma.net/go/959189163/850310/31028055/goto:http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/olmk/tor.com/WilsonSpinHTML/Wilson,%20Robert%20Charles%20-%20Spin.html


This really is pretty good, complete with 'holy crap' moment at the end.

The Earth is cocooned in a pocket of slow time, why?

Large scientific effort goes into looking at the problem, seen through the eyes of 2 of 3 childhood friends.

Naturally, all sorts of religions go whacko, and religious whackos spring up, given the possible imminent death of the Earth, due to time differentials with the Sun.

This book is a lot more focused on a few characters, though, even a Martian.


4.5 out of 5

Halting State 2 Stich-Up - Charles Stross

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/halting_state_extract/elaine-su.html

"You drop out of haptic space and without your eyewear continually repainting him in armour Mike reverts to his workaday appearance, a biker with a borg head transplant."


4 out of 5

Halting State 1 Grand Theft Automatic - Charles Stross

"There was a guild of Orcs — in a no PvP area — and a goddamn dragon, and they cleaned out the bank. So we figured we'd call you."


3.5 out of 5

Sly Mongoose 1 - Tobias S. Buckell

http://tobias-buckell.livejournal.com/117453.html

“You de-orbited with a handmade heat-shield and an armored spacesuit?”


4 out of 5

Bad Luck Trouble Death and Vampire Sex - Garth Nix

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/BadLuck.htm

"'Oh yeah,' I said. I’d forgotten I was a wizard too, a green wizard, not a somewhat sorcerous private eye with a proclivity for bizarre sex and firearms."


4 out of 5

House Of Suns 2 - Alastair Reynolds

http://www.alastairreynolds.com/hos_2.htm

"Why do today what you can still do in a quarter of a million years?"


4 out of 5

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change - Kij Johnson

http://www.kijjohnson.com/evolution.html

Dogs like chicken and chips, too.


3 out of 5

Three Unbroken 20 Viewing - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page20.asp

“Are you sure these flight suits are insulated properly?” Nose Gunner Siagyo replied, peevishly. “Because my rutting nipples are freezing off!”


3.5 out fo 5

Mr Jester - Fred Saberhagen

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743498860/0743498860___5.htm

Levity defense exile return politics.


4 out of 5

Unique Chicken Goes In Reverse - Andy Duncan

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/UniqueChicken.htm

Jesus chook pose.


4 out of 5

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stark and the Star Kings - Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1893887162/1893887162___1.htm

When very bad things are detected, Stark is sent into the future to enlist the aid of the Star Kings to stop a sun destroying menace.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, February 25, 2008

Promises To Keep - Jack McDevitt

http://penbay.org/wrfr/bstories/promises%20to%20keep.mp3

Callisto christmas action tape vacation.


4 out of 5

Planet Of the Amazon Women - David Moles

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/20050516/amazon-f.shtml

Fever
In the MaleThing side
Fever all caus-al like


4 out of 5

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pride - Mary Turzillo

http://www.duelingmodems.com/~turzillo/Pride.pdf

Sabretoothed green-eyed monster.


4.5 out of 5

Family Values - Sara Genge

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1861

Party political parenting.


3.5 out of 5

Subterranean 4 - John Scalzi

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

The publisher of Subterranean, having made the decision to move the mag online apparently decided to go with some guest editors for the latter issues, selecting Scalzi to do this one. Said editor having been kind enough to put this online, those of us not so keen on paying the price of a book to get a magazine delivered now have the pleasure of perusing this entertaining publication.

Also a theme issue, as the stories (and even a haiku!) are supposed to look at SF type cliches.

There are also pieces by editors of both short and long work, in John Joseph Adams and Teresa Nielsen Hayden about the abominations that they often encounter in the course of their work.

There are also a few book reviews, including yet another attempt to explain, briefly, George R. R. Martin's fattest of fantasies.

As far as the fiction goes, a pretty reasonable job done, with a 3.47 average over quite a large number of shorter pieces, for a magazine.

I'd call this one just about a 4.25.

Subterranean 4 : Subterranean 4 - John Scalzi
Subterranean 4 : Scene From a Dystopia - Rachel Swirsky
Subterranean 4 : The Third Brain - Charles Coleman Finlay and James Allison
Subterranean 4 : A Finite Number of Typewriters - Stuart MacBride
Subterranean 4 : Horrible Historians - Gillian Polack
Subterranean 4 : Hesperia and Glory - Ann Leckie
Subterranean 4 : What a Piece of Work - Jo Walton
Subterranean 4 : The Last Science Fiction Writer - Allen M. Steele
Subterranean 4 : Shoah Sry - Tobias S. Buckell and Ilsa J. Bick
Subterranean 4 : Labyrinth's Heart - Bruce Arthurs
Subterranean 4 : The NOMAD Gambit - Dean Cochrane
Subterranean 4 : In Search of Eileen Siriosa - Ron Hogan
Subterranean 4 : Tees and Sympathy - Nick Sagan
Subterranean 4 : Last - Chris Roberson
Subterranean 4 : Refuge - David Klecha
Subterranean 4 : The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe - Elizabeth Bear

Profession assignment.

3 out of 5


Mindful of fraud.

3.5 out of 5


Monkeys better, but take up heaps more space, and throw their poo.

3.5 out of 5


Time viewing proves disappointing to huge history nerd. Roland not as interesting as abuse of pommie froggy bastards.

3.5 out of 5


Well, it is sword and planet time.

3.5 out of 5


Search censor.

4 out of 5


Genre simulation breakout.

4 out of 5


Dinah sure DNA.

3 out of 5


I'm not a bad guy, no bull.

3.5 out of 5


Alien plot treatment.

3.5 out of 5


Chip explosion dumping.

3.5 out of 5


Tasty aliens a bit tough.

3 out of 5


A planet run by a species with a Governor Spears needs pandemic termination. Really gone to the dogs.

4 out of 5


"Alright, you freak, listen up. If you don’t come along quietly, I’m going to make sure your doubly freakish girlfriend lives in Hell. You hear me?"

3 out of 5


Shark repair appetite.

3.5 out of 5





4 out of 5

In Search Of Eileen Siriosa - Ron Hogan

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

Alien plot treatment.


3.5 out of 5

Tees and Sympathy - Nick Sagan

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

Tasty aliens a bit tough.


3 out of 5

Refuge - David Klecha

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

“Alright, you freak, listen up. If you don’t come along quietly, I’m going to make sure your doubly freakish girlfriend lives in Hell. You hear me?"


3 out of 5

Child Maiden Woman Crone - Terry Bramlett

http://www.baens-universe.com/articles/Child__Maiden__Woman__Crone

Music farmer's changing more than woman.


3 out of 5

The Nomad Gambit - Dean Cochrane

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

Chip explosion dumping.


3.5 out of 5

Labyrinth's Heart - Bruce Arthurs

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

I'm not a bad guy, no bull.


3.5 out of 5

A Finite Number of Typewriters - Stuart Macbride

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

Monkeys better, but take up heaps more space, and throw their poo.


3.5 out of 5

Granma Stemple - Chris Roberson

http://www.chrisroberson.net/2007/11/free-fiction-friday-granma-stemple.html

Flea market instruction.


3 out of 5

Timmy Gromp Saves Christmas - Chris Roberson

http://www.chrisroberson.net/2007/12/free-fiction-friday-timmy-gromp-saves.html

Easy riding holiday mission.


3 out of 5

Scene From A Dystopia - Rachel Swirsky

http://scalzi.com/subterranean_issue_4.pdf

Profession assignment.


3 out of 5

Not Of This Fold - William Shunn

http://www.electricvelocipede.com/pdf/NOT_of_THIS_FOLD.pdf

Wriggly Mormon First Contact.


3 out of 5

Pulp Fiction In Oz - Steven Paulsen

http://www.australianhorror.com/articles.php?article=12

Talks about the local stuff when American and other imports were banned for some year.s


4 out of 5

Three Unbroken 19 Overseeing - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page19.asp

First Raider Company FUBAR.


3 out of 5

Straight To My Lover's Heart - Richard Bowes

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/heart.htm

Time kid spotting.


3 out of 5

Friday, February 22, 2008

Old Man's War - John Scalzi

http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/olmk/tor.com/ScalziOMWHTML/Scalzi,%20John%20-%20Old%20Mans%20War.html

A widower is faced with a decision in his declining years. Live out the rest of his life on earth, or take a shot at joining the military, where you get to protect get, get a new young body and a chance to settle the stars.

The only catch is that you life expectancy once you join up is about 2 years, so the odds are very, very bad that you will make it out of the war alive.


4 out of 5

Flashing Swords 2 - Howard A. Jones

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/vol1-iss2-toc.asp

I wouldn't have expected this issue to be as good as the first, and indeed it isn't. The editing work is pretty good though, the editorial points out a small press sword and sorcery anthology that I need to list. Also, before each story Jones points out if this is a series character, if there are more to come in the magazine, or where other stories in such series might be found.

3.33 average, not too bad, even though I like this sort of thing in general. This includes a 'Tiana' story apparently, and had not heard of that series - if anything like this tale looks like fun, though. So snagging the Lyon and Offutt piece should have pleased the editor as he said, because it is good.

Latta would seem the most promising of the new types after a couple of stories, and there is another 70+ year old resurrected Harold Lamb Viking story. Very cool.

Flashing Swords 2 : A Night in the Archives - John C. Hocking.
Flashing Swords 2 : The Marsh God - Bruce Durham.
Flashing Swords 2 : Devil on My Stomach - Richard Lyon and Andrew Offutt.
Flashing Swords 2 : Race Into Blood - Peter J. Welmerink.
Flashing Swords 2 : Protection - Harold Lamb.
Flashing Swords 2 : The Stone Man - D.K. Latta.

"Hell yes, he's dead. He's been a corpse for weeks, ever since he broke into these chambers to alter his documents and triggered the Death Spell harnessed to the door. Thall's necromantic powers were so great that his own death was a manageable condition. It couldn't stop him. Nothing could stop him."

3 out of 5


1. Help free slave girl
2. Find monster
3. Both run away

3 out of 5


Rulers and wizards that threaten someone with horrendous execution on false pretexts in order to saddle them with a demon and get them to get rid of the odd pirate or other annoyance shouldn't be too surprised if some serious violence is directed at their persons by either demons, or sword-wielding barbarians now freed.

4 out of 5


A bunch of measly little gobbies? What sort of challenge is that?

3 out of 5


A large Viking gets involved in the Crusades due to a promise.

3.5 out of 5


"Humans are weak and soft. They make fine gloves and breeches. But the trolls did not accept me as one of their own. You didn't think humans had the power to entomb me did you?"

Of course, sword and sorcery heroes are a different breed, and this one isn't even all human.

3.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Stone Man - D. K. Latta

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue2/vol1-iss2-06.asp

"Humans are weak and soft. They make fine gloves and breeches. But the trolls did not accept me as one of their own. You didn't think humans had the power to entomb me did you?"

Of course, sword and sorcery heroes are a different breed, and this one isn't even all human.


3.5 out of 5

Protection - Harold Lamb

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue2/vol1-iss2-05.asp

A large Viking gets involved in the Crusades due to a promise.


3.5 out of 5

Race Into Blood - Peter J. Welmerink

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue2/vol1-iss2-04.asp

A bunch of measly little gobbies? What sort of challenge is that?


3 out of 5

Devil On My Stomach - Andrew J. Offutt and Richard Lyon

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue2/vol1-iss2-03.asp

Rulers and wizards that threaten someone with horrendous execution on false pretexts in order to saddle them with a demon and get them to get rid of the odd pirate or other annoyance shouldn't be too surprised if some serious violence is directed at their persons by either demons, or sword-wielding barbarians now freed.


4 out of 5

The Marsh God - Bruce Durham

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue2/vol1-iss2-02.asp

1. Help free slave girl
2. Find monster
3. Both run away


3 out of 5

A Night In the Archives - John C. Hocking

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue2/vol1-iss2-01.asp

"Hell yes, he's dead. He's been a corpse for weeks, ever since he broke into these chambers to alter his documents and triggered the Death Spell harnessed to the door. Thall's necromantic powers were so great that his own death was a manageable condition. It couldn't stop him. Nothing could stop him."


3 out of 5

The Lone Ranger In Wild Horse Canyon - Fran Striker

http://thelonetaxman.web.aplus.net/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/LRinwildhorsecanyon.pdf

It's all about the gold mine.


When the Lone Ranger and Tonto find a young girl alone in the woods they soon determine she is in need of help.

Given that some of the men causing her problems are named Tombstone, Ripper, Scar, and Mace, it isn't hard for our heroes to tell that there is more than a fair chance these gentlemen are of the 'not pleasant' and 'rather likely to be dishonest' persuasion.

This certainly turns out to be the case, and a certain amount of escapology and gunplay is required.

Said no-good varmints also learn the particular importance of literacy and good spelling.

Also, of course :-

A moment later the canyon
was in darkness and the sound of wild hoofs
was dying away in the distance. Suddenly a
clear voice rang out above all the other
sounds of the night: "Hi-Yo, Silver--away!"


3 out of 5

Three Unbroken 18 Ills To Be Cured - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page18.asp

Spotters and shooters. With a tank.


4 out of 5

Purity - Douglas Clegg

http://alkemarabooks.com/PDF/puritybyclegg1.pdf

Dagon triple thread conflict.


3.5 out of 5

An Australian Rip Van Winkle - William Hay

http://www.archive.org/details/australianripvan00haywuoft

Dead woman aided snoozer, with dog.


2.5 out of 5

A Dreamer - Barbara Baynton

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/sstory/audio/sstory1_15052005_2856.ram

http://worldlibrary.net/eBooks/WorldeBookLibrary.com/bushstud.htm


Weird tree.


2 out of 5

The Pegging-Out Of Overseer Franke - Price Warung

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0607591.txt

You whip me, you die.


3.5 out of 5

The Bush Undertaker - Henry Lawson

http://freeread.com.au/ebooks/e00108.txt

Low rent funeral.


3.5 out of 5

Down In the Bottomlands - Harry Turtledove

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671578359/0671578359___1.htm

Trench Park mountain moving sabotage spy shagger saviour.


4 out of 5

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Haunt Of the Jinkarras - Ernest Favenc

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600691.txt

Dark, lost, monsters?


3.5 out of 5

Monsieur Caloche - Tasma Tasma

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0607621.txt

Crossdressing Frenchiness scars.


3 out of 5

The Ghost Upon the Rail - John Lang

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0607441.txt

Fisher's Ghost Story. He done it.


4 out of 5

The Search For Early Australian Horror - Steven Paulsen

http://www.eidolon.net/steven_paulsen/pulse2.html


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Oh Whistle and I'll Come To YOu My Lad - M. R. James

http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/owhistle.htm

White as a sheet, it was, not me.


3 out of 5

Tropical Nights At the Natatorium - Richard Paul Russo

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/fiction/rpr01.htm

Red scare.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hub 45 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/?p=29

A review of Judge Dredd: Origins - a story of which I have read the start, and sounds like the rest is good, too, and the first Nemesis the Warlock collection, and a Robert Rankin audio.


Hub 45 : Kasimir Larkin's Last Sale - Guy Haley

Fork me, the Kronk are coming.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

Kasimir Larkin's Last Sale - Guy Haley

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/?p=29

Fork me, the Kronk are coming.


3.5 out of 5

Hub 44 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/?p=28

In here are reviews of the Blood Ties series and the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, the reviewer finding it a bit tedious and full of quotes and essays.

Hub 44 : Hub 44 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart
Hub 44 : Transcendence Express - Jetse de Vries

Quantum computer growth activism.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

When We Were Stardust - Rebecca C. Epstein

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=406

Picnic past.


3 out of 5

Where We Live - Daniel J. Pinney

http://strangehorizons.com/2008/20080218/where-f.shtml

"I'm loaded with explosive rounds, rip you in half. Let's go pick your flowers."


4 out of 5

Monday, February 18, 2008

Going Through Changes - Pat Murphy

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Pat_Murphy__Going_Through_Changes.mp3

Getting planted.


3 out of 5

A Reader's Guide To Sword and Sorcery Sword and Planet and Swashbuckler Anthologies - Howard A. Jones and Andy Beau and and G. W. Thomas

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/sands-anthos.htm

Just as it says, some of which have been mentioned here before. A very nice list.


4 out of 5

A Brief History of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine - John O'Neill

http://www.sfsite.com/columns/asimov.htm

This traces the magazine's inception and evolution, with fictional and design milestones and changes along the way.


4.5 out of 5

We See Things Differently - Bruce Sterling

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Bruce_Sterling_We_See_Things_Differently_mp3.mp3

Downtrodden rock tour coke killer.


4 out of 5

Bombay the Hard Way 2 - Steve Libbey

http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/secretworldchronicle/~5/232707254/PB-SecretWorldChronicleBookTwo-11.mp3

A good old fashioned superpowered slaughterous slugfest.


3 out of 5

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Flashing Swords 1 - Howard A. Jones

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/vol1-iss1-toc.asp

Jones has put together a nifty little sword and sorcery zine here, and thrown in a Lamb story that is also quite entertaining. Pity I didn't notice this one sooner. At a quick glance at the TOC of some later issue, some writers repeat, and there are some of the 'modern era' sword and sorcery authors featured as well, so bodes well for some more monster and magic slaying fun.

The editorial is a homage to Lin Carter - and I'd have to agree, his introductions etc. to books are definitely worth reading. In fact, the title of the mag itself is a homage, given the Flashing Swords anthologies edited by Carter sitting on my shelf.


So, even those this might not look too fancy, and you might think it full of amateurs with a loose grasp of grammar, and took some hunting around due to inconsistent web structure to find some things, this is all quite competent, and sword and sorcery fans should find it fun.

Flashing Swords 1 : The Guardian of the Dawn - William King.
Flashing Swords 1 : The Whore's Fool - Joseph A. McCullough.
Flashing Swords 1 : The Golden Empress - Harold Lamb.
Flashing Swords 1 : The Burning River - S.C. Bryce.
Flashing Swords 1 : The High Tower - D.K. Latta.

"And you should not have killed our Mayor--he was a fat greedy bastard but we can’t have people going around murdering whoever they like. It sets a bad example."

"One it seems you have followed."

The captain had the grace to look ashamed for a moment. "Things got out of hand."

3.5 out of 5


Wizards are hard to kill, without sacrifice.

4 out of 5


Harald the Viking picks the wrong woman as prize after defeating a gladiator.

3.5 out of 5


A monstrous beast to kill for the Gray Mist.

3 out of 5


Zargatha has a touch of the right hand of doom thing going, and he needs it to rescue a woman from a fortress.

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

The High Tower - D. K. Latta

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue1/vol1-iss1-05.asp

Zargatha has a touch of the right hand of doom thing going, and he needs it to rescue a woman from a fortress.


3.5 out of 5

The Burning River - S. C. Bryce

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue1/vol1-iss1-04.asp

A monstrous beast to kill for the Gray Mist.


3 out of 5

The Golden Empress - Harold Lamb

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue1/vol1-iss1-03.asp

Harald the Viking picks the wrong woman as prize after defeating a gladiator.


3.5 out of 5

The Whore's Fool - Joseph A. McCullough

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue1/vol1-iss1-02.asp

Wizards are hard to kill, without sacrifice.


4 out of 5

The Guardian Of the Dawn - William King

http://flashingswords.sfreader.com/issues/issue1/vol1-iss1-01.asp

"And you should not have killed our Mayor--he was a fat greedy bastard but we can’t have people going around murdering whoever they like. It sets a bad example."

"One it seems you have followed."

The captain had the grace to look ashamed for a moment. "Things got out of hand."


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Summary 2006 - Rich Horton

http://webnews.sff.net/read?cmd=blogview&group=sff.people.richard-horton&from=3691

You'll have to browse along - haven't seen this anywhere else, but you'll find some interesting discussion along the way it would seem. Well worth a look.


5 out of 5

1999 SF Short Fiction Year in Review - Rich Horton

http://www.sff.net/people/Richard.Horton/short99.htm

Cracked the 500 barrier this year it seems.


4 out of 5

1998 SF Short Fiction Year in Review - Rich Horton

http://www.sff.net/people/Richard.Horton/short98.htm

Geez, only a measly 450 stories covered. Slack. :)


4 out of 5

1997 Year in Review and Overview of the Dozois and Hartwell Year's Bests - Rich Horton

http://www.sff.net/people/Richard.Horton/short97.htm

Taking a different approach here, looking at his own best stories by going through the above anthologies - as most of them were apparently in these two books.


4 out of 5

1996 Year in Review - Rich Horton

http://www.sff.net/people/Richard.Horton/short96.htm

Just a few thoughts here about that year's short stories.


3.5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 17 Following - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page17.asp

Waiting around actually is better than being shot at.


3.5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 16 Contentment - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page16.asp

Take that building, slacker.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, February 15, 2008

Abyss and Apex 25 - Carol Burrell

http://www.abyssandapex.com/index.html

Not a lot else here but a small editorial on cover art and some anthologies, and some poetry. Ruth Nestvold's story is easily the best.

Abyss and Apex 25 : Snatch Me Another - Mercurio D. Rivera
Abyss and Apex 25 : If Tears Were Wishes - Ruth Nestvold
Abyss and Apex 25 : Healer - Phil Margolies
Abyss and Apex 25 : At Blue Crane Falls - Brian Dolton
Abyss and Apex 25 : Quartet With Mermaids - Alan Smale

Grab what you want, any universe will do.

3 out of 5


Wonder twin kidnapping, deactivate.

3.5 out of 5


Energy choice.

2.5 out of 5


Winding up a slumming goddess.

3 out of 5


Club mer, well, partly, anyway.

3 out of 5




2 out of 5

Quartet With Mermaids - Alan Smale

Club mer, well, partly, anyway.


3 out of 5

At Blue Crane Falls - Brian Dolton

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200801-bluecrane.html

Winding up a slumming goddess.


3 out of 5

Healer - Phil Margolies

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200801-healer.html

Energy choice.


2.5 out of 5

If Tears Were Wishes - Ruth Nestvold

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200801-tears.html

Wonder twin kidnapping, deactivate.


3.5 out of 5

Snatch Me Another - Mercurio D. Rivera

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200801-snatch.html

Grab what you want, any universe will do.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 56 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/56

Smart sister and King Wayne.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 55 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/55

Payback time.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 54 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/54

"She's undead."


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 53 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/53

Final regulator treatment delivery and Roberta removal.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 52 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/52

Fancy transporter possibilities.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 51 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/51

Childhood's End, maybe?


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 50 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/50

Hanging out at The Edge.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 49 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/49

Immortality's catching!


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 48 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/48

They shot him down.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 47 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/47

Fern betrayal.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 46 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/46

"Enemy chopper on our tail."


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 45 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/44

"Peel his biochemistry like an onion."


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 44 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/44

We're partners, Wayne.


3 out of 5

We Love Deena - Alice Sola Kim

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080211/deena-f.shtml

Death Ray Bureau Jolie desperation.


3.5 out of 5

Debut-de-Siecle - Jonathan Wood

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=405

Killer fibs.


3 out of 5

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Market Summaries 2005 - Rich Horton

http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Reader/Horton2005/

An ever-lengthening roundup of books, magazines, online, and wherever sources for SF short stories.


5 out of 5

Market Summaries 2004 - Rich Horton

http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Reader/Horton2004/

A roundup and analysis of SF short story sources for the above year.


5 out of 5

Market Summaries 2003 - Rich Horton

http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Reader/Horton2003/

The roundup from many and varied sources for the year above.


5 out of 5

The Virtual Best of the Year 2005 - Rich Horton

http://www.blackgate.com/articles/years_best_2005.htm

The 2005 version of his best, choosing a fantasy selection, sf selection, combo, and choices by length of story.


5 out of 5

The Virtual Best of the Year 2006 - Rich Horton

http://www.blackgate.com/articles/years_best_2006.htm

Before the treekilling, came these cool lengthy pieces.


5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 43 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/43

Cave getaway.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 42 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/42

Dog killing cop standoff.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 41 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/41

A plan to meet the kid.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 40 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/40

Power mad, with lion pit story.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 39 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/39


Getting the next injection.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 38 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/38

Deal for shots.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 37 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/37

Tailing the bad guy.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 36 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/36

Father custody and kidnapping.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 35 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/35

Judge talks to kid.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 34 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/34

Custody courtroom case.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 33 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/33

Evil stepmother possibilities and dodgy lawyers again.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 32 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/32

Hood's back, and beating up the hood.


3.5 out of 5

MIND MELD: What Purpose Does Short Fiction Serve? - John DeNardo

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/006256.html

A whole bunch of famous editor types and others talk about the short story.


4.5 out of 5

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Story of the Bagman's Uncle - Charles Dickens

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext96/pwprs10.txt

Swordplay and ghost carriages.


3.5 out of 5

The Stolen Rubens - Jacques Futrelle

http://www.munseys.com/book/14302/Problem_of_the_Stolen_Rubens

Sneaky painting nicking tricks are not sneaky enough to get past The Thinking Detective.


3.5 out of 5

The Dream-Woman - Wilkie Collins

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2038

Listen to your mum, don't marry alcoholic night stabbers.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Post Mortal Syndrome 31 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/31

Second shot treatment.


3 out of 5

Monday, February 11, 2008

Post Mortal Syndrome 30 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/30

Busted Drew.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 29 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/29

Dodgy lawyer discovery and ex-contact.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 28 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/28

Mini pickup.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 27 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/27

Wayne's brain world.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 26 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/26

House sale prevention.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 25 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/25

Possibly really smart hurts.


3.5 out of 5

Unprofessional - Rudyard Kipling

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0603781h.html

Suicidal tendencies research.


2.5 out of 5

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Post Mortal Syndrome 24 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/24

Hold-up for smart drugs.


4 out of 5

People Who Love Life - Douglas Clegg

http://www.douglasclegg.com/pwll.html
(you have to sign up to his free newsletter for access).

Schoolgirl fundamentals.


3 out of 5

The American - Douglas Clegg

http://www.douglasclegg.com/story.html

Absinthe-lootly obliteration seeking assassination.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 23 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/23

Gunman and mice feeding.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 22 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/22

New girlfriend, meet naked old girlfriend.


3.5 out of 5

Dog Cat and Baby - Joe R. Lansdale

http://www.joerlansdale.com/stories.shtml

Feline canine assassination baby killer.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 21 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/21

Interviews and annoying exes.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 20 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/20

Personality help request.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 19 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/19

Lousy diaphragm treatment.


3.5 out of 5

Clarkesworld 17 - Sean Wallace and Nick Mamatas

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/issue_17.html

An interesting interview with CatherynneValente, a writer whingeing about networking column, and a horror issue this time it appears.

Clarkesworld 17 : Captain's Lament - Stephen Graham Jones
Clarkesworld 17 : The Human Moments - Alexander Lumans


Landlocked, just hanging around.

3.5 out of 5


Cold, dead, with pan fried moose and robot replacement atomisation.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Human Moments - Alexander Lumans

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lumans_02_08.html

Cold, dead, with pan fried moose and robot replacement atomisation.


3 out of 5

Captain's Lament - Stephen Graham Jones

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/jones_02_08.html

Landlocked, just hanging around.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 18 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/18

Intelligence increase choices.


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 17 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/17

Cancer treatment interpretation.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 16 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/16

""Where are the super mice?" Alex asked impatiently."


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 15 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/15

Awakening the Genius Within.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 14 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/14

Bastard lawyers.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Post Mortal Syndrome 12 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/12

Split lies.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 13 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/13

"Jilly, why don't you try not looking like you're going to a Puritan funeral."


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 11 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/11

"From the first time he'd taken control of the body, back when Wayne was not yet five years old, Payback had been the one with guts. He'd taken the risks and done the scary shit that chicken Wayne passionately wanted to do."


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 10 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/10

Tumours and daughters.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 09 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/9

Book return lust.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 08 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/8

Doctor crush research.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 07 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/7

"This is unbelievable. This is ostriches with their bloody heads in the sand." Trying to cover their lucrative, drug-selling asses, Paul thought angrily.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 06 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/6

"Lauren," he said, on the verge of laughter, "your dog just peed on my leg."


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 05 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/5

"Gee, Paul, you've made yourself a little colony of Algernons."


4 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 04 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/4

Seizures and deals.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 03 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/3

Breakfast stress.


3.5 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 02 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/2

Food nuking petitions and not-mad scientists.


3 out of 5

Post Mortal Syndrome 01 - Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/online/serials/post_mortal_syndrome/1

Rodents, bills and bombs.


3.5 out of 5

House Of Suns 1 - Alastair Reynolds

http://www.alastairreynolds.com/HOS_1.htm

Ringworlds are shiny.


5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 15 Modesty - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page15.asp

“We’re ready to start the rain as soon as the target’s in my bombsight.”


3.5 out of 5

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Horse Of A Different Color - Howard Waldrop

The Horse of a Different Color - Howard Waldrop

Vaudeville secrets.


4 out of 5

Thursday, February 07, 2008

David C. Smith Sword and Sorcery Interview - Howard A. Jones

http://bg-editor.livejournal.com/3731.html

Via Black Gate editor livejournal, where he talks about the ending of the second wave of sword and sorcery.


4.5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 14 Great Holdings - Chris Roberson

War stalemate solutions.


2.5 out of 5

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Three Unbroken 13 Fellowship - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page13.asp

Destination Fire Star, with pawing and farting.


3.5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 12 Obstruction - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page12.asp

Pilot training.


3 out of 5

Three Unbroken 11 Peace - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page11.asp

Iron Wolf's war reality instruction


3.5 out of 5

The Doctor Who Technical Manual - Mark Harris

http://www.pointlessmuseum.com/museum/drwhotechmanualindex.php

The Doctor Who Technical Manual is one of those fictional encyclopedia type of publications, giving details of an array of aliens and machines, including Cybermen, K-9 and others from the show.

Also Daleks and the Sonic Screwdriver, of course. You couldn't do a book like this and not have some Sonic Screwdriver details without a lot of protests.

There are also blueprints to build your own TARDIS model for a bit of variety.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Crystal Spheres - David Brin

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/David_Brin_-_Spheres.mp3

Elder Race boredom black hole sleepytime.


4 out of 5

Publicity and Advertising - Jim Butcher

http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/vignette/

"Okay, fine. Suppose we throw intelligence to the winds and only print the truth. 'Vampire slayer, ghost remover, faerie fighter, werewolf exterminator, police consultant, foe of the footsoldiers of Hell.'"


3.5 out of 5

Restoration Of Faith - Jim Butcher

http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/restoration/

One troll, one little girl - which should go back under the bridge? One stressed cop, too. Named Murphy. In Chicago. Got to be a joke in there somewhere.


3 out of 5

Trill and the Beanstalk - Edmund R. Schubert

http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i1&article=_004

Space race saboteur Sino-American subterfuge shuttle sneakon.


4 out of 5

Lone Star Stories 25 - Eric Marin

http://literary.erictmarin.com/current.htm

Another fantasy trio.

Lone Star Stories 25 : The Disemboweler - Ekaterina Sedia
Lone Star Stories 25 : The Frozen One - Tim Pratt
Lone Star Stories 25 : The Oracle Opens One Eye - Patricia Russo


Robot auto sacrifice.

3.5 out of 5


Twin freakout Other City Halfway Hero holdout advice.

3.5 out of 5


Whipped seer sucks.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Oracle Opens One Eye - Patricia Russo

http://literary.erictmarin.com/oracle.htm

Whipped seer sucks.


3 out of 5

The Frozen One - Tim Pratt

http://literary.erictmarin.com/frozen.htm

Twin freakout Other City Halfway Hero holdout advice.


3.5 out of 5

The Disemboweler - Ekaterina Sedia

http://literary.erictmarin.com/disemboweler.htm

Robot auto sacrifice.


3.5 out of 5

Lone Star Stories 24 - Eric Marin

http://literary.erictmarin.com/archives/Issue%2024/angels.htm

All fantasy stories, pretty much. Even a shag the rockstar fantasy.


Lone Star Stories 24 : Dragon Hunt - Sarah Prineas
Lone Star Stories 24 : A Soul Cake - Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Lone Star Stories 24 : Angels of a Desert Heaven - Marguerite Reed


Sir Librarian's euthanasia service.

3.5 out of 5


Crap cook's spook assistance.

3 out of 5


Psychic singer's native wingin' it.

3.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Angels Of A Desert Heaven - Marguerite Reed

http://literary.erictmarin.com/archives/Issue%2024/angels.htm

Psychic singer's native wingin' it.


3.5 out of 5

Soul Cake - Nina Kiriki Hoffman

http://literary.erictmarin.com/archives/Issue%2024/cake.htm

Crap cook's spook assistance.


3 out of 5

Dragon Hunt - Sarah Prineas

http://literary.erictmarin.com/archives/Issue%2024/hunt.htm

Sir Librarian's euthanasia service.


3.5 out of 5

Spacesuits and Sixguns 4 - Dave Duggins

http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/

This one is as amateur as you would expect, although the last two stories, sf humour pieces are amusing.

The cover with insect alien in control is pretty cool, too.

Spacesuits and Sixguns 4 : Rise of Kencha - Erin Hartshorn
Spacesuits and Sixguns 4 : Higher Education - Isabel Kunkle
Spacesuits and Sixguns 4 : Potential - Len Bains
Spacesuits and Sixguns 4 : A Letter of Complaint - James Bloomer

Bug-eyed insect alien game.

2.5 out of 5


Zombie school.

1.5 out of 5


Real estate, with hosts.

3 out of 5


None of that healthy crap, please.

3.5 out of 5




1.5 out of 5

A Letter Of Complaint - James Bloomer

http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/letterofcomplaint.html

None of that healthy crap, please.


3.5 out of 5

Potential - Len Bains

http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/potential.html

Real estate, with hosts.


3 out of 5

Higher Education - Isabel Kunkle

http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/highereducation.html

Zombie school.


1.5 out of 5

Rise Of Kensha - Erin Hartshorn

http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/kencha.html

Bug-eyed insect alien game.


2.5 out of 5

Noctem Aeternus 1 - Michael Knost

http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/subscribe.html

This is certainly higher quality than a lot of the dodgy looking horror webzines around, particularly when you see the table of contents and realise 'hey, I have heard of all of them. Ramsey Campbell of course has probably published more stories than all the denizens of dodgy horror webzines combined, so that is a big score.

Slightly different too, in that you have to sign up to a mailing list to get it. The publisher needs to do a lot more with their website, and at least have a page for the issue and what is in it, perhaps, particularly if they get to do more than one.

The best story is the lead, though. Finlay comes up with a nasty memorable title, and follows through with good story.

The leadoff editorial talks about the magazine, but is also another 'lament for the magazine and reading' essay, too.

After the various tales included here come some reviews, and an article that says 'publishers still clueless' as far as who reads horror, etc., and that only the romance publishers know what they are doing as far as market research goes.

Also short interviews with Rob Zombie and Ramsey Campbell, so a good variety of magazine type content to be found, here.

The standard complaint applies here, too, though - if doing an electronic publication, don't provide only a pdf. Lots of people will tell you they suck for reading, or just won't do it, in some cases. They are certainly woeful for PDA useful, for example, a common device for people to use to read. You should have the PDF for those that like to give HP and Epson etc. lots of money, of course, or that just like them in general.

One interesting thing is that there are 'relevant ads' throughout the stories - i.e. graphics of books etc. that the various authors have done recently. That is what I would call non-annoying useful advertising, as it is just the picture, no publisher names, page counts, Canadian dollar prices, or any of that. So that was pretty cool.

I'd give this a solid 3.5. If you are a horror fan first and foremost, I would guess that you might go higher, maybe a 4.

Certainly worth a go. Certainly the various editors around should be looking. Also, for science fiction fans, 'The Rapeworm' is a science fiction horror story.

Noctem Aeternus 1 : The Rapeworm - Charles Coleman Finlay
Noctem Aeternus 1 : The Target Audience - Cherie Priest
Noctem Aeternus 1 : The Chicken Man - Michael Laimo
Noctem Aeternus 1 : No More Shadows - Tim Waggoner
Noctem Aeternus 1 : Dragged Down - Ramsey Campbell

Alien infestation camping escape failure.

4 out of 5


Commercial death.

3 out of 5


Chook murder cackleberry covered man licker blowup.

3.5 out of 5


Shadowmen scapegoat.

3 out of 5


Tunnel legend.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Dragged Down - Ramsey Campbell

http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/subscribe.html

Tunnel legend.


3 out of 5

No More Shadows - Tim Waggoner

http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/subscribe.html

Shadowmen scapegoat.


3 out of 5

The Chicken Man - Michael Laimo

http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/subscribe.html

Chook murder cackleberry covered man licker blowup.


3.5 out of 5

The Target Audience - Cherie Priest

http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/subscribe.html

Commercial death.


3 out of 5

The Rapeworm - Charles Coleman Finlay

http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/subscribe.html

Alien infestation camping escape failure.


4 out of 5

Ideomancer 06 04 - Marsha Sisolak

http://www.ideomancer.com/pdf/Ideomancer-07-12.pdf

An interview with Vandana Singh, yet another SF-writer-with-PhD it appears, but this one a woman from Delhi, now in the USA it seems. A bunch of reviews, incuding the Wastelands anthology in some depth.

Ideomancer 06 04 : How to Draw the Dark Lord - Jon Hansen
Ideomancer 06 04 : Behind the Walls - Samuel Minier
Ideomancer 06 04 : Elohim - John Parke Davis

Evil, the Marvel Way.

3 out of 5


Blotty dad death.

2.5 out of 5


Run down life.

3 out of 5




2 out of 5

Elohim - John Parke Davis

http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol6issue4/davis/one.html

Run down life.


3 out of 5

Behind the Walls - Samuel Minier

http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol6issue4/minier/one.html

Blotty dad death.


2.5 out of 5

How To Draw the Dark Lord - Jon Hansen

http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol6issue4/hansen/one.html

Evil, the Marvel Way.


3 out of 5

Tokyo Rising - Lynne Hawkinson

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080204/tokyo-f.shtml

Daikaiju rebuilding dull.


3 out of 5

Looking For Friendship Maybe More - Corie Ralston

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080128/looking-f.shtml

Alien message ring.


3.5 out of 5

How To Hide Your Heart - Deborah Coates

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080121/heart-f.shtml

Not-Wendigo. Driver. Good.


3 out of 5

The End Of Tin - Bill Kte'pi

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080114/tin-f.shtml

Definitely a bad time, chopper.


2.5 out of 5

Still Living - J. J. Irwin

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080107/still-f.shtml

Photography boring.


2.5 out of 5

Monday, February 04, 2008

Offerings - Leslie Claire Walker

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=20

Deathly filial real estate punishment. Bah!


4 out of 5

Firing the Dead - Celia Marsh

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=23

Pot luck roast.


3.5 out of 5

Shedding Her Own Skin - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=22

Leave-a dem chickens alone. Us humans, too.


3.5 out of 5

Keeping Lilly - Michael Obilade

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=10

Family dead end.


2 out of 5

Swan - Eilis O'Neal

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=5

Shitty birdbrained brother.


3 out of 5

Elsbeth Rose - Lavie Tidhar

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=3

Traveller climb end.


4 out of 5

Soft Like A Rabbit - Andrea Kail

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=39

Could use some more of those.


2.5 out of 5

Manuel and the Magic Fox - Ekaterina Sedia

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=50

Legend relocation.


3.5 out of 5

Sparking Anger - Margaret Ronald

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=49

Skullcrackers, yaga yaga.


3.5 out of 5

The Sense Of Spirals - Sonya Taaffe

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=275

Falling apart city.


3 out of 5

During The Dance - Len Bains

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=51

Dancer stories dead and buried.


3 out of 5

As Soon As Summer - Amber Van Dyk

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=304

Stay down.


2 out of 5

Time To Say Goodnight - Caroline M. Yoachim

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=9

Walks like a duck. Sinks like you would expect a metal toy to do.


3 out of 5

The Fable Of Cinnamon and Bitter - Trent Walters

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=404

Gross night bear time changes.


2 out of 5

Notes On The Untimely Death Of Ronia Drake - Kelly Barnhill

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=319

Magic mistake


2.5 out of 5

Painting Walls In the Town of N - Stephanie Campisi

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=320

Faceless long job.


3.5 out of 5

The Promise - Nicole Kornher-Stace

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=305

Bloody red rhymes with dead.


3 out of 5

Pahwakhe - Gord Sellar

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=321

Fiddling around with the girls too much.


3.5 out of 5

Bones - Leslie Claire Walker

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=322

Murder of crow snacks.


3.5 out of 5

The Girl With Blueberry Eyes - Lisa Mantchev

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=399

Fruity suckup.


2.5 out of 5

Zombie Lenin - Ekaterina Sedia

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=366

“Zombies,” he calls after me into the echoey stairwell, “are the breach of covenant. If the chthonic deities do not get their blood-price, there can be no true resurrection.”


3.5 out of 5

Clarkesworld 16 - Sean Wallace and Nick Mamatas

http://www.clarkesworldmagazine.com/issue_16.html

An interview with Daniel Abraham, who of course is a Wild Cards writer, and gets many cool points. Take a lot of cool points to make me want to read a huge massive fantasy triloquartoquintodecology or whatever still though.

Also a nifty talk to Vernor Vinge about the Singularity. So in the recent few issues, Clarkesworld has had some more interesting stuff other than a bunch of generally pretty average stories.


Clarkesworld 16 : The River Boy - Tim Pratt
Clarkesworld 16 : Debris Ensuing from a Supervortex - Brian Ames


Barren baby drought break.

3 out of 5


Get a weather clue.

2.5 out of 5




2 out of 5

Debris Ensuing From A Supervortex - Brian Ames

http://www.clarkesworldmagazine.com/ames_01_08.html

Get a weather clue.


2.5 out of 5

The River Boy - Tim Pratt

http://www.clarkesworldmagazine.com/pratt_01_08.html

Barren baby drought break.


3 out of 5

Clarkesworld 15 - Sean Wallace and Nick Mamatas

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/issue_15.html

A slightly bigger issue this one, with 3 stories, an interview with Steven Erikson (didn't ask for odds on him actually finishing the series, or if he had already), and a column - about pro wrestling. This you wouldn't expect from a publication like this.

Clarkesworld 15 : Curse - Samatha Henderson
Clarkesworld 15 : The Buried Years - Loreen Heneghan
Clarkesworld 15 : Threads of Red and White - Lisa Mantchev

Monster murder, with spuds.

3.5 out of 5


Skeleton sight.

3 out of 5


Bearly time.

2.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

Threads Of Red and White - Lisa Mantchev

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/mantchev_12_07.html

Bearly time.


2.5 out of 5

The Buried Years - Loreen Heneghan

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/heneghan_12_07.html

Skeleton sight.


3 out of 5

Curse - Samantha Henderson

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/henderson_12_07.html

Monster murder, with spuds.


3.5 out of 5

Clarkesworld 14 - Sean Wallace and Nick Mamatas

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/issue_14.html

An interview with Sean Williams, where he talks about the Australian landscape and fantasy. Also an essay by Vandermeer about writer genre whingeing.

Clarkesworld 14 : Summer in Paris Light from the Sky - Ken Scholes
Clarkesworld 14 : Acid and Stoned Reindeer - Rebecca Ore

Hitler, Hemingway and Chaplin, and the former's painting still sucks.

3 out of 5


Seeing substance abuse sizeless shagging.

3 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

Acid and Stoned Reindeer - Rebecca Ore

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ore_11_07.html

Seeing substance abuse sizeless shagging.


3 out of 5

Summer In Paris Light From The Sky - Ken Scholes

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/scholes_11_07.html

Hitler, Hemingway and Chaplin, and the former's painting still sucks.


3 out of 5

Hub 43 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_43.pdf

A review of the latest Stephen King book.

Hub 43 : Coffee Break - Ian Whates

3 out of 5



2 out of 5

Coffee Break - Ian Whates

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_43.pdf

Bean violent.


3 out of 5

Hub 42 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_42.pdf

Threatening to run more flash stories. Urk. Bad.

Reviews of a Doctor Who 'undersea' three storyline collection - Silurians and Sea Devils, nifty. Also an article on slash fanfic, and a bit on the Daywatch movie.



Hub 42 : The Scarlet Number - Christopher East

Higher access.

2.5 out of 5




1.5 out of 5

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Scarlet Number - Christopher East

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_42.pdf

Higher access.


2.5 out of 5

Hub 41 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_41.pdf

Couple of book reviews here, and it says that Christopher Fowler's is his tenth story collection. Obviously of the Isaac Asimov 'collect 'em all' school.

Hub 41 : On The Wheel - Richard Parks

Rat race.

2.5 out of 5




1.5 out of 5

On the Wheel - Richard Parks

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_41.pdf

Rat race.


2.5 out of 5

Hub 40 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

Quick, name all the 5 star really short short stories you have read? Right, I thought so. No idea why a new publication with an obviously ordinary level of talent wants to publish an 'all flash' issue, except for particularly liking the stuff personally.

If you read what from the Super Editors down to the writers themselves say, writing a short short is basically harder than anything else. Given the chance that Fredric Brown or Michael Swanwick or talents like that have zero chance of appearing in Hub, why do it? At least in one concentrated batch, when they have a weekly publication to bring out they could put one in per issue.

Bad-bad-bad-bad in a row leaves a geometric progression impression of crapness on readers, in general, I would think. It at least does for me.

There are actually a passable couple here, one being of the gross joke kind, which you may or may not find amusing, of course.

Also a quick bit about podcasts, to finish.

Hub 40 : Why are Rocks? - Tony Ballantyne
Hub 40 : Brainfish - Steve Cooper
Hub 40 : No More Angels - Ellen Phillips
Hub 40 : Ring Road Safety - Martin Nike
Hub 40 : Bereavement - R.J. Smith
Hub 40 : Timestealer - Steve Stanton
Hub 40 : The Chamber - Anthony Leigh
Hub 40 : Scar Tissue - Alasdair Stuart

Some hard questions.

3 out of 5


Absolutely as bad as sticking a needle in your eye.

2.5 out of 5


Archfucker.

1.5 out of 5


Horror drivers.

2 out of 5


Ghost shagoff.

2 out of 5


I/hero and new bit.

2.5 out of 5


Committed diner.

3.5 out of 5


Violent reminders.

3 out of 5




1 out of 5

Scar Tissue - Alasdair Stuart

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Violent reminders.


3 out of 5

The Chamber - Anthony Leigh

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Committed diner.


3.5 out of 5

Timestealer - Steve Stanton

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

I/hero and new bit.


2.5 out of 5

Bereavement - R. J. Smith

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Ghost shagoff.


2 out of 5

Ring Road Surfers - Martin Nike

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Horror drivers.


2 out of 5

No More Angels - Ellen Phillips

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Archfucker.


1.5 out of 5

Brainfish - Steve Cooper

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Absolutely as bad as sticking a needle in your eye.


2.5 out of 5

Why Are Rocks? - Tony Ballantyne

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_40.pdf

Some hard questions.


3 out of 5

Hub 39 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_39.pdf

The editors give their picks for best stuff of the year. Basically only what they had come across personally, of course.

How to eat fried bugs.

3 out of 5




2 out of 5

Shortly Comes the Harvest - James Cooper

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_39.pdf

How to eat fried bugs.


3 out of 5

Hub 38 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_38.pdf

More love for the Transformers movie. Also an interview with dead media genre mag Dreamwatch that is now a website, apparently.


Hub 38 : Life in the Red Zone - Paula R. Stiles

3.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

Life In the Red Zone - Paula R. Stiles

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_38.pdf

Radiation result delay.


3.5 out of 5

Hub 37 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_37.pdf

A review of The Black Dossier, and some of the silliness surrounding it in the UK for some obscure copyright reason or other.

Hub 37 : Running the Slash - Ralan Conley

Stone wigglers.

2.5 out of 5




1.5 out of 5

Running the Slash - Ralan Conley

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_37.pdf

Stone wigglers.


2.5 out of 5

Hub 36 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_36.pdf

A couple of book reviews here.

Hub 36 : The English Dead - Vaughan Stanger

3 out of 5




2 out of 5

The English Dead - Vaughan Stanger

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_36.pdf

Mountain climbing replica.


3 out of 5

Hub 35 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_35.pdf

A review of Battlestar Galactica: Razor, and a pretty cool interview with the bloke who plays Ando in Heroes (anyone going to remember his real name, now? :) )

Hub 35 : Weapon of War - Guy Haley

3.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

Weapon of War - Guy Haley

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_35.pdf

"...and his neck was all garlanded about with skulls of mortal men, so they were much afraid of him"


3.5 out of 5

Bar Stories List - Kelly J. Cooper

http://www.apocalypse.org/~kjc/pub_fiction.html

A list of the tall tales anthologies and collection, SF and fantasy.


4 out of 5

Hub 34 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_34.pdf

Reviews of Torchwood and 30 Days of Night, and something a bit different, an author profile of Alan Moore.


Hub 34 : The Flag Game - Marianne de Pierres

3.5 out of 5



5 out of 5

Hub 33 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_33.pdf

Audio drama and Captain America omnibus reviews.


Hub 33 : The Game - James S. Dorr

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

The Game - James S. Dorr

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_33.pdf

Space casino cash-in conflict.

(maybe 3.25 for straight-faced cheesiness and fun)
3 out of 5

Hub 32 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_32.pdf

A review of Grindhouse, as well as a look at a Sapphire and Steel set that seems to have some nifty extras.

Hub 32 : T ME - A.H. Jennings

Science essay seizure.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

T Me - A. H. Jennings

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/hub_32.pdf

Science essay seizure.


3 out of 5

Hub 31 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/Hub_31.pdf

If Poltergeist isn't whacky enough, a special edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula? Which, Belluci aside, is pretty ordinary, especially compared to Poltergeist.

Hub 31 : Sleepless Nameless - Brett Tallman

Fishy Fowler fast food slice.

3 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

Sleepless Nameless - Brett Tallman

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/Hub_31.prc

Fishy Fowler fast food slice.


3 out of 5

Hub 30 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/Hub_31.pdf

One horny vampire assassin novel, and a Nemesis the Warlock collection.

Poltergeist has a 25th anniversay edition? Sheesh.

Also a lengthy(ish) for Hub editorial about short stories and the earlier Ellis-Doctorow hoo-hah, etc. Guess was saving up this from the not much in the previous issue, with links.

Hub 30 : Chance of Rain - Ken Goldman

Kiss overanalysis.

2.5 out of 5




2 out of 5

Chance Of Rain - Ken Goldman

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/Hub_31.pdf

Kiss overanalysis.


2.5 out of 5

Hub 29 - Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart and Trudi Topham

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/Hub_29.prc

A short review of a Dalek Empire audio production.


Hub 29 : Nightmare Man - Jeremy C. Shipp


Peanut power.

2 out of 5




1 out of 5

Nightmare Man - Jeremy C. Shipp

http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/images/Hub_29.prc

Peanut power.


2 out of 5

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Starship Day - Ian R. MacLeod

Starship Day - Ian R. MacLeod

Virtual maintenance check.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, February 01, 2008

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange - Beth Bernobich

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange - Beth Bernobich

Prime research past coke murder spree.


4 out of 5

The Clockwork Atom Bomb - Dominic Green

http://escapepod.org/2006/06/01/ep056-the-clockwork-atom-bomb/

Mondo Bombo Congo Mundo Blammo Stoppo Checko.


4 out of 5