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The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2018

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THE MAGAZINE OF
FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
November/December • 70th Year of Publication

NOVELETS

THE LADY OF BUTTERFLIES - Y. M. Pang
THE ICONOCLASMA - Hanuš Seiner, translated by Julie Novakova
EVERY COLOR OF INVISIBLE - Robert Reed
THIS CONSTANT NARROWING - Geoff Ryman

SHORT STORIES

THANKSGIVING - Jeffrey Ford
EXTREME - Sean McMullen
OVERWINTERING HABITS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN ME
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Published October 31st 2018 by Spilogale, Inc.
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G33z3r
I liked this issue.

"When We Flew Together Through the Ice" by J. R. Dawson
Excellent story, 1st-person narration from a girl whose strange mom put an emotion-control chip in her head and runs off into space with the kids. Solid storytelling with an emotional draw. ****1/2*

"The Baron and his Floating Daughter" by Nick DiChario
Delightful fairy-tale like fantasy of a Princess born "without a sense of gravity" and the Prince who is smitten with her and vows to "cure" her. Light and imaginative, wel
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Leroy Erickson
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This issue has some very good stories, but also a couple that just didn't do anything for me.

Jeffrey Ford - Thanksgiving - 4 stars
- Maybe 5 stars? Uncle Jake has been attending a family Thanksgiving dinner for years, but whose uncle is he? Who is he? What is he? It turns into a mild horror story.

Y. M. Pang - The Lady of Butterflies - 5 stars
- The "First Sword", personal guard, of the emperor of a Japanese/Chinese style empire discovers an unusual woman in the palace garden. The guard ends up s
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John Loyd
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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7 • Thanksgiving • 10 pages by Jeffrey Ford
Good/OK. Uncle Jake started coming to Thanksgiving dinner fifteen years ago, now it's just supposed to be the five of them, but Jake didn't get the memo. Whose uncle is he anyway? Next year let's eat out.

17 • The Lady Of Butterflies • 25 pages by Y. M. Pang
Excellent. A young woman mysteriously appears on the palace grounds. Rikara, first sword of the emperor, immediately protects her charge. They find that the woman is harmless, the emperor is attract
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Kam Yung Soh
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
An above average issue with interesting stories by Y.M. Pang, Hanuš Seiner (translated by Julie Novakova), Nina Kiriki Hoffman and Bo Balder.

- "Thanksgiving" by Jeffrey Ford: a Thanksgiving dinner takes a strange turn when the members begin to realise that one of their relatives isn't really known by anybody there at all. Various hypothesis are provided for his presence but it all comes to a head when he appears at the next Thanksgiving and their probing questions begin to reveal that all is not
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Beth Cato
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This issue had a wonderfully diverse mix of stories, with my favorites heavily weighted to the very beginning and end.

- “Thanksgiving” by Jeffery Ford is a fun exploration on the matter of an unwelcome, uninvited guest to the feast. As I read this on the long drive to a Thanksgiving gathering, I was especially amused by the story.

- “The Baron and His Floating Daughter” by Nick DiChario. I loved this original Italian fairy tale, especially the twist at the very end.

- “The Island and Its Boy” by
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Mary Soon Lee
I thought this a particularly strong issue of F&SF. As usual, the fiction covers a broad range, from science fiction with a mathematical bent, to Asian-imbued high fantasy, to a story so dark it is preceded by content warnings. Of the eleven stories, all of which were rewarding, I will single out my six favorites.

"Iconoclasma," the mathematically-minded novelette by Hanus Seiner, is notable for its use of topology and also for being translated from Czech, both of which I appreciated. It's go
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Michael Frasca
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite stories:

- THE BARON AND HIS FLOATING DAUGHTER - Nick DiChario. Rule #1 - always look up.

- THANKSGIVING - Jeffrey Ford. Two things that no one can remember - the cranberries and Uncle Jake.

- WHEN WE FLEW TOGETHER THROUGH THE ICE - J. R. Dawson. When one parent grabs the kids, steals an RV spaceship and runs, how do the kids deal with it... especially when Mom zooms between three comets to make everyone think they all died? Nice representation of what it would be like to have a cyber-i
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Stephen
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ratings for each story 1 to 5:

NOVELETS

4 THE LADY OF BUTTERFLIES - Y. M. Pang
1 THE ICONOCLASMA - Hanuš Seiner, translated by Julie Novakova
3 EVERY COLOR OF INVISIBLE - Robert Reed
1 THIS CONSTANT NARROWING - Geoff Ryman

SHORT STORIES

3 THANKSGIVING - Jeffrey Ford
2 EXTREME - Sean McMullen
5 OVERWINTERING HABITS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MERMAID - Abra Staffin-Wiebe
4 OTHER PEOPLE’S DREAMS - Nina Kiriki Hoffman
4 THE BARON AND HIS FLOATING DAUGHTER - Nick DiChario
3 WHEN WE FLEW TOGETHER THROUGH THE ICE - J.
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Editor: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (fandsf.com).

Author: The Prodigal Troll, the Traitor to the Crown Series, and Wild Things, and dozens of short stories.

Awards: nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2003), the Hugo Award (2003, 2009), the Locus Award for Best Magazine (2016), the Nebula Award (2003, 2009), the Sidewise Award (2003) Sturgeon Award (2009)
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