New SF/F magazines received

Now that I've worked the kinks out of my new site, I'll be noting the arrival of new science fiction and fantasy magazines in the mail, along with providing quick reviews of what I see as their highlights.

The January 2008 Asimov's is an excellent issue and contains the print version of Mike Resnick's "Alastair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders," which I was fortunate to hear him read at the recent Context 20 convention. As I said in an earlier review of the story, this story is Resnick at his best and I expect to see it on a number of award ballots. In addition, the third part of the "Galaxy Blues" by Allen M. Steele is the best installment yet and I look forward to the ending next month. "The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald" by Tanith Lee is also a very good story, although at the beginning I wished more explanation of what was going on had been provided. But in this case trust the story and the author and you will be rewarded.

In the last month I've also received copies of the December 2007 Realms of Fantasy, the Sept./Oct. '07 Interzone (always a bit slow because of the international mailing), the Autumn 2007 Paradox, and the Summer 2007 Tales of the Unanticipated. I haven't had time to read all these magazines yet, but I'm happy to see that RoF has original art on its cover--their frequent use of movie promo pics as covers in the last year has not been attractive. I'm also looking forward to reading TOTU. For the record, the editor of TOTU, Eric Heideman, is one of the last editors in the world still sending handwritten critiques of rejected submissions. If you've ever received one of these letters, you know how valuable his feedback is. I highly value TOTU because of the hard work Eric and his fellow editors put in and for their efforts to bring new authors to the attention of the larger reading public.