The cover story in the May/June issue of F&SF is Ted Kosmatka’s cave man tale “The Stone War.” Kevin P Hallett reviews it at Tangent Online, saying:
This novelette length fantasy reveals a world where a stone man lives with total indifference to the people passing through. The one brutal truth is that he kills anyone who directly or indirectly attacks him. At first, the consequences seem unimportant and localized. Until a king determines to find a way to use the stone man as a weapon to forward his desire for conquest. However, that proves to be much more of a challenge than he imagined. An interesting new look at what deterrent means and trying to curb our impulse to grow at the expense of others… well-written and engaging.
In fact, Kevin seems to like a lot of the May/June issue. Here he is on Albert E. Cowdrey’s “Steamboat Gothic.”
A horror mystery about a Louisiana sheriff investigating the gruesome murder of a film crew. Sheriff Chew has his own agenda that blurs the lines around justice, using fake evidence to pin the crime of someone who deserved to be jailed – a Deep Southern view. However, the real criminal turns out to be someone even the sheriff didn’t imagine. Cowdrey’s style quickly pulls the reader into the story, getting them invested in the characters and storyline. An enjoyable story to be sure.
The cover is by Max Bertolini. Here’s the complete Table of Contents.
- “Coyote Song” – Pat MacEwen
- ” More Heat Than Light” – Charlotte Ashley
- “Last Of The Sharkspeakers” – Brian Trent
- “Steamboat Gothic” – Albert E. Cowdrey
- “The Long Fall Up” – William Ledbetter
- “The Stone War” – Ted Kosmatka
- “The Nostalgia Calculator” – Rich Larson
- “The Great Silence” – Allora & Calzadilla and Ted Chiang
- “Caribou: Documentary Fragments” – Joseph Tomaras
- “Ash” – Susan Palwick
- “The Secret Mirror Of Moriyama House” – Yukimi Ogawa
- Books To Look For – Charles de Lint
- Books – Elizabeth Hand
- Films: Alternating Currents – David J. Skal
- Competition 91
- Coming Attractions
- Curiosities –Paul Di Filippo
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is edited by C.C. Finlay, and published by Gordon van Gelder. The cover price is $7.99 for a thick 258 pages. Check out the complete TOC and additional free content at the F&SF website.
This issue is on sale until July 4. We last covered F&SF with the March/April issue.