The Late May Fantasy Magazine Rack

The Late May Fantasy Magazine Rack

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The back half of May is filled with great print magazines, including the latest Analog, with the concluding installment of our very own Derek Künsken’s debut novel The Quantum Magician. Asimov’s SF has new novellas from two sets of collaborators, Rick Wilber & Alan Smale, and David Gerrold & Ctein, plus lots of shorter fiction. And last but not least, just before we went to press I received a copy of the June issue of The Digest Enthusiast, a handsome magazine with plenty of reviews, articles and artwork of interest to anyone who collects vintage fiction magazines from the mid-20th Century and later.

All told it’s a star-studded crop of fresh reading, and no mistake. The magazines above include brand new stories from Nancy Kress, Paul Park, Jane Lindskold (twice!), Nalo Hopkinson, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Wil McCarthy, Mary Soon Lee, William Ledbetter, Stephen L. Burns, Sam J. Miller, Robert Reed, Marissa Lingen, Cherie Priest, Rich Larson, Sue Burke, Marc Laidlaw, Bo Balder, A Que, Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty, Michael F. Flynn, Michael Wehunt, and plenty more.

Here’s the complete list of magazines that won my attention in late May (links will bring you to magazine websites).

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Analog — The May/June issue contains the conclusion of Derek Künsken’s debut novel The Quantum Magician, plus “The Last Biker Gang,” a novella by Wil McCarthy, and stories by Christopher L. Bennett, Mary Soon Lee, William Ledbetter, Stephen L. Burns, Sam J. Miller, Robert Reed, Marissa Lingen, and others
Apex Magazine — Issue #108 of this online magazine includes new fiction from Matthew Sanborn Smith, JE Bates, Cherie Priest, Rich Larson, and Eugenia Triantafyllou, plus a reprint by Nisi Shawl
Asimov’s Science Fiction — The May/June double issue has two big novellas from two sets of collaborators, Rick Wilber & Alan Smale, and David Gerrold & Ctein. There’s also shorter fiction from Sue Burke, Nancy Kress, Paul Park, Peter Wood, Marc Laidlaw, Jane Lindskold, and others
Clarkesworld — The May issue has fiction from Bo Balder, Chelsea Muzar, Sally Gwylan, A Que, Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty, and Michael F. Flynn
The Dark — The May issue of this magazine of dark fantasy and horror contains new fiction from Michael Wehunt and Hamilton Perez, plus reprints by Angela Slatter and E. Catherine Tobler
The Digest Enthusiast — The eighth issue of the quarterly devoted to vintage fiction magazines, cover dated June 2018, is 152 pages packed with news, an interview with writer and editor Michael Bracken, a look at Gamma magazine, a tribute to Joe Wehrle, Jr., fiction from Robert Snashall and Josh Pachter, and lots more
Lightspeed — Original fantasy from Kodiak Julian, and fantasy reprints by Xia Jia and John Grant, plus new SF from Carolyn Ives Gilman and Jane Lindskold, and SF reprints by Tobias S. Buckell and David Brin. The ebook edition includes John Crowley’s classic novella “Great Work of Time,” and excerpts from Emily Devenport’s new novel Medusa Uploaded, and Now We Can See the Moon by Berit Ellingsen
Nightmare — Original fiction from Nalo Hopkinson and Stephanie Malia Morris, plus reprints by Trent Hergenrader and Stephen Graham Jones

Our early May Fantasy Magazine Rack is here.

Earlier this month we also covered:

Occult Detective Quarterly #4
May/June Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Steven Silver’s Birthday Reviews — covering Weird Tales, Pulphouse, Venture Science Fiction, Science Fictionn Quarterly, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Galaxy, and more

Analog February 1962-smallAs we’ve mentioned before, all of these magazines are completely dependent on fans and readers to keep them alive. Many are marginal operations for whom a handful of subscriptions may mean the difference between life and death. Why not check one or two out, and try a sample issue? There are magazines here for every budget, from completely free to $35/issue. If you find something intriguing, I hope you’ll consider taking a chance on a subscription. I think you’ll find it’s money very well spent.

Black Gate reports exclusively on fantasy magazines, although we also cover the occasional science fiction or mainstream magazine with some fantasy content. We currently cover 58 active magazines (links will take you to our latest coverage):

Adventure Tales edited by John Betancourt
Albedo One edited by Robert (Bob) Neilson
Analog, edited by Trevor Quachri
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, edited by a rotating staff
Apex, edited by Jason Sizemore
Ares Magazine, edited by Michael Anderson
Asimov’s Science Fiction, edited by Sheila Williams
The Audient Void, edited by Obadiah Baird
Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror, edited by Jason Crawley
Broadswords and Blasters,
edited by Matthew X. Gomez and Cameron Mount
Cemetery Dance,
edited by Richard Chizmar
Cirsova, edited by P. Alexander
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace
The Dark, edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace

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The Digest Enthusiast, edited by Richard Krauss
Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by C.C. Finlay
Fiction River, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Galaxy’s Edge, edited by Mike Resnick
Gathering Storm Magazine, edited by Michael McHenry and Cinda McHenry
GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
Grimdark Magazine, edited by Adrian Collins
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, edited by Adrian Simmons, David Farney, William Ledbetter and James Frederick William Rowe
High Adventure, edited by John P. Gunnison
Holdfast, edited by Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee
Inhuman Magazine, edited by Allen Koszowski
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Kaleidotrope, edited by Fred Coppersmith
Knights of the Dinner Table, edited by Jolly Blackburn
Lackington’s, edited by Ranylt Richildis
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi
Luna Station Quarterly, edited by Jennifer Lyn Parsons
Meeple Monthly, edited by Jenna Piller and Amy Clarke
Mythic Delirium, edited by Mike Allen
Nightmare, edited by John Joseph Adams
Occult Detective Quarterly, edited by Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant.
Outposts of Beyond, edited by Tyree Campbell
Postscripts, edited by Nick Gevers
Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, edited by Dean Wesley Smith

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Pulp Literature, edited by Mel Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels, and Susan Pieters
Red Sun, edited by Ben Richards
Science Fiction Classics
Scrolls of Legendry, edited by D.M. Ritzlin
Shadows and Tall Trees, edited by Michael Kelly
Shimmer, edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Shoreline of Infinity, edited by Noel Chidwick
Skelos, edited by Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, and Jeffrey Shanks
Space & Time, edited by Hildy Silverman
Swords and Sorcery Magazine, edited by Curtis Ellett, edited by a cast of thousands
Uncanny, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota
Vastarien, edited by Matt Cardin, Jon Padgett, and Dagny Paul
Weirdbook, edited by Douglas Draa‎
Weird Fiction Review, edited by S.T. Joshi
Weird Tales, edited by Marvin Kaye

We also cover many fine magazines that are now defunct:

All Hallows
The All-Story
Amazing Stories
Astounding Science Fiction
Beyond Fantasy Fiction
Blood, Blade and Thruster
Bull Spec

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Cosmic Crimes Stories
Crossed Genres
Dark Realms
Darker Matter
Doc Savage
El Conquistador
Electric Velocipede
Fantastic Novels
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, edited by Warren Lapine
Fantastic Stories
Fantastic Universe
Fantasy Book
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy/Fantasy Newsletter
The Fantasy Fan
Fantasy Review
Fantasy Scroll, edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski
Flashing Swords
Future Science Fiction
Galaxy Science Fiction
Gygax, edited by Jayson Elliot
H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror

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The Last Province, issues 1-5

I Palantir
Innsmouth Magazine
Interfictions Online, edited by Delia Sherman
Kobold Quarterly
The Last Province
Level UP
The Original Science Fiction Stories
Other Worlds
Planet Stories
Port Iris
Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine
Reader’s Digest
Realms of Fantasy
Science Fiction Adventures
Shock Totem
Strange Tales
Strategy & Tactics

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Super Science Stories
Tomorrow Speculative Fiction
The Twilight Zone Magazine
Wonder Stories
Worlds of If

And we’ve covered the following magazines intermittently:

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Adventure House Pulp Reprints
Alarums and Excursions
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Against the Odds
Alter Ego
Blind Spot

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Dark Worlds
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Entertainment Weekly
The Excellent Travelling Volume
Faerie Magazine
Game Informer
Goblin Fruit
Graphic Classics
The Lorelei Signal
Lovecraft eZine
New Realm
The New Yorker
The New York Review of Science Fiction
On Spec
PC Gamer
Primeval: A Journal of the Uncanny
Rue Morgue
The SFWA Bulletin
The Best of Star Trek
Strange Aeons
Strange Horizons
Stupefying Stories
Tin House
Vanity Fair
Virginia Quarterly Review
Whistling Shade

Check out all of our recent magazine coverage here.

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