Fantasy Science Fiction, January 2001 (The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, #591)

Fantasy Science Fiction, January 2001 (The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, #591)➬ [Ebook] ➧ Fantasy Science Fiction, January 2001 (The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, #591) By Gordon Van Gelder ➸ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Volume 100 Number 1 Whole Number 591ContentsRichard Chwedyk The Measure of All ThingsCharles de Lint Books to Look ForRobert K J Killheffer BooksAndreas Eschbach The Carpenter's SonRobert Reed Crooked Volume Number Whole Number ContentsRichard Fiction, January PDF/EPUB Ä Chwedyk The Measure of All ThingsCharles de Lint books to Look ForRobert K J Killheffer booksAndreas Eschbach The Carpenter's SonRobert Reed Crooked CreekBill Long CartoonHenry Slesar Fantasy Science ePUB ✓ The Dinner PartyKathi Maio FilmsYoon Ha Lee Alas LiretteJoseph Farris CartoonRay Vukcevich WhisperRick Heller The Mind FieldPaul Doherty Pat Murphy Science Death Rays and Other ExperimentsStephen Gallagher My RepeaterRobert Frazier She's Her Mother's Daughter Science Fiction, January MOBI ð VerseRobert Onopa Name That MoonDavid Langford CuriositiesCover by Bryn Barnard for The Measure of All Things. The Measure of All Things is a short story by Richard Chwedyk It originally appeared in the January 2001 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction It is the first of Chwedyk's saur storiesSaurs are miniature dinosaurs living but artificially created toys capable of speech They had gone out of fashion some time before the story begins Many saurs had been tortured neglected abandoned or otherwise abused by their owners Ninety eight of the remaining saurs live together in a house watched over by a human Tom GrovertonVery little happens in the story It is all atmosphere sadness nostalgia regret I find it uite movingIn honesty I don't think this would happen Most children do not starve or dismember their pets and I see no reason to think that this would change because saurs were created not born And I believe that parents having paid for expensive living toys would not allow the blatant cruelty referred to hereBut none of that changes how much I like this very touching storyAll the stories in this series were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction They areThe Measure of All Things January 2001 nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Award Bronte's Egg August 2002 won The Nebula Award nominated for the Hugo Award and the Theodore Sturgeon AwardIn Tibor's Cardboard Castle October November 2004Orfy SeptemberOctober 2010The stories get stranger and mystical as the series develops All except Bronte's Egg were the cover stories for the issues in which they appeared I recommend all of themMerged reviewI took this issue of FSF out so I could re read Richard Chwedyk's fine story The Measure of All Things which I have reviewed by itself in a review that I will add below and have now re read the entire magazineI need to begin by paying my respects to two other Goodreads reviewers John Loyd and Leroy Erickson I freuently find that one the other or both have preceded me when I contemplate writing a review of a science fictionfantasy magazine That wouldn't be a big deal except they do this much too well In this case; Mr Loyd has already written an exemplary reviewBut anywayThis is a fine issue My favorite story here is The Measure of All Things but I don't think there is a poor story in the magazine I am not very familiar with Robert Onopa's work but I suspect that I should be His story Name That Moon reminds me of some of Ben Bova's stories although it is certainly not an attempt to copy Bova Businesses on the Moon are not doing well The narrator works at the Hyatt Regency Fiat Blue Moon resort I love the Fiat part of the name The resort is losing business to the orbiting hotels such as the Sheraton Geosync and Caesar's Sky Palace But the Hyatt has come up with a gimmick; they are running a contest to give an actual name to Earth's Moon This is a fine funny story And under the heading of D'oh I didn't realize until I started writing this that the title Name That Moon is a pun on the name of the old TV show Name That TuneThe Carpetmaker's Son by Andreas Eschbach was originally published in German and went on to become part of a novel Die Haarteppichknüpfer which FSF translates as The Hair Carpet Makers Hair Carpet Makers because the carpets are made totally of human hair Each carpetmaker only knits one carpet in his life time This has the flavor of an Arabian Nights taleHenry Slesar's story The Dinner Party is concerned with the perils of gene tampering The ending is a rather silly joke I liked the story anywayCrooked Creek is a modern ghost story crossed with a golf story I am not sure that I understand the warning given to the narrator at the end of the storyStephen Gallagher has a sort of time travel story My Repeater The narrator is a young man who works for a company that sends people back in time so that they can rectify mistakes they had originally made in their lives and be happier There are some serious plot holes but this is a fine and moving story Ray Vukcevich's story Whisper concerns a man who is told that he snores He doesn't believe that so he sets up a recording device in his bedroom What he hears is sinister than snoringThe Mind Field by Rick Heller is une histoire très française The French are forced to mediate a dispute between Russia and Tatarstan the northernmost Muslim nation in the world Luckily the French have a new device that should help with this problem; it reproduces the mind field of all living beings within a given space It can determine what a person is seeing or hearing smelling tasting or thinking Alas Lirette was evidently the third science fiction story published by Yoon Ha Lee A young woman is sent to find a man in enemy territory The spacecraft she is in is controlled by a ghost an Artificial Intelligence The man they are seeking was once partnered with that ghost; also that man is the father of the young womanYoon Ha Lee is very conscious of the style in which she writes Here is one sentence from the story They pulled her from patrol duty unexpectedly without warning and so Kendra left her ship the Nightcry at the starport Spindance making her way past the sleek silent cradles of docked needleships to the scarred Mirror's EdgeLirette is not a character in the story She is rather a character in a poem some of which is uoted throughout the story The poem is addressed to Lirette; it is a melancholy tale of a person who loved Lirette but had to go to war The last verse uoted says My hands hold nothing but the blood and dustOf dying soldiers blood and dark bloodlustLirette I left you for a war I rue Alas Lirette I've no songs left for you The poem kept sounding familiar to me but I couldn't find any reference to it apart from its use in this story It reminds me somewhat of the meter of Jacues Brel's song Le Moribund which was very freely adapted into the English language song Seasons In the SunAs I said earlier my comments about The Measure of All Things come almost exactly from my earlier review of that single storyThe Measure of All Things is the first of Richard Chwedyk's saur storiesSaurs are miniature dinosaurs living but artificially created toys capable of speech They had gone out of fashion some time before the story begins Many saurs had been tortured neglected abandoned or otherwise abused by their donors Ninety eight of the remaining saurs live together in a house watched over by a human Tom GrovertonVery little happens in the story It is all atmosphere sadness nostalgia regret I find it uite movingIn honesty I don't think this would happen Most children do not starve or dismember their pets and I see no reason to think that this would change just because saurs were created not born And I believe that parents having paid for expensive living toys would not allow the blatant cruelty referred to hereBut none of that changes how much I like this very touching storyAll the stories in this series were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction They areThe Measure of All Things January 2001 nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon AwardBronte's Egg August 2002 won The Nebula Award nominated for the Hugo Award and the Theodore Sturgeon AwardIn Tibor's Cardboard Castle October November 2004Orfy SeptemberOctober 2010The stories get stranger and mystical as the series develops All except Bronte's Egg were the cover stories for the issues in which they appeared I recommend all of themThere is also a poem in this issue about cloning She's Her Mother's Daughter by Robert Frazier The Curiosities column is about a 1904 book The Fourth Dimension by C Howard Hinton The column was written by David LangfordIn this issue's film review Kathi Maio discusses the movie Hollow Man; she despises it She refers to the director Paul Verhoeven as that infamous pornographer of violence and sleazeThere are book reviews by Charles de Lint and Robert K J Killheffer They discuss three books by Joe R Lansdale two by Mary Gentle other novels by Jo Walton and Cecelia Holland and books about the art of Josh Kirby and Anne SudworthThere are cartoons by Bill Long and Joseph Harris The cover illustrating The Measure of All Things is by Bryn Barnard It is good but Barnard's covers illustrating two other stories of Richard Chwedyk's saurs are even better Fantastic issue 4 • The Measure of All Things • 20 pages by Richard Chwedyk Very Good Saurs were made as bio toys for rich kids Millions were sold and treated as toys but really have a life of their own Now they are mostly abandoned and living in shelters scattered across the land Even starting with the saurs having been at best abandoned and often mistreated or abused it is still a sweet story The saurs all having different personalities whether uirky perky outgoing withdrawn or whatever they all have resilience37 • The Carpetmaker's Son • 5 pages by Andreas Eschbach Good This could be a fairy tale The carpet maker spends his life making one carpet which he gives to his son on his wedding day That carpet is sold to the prince and the proceeds will last a lifetime Abron doesn't really want to continue in this tradition42 • Crooked Creek • 17 pages by Robert Reed ExcellentVG Johnny gets a call from his father He's going to be in town for an old farts golf tournament how about stopping by to say hi Johnny really doesn't want to go way out to the golf course but relents and says sure His girlfriend wants to tag along he warns her that they never finish on time but she still wants to go Not an earth shattering story but really well done I loved the humor and the mystic part at the end was touching 59 • The Dinner Party • 7 pages by Henry Slesar OK Whitlow make genetically modified food Maureen working with Save The Future get info that he is up to When she goes to his dinner party she has her bodyguard take a look around A mystery but we weren't even given the same clue as Maureen70 • Alas Lirette • 16 pages by Yoon Ha Lee Good Kendra's father was a war hero but when the war ended he left Liadhe and became a mercenary Warmonger the called him Now he has hired out to the Faiengis rebels against the Veretane Veretys claims this has violated the treaty between them so Liadhe is sending Kendra to find her father86 • Whisper • 10 pages by Ray Vukcevich GoodVG A man's wife leaves him and as a parting shot she says and you snore too This gets to him and he buys a tape recorder to record him while he sleeps When he listens to the tape he hears voices that he can't explain Kind of funny how the snoring comment eats at him and a pretty good zinger at the end96 • The Mind Field • 18 pages by Rick Heller Very Good Roland's friend Jean Do is killed and now the president asks Roland to be a peacemaker between Tatar and Russia He hears of a new techniue the mind field that may help him negotiate He finds the tidbit that he needs to give him some leverage It'll still take his wits for Roland to be successful and avoid being killed122 • My Repeater • 14 pages by Stephen Gallagher GoodVery Good A teenyoung man gets a job at the local time travel agency Most of the customers are people coming back again and again trying to correct a mistake in their lives The fact that they are repeaters means that whatever they've done it hasn't affected anything His boss is Morley a surly man who says to not tell the customers that what they are trying to do is hopeless137 • Name That Moon • 23 pages by Robert Onopa Very GoodExcellent Shack is a marketing man for a failing hotel on the moon The Hyatt is making one last marketing push to attract new customers It's off to bad start when instead of Karl Pope visiting from Earth they send his assistant Claire Claire is miserable and after the first three hour press conference wants to head home but she's stuck there for the whole week Shack tries to make the best of it he asks her what marketing tactics she would have used She gives some ideas like getting a celebrity spokesman Great characters and a bit of romance too couldn't get into