The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Jan/Feb 2012)
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The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction #699)

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- "Small Towns", by Felicity Shoulders
- "The Secret of the City of Gold", by Ron Goulart
- "Umbrella Men", by John G. McDaid
- "Alien Land", by K.D. Wentworth
- "Mindbender", by Albert E. Cowdrey
- "The Color Least Used by Nature", by Ted Kosmatka
- "The Comfort of Strangers", by Alexander Jablokov
- "Maxwell's Demon", by Ken Liu
- "Scrap Dragon", by Naomi Kritzer
- "In th...more
Published 2012 by Gordon Van Gelder
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After the last issue that I thought was so-so, I found this one to be overall great and a return to how I usually feel after having completed one...eagerly awaiting the next. Also a great science article on the development of Atomic Theory.

- "Small Town", by Felicity Shoulders - A fairy story that isn't a fairy story is how I would describe this. The protagonist is a young girl who is born in teeny-tiny size in post WWI-era Europe, and kept hidden from the dangerous world of normal sized folk. M...more
I'm so excited to have this magazine on GoodReads! At last, I have a way to keep track of all my favorites..

Bonus: Science Department (Atoms & String Theory)

Personal ranking for this edition:

5 Star:
Umbrella Men This one surprised me, so it is the top of the list. The concepts stuck with me for awhile. (view spoiler)
Maxwell's Demon Beautiful. Love the historical references.
Alien Land Tied with Mindbender, (view spoiler)...more
Penny Ramirez
I very much enjoyed the short story "Scrap Dragon" by Naomi Kritzer, published in this issue. Ms. Kritzer auctioned off the chance to be either the protagonist or villain in a short story, as a fundraiser. I love the banter-y style of the dialogue between the storyteller and the person listening to the tale, presumably the person being included. Worth the 20 minutes!
Great writing, a couple of good stories and one brilliant one.

5 stars:

The Color Least Used by Nature.

4 stars:

Umbrella Men
Maxwell's Demon

3 stars:

Small Towns
The Secret of the City of Gold

2 stars:

Alien Land
The Comfort of Strangers
Scrap Dragon
In the Trenches
Canto MCML
Adding this for the story 'Scrap Dragon' by Naomi Kritzer, which I really loved. I only got the free edition for my kindle, but this story was amazing.

Can't remember when I read this, some time in Jan I guess (I randomly picked a date); it just occurred to me that I might be add it.
Short stories are hard to rate because each have their own elements to them, to me this one had some better than others. The magazine looks like a book but is a subscription. I do like the format that it is in and the size is nice to carry around.
Alex Ristea
Scrap Dragon and The Colour Least Used by Nature were both fantastic stories. The rest were decent, but nothing outstanding. Overall, a better issue than the last.
Enjoyed the cute "Scrap Dragon" and a couple of other stories.
Brick Marlin
Another great read full of tales of sci-fi and fantasy!
Always a great read!
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