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Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2013 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #708)

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July/August 2013, Volume 125, No. 1&2, #708
Contents:

NOVELETS
"Oh Give Me a Home" by Adam Rakunas
"The Year of the Rat" by Chen Qiufan
"Kormak the Lucky" By Eleanor Arnason
"In the Mountains of Frozen Fire" by Rus Wornom

SHORT STORIES
"The Color of Sand" by K. J. Kabza
"Half a Conversation, Overheard while Inside an Enormous Sentient Slug" by Oli/>SHORT/> ...more
Kindle Edition, Extended Ebook Edition, 258 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Spilogale, Inc.
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Cathy
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oh Give Me a Home By Adam Rakunas | 7651 words, ★★★★

“I HAD JUST PUT THE HERD into their evening pasture when Leggo came over the rise. He was huffing and puffing on his old mountain bike, pushing his enormous bulk up the brown Sierra foothills. "Dude," he said, leaning his bike against my Chevy, "you're getting sued."“

A story about family, genetics, and bison. Little, little bison. And a company that does sound a bit like Monsanto. The little, little bison were the inspiration for Daryl Gregory‘s tee
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Fran
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I read 'The Heartsmith's Daughters' today on the bus home and it almost made me cry. Great story.
Kirsty
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A reasonably decent issue. "The Heartsmith's Daughters" one of the short stories in the magazine was truly touching and brought tears to my eyes. Well worth giving this issue a read.
Eamonn Murphy
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science-Fiction’ explores the opposite extremes of the fantasy genre in this issue with a nice mix of Science Fiction and fairy tales. Most of the stories fall into one category or the other, so we’ll start with the fantasy.

‘Heartsmith’s Daughters’ by Harry R. Campion is a fairy tale about a village smithy whose wife is unable to have children. He manufacturers three daughters, one with a heart of cold iron, one with a heart of brass and one with a heart o
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Daniel
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
An average issue of enjoyable stories, but none that were particularly breath-taking.

"The Color of Sand", by KJ Kabza - A mother and her young son move onto the tranquility of a beach where talking sand-cats reside in the dunes. The boy swallows a colored pebble in attempted imitation of the cat (for which the pebble gives voice) only to discover it physically alters him in other ways, leading the mother and son to seek a way of reversing its effects. The premise sounds rather silly,
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Meran
10 stories, 2 rated columns = 4.2 stars

The Color of Sand by KJ Kabza - Don't eat the beach glass. Or, maybe you should. :D - 4 stars

Oh Give Me a Home by Adam Rukunas - An illuminated man fights against big Agro. - 4 stars

Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside an Enormous Sentient Slug by Oliver Buckram - When killing in self-defence, have your story ready. - 4 stars

The Year of the Rat by Chen Quifan, trans, by Ken Liu - Reminiscent of Frankens
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Max
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Out of the issues I've read, this is probably the one with the highest number of stories I've really enjoyed. There were one or two that didn't really work for me (mainly The Miracle Cure, though the Slug story was only okay). However, the majority of the stories were very good. Oh Give Me A Home had well-written characters and was a good look at the problems of big agriculture companies like Monsanto. The Year of the Rat was an excellent story that reminded me of The Things They Carried, though ...more
Esther
In a periodic like this, it is unreasonable to expect to enjoy all the stories, so even though I didn't enjoy a few, having one really memorable story and a few that lifted my day is actually more than enough, and makes this a good issue in my view.

I was a bit surprised to not enjoy the Ken Liu translation because I normally love everything he does. However, giant rats... need I say more?

Not my Cup of Tea
"The Year of the Rat" translated by Ken Liu
"Kormak the U
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G33z3r
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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A decent issue, but without a home run.

My favorite was "The Heartsmith's Daughters", which is a simple fantasy/fairytale told in a straightforward narration. "In the Mountains of Frozen Fire" had a lot of humor in it, so I thought it dragged a bit in the middle. I wish I understood the very last line of "The Year of the Rat". "The Color of Sand" & "The Color of Sand" were both Interesting fantasies, and "The Nambu Egg" worthwhile sci-fi/fantasy. "Miracle Cure" was a long way around to a sic
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George Heintzelman
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent issue with several memorable stories, and nothing worse than decent. I particularly liked Harry R. Campion's "The Heartsmith's Daughters," which I think is one of the best stories I've read in quite a while. Also quite good were "The Color of Sand", by KJ Kabza, and "The Nambu Egg" by Tim Sullivan. Not to put down the rest of the issue, which would probably have earned mentions in most months.
Shawn Camp
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A stellar collection of folk tales populate this issue. My favorites included Rus Wornom's In the Mountain of Frozen Fire and almost all the others. This has to be my favorite issue this year.
Sarah
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sf, short-stories
Four stars just for the clever Oliver Buckram story.
David Lancaster
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf-mag, fantasy, sci-fi
Great Issue! I enjoyed all the stories in this one. Especially the cover story, "Kormak The Lucky", and "In The Mountains Of Frozen Fire". Time to renew my subscription!
Samuel Lubell
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A very strong issue overall, although far more fantasy than sf.
Emmett Hoops
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall, an excellent issue, except for the cover story. It was too self-consciously fantasy, if you know what I mean. But the rest of the issue? Worthy of any SF anthology.
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Gordon Van Gelder (born 1966) is an American science fiction editor. From 1997 until 2014, Van Gelder was editor and later publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, for which he has twice won the Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form. He was also a managing editor of The New York Review of Science Fiction from 1988 to 1993, for which he was nominated for the Hugo Award a number of times. As of ...more