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the genre's premiere review magazine for short SF & Fantasy since 1993

In Harm’s Way: Defending the Future, ed. by Mike McPhail

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In Harm’s Way: Defending the Future




Mike McPhail


(eSpec Books, October 1, 2019, pb, 183 pp.)


A Beach on Nellus” by James Chambers
Children of the Last Battle” by Brenda Cooper
Contained Vacuum” by David Sherman (reprint, not reviewed)
The Oath” by Robert Greenberger
Hope’s Children” by Lisanne Norman
Comrades in Arms” by Bud Sparhawk (reprint, not reviewed)
Medicine Man” by Robert E. Waters
Sympathetic” by Eric V. Hardenbrook
No Man Left Behind” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Bucket Brigade” by Jeff Young
Slingshot” by Aaron Rosenberg
Something to Live For” by Christopher M. Hiles

Grim, Grit, and Gasoline: Dieselpunk & Decopunk Fairytales, ed. Rhonda Parrish

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Grimm, Grit, and Gasoline:

Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales




Rhonda Parrish


(World Weaver Press, Sept. 3, 2019, 300 pp., pb)


Circles and Salt” by Sara Cleto

Salvage” by A. A. Medina
The Loch” by Zannier Alejandra
Evening Chorus” by Liz Donnelly
To Go West” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Bonne Chance Confidential” by Jack Bates
늑대 – The Neugdae” by Juliet Harper
The Rescue of Tresses Malone” by Alena VanArendonk
The Daughters of Earth and Air” by Robert E. Vardeman
Easy as Eating Pie” by Amanda C. Davis
Accidents are Not Possible” by Sarah Van Goethem
A Princess, a Spy, and a Dwarf Walked into a Bar Full of Nazis” by Patrick Bollivar
Steel Dragons of a Luminous Sky” by Brian Trent
Ramps and Rocket” by Alicia K. Henderson
As The Spindle Burns” by Nellie K. Neves
Make This Water No Deeper” by Blake Jessop
One Hundred Years” by Jennifer R. Donohue
Things Forgotten on the Cliffs of Avevig” by Wendy Nickel

Reviewed by C.D. Lewis


Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction

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Readymade Bodhisattva:

The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction


Edited by

Sunyoung Park


(Kaya Press, March 2019, pb, 528 pp.)


"Readymade Bodhisattva" by Park Seonghwan
"Empire Radio, Live Transmission" by Choi In-hun
"Cosmic Go" by Jeong Soyeon
"Along the Fragments of My Body" by Bok Geo-il
"Storm Between My Teeth" by Lim Taewoon
"The Sky Walker" by Yun I-hyeong
"Between Zero and One" by Kim Bo-Young
"The Bloody Battle of Broccoli Plain" by Djuna
"Roadkill" by Pak Min-gyu
"Where Boats Go" by Kim Jung-hyuk
"Our Banished World" by Kim Changgyu

Footprints in the Stars, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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Footprints in the Stars





Danielle Ackley-McPhail



(eSpec Books, July 2019, pb, 202 pp.)

"Astral Odds" by Gordon Linzner
"Creatively Ignorant" by Ian Randal Strock
"Chains" by Robert Greenberger
"Lost and Found" by Dayton Ward
"Escape Velocity" by Aaron Rosenberg
"Dawns a New Day" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
"Building Blocks" by Jody Lynn Nye
"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" by Christopher L. Bennett
"The Black Box" by James Chambers
"The Puzzle" by Keith R.A. DeCandido
"The Cardavy Letter" by Russ Colchamiro
"The Sound of Distant Stars" by Judi Fleming
"Generational Sins" by Bryan J. L. Glass

Heroes of the Realm, ed. Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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Heroes of the Realm






Danielle Ackley-McPhail


(Realm Makers Media, July 2019, pb, 202 pp.)

"Ashling and the Little People” by Kathy Tyers
The Tea Dragon” by L. Jagi Lamplighter
The Fire-Proof Man is Dead” by James Chambers
The Garrison Holds” by Steve Rzasa
Where Monsters Wait” by Gabrielle Pollack
Will o’the Wisps” by Wayne Thomas Batson
The Devil in the Details” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Glint Starcrost and the Ice Prison” by Paul Regnier
Hard’s Watcher” by Kerry Nietz
The Librarian Who Would Be King” by Teisha Priest
The Brick” by Jeffrey Lyman

Noir Fatale, edited by Larry Correia & Kacey Ezell

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Noir Fatale







Larry Correia & Kacey Ezell


(Baen, May 2019, hc, 336 pp.)


Ain’t No Sunshine” by Christopher L. Smith and Michael J. Ferguson
Recruiting Exercise” by David Weber
Spoils of War” by Kacey Ezell
The Privileges of Violence” by Steve Diamond
A Goddess in Red” by Griffin Barber
Kuro” by Hinkley Correia
Sweet Seduction” by Laurell K. Hamilton
A String of Pearls” by Alistair Kimble
Honey Fall” by Sarah A. Hoyt
Three Kates” by Mike Massa
Worth the Scars of Dying” by Patrick M. Tracy
The Frost Queen” by Robert Buettner
Bombshell” by Larry Correia

Hidden Histories, edited by Juliana Rew

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Hidden Histories




Juliana Rew


(Third Flatiron Anthologies, Spring/Summer 2019)


"The Fairy's Bell" by Bruce Golden
"Fire, Steel, and Flaming Pearls" by Kai Hudson
"Losing Face" by Matthew Reardon
"Indian Uprising" by Brenda Kezar
"Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen" by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
"Behind the Purple Haze" by John A. Frochio
"Freudian Slips" by Dennis Maulsby
"The Oracle's Dilemma" by Michael Robertson
"The Secret History of the Space Shuttle" by Mike Barretta
"Best Possible of Worlds" by Simon Lee-Price
"MH370" by Ricardo Maia
"The Ghost Train" by J. D. Blackrose
"Man Overboard" by James Chmura
"Running on Empty" by Arthur Carey
"Proving Pictures" by Tony Genova
"Against the Roaring of the Fire" by Edwina Shaw
"Yes, Yes, Yes, We Remember" by Elizabeth Beechwood
"Specimen 1842" by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
"The Homebringing" by Robert Dawson
"The Thunderbird Photo" by Jennifer Lee Rossman
"The Fulcrum" by Shannon McDermott
"The Sixth-Gun Conspiracy Letters" by Evan A. Davis
"Defender of the Realm" by H. J. Monroe
"Cry the Thousand Sentinels" by Brian Trent
"Red Reckoning" by Jonathan Shipley
"Them Tourists" by A. Humphrey Lanham
"Date Attire" by Tyler Paterson
"Fairy Godmothering" by Dantzel Cherry

Fiction River #31: Feel the Love, edited by Mark Leslie

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Fiction River #31: Feel the Love






Mark Leslie


(WMG Publishing, January 2019, tpb, 318 pp.)


Thief” by Michael Kowal (not genre, not reviewed)
Death’s Other Cousin” by Lisa Silverthorne
Making Amends” by David Stier (not genre, not reviewed)
Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time” by Dayle A. Dermatis
The Goddess Killer” by Lauryn Christopher (not genre, not reviewed)
Love Locks” by Dale Hartley (not genre, not reviewed)
Love Bots” by Daemon Crowe
Loving Abby” by Angela Penrose
Foiled” by Brigid Collins (not genre, not reviewed)
A Love to Remember” Tonya D. Price (not genre, not reviewed)
The Refurbished Companion” by Kelly Washington
The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears
Lifeblood” by Alexandra Brandt
Who Loves the Unloved” by Laura Ware (not genre, not reviewed)
Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home” by Joe Cron (not genre, not reviewed)
Truth and Lies” by David H. Hendrickson (not genre, not reviewed)
With Love in Their Hearts” by Robert Jeschonek
Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful” by Annie Reed (not genre, not reviewed)

Writers of the Future #35, edited by David Farland

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Writers of the Future, Vol. 35



edited by



David Farland



(Galaxy Press, April 2019, pb, 450 pp.)



Untrained Luck” by Elise Stephens
The First Warden” by Kai Wolden
The Damned Voyage” by John Haas
Thanatos Drive” by Andrew Dykstal
A Harvest of Astronauts” by Kyle Kirrin
Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” by Wulf Moon
Lost Robot” by Dean Wesley Smith
Are You The Life of the Party” by Mica Scotti Kole
Release from Service” by Ruston Lovewell
Dark Equations of the Heart” by David Cleden
An Itch” by Christopher Baker
Dirt Road Magic” by Carrie Callahan
A Certain Slant of Light” by Preston Dennett

Man-Kzin Wars XV, created by Larry Niven

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Man-Kzin Wars XV









Larry Niven



(Baen, February 2019, tpb, 335 pp.)


Sales Pitch” by Hal Colebatch

Singer-of-Truth” by Martin L. Schoemaker

The Third Kzin” by Jason Fregeau

Excitement” by Hal Colebatch and Jessica Q. Fox

Justice” by Jessica Q. Fox

Saga” by Brendan DuBois

Scrith” by Brad R. Torgersen

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