Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 F&SF


A Fine Balance by Charlotte Ashley  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(High Fantasy) The stakes on Yildirim and Ramadami's duels have risen to where they threaten the economies of Onsen and Dushiq.
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A Melancholy Apparition by Ian Creasey  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Historical Fantasy) Boswell recounts a story of Dr. Johnson that he never revealed before. Involving a country estate, a scandal, and a ghost.
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A Mother's Arms by Sarina Dorie  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(SF) On an alien world, an 8-tentacled native adopts an unwilling human.
An Open Letter To The Person Who Took My Smoothie From The Break Room Fridge by Oliver Buckram  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Cartoon Humor) Someone in the Alliance of Doom has stolen Dr. Nemesis's smoothie, and he e-mails his fellow super-villains to complain.
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Anything for You by Lisa Mason  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Near-Future SF) Willem loves Dr. Isley more than he loves his real life. Even though she's just a character in a soap opera.
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Ash by Susan Palwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Modern Fantasy) When Penny's house burns, she rebuilds a smaller place on the ashes. She only misses a few of the contents, and really wishes for a way to get them back.
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Belief by Nancy Kress  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(SF) While Andrea struggles to make progress at the lab, her teenage daughter, Natalie, is getting involved with people doing spiritual "research."
Between Going and Staying by Lilliam Rivera1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Near-Future) Dolores is a high-paid city doliente, who dances at funerals. Then the small town she left behind calls with a request she cannot refuse.
Braid of Days and Wake of Nights by E. Lily Yu  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Urban Fantasy) Julia hunts for a mysterious white horse in Central Park, certain it must be a unicorn that can heal her friend who is dying of cancer.
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Caribou: Documentary Fragments by Joseph Tomaras  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Military SF) Jennifer Balcomb suffers side-effects from the treatment intended to erase her memories of the torture she participated in as a Marine Corporal.
Caspar D. Luckinbill, What Are You Going to Do? by Nick Wolven  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(SF) When "mediaterrorists" attack, the disrupt Caspar's comfortable life in a near-future where everyone is connected.
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Coyote Song by Pat MacEwen  Time: 1h:02m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Horror) At a crime scene, Yutu and her boss Nathan both suspect supernatural involvement. Even with her Native American magic and his voodoo, it will be a challenge.
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Cupid's Compass by Leah Cypess  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Near-Future SF) Julie had reservations about using hardware that can make people fall in love, but at age 35, she let herself get talked into it.
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Diamond by Chris Devito  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Mainstream) A familiar-seeming major-league baseball player goes up to bat.
Golden Gate Blues by James L. Cambias  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Alternate History Fantasy) In a modern San Francisco in a world with super heroes and monsters, a retired super villain hires a detective to investigate the death of a giant octopus.
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Jesus Has Forgiven Me. Why Can't You? by Betsy Phillips  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Christian Fantasy) Betsy and Jesus team up to beat her two-timing ex-boyfriend in a pro wrestling match.
Killer by Bruce McAllister  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Modern Fantasy) You are a hunter, and your prey is angels. The city pays a bounty on them. You've got one in your sights, but for some reason this one isn't trying to get away.
Last Of The Sharkspeakers by Brian Trent  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Hard SF) Tacan leads his pod to capture a load of food from one of the void sharks the Tower people use for transport. They consider Tacan's people little better than animals, so getting caught would be a disaster.
Last One Out by K.B. Rylander1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Post Apocalypse) Filip is an advanced AI, and his job is taking care of Ella, who may be the last person left on Earth.
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Lord Elgin at the Acropolis by Minsoo Kang  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Modern Fantasy) The art director sees that a famous painting has been replaced with a forgery, but no one but him can see the difference.
Merry Christmas from All of Us to All of You by Sandra McDonald  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Modern Fantasy) High School graduates in Santa Claus's company town head off to college in the world to the south, but most of them come back.
More Heat Than Light by Charlotte Ashley  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Historical Fantasy) Louis fights for the Republic of Québec against the British but the French Revolution is causing troubles on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Nanabojou and the Race Question by Justin Barbeau  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Tale) Nanabojou, the trickster, visits Virginia in 1924 to see if he can play a trick on them.
Number Nine Moon by Alex Irvine  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Competence SF) In the 2080s, Humanity is abandoning Mars, and Steuby and his companions think they can make money by looting the abandoned settlements at the last minute.
Passelande by Robert Reed  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Near-Future SF) Lucas does jobs for backups that their human originals won't agree to. But some backups are more trouble than others.
Red in Tooth and Cog by Cat Rambo  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(SF) When a feral robot steals her phone, Renee acquires a keen interest in the little robotic ecosystem that flourishes in the park.
Robot From the Future by Terry Bisson  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(SF) About 100 years from now, eleven-year-old Theodore meets a robot from "the far future" which demands he find gasoline for it, but Theo isn't even sure what that is.
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Smooth Stones and Empty Bones by Bennett North1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Horror) Helena's mom's a witch, their small town is blaming them for a missing boy, she and her girlfriend have to stay in the closet, and to top it off, there are chicken skeletons walking around.
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Special Collections by Kurt Fawver  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Horror) The Special Collections section of the library is filled with curious objects and old books, but people who go in there alone never come out.
Spells Are Easy If You Have The Right Psychic Energy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Modern Fantasy) Hruta is a young American-Norwegian witch. She's great with love spells, but struggling to figure out how to undo them.
Squidtown by Leo Vladimirsky  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(SF) In the late 21st Century, Johnny returns to Squidtown after years of captivity in Texas, and he finds it's all different.
Steamboat Gothic by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Horror) In modern Louisiana, Sheriff Chew investigates a problem with a Hollywood film crew who have gone from being a noise problem to being silent as the grave.
Talking to Dead People by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Near-Future SF) Gwen and Eliza are college roommates who start a business making miniature houses that can talk about the murders committed there.
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Telltale by Matthew Hughes  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(High Fantasy) Raffalon the thief's latest contract goes wrong when he's transported to a gray world that he must figure out how to escape. Entertaining.
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The Cat Bell by Esther M. Friesner  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Modern Fairy Tale) On a rich estate in 1890s upstate New York, the cook loves serving her famous boss, but hates feeding his cats.
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The Desert Of Vanished Dreams by Phyllis Eisenstein  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Fantasy/SF) Alaric the minstrel accompanies a caravan through the desert. When water runs short, they hazard a visit to a dangerous "city" from a forgotten past.
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The Dunsmuir Horror by David Gerrold  Time: 1h:00m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Horror/Humor) From confinement in an institution the narrator describes the events that put him there. There's something weird about the Northwest.
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The Farmboy by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(SF) The crew exploring planet Omega-Alpha are dismayed to see their spaceship take off, leaving them marooned.
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The Further Adventures of Mr. Costello by David Gerrold  Time: 1h:05m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Planetary SF) Mr. Costello's crackpot moneymaking scheme promises entertainment to the rural community he sets down in, but the narrator senses a threat.
The Ghost Penny Post by Marc Laidlaw  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Historical Fantasy) The Victorian England postal service sends Mr. Hewell to investigate some problems with the mail in Binderwood, where something very strange seems to be happening.
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The Great Silence by Ted Chiang  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(SF) While human beings try to communicate with extraterrestrial intelligences, parrots wonder why we're not trying to talk to them.
The Green-Eyed Boy by Peter S. Beagle  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(High Fantasy) The old magician rarely takes students, but young Schmendrick has so much potential--if he could just make his spells come out right.
The Language of the Silent by Juliette Wade and Sheila Finch  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(SF) En route to planet Enikiu, an accident ruptures Ifigenia's eardrums--a disaster for a translator. She can get them fixed on Earth, but first she explores Enikiu a little, with unexpected consequences.
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The Liar by John P. Murphy  Time: 1h:19m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Horror) Middle-aged bachelor, Greg Kellog, has a secret knack for making small changes to reality by "lying." To stop a series of deaths, "small changes" may not be enough.
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The Long Fall Up by William Ledbetter  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Hard SF) A woman in a space ship illegally tries to bring a baby to term in zero-g to prove it can be done, and the space station management sends an enforcer to stop her.
The Nostalgia Calculator by Rich Larson  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(SF) Noel works at his uncle's company managing a machine that predicts when old fads will come back into style. He peeks at historical trends and finds something disturbing.
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The Place of Bones by Gardner Dozois  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Historical Fantasy) Martin fulfils his dream of entering the dragonlands via a secret mountain pass in France.
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The Rhythm Man by James Beamon  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Historical Fantasy) Horace was a celebrated blues player, but he failed to make the move to jazz. Now he's washed up, and desperate enough to sell his soul, if need be.
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The Secret Mirror Of Moriyama House by Yukimi Ogawa  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Japanese Modern Fantasy) Yui Mogi discovers that old Ms. Moriyama runs a rather unusual business from her home. A business with a very unusual clientele.
The Silver Strands of Alpha Crucis-D by N.J. Schrock1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Hard SF) Explorers are baffled by mysterious silver strands on a remote planet of a distant supergiant star.
The Stone War by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Fantasy) From prehistoric times, the stone man crouched on a hill. Every now and then a person would find it and try to get it to do something. But to succeed was to die.
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The Sweet Warm Earth by Steven Popkes  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Historical Fantasy) In 1961, Larry joins the LA mob as an enforcer, keeping the wrong people from fixing the horses. But does that include an old man who only talks to them?
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The Thing On The Shelf by David Gerrold  Time: 50m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Comic Horror) The author wins the Bram Stoker Award and finds that the physical award itself is really haunting.
The Vanishing Kind by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 1h:00m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Alternate History) In 1950s London after the Nazi's won WWII, a German man tries to find a girl he used to love in response to her call for help.
The Vindicator by Matthew Hughes  Time: 45m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(High Fantasy) As a thief, Raffalon has made a few enemies, but he didn't think anyone was mad enough to hire an assassin.
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The Visionaries by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Urban Fantasy) Jimmy and Morrie's "Paranormal Services" investigates a haunted forest--tree farm, actually.
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The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh by Desirina Boskovich  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Present-day SF) An alien crash lands in a cornfield. It tries to get help, but no one can see or hear it. Almost no one.
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The White Piano by David Gerrold  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Ghost Story) A little boy mourning his mother is sure that he's hearing ghosts in the house.
Those Shadows Laugh by Geoff Ryman  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Near-Future SF) The secretive parthenogenetic women of Colinas Bravas usually don't allow outsiders into their country, but they invite Ms. Vargas to fix a genetic problem with their children.
Touch Me All Over by Betsy James  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Fantasy) Hilil weaves and ties the best knots in Sulik, but a curse causes made things to fall apart at her touch.
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Trustworthy Loyal Helpful by Gregor Hartmann  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Hard SF Humor) Jimmy's first project as an engineer at a Silicon Valley startup involves crazy bosses, an electron beam gun and unexpected blue smoke. And that's before things go wrong.
Vishnu Summer by David Prill  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Surreal) Audrey, a one-armed country girl, is fascinated by the murder trial of a talented three-armed man from the next county.
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Vortex by Gregory Benford  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Hard SF) The Chinese Mars base asks old First-Expedition crew members Julia and Viktor for help with a problem involving Mars's only large native life form.
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