Magazine Reviews and Features

Explorations & Readings in Old SF Magazines

Click links below to read articles and reviews from and about old SF magazines from my small personal collection 

Individual Old Magazines

  ​ >  Amazing Stories - June 1926
   >  Astounding Stories - December 1933 & January 1934  -  Thought-variant stories
   >  Astounding Science Fiction - October 1943
   >  Thrilling Wonder Stories - December 1946
  ​ >  Planet Stories - January 1951


Complete Year Explorations  - Single Story Per Issue 

 ​  >  Analog Science Fiction Science Fact - 1973
 ​  >  Analog Science Fiction Science Fact - 1976
   >  Analog Science Fiction Science Fact - 1979
  ​ >  Analog Science Fiction Science Fact - 1983
 ​  >  Analog Science Fiction & Fact - 2014  -  for comparison with older years
 

Complete Year Explorations - Multiple Stories Per Issue 

 ​  >  Astounding Science Fiction - 1958
   >  Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction - 1986

Magazine Resources from ISFDB

Astounding Stories - Issue Grid 1930-1937 
Astounding/Analog Science Fiction  Issue Grid 1937-19​71
Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Issue Grid 1972-current
Asimov's Science Fiction - Issue Grid 1977-current
Amazing Stories -  Issue Grid 1926-2019
Galaxy Science Fiction- Issue Grid 1950-1979
If / Worlds of If - Issue Grid 1952-1974
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - Issue Grid 1949-2020
Planet Stories - Issue Grid 1939-1955

Reviews of New SFF Magazines Upon Publication

I read and review some new SFF magazines as they are published - and I currently review for Tangent Online
Full reviews on that site will be linked to here, along with short summaries of my thoughts on the stories I particularly liked in the magazines I read. Traditional print magazines are titled in green, while e-zines are titled in teal.

Fantasy Magazine - Nov 2022
My Tangent review can be found here. Okay, but none of the four new stories especially stood out.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #369 - Nov 17, 2022
My Tangent review can be found here. The two tales in this issue were both quite readable.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #368 - Nov 3, 2022
My Tangent review can be found here. Contains two decent fantasy tales, the better of which is Tithe the Bones, Sell the Blood by Auston Habershaw.

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores - Oct 2022
My Tangent review can be found here. Of the two stories here, one was short but quite  enjoyable.

Clarkesworld #193 - Oct 2022
My Tangent review can be found here Nothing particularly recommended, and several stories were poor and boring.

Fantasy Magazine #83 - Sep 2022
My Tangent review can be found here. Nothing recommended in this issue.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Sep/Oct 2022
My Tangent review can be found here. Rather a mixed issue. The highlights for me are the novella Kingsbury 1944 by Michael Cassutt (certainly the best story in the issue), the novelette No One the Wiser by Tom Greene and the short stories Companion by Ron Collins, Bumblebot by Marie Vibbert and Each Separate Star by Jonathan Sherwood. 

Lightspeed #147 - Aug 2022

My Tangent review can be found here.
A very mixed bag, with several stories that really didn't appeal. Lightspeed can be good, but it can also be awful.

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Jul/Aug 2022

My Tangent review can be found here.
It had some quite strong stories, though nothing really great. Quite a few horror stories this month too. The best stories in this issue, I thought, were the novelette The Song of Lost Voices by Brian Trent, and the short story The Wild Son by Rajeev Prasad.

Nightmare #117 - Jun 2022

My Tangent review can be found here. Three stories, none very good.

Asimov's Science Fiction - May/Jun 2022

My Tangent review can be found here.
Quite a strong issue. The best stories were the novelettes Rocket Girls by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and The Wine-Dark Deep by Sheila Finch and the short stories 30 by Rich Larson, Destiny Delayed by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and First Fish by Bruce McAllister. The weakest story was the cover story Silverado, funnily enough.

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #52 - May 2022
My Tangent review can be found here.
Four stories in this issue, and the best was Return to the Tower by Harry Piper.

Tor.com - Apr 2022

My Tangent review can be found here
This included some work that was hard to get through (i.e. not good), but The Dominion of Leviathan by Manish Melwani was quite good.

Lightspeed #142 - Mar 2022
My Tangent review can be found here.
I rather liked the comedic novelette Bhatia, P.I. by Shiv Ramdas and the SF short story The Historiography of Loss by Julianna Baggott.

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores - Mar 2022

My Tangent review can be found here. Two stories to be found this month, both quite readable.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Mar/Apr 2022

My Tangent review can be found here.
This was a strong issue, containing several good stories, including  Exile’s Grace by Mark W. Tiedemann (excellent and reminiscent of Frank Herbert's work), In Transit by J. T. Sharrah, The Hard Law by D.G.P. Rector,  The Honeymooners by Brenda Kalt and The Big Day by A. T. Sayre.

Lightspeed #140 - Jan 2022
My Tangent review can be found here.​  Rather a disappointing issue, with no content to recommend.

Nightmare #111 - Dec 2021
My Tangent review can be found here The Plague Puller by Manish Melwani was the best of the three stories, and worth a mention.

Fantasy Magazine #74 - Dec 2021
My Tangent review can be found here. Nothing stood out that I would recommend.

Lightspeed #138 - Nov 2021

My Tangent review can be found here. There wasn't any content I'd particularly recommend from this issue.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Nov/Dec 2021

My Tangent review can be found here.
There were three pretty good stories I recommend - A Sports Story by Brenda Kalt, From the Maintenance Reports of Perseverance Colony, Year 12 by Jo Miles and Caoimhe’s Water Music by Mjke Wood; and one story I thought was very good and highly recommend - An Hour to Ames by Dan Reade.


Tor.com - Oct 2021
My Tangent review can be found here. Baby Teeth by Daniel Polansky, a vampire tale, was the best story this month.

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Nov/Dec 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.
A very mixed bag of stories, with much I didn't like, but the fantasy
 
Laki by Eleanor Arneson was excellent  and the SF noir thriller A Vast Silence T. R. Napper was also good.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #339 - Sep 23, 2021
My Tangent review can be found here. Two fantasy stories, both concerned with nuns in monasteries, funnily enough.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #338 - Sep 9, 2021
My Tangent review can be found here
Only two fantasy stories, neither dreadful, neither great.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Sep/Oct 2021

My Tangent review can be found here.
Quite a mixed bag of decent and weaker stories. The best story was probably Room to Live by  Marie Vibbert, who's work also seems to get recommended.
 
The Soul is Ten Thousand Parts by Chelsea Obodoechina and the novella The Silence Before I Sleep by Adam-Troy Castro, are also worth a read.

Fantasy Magazine #70 - Aug 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.
I only really enjoyed one short story:
Ghost Riders at Hutchinson’s Two-Pump by Inez Schaechterle


Clarkesworld #179 - Aug 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.
A mixed bag, with some enjoyable stories, but also two poor translated stories. The best story was a steampunk tale: 
The Clock, Having Seen Its Face in the Mirror, Still Knows Not the Hour by Adam Stemple (which was better than the title suggests).

Lightspeed #134 - Jul 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.

Not a bad issue, all-told, with some appealing content. The best story was A Smell of Jet Fuel by Andrew Dana Hudson.

Asimov's Science Fiction - Jul/Aug 2021
My Tangent review can be found here .

This was a mostly disappointing issue, with several lengthy stories being a trudge to read. But one short story really stood out as a gem:  Tweak by Taimur Ahmad is highly recommended.

Lightspeed #133 - Jun 2021

My Tangent review can be found here.
One fantasy story is recommended:
A Tableau of Things That Are by Adam-Troy Castro.


Clarkesworld #177 - Jun 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.
Three stories by Hugo Award winning authors featured and all three are recommended: Little Animals by Nancy Kress, Poubelle, by Robert Reed and Bots of the Lost Ark by Suzanne Palmer. 

Strange Horizons - May 31, 2021 
My Tangent review can be found here .
This was a Transgender Special Issue, with 3 stories. No stories recommended.

Lightspeed #132 - May 2021
My Tangent review can be found here .

This 'issue' of Lightspeed was a cracker, with 3 very good stories.  Hypnopompic Circumstance by Gene Doucette, The Palace in the Moonlight by Howard Andrew Jones and especially Bones in It by Kristina Ten, are recommended.

Strange Horizons - May 2021 
Reviews for each weekly issue in the month can be found separately on Tangent:  3 May 2021 Issue, 10 May 2021 Issue, 17 May 2021 Issue
No stories published to my taste - all were flawed in my opinion.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact - May/Jun 2021
My Tangent review can be found here .
A slightly weaker issue than Apr/May, but with some good stories. The best were:  Dancing on Spun Sugar by Meghan Feldman, In-Flight Damage by Sara Kate Ellis and Absolutes by Jay Werkheiser.

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - May/Jun 2021

My Tangent review can be found here.
This issue was a bit hit and miss; quite a few stories I didn't like, but others were fine, and three were good and are recommended: Drunkard’s Walk by James Enge, The Plus One by Marie Vibbert and the novella Refugees by Robert Grossbach.

Tor.com - Apr 2021
My Tangent review can be found here. Only one story, which I didn't much care for.

Clarkesworld #175 - Apr 2021

My Tangent review can be found here.
This was a weak issue, containing poorly-written stories in the main, though I did like one: Sarcophagus by Ray Nayler.

Tor.com - Mar 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.
I thought the best story published on Tor.com this month was Masquerade Season by Nigerian writer ’Pemi Aguda.


Analog Science Fiction & Fact - Mar/Apr 2021
My Tangent review can be found here.
I thought the best stories in the issue were: Tail Call Optimization by Tony Ballantine, If a Tree Doesn’t Fall  by Jerry Oltion, Damocles by Sean McMullen and the novella Invasive Species by Catherine Wells. There were several other good stories and I only had to grit my teeth to get through a couple; overall I enjoyed the issue, and recommend it.


Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Mar/Apr 2021
My Tangent review can be found here
This was a decent issue, and I particularly rated The Bletted Woman by Rebecca Campbell and The Pizza Boy by Meg Elison.


Tor.com - Feb 2021
My Tangent review can be found here .
The best story of the three published on Tor.com this month was The Tyger by Tegan Moore - a beautifully told slipstream tale.


Clarkesworld #173 - Feb 2021

My Tangent review can be found here
The best story in Clarkesworld #173 was Obelisker Adrift in the Desert by K. H. Meridian.

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores - Jan 2021
My Tangent review can be found here. Only one story, aimed at young readers.

Strange Horizons - Jan 18, 2021
My Tangent review can be found here. Only one story, not to my taste.