The contents of Focus aren’t listed online so you might be interested to know that this issue is guest-edited by Keith Brooke and has articles by Kristine Kathyrn Rusch, Garry Kilworth, Michael Swanwick, Kim Lakin-Smith, Steven Savile, Linda Nagata, Lisa Tuttle, Jeff Noon and James Patrick Kelly. Pretty damned impressive, eh? Now go and see what’s in Vector. And then join the BSFA.
Vector 259 has been published this week and it features a summation of science fiction in 2008. Its reviewers (including me, you won’t be surprised to read) have written about their five favourite books, from which Kari Sperring has produced a poll. Congatulations to the winners – but you’re going to have to buy a copy to find out who they are. There are also round-ups of film and television in 2008, Stephen Baxter’s column, articles from Andy Sawyer and Graham Sleight, an interview with Bryan Talbot, and piles of reviews. It costs £4 and is available from the British Science Fiction Association.
But wait! There’s more. If you join the BSFA, you’ll also get a Focus fiction special in this mailing. It’s got the winner and runner-ups from the BSFA short story contest, so it contains stories from Roderick Gladwish, Nina Allan, James Bloomer, Nigel Envarli Crowe, Gary Spencer, and Andrew West.
But wait! There is also a ballot paper for the annual BSFA awards, and it is inside an anthology of the stories short-listed for the Best Short Fiction Award. You’ll get to read the Greg Egan and Paul McAuley stories that were first published in Interzone, as well as the stories by Ted Chiang and M. Rickert. The five pieces of artwork on the Best Artwork shortlist are also reproduced.
But wait! There’s still more! This mailing also comes with a special BSFA members sampler edition of Postscripts which reprints some of the fiction that has appeared in it over the last few years. You’ll get stories from Stephen Baxter, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Hamilton, Joe Hill, Stephen King, Paul McAuley, Lisa Tuttle, Gene Wolfe, and Al Robertson.
How many short stories is that altogether? I’ve lost count.