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Summary: Albedo One, 2010

Summary: Albedo One, 2010

Albedo One is a magazine based in Dublin. It has been around for a long time now, lately putting out a two issues each year quite regularly. #38 and #39 appeared appeared in 2009. The editorial staff consists of Editors John Kenny, Frank Ludlow, Dave Murphy, Robert Neilson, and Peter Loftus, with Contributing Editors Dev Agarwal, Mike O'Driscoll, Juliet E. McKenna, Roelof Goudriaan, and David Conyers.

The two issues featured 12 stories -- 6 novelettes and 6 shorts. The total word count (which I will caveat by noting that wordcounting this magazine rather difficult) came about 88,000, a bit more than the last couple years. One short story was a reprint, making the total of new stuff about 82,000.

My two favorites this year both came from #38. These were Bruce McAllister's "Heart of Hearts", another in his long series about an American boy growing up in Italy, this one about a narcoleptic local girl and the village's connection with Percy Bysshe Shelley; and Priya Sharma's "The Nature of Bees", a very lushly written story that examines a human family organized like a beehive. Other good stories this year came from Finnish writer Mari Saario (Albedo One has in recent years published some good stuff in translation), and from Uncle River. I also liked 2009's Aeon Award winner, published in #39, "Frogs on My Doorstep", by Annette Reader, about a family devastated by the disappearance of their young daughter, and further devastated by her later, much changed, return.

There were four stories by women this year (33%), and 6 stories were SF (50%).

Tags: 2010, magazines, yearly summaries
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