January 26th, 2008

Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2007

Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2007

Once again, the usually very steady Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine missed an issue, only managing 5 -- but 5 issues a year remains pretty impressive for a small-press outfit. (Two issues are planned for March release this year to get things back on track.) The five issues I am treating here begin with #27, and run through #31. These issues included 42 stories. There was one novella, two novelettes, and 39 short stories (3 of the latter being "short-shorts"), a total of some 207,000 words of fiction. The magazine is based in Australia, and edited by a rotating group of people. The editors in 2007 were Tehani Wessely (#27 and #31), Zara Baxter (#28), Dirk Flinthart (#29),  and Robbie Matthews (#30).

I'll list my favorite stories issue by issue. From #27, "The Fairy Wife", by Eilis Arwen O'Neal, about a woman who marries a fairy and then has problems with the issue of children. From #28, "Grace", by Ian McHugh, about a man trying to resurrect (by scientific means) his dead wife. From #29, the novella "A Day in Her Lives" by Kevin Veale, about a group of people coping with a disease that seems to rob people of their memories. From #30, "Autumn's Country", by Aliette de Bodard, a Chinese-set fantasy about a girl about to get married who first wants to understand her sister, who seemed to commit suicide before her wedding day. And from #31, "The Garden of the Djinn", another of Dirk Flinthart's very entertaining Red Priest stories. McHugh's heartbreaking story and Veale's tense and exciting piece were my overall favorites. Other fine stories came from Tansy Rayner Roberts, Simon Petrie, David J. Kane, Kieran Morgan, Bren MacDibble, Marie Alafaci, Matthew Chrulew, and Shane Jiraiya Cummings.

I counted 17 of 42 stories this year by women (40%). (In 2006, the numbers were (I think) 13 of 48, or 27.) And I counted 15 SF stories, or about 36%.