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Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2009

Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2009

Andromeda Spaceways put out five issues in 2009, just short of their bimonthly target. These were #38 through #42. For some reason they stopped sending me copies, however ... and I forgot about them, more or less, until towards the end of the year. So I only saw the last two issues (which I bought). Those issues had a total of 22 stories, only one a novelette, three short-shorts, for a total of some 87,000 words. (So it's reasonable to suppose that they published roughly 50-55 stories in all, 215,000 words or so.) The magazine is based in Australia, and edited by a rotating group of people. The editors for the issues I saw were Ian Nichols (#41) and Edwina Harvey (#42).

Stories I liked included a wild Damien Broderick/Paul di Filippo story, "Cockroach Love" (#41), about an Arab plot to subvert the West with genetically engineered cockroaches; a very sharply turned piece about zombie pageant contestants, "Pageant Girls", by Caroline M. Yoachim (#42); and a nice SF story about an implanted AI aide gone bad, "Inside Job", by Jason K. Chapman (#42). There was also fine work from Brian Stableford, Alex Kearney, Anna Tambour, and Thoraiya Dyer. On the whole, the two issues were generally enjoyable, but rarely special.

I counted 10 of 22 stories this year by women, close to half (45.5%). (The past two years the totals were 49% and 40%, so that fits right in.) And I counted 9 SF stories, or about 41%, very similar to 2008. Of course those numbers might be different for the entire year.
Tags: 2009, magazines, yearly summaries
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