ecbatan (ecbatan) wrote,

Summary: Thrilling Wonder Stories, 2009

Summary: Thrilling Wonder Stories, 2009

Thrilling Wonder Stories was revived by Winston Engle in 2007, and I was excited to hear of it. I thought the idea pretty neat -- a modern day pulp, in essence. The first issue was OK, and seemed promising. The second issue didn't appear until 2009. Both were put out with very little publicity, nor much distribution, as far as I can tell. So it didn't surprise me to learn that after two issues the magazine (technically an anthology series) was dead. In this issue there were 7 new stories, three novelettes and four short stories (one of those a short-short). About 55,000 words of new fiction. There were also six reprints, some of them quite good: Sturgeon's "The Golden Helix", Fredric Brown's "Arena", even Harlan Ellison's first SF story, "Life Hutch". The gimmick this issue is that all the authors had some connection to Star Trek, either as writers of stories used as inspiration for Star Trek Episodes, or as writers of episode teleplays or Star Trek novels.

The magazine may be worth buying for the reprints (if you don't already have them), but I have to say I was disappointed by the new stories, despite the rather good track records of the contributors. Best probably was "Palladium", by Diane Duane, in which a mixed human-alien team intervenes on a primitive world.

All the stories qualify as SF, and 2 of the 7 (28%) were by women.
Tags: 2009, magazines, yearly summaries
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