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Contents: Ransom - H. B. Fyfe The Rape of the Lock: a Gavagan's Bar story - L. Sprague DeCamp & Fletcher Pratt Ugly Sister - Jan Struther Flood - L. Major Reynolds Mrs. Poppledore's Id - R. Bretnor Minister Without Portfolio - Mildred Clingerman The Good Life - J. J. Coupling The 8:29 - Edward S. Sullivan Jizzle - John Wyndham The Giant Finn MacCool - W. B. Ready The Pedestrian - Ray Contents: Ransom - H. B. Fyfe The Rape of the Lock: a Gavagan's Bar story - L. Sprague DeCamp & Fletcher Pratt Ugly Sister - Jan Struther Flood - L. Major Reynolds Mrs. Poppledore's Id - R. Bretnor Minister Without Portfolio - Mildred Clingerman The Good Life - J. J. Coupling The 8:29 - Edward S. Sullivan Jizzle - John Wyndham The Giant Finn MacCool - W. B. Ready The Pedestrian - Ray Bradbury The Lonely Worm - Kenneth H. Cassens Recommended Reading - The Editors Worlds of If: Hands Off - Edward Everett Hale If Grant Had Been Drinking At Appomattox - James Thurber The Hole in the Moon - Idris Seabright Cover illustration by Chesley Bonestell (Exploring the moon)


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Contents: Ransom - H. B. Fyfe The Rape of the Lock: a Gavagan's Bar story - L. Sprague DeCamp & Fletcher Pratt Ugly Sister - Jan Struther Flood - L. Major Reynolds Mrs. Poppledore's Id - R. Bretnor Minister Without Portfolio - Mildred Clingerman The Good Life - J. J. Coupling The 8:29 - Edward S. Sullivan Jizzle - John Wyndham The Giant Finn MacCool - W. B. Ready The Pedestrian - Ray Contents: Ransom - H. B. Fyfe The Rape of the Lock: a Gavagan's Bar story - L. Sprague DeCamp & Fletcher Pratt Ugly Sister - Jan Struther Flood - L. Major Reynolds Mrs. Poppledore's Id - R. Bretnor Minister Without Portfolio - Mildred Clingerman The Good Life - J. J. Coupling The 8:29 - Edward S. Sullivan Jizzle - John Wyndham The Giant Finn MacCool - W. B. Ready The Pedestrian - Ray Bradbury The Lonely Worm - Kenneth H. Cassens Recommended Reading - The Editors Worlds of If: Hands Off - Edward Everett Hale If Grant Had Been Drinking At Appomattox - James Thurber The Hole in the Moon - Idris Seabright Cover illustration by Chesley Bonestell (Exploring the moon)

14 review for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 1952 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #12)

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Loyd

    3 • Ransom • 7 pages by H. B. Fyfe Good+. An expedition from Earth lands on a planet of bird-like men. They seem to be getting along well, but one of the customs of the bird people is to capture someone of another tribe and extort money or goods from that tribe. 10 • The Rape of the Lock • 8 pages by L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt Good+/VG. A discussion in Gavagan's bar about the fourth dimension prompts Allen to tell his tale of how he helped Hamid and was given a little amulet that would op 3 • Ransom • 7 pages by H. B. Fyfe Good+. An expedition from Earth lands on a planet of bird-like men. They seem to be getting along well, but one of the customs of the bird people is to capture someone of another tribe and extort money or goods from that tribe. 10 • The Rape of the Lock • 8 pages by L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt Good+/VG. A discussion in Gavagan's bar about the fourth dimension prompts Allen to tell his tale of how he helped Hamid and was given a little amulet that would open any door. Then how he inadvertently used that key with unexpected results. 19 • Ugly Sister • 6 pages by Jan Struther Good. The story of Cinderella told from the perspective of her step-sister Augusta. 26 • Flood • 6 pages by L. Major Reynolds Fair/OK. The rain has caused a landslide that has dammed the river. There will be full scale flooding. The rats are coming out of the sewers, the cats and dogs taking advantage to kill a few. Meanwhile the men are trying to clear the blockage. There's a hint of something eerie but it doesn't make it suspenseful and there are no characters to make it interesting. 32 • Mrs. Poppledore's Id • 20 pages by Reginald Brentor OK/Good. Vole is the psychiatrist treating Constance Poppledore. He helps her determine that it was her father that brought on the poltergeist when she was young. Now she seems to be able to bring out the poltergeist at will and have some control of it. Mr. Poppledore is trying to sell Canon Bunny's book, and doesn't want Connie creating bad publicity. The story is tongue-in-cheek, sort of like Goulart. 52 • Minister Without Portfolio • 7 pages by Mildred Clingerman Very Good+. Ida is being put out to pasture by her daughter-in-law. Not given anything to do around the house. Sent bird watching. While there she meets some interesting air force men who talk to and appreciate her. Jord especially who calls her Mother Ida. Really heartwarming. 59 • The Good Life • 9 pages by J. J. Coupling VG/Good. Sylvia is married to Homer. At first everything was fine, then she became less and less fulfilled. She found a book of spells that allowed her soul to leave her body and listen to any conversation. She found that her body would keep on functioning even without her soul so she started spending more and more time away from her body. This story drew me in, very enjoyable. 68 • The 8:29 • 6 pages by Edward S. Sullivan Good/VG. For fifteen year George has always taken the 8:17. He's even been kidded about it. Today he takes the later train and it leads to an adventure. Kind of a thin plot, but humorously written. 74 • Jizzle • 10 pages by John Wyndham Good/VG. Ted buys a monkey. Jizzle has a talent for drawing portraits. This allows Ted to turn from selling his psychological stimulator to putting on shows and selling the portraits that Jizzle has drawn. Rosie doesn't like the way Jizzle snickers and thinks the portraits of her are becoming unflattering. She quits the show. Even though he's raking in the money, Ted misses Rosie. 84 • The Giant Finn MacCool • 5 pages by William Bernard Ready OK. Finn MacCool is a helpful giant, not good for fine work though, he's too big. A little clumsy and not too bright, but he did come up with the idea of the Irish building the railroads across America. 89 • The Pedestrian • 4 pages by Ray Bradbury OK. Mead goes out for a walk every night and never meets another person. Miles and miles just to get some air. 94 • The Lonely Worm • 11 pages by Kenneth H. Cassens Good+. Hubert has Cyril, a twenty foot worm, to help him around the house. Hube is kind of sweet on Sabina the next door neighbor, but is having trouble working up the courage to take a step of the romantic kind. Meanwhile busybody Bedelia wants to take him in on animal cruelty charges. Charming and funny story. 109 • Hands Off • 10 pages by Edward Everett Hale Fair. On a replica of Earth a godling looks in at Joseph trying to escape being a slave. He quashes the dog that would have given the alarm that would have recaptured Joseph. Everything seems great for a few years, Joseph reunited with his family. Then we have a 'for want of a nail' situation that leads to disaster. 119 • If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox • 3 pages by James Thurber Stupid. The setup, Grant making drunken comments, was so dumb that the punchline at the end did nothing for me. 122 • The Hole in the Moon • 6 pages by Idris Seabright (Margaret St. Clair) OK. Post apocalyptic world. The enemy had infected all the women. It made them carriers, but men died of the disease quickly. When the protagonist hears a woman, he tries to drive her away, but he is so lonely. What is he to do?

  2. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bin

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pat Winter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dax

  8. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yamman Hammad

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Rozali

  12. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dante

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Crowl

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