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Volume 59, Number 6, Whole Number 355 Contents: Michael Shea - The Autopsy John Clute - Books Gahan Wilson - Cartoon James P. Hogan - Neander-Tale John Kessel - Uncle John and the Saviour Baird Searles - Films: Of Watches and Cages Nicholas Yermakov - Melpomene, Calliope...and Fred John Brunner - The Man With a God That Worked Barry N. Malzberg - The Twentieth Century Murder Case Lis Volume 59, Number 6, Whole Number 355 Contents: Michael Shea - The Autopsy John Clute - Books Gahan Wilson - Cartoon James P. Hogan - Neander-Tale John Kessel - Uncle John and the Saviour Baird Searles - Films: Of Watches and Cages Nicholas Yermakov - Melpomene, Calliope...and Fred John Brunner - The Man With a God That Worked Barry N. Malzberg - The Twentieth Century Murder Case Lisa Tuttle - The Other Mother Mack Reynolds - Escape Velocity Isaac Asimov - Science: Beyond Earth's Eons Coleman Brax - Getting Into Synch Robert F. Young - The Tents of Kedar Cover by Ron Walotsky for "The Autopsy"


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Volume 59, Number 6, Whole Number 355 Contents: Michael Shea - The Autopsy John Clute - Books Gahan Wilson - Cartoon James P. Hogan - Neander-Tale John Kessel - Uncle John and the Saviour Baird Searles - Films: Of Watches and Cages Nicholas Yermakov - Melpomene, Calliope...and Fred John Brunner - The Man With a God That Worked Barry N. Malzberg - The Twentieth Century Murder Case Lis Volume 59, Number 6, Whole Number 355 Contents: Michael Shea - The Autopsy John Clute - Books Gahan Wilson - Cartoon James P. Hogan - Neander-Tale John Kessel - Uncle John and the Saviour Baird Searles - Films: Of Watches and Cages Nicholas Yermakov - Melpomene, Calliope...and Fred John Brunner - The Man With a God That Worked Barry N. Malzberg - The Twentieth Century Murder Case Lisa Tuttle - The Other Mother Mack Reynolds - Escape Velocity Isaac Asimov - Science: Beyond Earth's Eons Coleman Brax - Getting Into Synch Robert F. Young - The Tents of Kedar Cover by Ron Walotsky for "The Autopsy"

13 review for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 1980 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #355)

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Loyd

    6 • The Autopsy • 32 pages by Michael Shea Very Good. A few people went missing, it was traced to Joe Allen who came off a mining shift, grabbed the sphere he should have had no idea was in the police car, ran back into the mine and killed nine more people and himself. Dr. Winters comes in to do the autopsies, with instructions from his boss to find cause that it was murder not a mining accident so that the mine's insurance company didn't have to pay. The first twenty pages is like a mystery sto 6 • The Autopsy • 32 pages by Michael Shea Very Good. A few people went missing, it was traced to Joe Allen who came off a mining shift, grabbed the sphere he should have had no idea was in the police car, ran back into the mine and killed nine more people and himself. Dr. Winters comes in to do the autopsies, with instructions from his boss to find cause that it was murder not a mining accident so that the mine's insurance company didn't have to pay. The first twenty pages is like a mystery story, but lays the groundwork for something we know is going to be out of the ordinary. 46 • Neander-Tale • 5 pages by James P. Hogan Good/OK. Og discovers a method to start a fire. The people are afraid and kick him out of the tribe. 51 • Uncle John and the Saviour • 13 pages by John Kessel OK+. Uncle John was an intriguing character. He had a blood disease that was treated by replacing his bones. It extended his life, though he now moves a little slower, he's much calmer and takes time to formulate a thought before responding to people. The world at large now thinks he is more machine than human and these type of operations should be banned. The saviour came to town to give a speech. Was Kessel trying to point out hypocrisy? Jesus asked who is meek, but he was introduced as the best running back in pro football history. 67 • Melpomene, Calliope...and Fred • 10 pages by Nicholas Yermakov (Simon Hawke) Good. The narrator has writer's block, but comes up with the idea of interviewing someone and telling their story. He talks with a few of the people that answer his ad with no results. Then a knock on his door. It's Fred who claims to be a muse. Fred is persistent and he gets a chapter written. Fred is such an addict that it's driving the narrator nuts. Writing or no. 77 • The Man with a God That Worked • 16 pages by John Brunner Good+. Scrivener has to do research for an overrated hack writer. He ends up at Mr. Secrett's library and though trying to avoid him he gets sucked into hearing a tale of Cavendish who used the scientific method to determine the existence of god. 93 • The Twentieth Century Murder Case • 6 pages by Barry N. Malzberg Fair. Lieutenant is investigating the assault on the twentieth century and eventually its death. As if an arbitrary set of dates on the calendar is a living thing. This is a gimmick that fell short for me. 99 • The Other Mother • 18 pages by Lisa Tuttle Good. Being a single mother of two leaves Sara little time for her art. She saw a flash of white (a ghost?) on the other side of the river as she tried to paint. The theme continues, white pig, white bird. Her friend takes the kids for a Saturday afternoon and she has a fantastic day painting. Her ex has the kids Sunday, but cancels at the last minute. 117 • Escape Velocity • 4 pages by Mack Reynolds So-so/OK. A magazine writer meets Hershey in Switzerland and then coincidentally in India. Hershey describes how he is going to pogo himself into space, ending with a safe return home. End of story. 131 • Getting Into Synch • 12 pages by Coleman Brax (M. Coleman Easton) Good/VG. Pete is a Klabber. His rhythms today are all at a low. It is a scheduled day off for him. He receives a call imploring him to make an exception. Laura is performing for the president and needs his help. 143 • The Tents of Kedar • 19 pages by Robert F. Young Very Good+. Eastcliff has a disease that his doctors have deemed incurable and has taken the desperate action of going to the Ebononese hospital. He is fatalistic about it and takes a boat. After the third night Sefina hitches a ride with him to the hospital. The provincial society is a bit disturbing, but the depth of the Eastcliff and Sefina characters make up for it, and how the cure is implemented is astonishingly clever.

  2. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Joseph Schumann

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tawnya Fugate

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abel

  9. 5 out of 5

    The rockabilly werewolf from Mars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Rozali

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dante

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Crowl

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