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Volume 94, Number 5, Whole Number 562 Contents: Bruce Sterling - Maneki Neko Bill Long - Cartoon Charles de Lint - Books to Look For Douglas E. Winter - Books Joseph Farris - Cartoon Gordon Van Gelder - Editor's Recommendations Kristine Kathryn Rusch - The Questing Mind S. Harris - Cartoon Mike Resnick - Card Shark Mary Soon Lee - Ex Terra, Ex Astris Paul di Filippo - Plumage from Peg Volume 94, Number 5, Whole Number 562 Contents: Bruce Sterling - Maneki Neko Bill Long - Cartoon Charles de Lint - Books to Look For Douglas E. Winter - Books Joseph Farris - Cartoon Gordon Van Gelder - Editor's Recommendations Kristine Kathryn Rusch - The Questing Mind S. Harris - Cartoon Mike Resnick - Card Shark Mary Soon Lee - Ex Terra, Ex Astris Paul di Filippo - Plumage from Pegasus Robin Wilson - Thanks, Diaz Kit Reed - Mommy Nearest Mark S. Geston - The Allies Cover by Bob Eggleton for "The Allies"


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Volume 94, Number 5, Whole Number 562 Contents: Bruce Sterling - Maneki Neko Bill Long - Cartoon Charles de Lint - Books to Look For Douglas E. Winter - Books Joseph Farris - Cartoon Gordon Van Gelder - Editor's Recommendations Kristine Kathryn Rusch - The Questing Mind S. Harris - Cartoon Mike Resnick - Card Shark Mary Soon Lee - Ex Terra, Ex Astris Paul di Filippo - Plumage from Peg Volume 94, Number 5, Whole Number 562 Contents: Bruce Sterling - Maneki Neko Bill Long - Cartoon Charles de Lint - Books to Look For Douglas E. Winter - Books Joseph Farris - Cartoon Gordon Van Gelder - Editor's Recommendations Kristine Kathryn Rusch - The Questing Mind S. Harris - Cartoon Mike Resnick - Card Shark Mary Soon Lee - Ex Terra, Ex Astris Paul di Filippo - Plumage from Pegasus Robin Wilson - Thanks, Diaz Kit Reed - Mommy Nearest Mark S. Geston - The Allies Cover by Bob Eggleton for "The Allies"

32 review for Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 1998 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #562)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Review solely for Bruce Sterling's 1998 classic, "Maneki Neko." Moved here by a "helpful" GR librarian. Grrr. One of my favorite Sterling shorts. Wonderful story. Hasn't dated a bit. 5680 words. Reprint online: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fic... Another reprint: https://medium.com/@bruces/maneki-nek... Won the Locus Best Short award, 1999. Bunch of other award nominations, & many other reprints: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg... A sample: “It’s nice to meet someone from the American gover Review solely for Bruce Sterling's 1998 classic, "Maneki Neko." Moved here by a "helpful" GR librarian. Grrr. One of my favorite Sterling shorts. Wonderful story. Hasn't dated a bit. 5680 words. Reprint online: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fic... Another reprint: https://medium.com/@bruces/maneki-nek... Won the Locus Best Short award, 1999. Bunch of other award nominations, & many other reprints: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg... A sample: “It’s nice to meet someone from the American government,” said Tsuyoshi, bowing a bit in his chair. “I’d shake your hand, but it’s tied to the bed.” Compare to this Jack Vance bit: “I would offer congratulations were it not for this tentacle gripping my leg.” (from Cugel's Saga) Heh. Reread many times. If you missed it, or its been awhile, what are you waiting for ? On my "100 Best Ever" list.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Loyd

    4 • Maneki Neko • 16 pages by Bruce Sterling Very Good. Tsuyoshi was shopping when he got a call on his Pokkecon to talk with the customer at the counter about Felix the Cat. He normally would be too shy to brazenly talk with such an attractive girl, but the tip was really an ice breaker. They had a date the next week and eventually got married. The net has access to everyone's personal information and has built a vast following of people who will do a favor or two for strangers. It's sort of an 4 • Maneki Neko • 16 pages by Bruce Sterling Very Good. Tsuyoshi was shopping when he got a call on his Pokkecon to talk with the customer at the counter about Felix the Cat. He normally would be too shy to brazenly talk with such an attractive girl, but the tip was really an ice breaker. They had a date the next week and eventually got married. The net has access to everyone's personal information and has built a vast following of people who will do a favor or two for strangers. It's sort of an underground economy. 33 • The Questing Mind • 20 pages by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Good/VG. Reed Brasher is losing memories. He's an old man, but it's not the recent memories he's losing. He can read about his life and retain it, but it's like he's learned it, not lived it. He has to find out what is happening. 54 • Card Shark • 27 pages by Mike Resnick Good/Very Good. PI John Justin Mallory, a series character, has been thrown into an alternate dimension. Now he has received a couple of tarot cards and had a couple of near miss accidents. His partner tells him the incidents are related and someone is out to kill him. Mallory is skeptical, but then gets a client who is also receiving these cards. A decent mystery story with humor. Fun read. 81 • Ex Terra, Ex Astris • 13 pages by Mary Soon Lee Good+. This story sounded familiar. It's a follow up to "Universal Grammar" (April 1996). Which I now see in the blurb. The alien races have offered Earth the chance to join the confederation. It's join or the solar system will be marked off limits and there will be no contact. 101 • Thanks, Diaz • 10 pages by Robin Scott Wilson Good+. The town bank is robbed. It's Linc's first case. They end up catching Gaffney, but not the getaway driver. Gaffney confesses and gives up the name of the driver. The FBI finds all sorts of online information about Diaz, but no one that actually knows him. 111 • Mommy Nearest • 9 pages by Kit Reed Good/OK. At seventy-three Evelyn has a baby. Now Tammy is sixteen. Evelyn trying to keep her baby, Tammy wanting to be grown up. 120 • The Allies • 42 pages by Mark S. Green Good/VG. Aliens have come to Earth to wipe out humanity and make everything else on the planet flourish. It looks inevitable. We use our remaining time and the technology in a captured ship to create six escape ships. The captain of the sixth ship is our narrator. He was to be captain of the first ship, but it was destroyed while still on the ground. He tells of the war and the way the aliens are not just killing humans, but manipulating the environment and animals. The story was like a very interesting documentary. The only characters that have roles are the captain and the ship minds. Other than their dialog it's about how humanity and other species are behaving on a racial level.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Review of Sterling's "Maneki Neko" only: Amusing short story. I first heard about this story in Naomi Kritzer's "Cat Pictures Please," and I'm glad I followed up and read it. The basic premise is that there's a 'net based "pay it forward" system which uses the lucky cats (maneki neko) as a symbol. Of course, it goes deeper than that, and there are still several questions lacking answers at the end of the story. Still, I think it's a stronger story for the questions, and it was a really fun read. I Review of Sterling's "Maneki Neko" only: Amusing short story. I first heard about this story in Naomi Kritzer's "Cat Pictures Please," and I'm glad I followed up and read it. The basic premise is that there's a 'net based "pay it forward" system which uses the lucky cats (maneki neko) as a symbol. Of course, it goes deeper than that, and there are still several questions lacking answers at the end of the story. Still, I think it's a stronger story for the questions, and it was a really fun read. I found the story at Lightspeed Magazine, here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    pluton

    There is the Net that Japanese people are part of (looks much like the internet with more social connections) and it's a story about its power and how it can attack an outsider. Hard to explain; I didn't really get it. How is it related to the cats?! There is the Net that Japanese people are part of (looks much like the internet with more social connections) and it's a story about its power and how it can attack an outsider. Hard to explain; I didn't really get it. How is it related to the cats?!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daria Tsareva

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Wolput

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ubikuberalles

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ari Augustine

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Keijser

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashby Albright

  12. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

  14. 4 out of 5

    Letande D'Argon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna Lombardo

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Joseph Schumann

  20. 5 out of 5

    albert t

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yenni

  22. 4 out of 5

    Virtualgalaxy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danyel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  25. 4 out of 5

    Seth Bowman

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bradshaw

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fredrik Lindlöf

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin Rapacki

  31. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

  32. 5 out of 5

    Katt Hansen

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