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Number 17, December 2003
Cover illustration by John Hancock
Will McIntosh's "Faller" gained an honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant.
William I. Lengeman III, on Tangent Online, says "'Faller,' William McIntosh's fantasy tale, was my favorite piece in this issue... McIntosh manages to sustain the promise of his first line all the way to the end of this lyrical tale, an ending which is just too good to relate here." You can read the entire review here.
Steven Sawicki reviews this issue on SFRevu (February 2004). Here's what he says about "Jack Be Nimble" by Fraser Sherman: "Sherman provides us with a kind of fractured fairy tale landscape that is both amusing and poignant." You can read the entire review here (scroll down).
Paul Skevington, on SF Crowsnest, says "it's a great pleasure to experience the myriad joys of this magazine, with its kaleidoscopic approach to fantasy and its new wave sensibility that forgoes the horrors of swords and princesses (mostly) and catches us off guard with a collection of stories gathered from a variety of talented authors." You can read the entire review here.
Rich Horton, on the Speculative Literature Foundation web site, briefly reviews this issue. He says his "favorite was William McIntosh's 'Faller', about a man who parachutes off a floating city and discovers that his world is composed of any number of floating cities." You can find his entire review here.
bluejack, on The Internet Review of Science Fiction, reviews "Frank Among the Franks" from this issue. He says "Occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, this is the kind of story you want to read bits of out loud to the people around you." You can find his entire review here (you have to subscribe to see the article).
Mark Watson, on his Best SF web site, reviews "Robin Williams, Speaking Spanish" from this issue. He says "All in all an impressive story with a set of mostly three-dimensional characters and intriguing interplay... Morlan's story is of a standard you would expect to see in the 'bigger' mags." You can find his entire review here.
Jonathan A. Gilbert, in his E-Dispatch from the Great White North (Volume 2, Number 15), says: "One of the best science fiction publications around... All the stories in this issue are superb but the ones I found most to my liking were 'Jack Be Nimble' (which takes a rather unique look at the Jack and the Beanstock fable)... and 'Frank Among The Franks' (where the tale's protagonist accidently summons the Principate of Anthropoloty which then puts him in charge of watching over one of the lost human societies that the Principate is charged with protecting)."
Ahmed A. Khan, on his Short SF and Fantasy Review web site, includes "Jack Be Nimble" from this issue as one of his favourite stories of 2003. He calls it "a thoroughly enjoyable story." You can find his entire list of mini-reviews here.
Spindoc, in dragon's breath (#72, Summer 2004), says: "With slick colour covers and some excellent b/w interior artwork, each issue boasts an entertaining mix of genre fiction, interesting articles and thought-provoking editorial comment." They rate the issue 8/10 ("boss"). You can find their mini-reviews here.
Boyce McClain, in Collectors Corner (#136, Feb. 2004), says: "Challenging Destiny presents some outstanding stories by pros and novices alike complemented by black and white illustrations."
Here are some sneak previews of the stories you'll find in the seventeenth issue of Challenging Destiny:
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