Unfit Magazine

Vol. 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
192 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2019
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Fiction that isn’t approved by your government, parents, or teachers. Unfit for public consumption. Toxic content. (Keep the secret!) Stories by Ken Liu, Orson Scott Card, Cat Rambo, Philip K. Dick, David Brin and more.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dan M. Kalin for Readers' Favorite

Daniel Scott White has curated a collection of short stories "unfit" for those who insist science fiction must travel the currently known possible. These stories include one where humans are splitting into separate time streams and how they adapt to the change; a sexbot which makes an erroneous conclusion about itself; a society's novel approach to personal crimes and their punishments; the multiverse coughing up fairy tale creatures in search of a quick buck while pursued by their appropriate law enforcement; multiple universes which are fine with the protagonist as long as her beloved Ernie is included; one human-machine hybrid's chance to live life free from its designed purpose; and more.

I enjoyed these stories very much; in fact, I remember reading several of them more than twenty years ago in other publications. David Scott White has resurrected the old and reissued them for a new audience, whom I suspect will enjoy them every bit as much as I did originally. The writing is spectacularly competent and a reminder of why the old system of publishing used to work so well, even if it did leave some credible work on the sidelines. Nothing within Unfit Magazine, Volume 1 bears the amateurish approach seen in today's worst indie publishers. Quality shows. My favorite story, which I remember very well from the 70s, is "To See the Invisible Man" by Robert Silverberg. In fact, I'm sure I have that story in my library somewhere. I would expect this collection to appeal to any serious science fiction and fantasy fan, regardless of age, except for those who would find them "unfit" for science fiction.