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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 05:00 pm:   

THE MAGAZINE OF
FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
March 57th Year of Publication

NOVELLAS
The Revivalist -60- Albert E. Cowdrey

NOVELETS
Shambhala -6- Alex Irvine

SHORT STORIES
The True History of The Picky Princess -49- John Morressy
From the Mouths of Babes -106- Trent Hergenrader
The Capacity to Appear Mindless -121- Mike Shultz
Czesko -136- Ef Deal
Intolerance -143- Robert Reed

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For -33- Charles de Lint
Books -38- Robert K.J. Killheffer
Films: A Labor of Love and Thumbs -115- Kathi Maio
Coming Attractions -160-
Curiosities -162- Gregory J. Koster

CARTOONS: Tom Swick (48), Joseph Farris (114), Danny Shanahan (135).
COVER: "PAINFUL UPGRADE" BY MARK EVANS
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 06:59 pm:   

Review:

http://www.sfrevu.com/Zine-Column.php?Search=200601

No, the issue isn't out yet. He reviewed it from computer files.
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Lois Tilton
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 08:33 am:   

Very convenient, that.


LT
short fiction reviewer
IROSF
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E Thomas
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 08:49 pm:   

Heh, I think there is a very pointed hint in that last post. :-)
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Lois Tilton
Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 08:50 am:   

Unto she who hints, so shall she receive.

Thanks, Gordon.
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Sean Melican
Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 06:13 pm:   

Ahem. Hint, hint, hint. All right, we don't review magazines (because of timeliness problems), but, can we have electronic copies too? :-)
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Keith H.
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 08:48 am:   

Should I be concerned that I have not yet begun receiving my subscription? It was supposed to start with the February issue. It has been just about 8 weeks, so we're still under the "make-a-stink" deadline, but if the March issue is already out...

K
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Danny Semmel
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 02:11 pm:   

I need to figure out how to start electronically reviewing things, now that I am an award-winning electronic reviewer.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 03:49 pm:   

Keith H.---

Please contact us via our "Contact us" button on the Website with your name and address and we'll check. Your copy of the Feb. issue is probably in transit, but it's worth looking you up in the system, just to be sure.
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Keith H.
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 12:38 pm:   

Naturally, it came in the very day after writing that. Thanks for your attention, however.

K

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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2006 - 05:25 am:   

Glad to hear that issue #1 arrived. The March issue should arrive soon. Our first sub copies showed up in Hoboken yesterday.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 06:40 am:   

Review:

http://www.tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=658&Itemi d=259
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John Thiel
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 03:11 pm:   

Well, I have this issue now. I feel sort of folded away in your files while commenting on it.

The only thing I've heard previously of this realm, Shambhala, is the song that's been on the radio many years that says "How does the light shine in the halls of Shambala?" I thought this story might cast some on it, but find it's written in that directorial ongoing-present and also that it will bring the cover into play; I'll look at the story again at a later time.

Looking at the back cover flipped me out. Burt Libe re-emerges from wherever he went to, doing what are apparently children's books about time travel. Burt used to telephone me up demanding free copies of my fanzine.

Saul Steinberg-like effect on the Joseph Farris cartoon.

I don't regard this as an outstanding issue. The stories seem too typical of what's being written nowadays, this time around.
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Michael Samerdyke
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 07:58 am:   

This was the issue that hit the jackpot, at least for me. I liked every story this issue. "The Revivalist" by Cowdrey was my favorite. It took the Rip Van Winkle idea, but told it from a science fiction perspective with big helpings of horror and humor. A real achievement.

Next I liked Shultz's "The Capacity to Appear Mindless," which was not only funny but raised some serious issues and had a compelling plot. "Czesko" by Ef Deal was also quite funny and led to the perfect conclusion. "Intolerance" by Robert Reed was not funny. It grabbed me from the opening scene and pulled me along through all the twists and turns. "Shambhala" by Irvine was a good look at a high-tech catastrophe, while Morressy's "True History of the Picky Princess" was a good, unpretentious revision of Sleeping Beauty. Finally, "From the Mouths of Babes" was an effective story as well.

A superlative issue.
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Charlie Finlay
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 03:21 pm:   

Yeah! I have yet to read the Irvine or Shultz stories, but I've either liked or loved everything else in the issue so far. I also thought Kilheffer's column was particularly good (even if I thought the Bujold better than her past two fantasies), and Kathy Maio's column was a good read too. Issues like this one always make me glad I'm a subscriber.
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Laird
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 12:31 am:   

The Revivalist is simply a work of art.

Cowdrey just gets stronger and stronger. Hats off.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 05:22 pm:   

I recently interviewed Trent Hergenrader, author of "From the Mouths of Babes." You can read it here:

http://www.tuginternet.com/jja/journal/archives/003512.html

And, since Ef Deal's story, "Czesko," is in this issue, I wanted to point out that I interviewed her too a while back. You can read that interview here:

http://www.tuginternet.com/jja/journal/interviews/deal.htm

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R.Wilder
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 10:12 am:   

Great issue. Every story was either very good or excellent. I especially loved the Reed, Hergenrader, Irvine, and Deal pieces. The Schultz was funny in a vicious way, and the Morressy in a fantasy-lite way. But the yarn ripper of the issue was definitely the Cowdrey. I agree with Laird, the man's writing is getting stronger. Reading the March "F&SF" made a gloomy Sunday sheer fun.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 07:10 am:   

Review:

http://www.epinions.com/content_4672168068
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Sue
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 03:19 pm:   

My March issue arrived in the mail today.

I sat down, opened up the issue and just finished reading "Shambhala" by Alex Irvine. I read it from start to finish without stopping, and that is the best praise I can give any story. :-) I really enjoyed it from start to finish, and especially liked the ending and the use of Greek mythology. Really great read!
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Sue
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 02:54 pm:   

Hey!

My April 2006 issue arrived today.

April!

With service like this, I just may renew my subscription after all.

:-)
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Sunday, April 02, 2006 - 11:46 am:   

Results of the F&SF: March 2006 Favorite Story Poll:

Czesko - Ef Deal 55.6% 15

The Revivalist - Albert E. Cowdrey 25.9% 7

From the Mouths of Babes - Trent Hergenrader 7.4% 2

Shambhala - Alex Irvine 3.7% 1

The True History of The Picky Princess - John Morressy 3.7% 1

The Capacity to Appear Mindless - Mike Shultz 3.7% 1

Intolerance - Robert Reed 0% 0

I was not overly impressed with any of them. 0% 0

total votes: 27
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