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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 683
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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 - 06:43 am:   

NOVELLAS
ARKFALL -62- Carolyn Ives Gilman

NOVELETS
PUMP SIX -9- Paolo Bacigalupi

SHORT STORIES
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR ELDERLY MAN -57- Laura Kasischke
PICNIC ON PENTECOST -118- Rand B. Lee
“SHED THAT GUILT! DOUBLE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY OVERNIGHT!” -129- Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn
SALAD FOR TWO -137- Robert Reed
RUN! RUN! -153- Jim Aikin

DEPARTMENTS
EDITORIAL -5- Gordon Van Gelder
BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -44- Charles de Lint
BOOKS -48- Elizabeth Hand
COMING ATTRACTIONS -128-
CURIOSITIES -162- Dave Truesdale

Cartoons: Joseph Farris (43), Arthur Masear (61).
COVER BY CORY AND CATSKA ENCH FOR "ARKFALL"
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Andres
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Post Number: 28
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Posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 - 04:19 pm:   

Thirteen? Oh my...
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Andres
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Post Number: 29
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Posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 - 04:23 pm:   

All stories, or you are including as contributors for example Harlan Ellison aka the FILM EDITOR?:-)
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 685
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Posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 - 09:27 pm:   

Andres---

I think I counted twelve stories and one poem. Let me go check. . . .

Yes. Three novelets, nine short stories, and one poem, plus reviews and other columns.
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Fabrice_d
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Post Number: 137
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2008 - 04:36 pm:   

Guess I will have read Pump Six in my Bacigalupi collection before receiving my september issue. But the TOC of that collection reminded me of F&SF's role in the debut of that author. So I will say: "thanks, Gordon!"

And I see that we will have in this issue one a the rare Gordon's editorials (alwyas interesting and funny, I even learned there what spilogale means).
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Dave_truesdale
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Post Number: 398
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2008 - 10:34 pm:   

Re Gordon's editorial: brush up on your Harlan Ellison history.

Newer, or younger SF fans will have heard all sorts of stories about Harlan, going all the way back to the 1960s. Some of which are for the most part true, and some being exaggerated over time (like big whopper fish stories). A lot of these stories are, therefore, around 40 years old. People change in certain regard and in some ways (not all) over time. Grain of salt and all that.

From my own (fairly recent) personal dealings with HE (which go back to 1978 on the professional level), he's one of the most kind, caring, fiercely loyal people on the planet. Yes, he can be a rascally curmudgeon at times, but you'll not hear me saying an unkind word agin him. He's been more than generous and kind to me, and his enormous talent is without question.

Gordon's editorial deals with a recent documentary about HE, and is both interesting and fair. You'll enjoy it, and I am glad Gordon took the time to write it.

Dave
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 689
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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 08:48 pm:   

Thanks, Fabrice and Dave.

I saw Paolo at Readercon this weekend and he said he has finished one novel and is trying to place it with a publisher now.

I didn't see Harlan, unfortunately, but in case anyone's wondering, I did see THE OSCAR. And I didn't think it was nearly as bad as Harlan says it is.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 693
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 02:17 pm:   

One of my checking copies of this issue was waiting for me today when I checked the post office box.
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John_thiel
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Post Number: 125
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Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 10:44 am:   

Wow, smoke here at the F&SF site! Charles Coleman Finley's story seems to have gotten up so much reader interest and attention that now readers can read the precursive story by Finley free. I thought that story had a lot of explosiveness to it.

Also smoking is the scam warning. I'm happy to see action being taken, as I was unhappy to receive the scam in the mail.

Just a few notes on the latest issue: I see the Kasischke story is in it, which wasn't the case with the previous issue. Its title reminds me of my great unsold and unread short story, "Somebody's Looking for Nolan", but I haven't gotten to reading it yet, only the title. The Swanwick/Gunn story sounds like a viagra ad from its title, so one can see judging a story by its title doesn't pay. I'll get to reading it.

I've been wondering about Harlan, so the editorial was of interest. He called me up on the telephone once, is why I wonder what's what with him. If I can get a copy of "Teeth" at B&N, I'll know.

Odd coincidence, an author named "Gilman" writing an underwater story. The cover artists, the Enches, seem to have noticed it.
I've got biff and zow
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John_thiel
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Post Number: 126
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Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 - 06:13 am:   

Is Eileen Gunn any relation to James E. Gunn? I can't find a FAQ location on that one.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 695
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Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 - 07:23 am:   

I don't remember now which of Lucius's reviews ticked off Harlan. I know he didn't like the review of X-MEN (which was, I think, Lucius's first F&SF column), but that wasn't the one that inspired his resignation letter. I've forgotten which one that was.

I should also mention that Harlan adored a couple of Lucius's reviews. Did Lucius review AI? I think that was one that Ellison loved.

As far as I know, Eileen Gunn is no relation to James Gunn. And while you didn't ask, let me add that Elizabeth Bear is not related to Greg Bear.

If you received a subscription solicitation and you feel it's deceptive, you might want to file a complaint about it with the FTC or with the Attorney General's office of the state where the subscription agency is located.
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Jack_skillingstead
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 12:19 am:   

Harlan is bigger than life, which means he invites us into a greater intensity of life. His fiction has had a profound effect on me.
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 103
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 02:53 am:   

Good issue.

Doctor Who and the Ives Gill-man you think would be a goer, then, John?
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 697
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 07:32 am:   

Hey Blue---

I tried the links in your footer and two of them didn't work. Did the URLs change for your Free and Not Free readers?
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 104
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 08:12 am:   

Nope, maybe the board changed how they parse the sigs. I'll check it out. Looks like a double http there.

If this is what you are after :-

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2008/08/fantasy-and-science-fiction-676-gordon.htm l
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 105
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 08:25 am:   

testing .sig, this is very boring, so go buy FSF and rea dit.
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 106
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 08:28 am:   

keep reading, trying a longer one, Bacigalupi r00lz
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 107
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 08:29 am:   

Now I have stuffed around with that, if you click on me, the profile will have a link to one of 'em as well I just remembered, as there is a web page link.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 698
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Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 11:56 am:   

Thanks for the link (and the review of the issue). The test links work okay for me.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 700
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Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 05:50 am:   

Lois Tilton reviews this issue for IROSF here: http://irosf.com/q/zine/article/10453
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 707
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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 07:41 am:   

Mike O'Driscoll's review of this issue appears in THE FIX: http://thefix-online.com/reviews/fsf-sept-2008/
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Erik_olson
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Post Number: 20
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Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 09:30 pm:   

Reading Arkfill put me in mind of the first time as a child that I read Surface Tension by James Blish.

For those who haven't read it, it's the story of microscopic life forms constructing a ship to go outside their pool of water. They reach the next pool, and find new women. (It's like the Apollo program meets Voyaging Chiefs of Hawai'i.)

(In Greenberg's Greatest SF Series, or Where do we go from here?, or the collected Seedling Stars.)
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Freelivefree
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Post Number: 16
Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 01:14 pm:   

I just finished reading Arkfall. That's probably the best SF story I've read in a long time. It is a SF adventure and a character piece all in one. I can't help but think the inhabitants of Ben are descended from the Japanese. For that matter the story seemed to deal with the concepts of Giri and Ninjo. At least, from my understanding of those concepts.
I also liked how Jack and Osaji become more like each other and become more balanced.

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