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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 05:45 pm:   

NOVELETS
The Calorie Man 8- Paolo Bacigalupi
Help Wonted 94- Matthew Hughes
Two Hearts 204- Peter S. Beagle

SHORT STORIES
Helen Remembers the Stork Club -59- Esther M. Friesner
Foreclosure -77- Joe Haldeman
Spells for Halloween: An Acrostic 90- Dale Bailey
Billy and the Ants -127- Terry Bisson
The Gunner's Mate -132- Gene Wolfe
Fallen Idols -153- Jaye Lawrence
Silv'ry Moon -157- Steven Utley
Echo -171- Elizabeth Hand
Boatman's Holiday -180- Jeffrey Ford

POEMS
Ode to Multiple Universes -59- Terry Pratchett

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For -45- Charles de Lint
Musing on Books -54- Michelle West
Films: Star Wars, They're Not -148- Lucius Shepard
Coming Attractions -240-
Curiosities -242-Douglas A. Anderson

CARTOONS: Bill Long (44), Joseph Farris (58), Arthur Masear (89, 147), Danny Shanahan (156).

COVER: BY CORY AND CATSKA ENCH FOR "TWO HEARTS"


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The Master Muppet Puppet Master of the Civilized World
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 06:01 pm:   

Terry Pratchett?! Didn't he recently get in the news for comments on Rowling?

Think it was on the bbc website.

BTW, nice bunny.
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Laird Barron
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 06:30 pm:   

Another beautiful cover by the Enches.

Laird
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StephenB
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 11:04 pm:   

This one looks great. Still haven't even recieved the August issue, yet. So it'll be awhile.
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R.Wilder
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 07:36 am:   

My drool is slathering.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 08:55 am:   

God's hooks! I'm in the same issue with Gene Wolfe! I am experiencing mingled emotions. Imagine stepping up to the plate right after Babe Ruth.

Matt Hughes
http://www.archonate.com/black-brillion

BSP: My first collection, The Gist Hunter & Other Stories, launches in 12 days
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E Thomas
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 10:29 am:   

Wow, just looking at the line-up, it looks like it is going to be a great issue. A lot of my favorite authors are in there.
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E Thomas
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 10:29 am:   

Or I should say stories by my favorite authors, not the actual authors themselves. ;)
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 12:44 pm:   

Actually, that's one of the nice things about printing on pulp paper. There *are* bits of your favorite authors in each issue. Mwa-ha-ha-ha!
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 12:45 pm:   

You know, just *little* bits. They don't mind.
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Rick Hauptmann
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 04:13 pm:   

God's hooks! I'm in the same issue with Gene Wolfe!

And you got a great review of The Gist Hunter & Other Stories in the new Locus from Nick Gevers. Congratulations.
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Charlie Finlay
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 05:36 pm:   

God's hooks! I'm in the same issue with Gene Wolfe! I am experiencing mingled emotions. Imagine stepping up to the plate right after Babe Ruth.

It's a lot easier to get an RBI when there's already a man on base. And easier to extend a lead when the batter before you has hit a home run.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 07:29 pm:   

My perception is that Wolfe is seeing quite a bit in print these days in various publications.

It seems that every few months he's got a short story somewhere.

Look forward to the issue...
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 07:59 pm:   

Nick Gevers has been pretty kind to me, and not just as a critic: he bought a story from me for the next PostScripts.

Matt Hughes
http://www.archonate.com/black-brillion

BSP: My first collection, The Gist Hunter & Other Stories, launches in 12 days
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Liz
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 06:40 pm:   

Wah! I'm not sure which story I'm going to read first. :-(

Glad to see Jaye Lawrence is back; I enjoyed her frog story.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 08:34 pm:   

Tangent Online review:

http://www.tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=545&Itemi d=259
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 11:43 am:   

Our subscription copies of the Oct/Nov issue arrived today (8/31), so subscribers should be getting their copies soon.

Also, I heard from our warehouse that the Oct/Nov issue is out of stock. It looks like the promotion we did over the summer was more successful than anticipated and it cleaned out all our Oct/Nov issues. I believe all subscriber copies went out, but if anyone's looking for extra copies, you'd better get 'em from the stores now, since we won't have copies to sell. (Reprinting isn't practical unless something can convince me that we'll need 4,000 - 5,000 more copies.)
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E Thomas
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 05:26 pm:   

I just got mine today in the Pacific Northwest.

Gordon Van Gelder: It looks like the promotion we did over the summer was more successful than anticipated and it cleaned out all our Oct/Nov issues.

Just out of curiousity, what did you do for the promotion?
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John Thiel
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 06:22 pm:   

The "re-subscribe" mail from all three sf magazines has abated. How is one to know when one needs to renew? Remember it with alacrity?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 07:11 pm:   

E. Thomas---

We sent out various postcard subscription offers.

John T.---

Since your subscription is good through the July 2006 issue, it makes sense that you wouldn't have received a renewal notice from us in a while.
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Jaye Lawrence
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 08:55 pm:   

Liz: Glad you liked the frog story. :-) I have a sad-faced wooden frog on my desk at work; since that story came out I've been calling him Jerry.

Matt, I was delighted to see a new Guth Bandar story. Any more in the pipeline?

-Jaye
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 11:10 pm:   

Jaye:

I've just sent another Bandar tale to Gordon. No guarantees that he'll buy it, though.

I've also started a new series with Luff Imbry, conman and forger extraordinaire. Gordon's bought one and there's another in the next issue of PostScripts.

Matt Hughes
http://www.archonate.com/black-brillion
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 03:42 pm:   

Review of "The Calorie Man"

http://www.livejournal.com/community/shortform/33840.html
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Michael Samerdyke
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 08:58 am:   

I thought that Peter S. Beagle's "Two Hearts" was the best story in the anniversary issue. I've never read The Last Unicorn, but this story captured me from the first and proved very moving.

Also very good were "Help Wonted" and "Boatman's Holiday." The Hughes story had a witty sense of adventure, and Ford's story made me think about Charon for the first time.

On a step down from those were the stories by Bailey "Spells for Halloween," Bisson "Billy and the Ants" and Utley "Silv'ry Moon." They were well-written and I enjoyed them, but I liked the Beagle, Hughes and Ford much better.

A strong anniversary issue.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 01:48 pm:   

Review:

http://www.irosf.com/q/zine/article/10194#fsf
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John Thiel
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 05:34 pm:   

finally got the issue--a week after it was displayed on the site! But that's better than getting it a week before it.

The cover would make a good illustration for the further adventures of Prometheus, but I see it illustrates Peter Space Beagle's "Two Hearts." That starts way up in the air, which is better than its ending that way, which it also does, but what may one expect from a flying beagle hunting for the red baron, not that I think the author is really that, that's just his name. Actually the tale has a good style and could have fit nicely in Datlow and Windling's FAERY REEL.

"Billy and the Ants" seems like one of the old-time fantasy horror tales one used to encounter in "strange stories of the unknown" anthologies and also from time to time in early F&SFs. Example Saki's "Sredni Vashtar" or John somebody's "The Laocoon Complex". There's also an Asimov short-short like it, which makes me think it may be part of a tradition.

Elizabeth Hand's story makes good use of a computer as a device in a fantasy story, to a really good effect.

Uproariously funny cartoon on page 156, but subtle--that driver would appear to be dressed as a clown.

Departments all good--enough, don't bother me further, the issue has entertained me!
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Alan T. Sippola
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 05:00 pm:   

I received my copy of the Oct/Nov 2005 F&SF in the mail yesterday, also.

This is an absolutely fabulous issue!
One of the very best of the year.

I really love the cover art!

Matt, you never cease to amaze me!
Your story is a fantastic piece, as always.

Nuff said.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 06:42 pm:   

Thank you, Alan.

Matt Hughes
The Gist Hunter & Other Stories
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Alan T. Sippola
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 08:50 pm:   

Aw, shucks!...t'wernt nothin'.

Truth is, I should be thanking you for such marvelous and greatly entertaining stories each time they appear in "Fantasy&ScienceFiction".

But, on the other hand, to be fair, let me just say...

Thank you, too.
...And, you betcha, Matt! ;-D

~ Alan ~
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 01:56 am:   

I was very impressed by "The Calorie Man." A reviewer (I think it was Bluejack) said something to the effect of how there wasn't enough SF that explores post-oil futures, and I sincerely agree. I think peak oil is the biggest issue on humanity's plate right now, and yet most near-future SF either glosses over it or ignores it altogether. Bacigalupi's story was a welcome exploration of the topic.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 09:45 pm:   

Review:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/shortform/35338.html
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R.Wilder
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:56 am:   

"The Calorie Man" was great, as was the Ford and Beagle, too. "Help Wonted" was very entertaining, as I've found all of Hughes' work so far. "Spells for Halloween" was inventive, but I wasn't in the mood for it at the time of reading. I'll read it again towards the end of October. The Utley and Hand were good and I found "Billy and the Ants" amusing. All in all, a fine issue with a gorgeous cover illustration.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 01:48 pm:   

Review:

http://www.epinions.com/content_4526022788
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Liz
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   

So, the best cat in the world passed away recently. I'm doing much better. Except I happened to read "Echo" and "Two Hearts" back-to-back and it almost broke me again. Nothing like trying not to bawl at work.

Emotional breakdowns aside, this was a great issue.
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Charlie Finlay
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 05:21 pm:   

I was very excited by "The Calorie Man." In just a few stories, Bacigalupi has imagined more diverse and divergent futures than some SF writers seem to manage in whole careers. It's good stuff.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 09:54 pm:   

Review:

http://www.bestsf.net/reviews/fsf051011.html
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2005 - 03:01 pm:   

What was your favorite story in the Oct/Nov 2005 issue? Vote!

http://www.tuginternet.com/jja/journal/archives/003158.html
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Pildit
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 06:21 am:   

Hi, I'm a big fan of Beagle and I would like to read his novel "Two hearts". Unfortunately I'm living in Europe and I can't get my hands on that F&SF edition.
Anyone willing to scan it and send it by email ?

Thanks,
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 08:07 am:   

Um, I think this is where I need to point out that you can buy an electronic copy of the issue from Fictionwise or from eReader:

http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/eBook33408.htm

http://www.ereader.com/product/detail/20113?book=The_Magazine_of_Fantasy_Science _Fiction_October/November_2005:_Volume_107,_No._4_5
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Pildit
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 03:40 am:   

Ok great, thanks and Merry Christmas :-)

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