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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 04:40 pm:   

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

NOVELLAS
Planet of Mystery, Part 2 -56- Terry Bisson

NOVELETS
The Cathedral of Universal Biodiversity -5- Gary W. Shockley
The Long and the Short and the Tall -36- John Morressy
thirteen o'clock -104- David Gerrold
Boon -142- Madeleine E. Robins

SHORT STORIES
Parsifal (Prix Fixe) -128- James L. Cambias

DEPARTMENTS

Books to Look For -26- Charles de Lint
Musing on Books -31- Michelle West
Plumage from Pegasus: Brother, Can You Spare A Hyperlink -100- Paul Di Filippo
Coming Attractions -127-
Films: A Mound of Blunder -136- Lucius Shepard
Curiosities -162- F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

CARTOONS: Arthur Masear (25,35), J.P. Rini (55), Joseph Farris (99), Bill Long (103), Danny Shanahan (141).

COVER BY DAVID HARDY FOR "THE CATHEDRAL OF UNIVERSAL BIODIVERSITY"
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Sethness
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 06:56 am:   

Yay ! David Gerrold ! Keep his work comin', please.

That man really knows how to turn a phrase & write a tight storyline. His recent "Chester" was so well written, I re-read it 3 times in a single day, underlining favorite phrases and noting subtle touches in plotting, restraint and exposition.

John Morressy, though... OUCH !
I guess I should learn to appreciate free firewood in February, but honestly, I'm tired of looking at poorly written children's fables from this fellah. The readership of F&SF isn't juvenile, and it seems apparent that the author spends very little effort on his writing....both major warning signs that perhaps this author's name doesn't draw readers to F&SF magazine.

Though I'm starved for SF in English (I live in a non-English speaking country), John Morressy stories I often don't start or can't be bothered to finish, being too offended by the lack of quality writing.
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BT
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 11:07 pm:   

I'm looking forward to a new Shockley story. By any chance is there a Charles Coleman Finlay story or two coming our way soon?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 08:24 am:   

We have two CCF stories in inventory.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 04:26 pm:   

Our first subscription copies of the February issue arrived in Hoboken today (12/27/05).
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jeff ford
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 07:23 am:   

Gordon would neither confirm or deny, but I'm convinced that The Slush God, JJA, posed for the cover art, and that its mystical nature is a a sly nod to his godness.
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John Thiel
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 07:27 am:   

Morrissey's got a new and fresh approach that I think hits the spot when a lot of sf is tired slush. I option for seeing more of this writer, and have to disagree with Sethness' appraisal.
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Grayson Boyd
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 02:07 pm:   

I concur with John Thiel. I've enjoyed every Morressey story I've read.

Finished "Planet of Mystery". Bisson has done it again. That man is a wonder.
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John Thiel
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 03:56 pm:   

In fact, Bisson has really gone back to the old tradition, and his story reminds me of Edgar Rice Burroughs as well as the stories Amazing used to print in the 50s. I really have been enjoying it. A ground-breaking story in many ways, too.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 10:09 am:   

Tangent review of the Feb. 2006 issue:
http://www.tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=647&Itemi d=259
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Tom b
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 03:00 pm:   

The ad on the back cover could have used a copy editor, eh?
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Laird
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 12:35 pm:   

Going back to Sethness's comments re: Morressy--after reading a handful of the Kedrigern tales, I'd say Morressy has a light touch; the writing is clean and direct, and much like a good television series, the whole of his Kedrigern cycle is greater than the sum of its parts.

I file Finlay's Kuikin and Vertir tales in a similar category--Finlay's creation is extremely understated and not something that can be truly appreciated via an isolated sample; I highly suspect we're a long way from divining the ulterior motivations of that grim duo.

In both cases, I happily await further installments.

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Michael Samerdyke
Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 01:07 pm:   

I thought that Shockley's "Cathedral of Universal Biodiversity" was the best story this issue. It was humorous on the face of it, but that masked some serious thought. Very good as well was "Boon" by Madeleine Robins. Usually I don't like urban fantasy, but I realized after I finished it that it was urban fantasy.

At a step down from those two, I liked Morressey's "The Long and the Short and the Tall," which was fun and surprising. Cambias' "Parsifal (Prix Fixe)" was also fun and enjoyable.
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R.Wilder
Posted on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 08:23 am:   

I spent most of Sunday reading this issue and enjoyed it. My favorites were "Boon," "thirteen o'clock," ""The Cathedral of Biodiversity," and "Parsifal," in that order. I enjoyed to a lesser degree the Morressey and the Bisson, which seemed on the lite side, but still enjoyable.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 03:56 am:   

Review:

http://www.irosf.com/q/zine/article/10236
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Charlie Finlay
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 09:21 pm:   

I finished reading the latest book to my boys at bedtime a few nights ago and wanted some short stories to fill in for a couple days. So I picked up this issue of F&SF and read them "The Long and the Short and the Tall" and they loved it. Emboldened by this success, the next night I pulled one of my F&SF anthologies off the shelf and read "Harrison Bergeron" to them -- that one puzzled them a bit more, and at the end, the younger one said "That's the end?" But they seemed to like it and talked about it a bit the next day.

(We're currently reading Leonard Wibberly's The Mouse That Roared, which has them laughing until they cry. I have never seen them beg so hard for another chapter, not even with Harry Potter. They get enough of the Cold War stuff to understand the context of the book, and connect it to some of the anti-terrorism culture now, and they love the satire. Go figure.)

In any case, I'll probably go back to more Kedrigern stories at some time. Thanks for publishing them.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 09:01 am:   

There are a couple collections of Kedrigern stories:

The Kedrigern Chronicles Volume 1: The Domesticated Wizard

The Kedrigern Chronicles Volume 2: Dudgeon And Dragons

and there are a few Kedrigern novels too, in case their interest in the wizard really takes off.

The two collections are readily available, but I think all the novels are out of print (though they should be easily acquired via the used book market). Someone, like SFBC, should do an omnibus of the Kedrigern novels--they're all short, and are all but unknown at this point. I'd bet most Kedrigern fans from F&SF don't even know about them.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 09:16 am:   

My kids really liked Diane Duane's "young wizards" books. Then they got on to Biggles.

Matt Hughes
Black Brillion now in paperback
The Gist Hunter & Other Stories now in stores
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Jocelyn Traher
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2006 - 02:18 pm:   

I absolutely loved the February issue - thirteen o'clock and The Cathedral were fantastic. I've been away from the magazine for too long so this was a nice welcome back! The Kedrigern arc has always been a favorite; sometimes it is nice to have a lite read. Haven't read Planet of Mystery I or II yet, but look forward to it.
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Liz
Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 05:59 pm:   

Good issue -- not quite last Oct/Nov, but still very enjoyable. :-)
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 09:12 pm:   

Vote in the Feb. 2006 Favorite Story Poll!

http://www.tuginternet.com/jja/journal/archives/003523.html
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 08:44 pm:   

Another review of this issue:

http://www.sfrevu.com/Zine-Column.php?Search=200512
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 04:48 am:   

Here are the results for the Feb. 2006 story poll:

thirteen o'clock - David Gerrold 56.5% 13

Planet of Mystery, Part 2 - Terry Bisson 13% 3

Parsifal (Prix Fixe) - James L. Cambias 8.7% 2

Plumage from Pegasus: Brother, Can You Spare A Hyperlink? - Paul Di Filippo 8.7% 2

The Cathedral of Universal Biodiversity - Gary W. Shockley 4.3% 1

The Long and the Short and the Tall - John Morressy 4.3% 1

Boon - Madeleine E. Robins 4.3% 1

total votes: 23
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Jetse
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 02:44 am:   

A small request from an overseas subscriber:

Is it possible to keep such a poll open longer, or maybe start it a bit later?

The February issue of F&SF hasn't reached my doormat yet, so I cannot possibly vote.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 05:42 am:   

Jetse---

The February issues shipped late. They're on their way.

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