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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 08:23 am:   

THE MAGAZINE OF
FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
March 58th Year of Publication

NOVELLAS
The Helper and His Hero, Part 2 -69- Matthew Hughes

NOVELETS
Dance of Shadows -6- Fred Chappell
The Devil Bats Will Be A Little Late This Year -136- Ron Goulart

SHORT STORIES
Magic with Thirteen-Year-Old Boys -50- Robert Reed
Memoir of a Deer Woman -126- M. Rickert

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For -38- Charles de Lint
Books -43- Elizabeth Hand
Films: The Magic of Lost Loves and Crushed Canaries -120- Kathi Maio
Coming Attractions -160-
Curiosities -162- Douglas A. Anderson

CARTOONS: Arthur Masear (119), Danny Shanahan (135).
COVER BY CORY AND CATSKA ENCH FOR "THE HELPER AND HIS HERO"
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 06:51 pm:   

A new Ron Goulart novelette, eh? Great title.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 04:00 pm:   

My test copies of the March issue arrived today.
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Curt Phillips
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 05:35 pm:   

That's odd, Gordon; my subscription copy of the March issue arrived in Abingdon, VA on Jan. 26!

Curt Phillips
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 05:08 am:   

My copy arrived in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 29. But it came with a wrapper that said, "This is not a test."
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John William Thiel
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 10:14 am:   

That's a very good cover in the SF cover art tradition. News-stand ready! And it does Matt Hughes proud.

The year of F&SF you have in store as described in "Coming Attractions" can only be attributed to God and I can understand the message board reaction. Do you at the magazine express your appreciation directly, in the form of prayer?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 12:21 pm:   

We routinely thank the gods by sacrificing manuscripts to them.
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Byron Bailey
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 01:21 pm:   

You'd have an even better magazine if you threw in the occasional writer, too. And the gods like to reward blood with readers. Every ten sacrificed writers gets you a jump in circulation of one. Therefore, 1,000,000 sacrificed writers equals a jump in circulation of 100,000 with plenty of writers left over to write stories.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 01:44 pm:   

Yo, Gordon -- this is slightly (okay, way the hell) off-topic, but have you checked out the new header graphic at the ISFDB?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 06:52 pm:   

Y'know, Sam, I just used ISFB.COM today but I didn't even notice the homage paid to the old F&SF logo. I should ask them if they can work it so that the art is credited---maybe if you click on the art you'll see the full piece? (For instance, I'm pretty certain the guy with the gun is from a Meltzoff illo, but I can't remember if it was on one of our covers or on a Signet edition of an Alfred Bester novel.)
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S. Hamm
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 09:43 pm:   

Gordon,

All the artwork on the header is taken from F&SF covers. The Meltzoff is May '55; you may be confusing it with his painting for the Signet pb of THE DEMOLISHED MAN.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 10:05 pm:   

From left to right: May '62 (Emsh); May '65 (Hunter); Apr. '53 (Emsh); July '57 (Hunter); Mar. '54 (Kirberger); May '55 (Meltzoff); Dec. '50 (Bonestell); Aug. '58 (Emsh).

What won't I do to avoid work?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 07:20 am:   

Sam, I was indeed having trouble distinguishing the Meltzoff 5/55 cover from his DEMOLISHED MAN cover.

Two or three years ago, I tried to get Meltzoff to do another cover for us. No luck.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 02:53 pm:   

Too late now, alas. He also did a cover for a Signet edition of 1984 depicting Winston Smith in a similar pose, sans ray gun, of course.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 11:16 am:   

review here: http://www.tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=968&Itemi d=259
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Daniel P. Haeusser
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 07:08 pm:   

Wow. I just read Kathi Maio's film review and I don't think I could disagree with it more. I usually agree with the reviews in F&SF, this is the first time I remember being in disagreement. Here's my opinion, for what it's worth.

I found The Prestige vastly superior to The Illusionist. The Illusionist was unbearably trite, cliched, and poorly written. My wife and I laughed at the attempted romantic plot line.

The short story focuses wonderfully on the blurring of fantasy/reality, and the film puts that aside (a difficult theme for film to be sure) for the same-old love story. Rufus Sewell's performance was over-the-top, and then some.

The worst part of all was the ending. The entire audience (all film critics, we gabbed afterward) saw the 'surprise twist' half way through the picture. The remaining half was simply dull, watching the inevitable conclusion come.

I will say I agree that Ed Norton was very good in it. And the 'look' (eg cinematography, color tone, costumes)was fabulous,

The Prestige, on the other hand, I found fascinatingly complex, bearing repeat viewings. (I did not read the book, so can't compare it unfortunately). On the down side , Scarlett Johansson is painfully awful to watch.
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 03:30 pm:   

Gordon, I just finished reading both parts of "The Helper and His Hero," which I found a satisfying climax to the Bandar/noosphere cycle of stories. How long is the total story? Under 40,000 words? It feels close to that, but I'll admit I didn't count pages.

Thanks.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 07:00 pm:   

Charlie, my records list it as 39,300 words.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 09:05 pm:   

Glad you liked it, Charlie.

The whole Bandar saga is about 100,000 words. It will be out as a novel, The Commons, from Robert J. Sawyer Books sometime in the fall.

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 10:08 pm:   

Review:
http://andyspackman.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/fantasy-science-fiction-march-2007/

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