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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 11:10 am:   

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

SPECIAL GENE WOLFE SECTION
How to Read Gene Wolfe -4- Neil Gaiman
Memorare -6- Gene Wolfe
The Wolf in the Labyrinth -82- Michael Swanwick
Gene Wolfe: The Man And His Work -86- Michael Andrei-Driussi


NOVELETS
The Equally Strange Reappearance of David Gerrold -94- David Gerrold


SHORT STORIES
A Thing Forbidden -121- Donald Mead
Titanium Mike Saves the Day -144- David D. Levine

POEMS
Onocentaur -115- Sophie M. White

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For -116- Charles de Lint
Films: Time Warps, Undying Love, and Living Dolls -138- Lucius Shepard
Coming Attractions -158-
Competition #73 -159-
Curiosities -162- F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

CARTOONS: Joseph Farris (137), Arthur Masear (143).
COVER BY MONDOLITHIC STUDIOS FOR "MEMORARE"
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 11:14 am:   

And the issue has already been reviewed here:

http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=5089
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 07:15 am:   

Once again thrilled to see Gene Wolfe in the spotlight!

Having said that it does ruffle me that folk go over the top with their praise. Wolfe doesn't have to be the best English writer, etc.

Even so the appreciations were mostly appreciated.

And most appreciated is MEMORARE.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 08:10 am:   

Here's a piece I wrote about the Gene Wolfe issue for SCI FI Wire: http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=5&id=40135

It's got some stuff in there about two forthcoming novels too, so if you're interested in Wolfe's work, might be worth checking out.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 02:53 pm:   

Better post a few quick thoughts while I still can...

JJA, thanks for the Wolfe update!

Onto MEMORARE.

***somewhat spoiler alert***

Enjoyed GVG's spot on introductory remark.

The use of the quad period was fun...folk should do more with punctuation than just block sentences and bang exclamations :-)

One wonders how differently this story will resonate with Catholics and their familiars as opposed to those non-Catholics.

Wolfe is grounded in the now. The icom which reminds us of the iPod. (Will we iPod fifty years from now?) We have picture taking, video making, and email. There's a mention of a threesome and contemporary adult situations. There's a discussion of documentary vs other more popular forms of filmmaking.

Then there are elements that remind us of the past. The hoppers remind us of RVs which for many are retro now. Memorials remind us of the past. The prayer reminds us of the past (though Catholics will interpret it differently). Spacesuits and planetary travel remind us of science fiction's past.

The sex/abuse aspect reminds me of Donaldson's work (in the past).

The visit to the planet recalls a haunted house. And the entire illusionary aspect of the story reminds me of an original Star Trek episode. (Cat's Paw)

As the young folk might say, Wolfe is "kicking ass" throughout the story. Wolfe weaves familiar elements and we know that we're in the hands of one of the best.

Alas all I can do is splat out a few thoughts...

***end of somewhat spoiler alert***

The sex/abuse part of the story reminds me of Donaldson.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:28 am:   

Subscribers should know that this issue is shipping late this month. Our shippers got hit with a double-whammy of an unexpected death of one of their employees plus horrible weather and road conditions that forced them to close for two days.

I'm hoping subscribers will get their copies around March 2-7, but that's just a guess right now. Sorry for the unavoidable delay.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:58 pm:   

Stopped by two different Borders to pick it up.

At the first Borders I believed it to be sold out. At the second Borders I believed it to be sold out but as I was leaving noticed that it was over in a completely different section.

It's great to feature magazines in their own distinct display BUT if folk don't know where to look then they will assume that it's been sold out.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 11:29 am:   

Issue reviewed by TangentOnline here:

http://tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=987&Itemid=25 9
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 07:46 am:   

Okay, the main mailing of April 07 issues have shipped. They went out about a week later than last month's issues. Sorry for the delay. We expect to get back on track with next month's issues.

The first batch of checking copies that we send to ourselves arrived in Hoboken today.
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Sean Melican
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 10:38 am:   

I haven't received my copy -- and, damn it all, I was one of the first to spill the beans on the GW issue. Plus, I can throw a rock from here and hit Hoboken. How long should I wait before complainin'?
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John William Thiel
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 12:32 pm:   

Nice cover---one of the best! That looks like Sigmund Freud in a popular representation on it, which would be appropriate enough for a Gene Wolfe story. Or it also looks like HG Wells, or maybe John Bull, or a late Rudyard Kipling.

Okay, Gerrold, keep it up. Why stop now?

Very necrotic read by Mr. Wolfe. I see you do, indeed, have one hoax per issue in your classified ads section.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 12:50 pm:   

Sean--

Was that your rock that landed here? I thought it fell from space.

If your issue doesn't arrive by Monday (3/12), email us through the Website's "Contact us" page and we'll send out a replacement. Issues went out late this month, (as mentioned above) and in fact one of our own checking copies just arrived in Hoboken yesterday.
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 06:53 pm:   

I just received mine in Columbus today.
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Sean Melican
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 01:42 pm:   

Sorry 'bout any damage. I've been enjoying my Steroids for Dummies, by Jose Canseco.

Congrats to Charlie, by the way.
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 03:00 pm:   

Thanks, Sean. That Steroids for Dummies must really work -- we got hit by the rice just a half hour ago.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 07:48 pm:   

Must've been a wedding! Congratulations!
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Sean Melican
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 09:58 am:   

Y'all gotta read LOCUS.

But... all those nice things I said and no invite? *sniff*
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:33 pm:   

What was your favorite story in the April issue? Vote in the favorite story poll:

http://www.tuginternet.com/jja/journal/archives/005390.html
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 06:33 am:   

Two stories from this issue are reviewed here:

http://www.sfsite.com/columns/schrodinger246.htm
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Dave Truesdale
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 09:36 am:   

Re Donald Mead's "A Thing Forbidden," I just had a weird thought.

The little survivor girl from the Donner party ends the story by trying to eat flesh again. Is it simply because she once had to eat human flesh to survive?

Or (and I know I'm stretching quite a lot) is it because there was a vampire in the Donner party, and she was bitten by said vampire and now is one herself? Has the true, hidden story of the Donner party now come to light--that there was a vampire among them?

Just kidding, but What If?
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Don Mead
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:08 am:   

Ah. It’s the “what ifs” that inspired me to write it. Virginia, a real Donner Party survivor (and a proliferate writer concerning those events) did indeed go through this Catholic conversion due to her deal with God. She did not eat people… she survived…she converted. There’s no evidence that she dwelled on this philosophical problem that I impose on her in this story. My “what ifs” were: what if she were faced with this conundrum? What if elements of Christianity worked like magic? How would these two what ifs result in a conclusion. It was a fun approach, and I hope I didn’t offend anyone.
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Dave Truesdale
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:18 am:   

"It was a fun approach, and I hope I didn’t offend anyone."

I enjoyed the story, and most certainly wasn't offended. It never entered my mind to be offended, though I admit to not being of a religious nature.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 03:21 pm:   

Gene Wolfe's "Memorare" handily won the April favorite story poll. Here are the complete results:

Memorare - Gene Wolfe 48% 16
The Equally Strange Reappearance of David Gerrold - David Gerrold 9% 3
A Thing Forbidden - Donald Mead 15% 5
Titanium Mike Saves the Day - David D. Levine 12% 4
Onocentaur - Sophie M. White (poem) 3% 1
I wasn't impressed with any of them. 12% 4
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PM
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 03:30 pm:   

It would be really bad if Wolfe couldn't carry his own special issue :-)
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 06:49 am:   

A blog review of this issue: http://journals.eyrie.org/eagle/archives/000997.html
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 07:19 am:   

Issue reviewed at BestSF.net: http://www.bestsf.net/reviews/fsf0704.html
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Blue Tyson
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 06:35 am:   

I'll give a way late vote to Big Metal Mike. :-)

The Wolfe story dragged a bit, to me.

Fantasy and Science Fiction 660 Ratings
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2007 - 06:11 am:   

Review:
http://andyspackman.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/fantasy-science-fiction-april-2007/

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