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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 01:06 pm:   

Here are the contents (a little early, but I'll be off at World Fantasy Convention for the next few days):

THE MAGAZINE OF
FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
January 59th Year of Publication

NOVELETS
The Twilight Year -4- Sean McMullen
Pride and Prometheus -55- John Kessel
Mystery Hill -116- Alex Irvine

SHORT STORIES
It's a Wonderful Life -40- Michaela Roessner
Mars: A Traveler's Guide -97- Ruth Nestvold
The Quest for Creeping Charlie -104- James Powell

DEPARTMENTS
Books To Look For -30- Charles de Lint
Books -34- James Sallis
Plumage from Pegasus: The Publishing House Always Wins -93- Paul Di Filippo
Films: How I Wonder What You Are -110- Kathi Maio
Coming Attractions -160-
Curiosities -162- F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

Cartoons: J.P. Rini (29), Arthur Masear (39), S. Harris (115).
COVER: "HYPERMAIL" BY DARREL ANDERSON
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 08:14 am:   

Nice to see a story from down Under. Fantasy or SF?

No stories by Matt Hughes or Albert Cowdrey these last issues. What is happening? An authors' strike?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 08:37 am:   

Sean McMullen's story is fantasy.

Matt Hughes has a story slated to run in the February issue. Albert Cowdrey has the March cover story. And you didn't ask about our other most prolific contributor, but Robert Reed has the April cover story. And the stories are all worth waiting for.
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 09:04 am:   

Gordon,

I wasn't afraid about Bob Reed's disappearance from your pages. He has a very good site where you can see that "Five Thrillers" is scheduled for the april or may F&SF, and that he has 5 other stories forthcoming in F&SF ("Character Flu", "Dismal", "Leave", "Reunion", and "Salad for two)!!!

By the way, there was a story titled "Reunion" in the December Analog: the beginning of a fashion?
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R.Wilder
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 08:56 am:   

I scored my Jan. F&SF right off the cart, before it hit the shelf, at B&N yesterday, along with the Jan. Asimov's. Since forever, I've always read the book reviews first, usually quickly, and I loved the James Sallis essay on "Emshwiller x 2: The Life and Art of Ed and Carol Emshwiller" by Luis Ortiz. It definitely made me want that book, for its artwork and the bio. I loved how Sallis places himself in the scene, too, with his own background. It made for a flavorful review.
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 01:18 am:   

Have the overseas issues been send?
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 01:19 am:   

sent
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 05:37 am:   

Yes, the issues are all on their way.
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John William Thiel
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2007 - 06:08 pm:   

January issue is received here, and it has a very nice cover indeed, but that's getting to be the rule. Keep it up! I'm not saying it's boring to have good covers regularly, quite the contrary!

I remember a lot of bargain back issue sales, the time H.L. Gold was selling back issues, the time Ray Palmer was doing it, the time Bill Hamling was doing it. Is this one the same treat for the modern, youthful reader that those were for me? I'd just started reading sf and needed those back issues, but I've seen all the F&SFs of the 90s and can only give the ad a worldly look.

Rex Stout's book sounds like a curiosity indeed. Isn't he the author of the Nero Wolfe stories? This one, though, sounds kind of recent in its approach. If I see it, I'll buy it. (I assume it would be on the sale price rack at the old familiar chain bookstore.)

That is a very touching obit presented by Tor on the inside of the back cover.

Paul, why aren't you at the forums?
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Saturday, December 01, 2007 - 07:53 am:   

Here's a review of the issue from SF Revu:
http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=6487
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 08:46 pm:   

Our subscription checking copies started showing up today.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 06:31 am:   

Another review of this issue, this time from THE FIX:
http://thefix-online.com/reviews/fsf-jan-2008/
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Roy Gray
Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 10:59 am:   

The fix is a new short fiction review site and the January F&SF review is online at
http://thefix-online.com/reviews/fsf-jan-2008/


TTA Press, publisher of renowned short fiction showcases Interzone, Black Static, and Crimewave, also published The Fix. The latter, in its print incarnation, provided critical analyses and reviews of an extensive range of short fiction.

Now, The Fix has relaunched in a new, online format, once again providing a venue for critical coverage of short fiction across the full spectrum of magazines, webzines, anthologies, and single-author collections.

Publisher Andy Cox hopes that The Fix will grow into the hub for aficionados and practitioners of short fiction to visit for news and commentary relevant to the community.

Managing Editor Eugie Foster, arriving to helm The Fix fresh from a distinguished career as managing editor of Tangent Online, plans to spotlight short fiction in all its myriad mediums: print, online, audio, and film.

In addition to its core content of short fiction reviews, The Fix will publish feature articles, exclusive interviews, and regular columns on writing, speculative poetry, audiobooks, podcasts, and short film.

URL: http://www.thefix-online.com

Editors and publishers interested in sending material for review consideration in The Fix should go to: http://thefix-online.com/contact/

The fix aims to cover all the short fiction, whatever the genre, that is submitted by recognised publishers.
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Gerry Daumiller
Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2007 - 08:44 pm:   

I loved all three of the long stories in this issue. I will have trouble picking among them when JJA has his election.

I may go along with the Colin Harvey review and pick "Pride and Prometheus". I thought Ken's reaction in "Mystery Hill" when the secret is revealed was out of character, and I didn't understand the relevance of having "The Twilight Year" happen during the "year without a summer". But I still really enjoyed all three.
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GSH
Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2007 - 09:23 pm:   

The time chosen for "The Twilight Year" seemed especially good to me. Consider the effect the peculiar phenomena described would have had on a superstitious population: Everything would have been seen as omen and portent. The author sketched out a psychological environment where desperate people would be quick to grasp at an improbable hope. It's a more than believable setting for the birth of a legend.

I thought it a particularly good story.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 12:04 pm:   

One of our checking copies just arrived today (12/13), so I suspect the postal service is very uneven this month.
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Roy Gray
Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 07:58 am:   

Checking copies? Do you send/post issues out to specific distant addresses and time their arrival?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 09:22 am:   

Depends on what you mean by "distant." Our main subscription mailing is conducted about 125 miles from our offices. We ship copies to ourselves in each mailing to check on the delivery.
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Roy Gray
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 07:52 am:   

Thanks Gordon
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Roy Gray
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 11:19 am:   

Thanks Gordon
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Blue Tyson
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2007 - 05:47 am:   

You can keep your Cowdreys. I am more than happy to get more McMullen. :-)
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Blue Tyson
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2007 - 05:49 am:   

Really good issue, too, btw.

Fantasy and Science Fiction 668 Ratings
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm:   

Reader review:

http://johnnyeponymous.livejournal.com/132597.html
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Jeff Stehman
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 07:45 pm:   

"The Twilight Year": Good story. Wasn't sure where the truth of the matter was going to lie.

"Pride and Prometheus": Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this story. I really liked the portrayals of both Mr. Frankenstein and his creation.

"Mystery Hill": I fell in love with this one in the second paragraph and never looked back. My pick for best of the issue.

"It's a Wonderful Life": A nice story I didn't mind reading.

"Mars: A Traveler's Guide": A fun idea, but I thought it ran too long after the "rover accident" request.

"The Quest for Creeping Charlie": I enjoyed reading this, and I loved the ending.

Great issue.
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Sarah Sammis
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2007 - 07:48 pm:   

I second that... I hope to see more of Sean McMullen.
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Blue Tyson
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2007 - 07:57 pm:   

Sarah,

Sean McMullen is an excellent short story writer.

Here is some online work if you hadn't seen it :-

1160 : Sean McMullen : The Colours of the Masters - Sean McMullen
1161 : Sean McMullen : At the Focus - Sean McMullen
1162 : Sean McMullen : Alone in His Chariot - Sean McMullen
1163 : Sean McMullen : The Glasken Chronicles - Sean McMullen
1164 : Sean McMullen : The Way to Greece - Sean McMullen
1165 : Sean McMullen : Voice of Steel - Sean McMullen
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Sarah Sammis
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2007 - 09:40 pm:   

Thanks for the links. He's new to me as an author.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 05:23 pm:   

Issue reviewed by Best SF: http://www.bestsf.net/reviews/fsf0801.html

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