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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 595
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 08:53 am:   

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

NOVELETS
Immortal Snake -43- Rachel Pollack
Circle -141- George Tucker

SHORT STORIES
Reunion -6- Robert Reed
Rebecca's Locket -35- S. L. Gilbow
Firooz and His Brother -90- Alex Jeffers
Thrilling Wonder Stories -101- Albert E. Cowdrey
Traitor -128- M. Rickert

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For -26- Charles de Lint
Books -31- Elizabeth Hand
Plumage from Pegasus: Matchmaker, Matchmaker... -85- Paul Di Filippo
Coming Attractions -120-
Films: Heretical Dustup... -121- Kathi Maio
Curiosities -162- David Langford

Cartoons: Arthur Masear (84), Bill Long (127), Danny Shanahan (160).
COVER BY Mark Evans for "Immortal Snake"
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Freelivefree
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:24 am:   

Wasn't their a Gene Wolfe story also called Thrilling Wonder Stories? (Yeah, and of course the old pulp magazine.)
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 596
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 02:55 pm:   

I think Gene Wolfe's story was "The Last Thrilling Wonder Story."
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 86
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 05:32 pm:   

Reed is the best. :-)

FSF 672 Ratings
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Super Reader - Superhero Prose Fiction List and Ratings
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Fabrice_d
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Post Number: 115
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:16 am:   

Stunning cover!
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John_thiel
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Post Number: 117
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 10:18 am:   

May issue received and the delineations of it studied. Rather prototypical characters on the cover; I get the idea they intend to do something about wherever they are at.

Immortal Snake! Snakes aren't immortal! Ah, I get it, the issue has arrived around the first of April--this is a joke. I see, looking inside, that the cover illustrates it. I must admit, all this has the effect of getting me to read the story and find out what it could possibly be about. But first, here's a story called "Thrilling Wonder Stories." Does one go through a time flux and enter an alternate reality reading it? No danger, Mr. Cowdrey is made gentle and harmless in the note above the story. Now, looking through it, I can't see much relation to the magazine...OH! There it is! Ha! Ha! The one character has a TWS collection!

I thought the giant squid ad in the Market Place might be your monthly joke ad, but no, it has an address on the web; there's the joke one three items above it. Further humor on the left hand side, a fellow's trimming a Bush and so a couple of ETs think he'll provide easy access to Gore. Sure, he might come up with one of those hedgeclipper massacres. It looks like he lives in Oklahoma.

I'll put the issue on my "Must Read" list.
I've got biff and zow
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 602
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 06:15 am:   

Issue reviewed here: http://scififantasyfiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/f_sf_may_2008_reviewed
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 603
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 08:00 am:   

And here's Sam Tomiano's review of the issue at SFREVU.COM: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=7159
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Greg
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:54 am:   

I picked up the May 2008 F&SF last night, turning to M. Rickert's Traitor first since the length seemed right for the moment. I certainly don't share the Suite 101 reviewer's frustration concerning a lack of "expository statements". To my mind, Rickert's setting out of simple pieces leading to the reader's own moment of realization is what makes this one so effective. Heavy-handed exposition to make sure we "get it" only would have spoiled things.

As with all good stories, this one has lingered in my mind . It's not a comfortable story, but that's beside the point. What I found myself thinking about this morning was the little girl's name. There's a clue there both obvious and subtle.
GSH
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Roy
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Post Number: 35
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 06:44 am:   

Reviewed on the Fix http://thefix-online.com/reviews/fsf-may-2008/
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 620
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 12:47 pm:   

Lois Tilton's review of the issue: http://irosf.com/q/zine/article/10416#fsf

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