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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 606
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 06:44 pm:   

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

NOVELETS
The Art of Alchemy -4- Ted Kosmatka
The Salting and Canning of Benevolence D. -50- Al Michaud
Litany -124- Rand B. Lee

SHORT STORIES
Fergus -38- Mary Patterson Thornburg
Character Flu -98- Robert Reed
Monkey See... -102- P. E. Cunningham

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For -27- Charles de Lint
Musing on Books -32- Michelle West
Coming Attractions -101-
Films: A Tale of Two Turkeys (Maybe Three) -118- Lucius Shepard

Curiosities -162- Paul Di Filippo

Cartoons: Arthur Masear (26), Bill Long (117), J. P. Rini (123).
COVER BY DAVID HARDY FOR "LITANY"
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John_thiel
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Post Number: 118
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 10:11 am:   

That's quite a provocative cover by Hardy, seemingly of the surrealist mode and inviting the reader to speculate about its significance until he reads "Litany" and has it blocked out for him. To me it seems like a forumnist or other interested person who has been, for example, trying to evaluate the influence and position of, say, Tanith Lee, and has just noticed that she has been appearing more in Realms of Fantasy than anywhere else of late, which might mean she's waning from that center spotlight. And the bear would indicate, not a bearskin rug, but the multitude of writers with ecological names, not only Greg Bear, but Bud Sparkhawk, Harry Turtledove, and all the rest. He wants a cosmos of known names, but he finds it all too tenuous and discursive in terms of his visualization of things as they are. I see he's wearing a string tie, has a pocket kerchief and a logger's belt and a common market shirt; I wonder if the story will explain the significance of his attire. I'm going into the issue bit by bit, spending some time over the cover's isolated impact.

The ad inside the cover catches my attention next. Advertisers take note, here's one person who reads the advertisements with respect. A man who dreams he's a planet! Speculative fiction, aliens who disguise themselves as homeless people, twins from an alien abduction, one human, the other not, plus a virtual couple who live in a bungalow on a beach in a virtual...Costa Rica...who mix up their computer code to have a ...virtual child. Sounds great, but it's faltering a bit. "And then there's a cat woman who can do all sorts of erotica with her tail." See, I was going to buy the book, and then right there you lost me. It gets back to what doesn't interest me too much, sf about felines. But there's a recovery. A band called death! However, what do you mean, "ax and grind"? That last observation still hasn't sold your book.

Cory Doctorow seems to have a new book out too.

Don't know what I'll think of "The Baum Plan" if I see it on the stands, but there seems to be lots of interesting new books.

Bob, are you sure you're purchasing fanzine collections? Looking at the Market Place now.

Glad you're advertising your website in the magazine.

I'll leave the contents page to others, perhaps some of the Ike Asimov forum regulars coming over here, and commence my reading with "Litany".
I've got biff and zow
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 628
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 09:44 am:   

Checking copies of this issue arrived here today.
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Rwilder
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Post Number: 24
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 02:35 pm:   

When does this baby hit newsstands?
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Marian
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Post Number: 86
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 04:36 pm:   

The Art of Alchemy -- I quote here from the Asimov's forum (I haven't read the June issue yet but now I'm interested)
From Asimov's Forum:
The Art of Alchemy" is a first rate story, definitely!

Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 04:44 pm:

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R., track this issue down if you have to scale the walls at the Van Gelder family compound. When you do find it, make sure you've got a bottle of fine single malt whisky to go with it, though either ouzo or Indiana corn likker could be just as appropriate.

Then, make sure you keep an eye on any nearby cats when you're reading it. You won't look at them the same way again.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 629
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 06:53 pm:   

The June issue is supposed to hit the stands May 6th.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 630
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 05:39 am:   

June issue reviewed here: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=7314
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Rwilder
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Post Number: 25
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 07:50 am:   

Gordon: cool. I thought I might've missed it.
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Marian
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Post Number: 87
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 04:39 pm:   

The Art of Alchemy -- just read it. It's excellent.
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Freelivefree
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Post Number: 14
Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 - 04:30 pm:   

Just finished the magazine. I must say I really liked Litany.
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Greg
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 12:18 pm:   

Yep. Much liked The Art of Alchemy, which is all I've gotten to so far. Could we consider this one mundane scifi?
GSH
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Daryl
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 - 08:55 pm:   

Just read Ted Kosmatka's "The art of Alchemy" -- and wow. An entire science fiction thriller novel done in 22 pages. I'm a sucker for real science exploited for all its metaphorical value, and Mr. K hits so many notes in this story.
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Roy
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Post Number: 41
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 03:51 pm:   

http://thefix-online.com/reviews/fsf-june-2008/ for a review.
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Daneyul
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Post Number: 20
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 12:52 pm:   

Excellent discussion on the June issue at the other F&SF forum--especially regarding Fergus and it's perhaps ambiguous ending...

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/forum/topic.php?id=19&replies=20
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John_thiel
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Post Number: 121
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 03:03 pm:   

I just went over there and registered.
I've got biff and zow
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Suffolk_fella
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Post Number: 24
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 01:33 am:   

I found The Art of Alchemy to be quite a frustrating read in places, thanks to a few problems I had with the story...

p.11: Only anachronists and foreigners wear glasses anymore? What about trendy fashionistas? Or laser-phobes? Or...?

I'm a glasses-wearer. There are many different reasons for people to choose glasses, and I'm not convinced that the expense and inconvenience of laser surgery are the only ones.

If I had a Scalzi-type BrainPal, this is the point where it would be screaming at me: :: Warning! Author making sweeping generalisation that contradicts reader's own strongly-held worldview! Abort The Story! Abort The Story!!! ::

p.17: The narrator wraps the thread around his finger and pulls tight -- why doesn't the finger drop right off? Maybe I'm thinking too much of the famous scene in Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic?

p.25: "I'm going to do it slow" is an Americanism. If the hitman was a (stereo)typical true Brit, then he'd say: "I'm going to do it slowly."

However, if he was a modern-day British TV presenter, then he would most likely find himself using more and more Americanisms every year, thanks to the younger British TV scriptwriters who don't seem to know, or care, about the traditional distinctions between British and American English. (That's an argument for another time.)

p.26: "de Vinci" should be... Leonardo, according to various anti-Dan Brown books that suggest no proper art historian or art lover should ever refer to the artist as "da Vinci"...

Having said all that, I did enjoy the plot, and the technical parts, and the wonderful history of the Michigan lakeshore.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Post Number: 665
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 07:50 pm:   

Issue reviewed by Lois Tilton at IROSF.com: http://irosf.com/q/zine/article/10427#fsf06
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 97
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Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 07:03 pm:   

I liked The Art Of Alchemy and Monkey See the most.


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