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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2005 - 10:22 pm:   

We've just made our choices for issue #32, hopefully out this spring (April, maybe). Here's what's on tap:

FICTION
"Hail, Conductor" by Charles Coleman Finlay
"What It Means to be Human" by Steven Mohan, Jr
"Stringing Tomorrow" by Devon Monk
"The Speed of Dark" by Catherine MacLeod
"Anima, Animus" by Jason Stoddard
"The Burden of Leadership" by Timons Esaias
"The Phoenix Wave" by Richard R. Harris
"Clockwork" by Beth Wasden
"Recognition" by Joanne Steinwachs

POETRY
"We Three Meet Again" by Greg Beatty
"Oblivion's Whisper" by Donna Taylor Burgess

INTERVIEW by Ken Rand
Louise Marley

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Darren
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 01:07 pm:   

Sounds like a great lineup!
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 07:29 pm:   

Thanks, Darren. We think so too! Hopefully we can get the issue out in April as planned.
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 11:07 pm:   

We should have a cover image for #32 for you to look at shortly... :-)
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 11:08 pm:   

We should have a graphic of the #32 cover for folks to look at shortly...
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 11:08 pm:   

Oops.
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 11:41 pm:   

Here's the cover for #32. The art is by Tom Simonton. Something just a little bit different. ;) MAYbe for March release. Hoping, anyway, to give us a chance to get 3 issues out this year.

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Robert Boyer
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 07:49 pm:   

Niiiiiice. :-)
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   

Thanks, Robert.

We're still on track (at the moment) for getting this issue out in March.

Hope y'all like the cover -- there haven't been any other comments on it.
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Jim Van Pelt
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 07:34 pm:   

I like the cover. It looks like it would go with Carrie Vaughn's "The Bravest of Us Touched the Sky," if they had let those WWII women aviators wear sexier stuff.
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 08:50 pm:   

That's funny, Jim. I'd thought the same thing about Carrie's story when Tom sent us that art!
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Marie Brennan
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 09:34 pm:   

I actually have to be a dissenting voice -- the cut of the outfit makes it look sort of like her breasts were glued onto her body separately, and they're awfully shiny and "hey, look at US!" Especially the one right next to the list of names, where it's even more noticeable.

. . . sorry, I don't want to sound like I think it's an awful cover, but it does hit some of my pet peeves about SF/F art. I wish my attention were drawn more to the aviator look than her very shiny breast.
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S. Parker
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 01:55 am:   

I'm afraid I have to concur with Marie. There's something about a BDSM Mrs.Biggles that doesn't work for me -- the fact that she's a smoker is a major downer, too. Nice eyes though (I do mean eyes, that's not a euphemism!). :-)

Realms of Fantasy used to get loads of flak for this kind of thing, with good reason. It's difficult to feel comfortable reading ROF in the school staff-room when there are busty swordswomen posing on the cover. I can almost hear my colleagues thinking "What kind of magazine is THAT?"

It'll be interesting to see what kind of feedback you get from Talebones subscribers.
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 09:00 pm:   

"and they're awfully shiny"

Well, it is a rubber suit-- :-)

Yeah, it's a different cover for us. We've always liked Tom Simonton's art, and the covers he has done in the past have been excellent. We were a bit surprised when this one came in, but we still thought it would be a catchy cover. Certainly will probably cause a little debate. Considering we've got a lot of other changes happening with that issue -- well, we'll definitely have feedback, I hope.
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honna
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 09:21 am:   

"the cut of the outfit makes it look sort of like her breasts were glued onto her body"

Marie--glued on, surgically enhanced. . .it's just a given these days, isn't it?

What I really like about the original is the coppery/metallic sheen to the paint Simonton used for the background. Lends a rustic feel to the piece, along with the sexy cigarette, which was so hip in the 50's.
Yeah, Jim--I too thought of Carrie's story. Seems like I even made a comment to Patrick back when we first saw the cover.
As for the line of up stories--some great stuff coming your way!
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 02:55 pm:   

Well, at least no one can complain about her being "scantily clad." :-)
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 11:48 pm:   

By the way, add a poem to the list of contents from the first post above. "The Mummy's Task" by Roger Dutcher.
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 12:30 am:   

It's now March. We're still hoping to have #32 out this month. Closer to the end than the beginning of the month though...
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 09:17 pm:   

We just received the proof copy for the new issue (we're using a new printer, slightly new format), and all looks great. The order is in now, and I expect to have copies by the end of next week, or early the next, and out in the mail before March ends. That means a lot of folks won't receive their copies until April, but hang on, you'll get 'em soon enough.

Meanwhile, we've begun initial work on #33, in an effort to get an issue out later this summer (and therefore put us in position to have a 3rd issue this year, in November).
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Jim Van Pelt
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 05:03 am:   

I received my #32 and am looking forward to a weekend of good reading!
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 02:39 pm:   

Great, Jim! We debuted #32 at Norwescon (although subscriber copies had been sent out in advance of that). People were hip with the new look. We did our annual Talebones Live! reading to a packed house. These kind of events are great. Folks say great job, love what you're doing with the mag, keep it up, take the door prizes, and head off. It's too bad this doesn't all add up to a lot more subscriptions.

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