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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 09:25 pm:   

The first issue is out.

Contents:
The Harps of the Titans by Sharon E. Woods
A Fully Integrated Marketing Plan by Greg Beatty
Horse Years by Will McIntosh
The Writer's Orchard by Sandra McDonald
Elegy for the Square Deal Towns by Toiya Kristen Finley
A Spec(i)Fic Retrospective by Sean Melican
Dragons Just Wanna Have Fun by Paul Woodlin
Walking West by Joel Best
Paper Tigers by Melissa Mead
(Just Like) Starting Over by Stephen Couch
Like Cleveland, without the Sparkle by Jay Lake
Watercolors in the Rain by Beth Bernobich

Enough said.
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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 09:43 pm:   

But wait, there's more!

It turns out I haven't said enough.

The url is www.fictitiousforce.com. As yet, it's a basic website, providing submission guidelines and the opportunity to get a copy or subscribe.

If it's one copy you're after, Clarkesworldbooks and Projectpulp.com have also agreed to take on this new publication. Patronize them and help support their businesses, which provide a desperately needed channel for small press SF.
(They also both feature jpegs of the mag, showing Laura Diehl's excellent artwork.)

There is a review of issue #1 available at Tangent (www.tangentonline.com).

Any other feedback, commentary, or dialogue is welcome via the submission form or here in this folder.

Of course we crave your well-crafted, engrossing submissions. It goes without saying. (And, hopefully, any begging on my part. Though I am flexible, so will beg, or even rollover, as the situation dictates.




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Fran Friel
Posted on Saturday, October 08, 2005 - 12:04 pm:   

Excellent review. The mag also "looks" great.

I've put you on my subscription list AND my submission list.

I wish you and FF giddy success!

Regards,
Fran Friel
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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Saturday, October 08, 2005 - 07:39 pm:   

Thanks Fran.

We hope to always feel giddy with the success of putting out a magazine we enjoy reading (and looking at), regardless of our score on any other metric.

Perhaps more zen than we actually be, but so are it.
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 08:00 pm:   

I like the unusual shape of the magazine. Makes it easy to bring to work for a little lunchtime reading.
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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 08:20 am:   

Fictitious Force Issue #2 is out, about, and available.

Table of Contents:

Even without Deceit : Marissa K. Lingen

The Princess and her Assailants : Bruce Holland Rogers

Song of the Mine-Born : Len Bains

National Geographic On Assignment: Mermaids of the Old West : sarah Monette

Tulips : Will McIntosh

Play Date : John Sunseri

Sing for Me : Marie Brennan

Supply Ship : Sara Polsky

NA/578934 : Claire O’Brien

Butterfly Jesus Saves the World : Rahul Kanakia

The Rapture, the Nerds, and the Singularity : Tom Doyle (Nonfiction)

The Call : Jennifer Pelland

Havermeyer’s Ink : Peter Mackey

Some good, entertaining fiction came to us this time yet again. At least one author says this is a first print publication (or at least their first print sale). At least one author will add Fictitious Force as a notch on a career that includes Nebula Awards on the shelf. At least one of these stories I wish I'd written first.

Read and judge for yourself. Or not.
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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 05:30 pm:   

Congratulations to Beth Bernobich! Her story "Watercolors in the Rain," from Fictitious Force #1, was listed as an honorable mention in "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection" (Gardner Dozois, Editor).
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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2006 - 07:00 am:   

No. NO. Say it ain't so! Issue #3 of Fictitious Force cometh. Hide the small furry animals...

Beth Bernobich, Monte Davis, Tom Doyle, Karl El-Koura, Lisa Mantchev, David McGillveray, Michael Merriam, E.C. Myers, Carma Lynn Park, Vincent L. Scarsella, Beth Wodzinski


We got 'em. You need to read them.

Trust me...
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Jonathan Laden
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 01:57 pm:   

Patient gentlefolks. Issue #4 is on the way. Sorry for the lateness of the hour, but all is not yet lost. Row harder, row harder!

No, no, once more, but all in the same direction this time.

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