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Dec. 2009 giveaway promotion for bloggers

I wasn’t planning on doing another one of these promotions this year, but I find myself with fifteen advance copies of the December issue, so I’m looking to give away to anyone in North America who will blog about the issue. (Sorry, overseas readers, but international mailing rates are just too high for F&SF to foot the bill.) So here’s how it works:

1) Go to the F&SF Contact us page:

2) Fill in your name and address and send a message indicating that you will blog about the issue.

3) After your issue arrives, comment about the issue on your blog and send us a link to your comments.

That’s it.

If you’ve participated in one of these bloggers’ promotions before, please give someone else the chance to try F&SF for free.


—Gordon V. G .


12 Responses to “Dec. 2009 giveaway promotion for bloggers”

  1. Mel on October 8th, 2009

    I absolutely agree international shipping is ridiculous, I usually buy F&SF through Fictionwise because of it. Maybe you could offer digital copies to international bloggers?

  2. Jonathan Laden on October 27th, 2009

    Email a pdf?

  3. Alien Starshine on November 1st, 2009

    Thanks for the December issue. Here are some thoughts on it.
    I used to read science fiction with great enjoyment, but then serious life got in the way and I got too busy to do more than flip through the pages of an occasional book on my way to something more important. Yet, what could be more important than the questions presented by the sf field: time, space, identity, and the “what-the-hell-anyway” question of existence?

  4. Alien Starshine on November 1st, 2009

    When I got my copy of the Dec. issue, I was in for a shock. Two shocks. First, at the price. My god, you could buy 12 inches of Books by the Foot for a few cents less than the cover price of a pulp magazine (used by interior designers, are these “Books” mere cardboard carcasses of books, I wonder?} The second shock was how good the stories in in this issue were. And how many. The issue is absolutely packed with fiction, enough variety to please most anyone.

  5. Alien Starshine on November 1st, 2009

    I dived right into the Springer story, “Iris.” It was wonderful, in the true sense of that word. Perfect for the Christmas season, it is touching, sensitive, and kind, kind in a time when kindness has come to seem quaint and old-fashioned, a disparaged quality at times when financial fears dominate our lives. “Iris” holds out the possibility of miracle and love. What is lost may be found in a strange and ghostly way.

    Kit Reed’s short story is all bright, hip, ragged and raven. Smack-you-in-the face language flings you head first into a future world of the young. Like it or not, it sucks you in. and you like it. A tired 19th-century Christmas tale turns fast and funk. “the Blight Family Singers,” his not one sour note. Pure funl

  6. Alien Starshine on November 1st, 2009

    If you like a taste of horror, try “The Economy of Vacuum,” by Sarah Thomas, in which a female protagonist’s downfall is brought about by her all-too-perky good health, her hubris her pride in being self-sufficient. LIke the bad King John, who “lived his life aloof,” she needs no one. Ho, ho, my dearie dear… think again.

    Such a wealth of short stories, too many to comment on each.

    I loved Kathie Maio’s column on “Films: Post-Modern Hasidism…With Puppets.” A thoughtful assessment of the force that drives us to create. copy it into your journals. Memorize it.

  7. Alien Starshine on November 1st, 2009

    Okay, I’ve steered clear of the High Fantasy works. Mea culpa. Like Haggis, hummus, and certain forms of far-out jazz, HF is an acquired taste. I’d love to appreciate a steaming plate of sheep’s gut as many of my forebears did (and do), and I’d like find a thrill in that dark world of Lords and their Ladies, get caught up in those pseudo-medieval conflicts that agonize them so, but try as I might my eyes will not stay on the page. Before I know it, I’ve slipped into naptime. Yet this didn’t happen when I wandered into the novelet by Alex Irvine. Vivid description, excellent writing, and a great opening would have seduced me, but I was too scared. One could get lost in that world and never find a way out.

  8. Alien Starshine on November 1st, 2009

    To those brave hearts who have fewer inhibitions, or who have faced those fears and overcome them enough to enter that dark world of imagination, I lift a jeweled goblet in salute. Happy trails to you! May the Fates be with you!

  9. W.L.Lilly on November 30th, 2009

    Is this still available anymore ?

  10. Gordon Van Gelder on December 2nd, 2009

    No, this promotion is over.


  11. Belium Brownsea on January 28th, 2010

    Those books sound good – I think you might also like THE BROOMWHISTLE CHRONICLES. In it the reader gets to meet Uncle Pindby and his Detective Academy for Near and Distant Relations. It’s a charming adventure. You also meet also THE DWILL – a curious new group on the scene of Science Fiction and Fiction and their improbable war against the creatures in MONTROLLA. It’s a fun read.

  12. Caitlin Scoggins on April 23rd, 2010

    My dad would love this page, I’m sending him the link! :)

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