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Aug/Sept issue giveaway for bloggers

It has been a while since we’ve done one of these promotions, but I’ve got about two dozen advance copies of the new issue that 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: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/contact.htm

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.

Thanks.

—Gordon V. G .

Fictionwise acquired by Barnes & Noble

In case anyone is wondering if the acquisition of Fictionwise by Barnes & Noble will affect their F&SF subscription, it sounds unlikely:

http://www.fictionwise.com/bn.htm

If I hear anything more, I’ll post it, but for now, it’s safe to assume that we’ll have business as usual with the good folks at Fictionwise.  And I congratulate them on this deal, which sounds like it will be good for all parties.

—Gordon V.G.

Distribution problems

There are upheavals going through the magazine distribution business right now and they’re going to affect F&SF.  Specifically, copies that were distributed through Anderson News Corp. or Source Interlink might not be distributed right now.

Most of our newsstand and bookstore distribution won’t be affected, but some people might find F&SF absent from their usual spot.  We’re hoping things will get sorted out soon.  Meantime, you can always order copies directly from us.

Rudy Van Gelder

Today I learned that Rudy Van Gelder is receiving a National Endowment for the Arts grant: http://www.nea.gov/national/jazz/jmCMS/master.php?id=2009_05

I’ve never met Mr. Van Gelder (in fact, the photo in that post makes the first time I’ve ever seen his likeness) and growing up, I was told we weren’t related.  But a few years ago, I spoke with a first cousin of Rudy’s and he said he knew my grandfather and that we distantly related.  I believe the closest we could be related is third cousins, once removed.

But I thought it was using our distant connection to note that one of the great jazz producers  has gotten some of the recognition he deserves.

F&SF is going bimonthly

The March 2009 issue will be the last monthly issue. Starting with the April/May 2009 issue, we’ll be publishing one issue every two months. Each issue will be 256 pages (16 pages longer than our last Oct/Nov issue) except for this year’s anniversary issue, which will be a jumbo.

Subscribers don’t need to take any action. If your current sub expires with the April 2009 issue or with the May 2009 issue, your sub now expires with the April/May 2009 issue.

We’ve made the change because rising costs—especially postal costs—and the current economy put us in a position where we either had to raise our rates severely or cut back somewhere. Given the state of the economy, I decided a cutback in frequency made the most sense. We’ll lose a little more than 10% of our content this year, but we should be in a great position for the coming years.

I know it’s a big change and it will take a little while to get used to it, but I think it will work out fine. Thank you all for your support.

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