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F&SF: April 2008 issue

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  • Started 6 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

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

    NOVELETS
    THE FIRST EDITIONS -4- James Stoddard
    FIVE THRILLERS -48- Robert Reed-
    THE NOCTURNAL ADVENTURE OF DR. O AND MR. D -100- Tim Sullivan
    THE 400-MILLION-YEAR ITCH -135- Steven Utley

    SHORT STORIES
    RENDER UNTO CAESAR -96- Kevin N. Haw
    THE FOUNTAIN OF NEPTUNE -126- Kate Wilhelm

    DEPARTMENTS
    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -37- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -42- James Sallis
    FILMS: THE APOCALYPTUS BLOOMS -120- Lucius Shepard
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -125-
    COMPETITION #75: REWRITE-KU -159-
    CURIOSITIES -162- F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

    Cartoons: Bill Long (36), Arthur Masear (95), George Jartos (134).
    COVER BY MAURIZIO MANZIERI FOR "FIVE THRILLERS"

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. FabriceDoublet
    Member

    Nice to see a Silurian story by steven Utley. A collection of these stories is sorely lacking.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Steve Utley says he is slowly moving towards completing the whole cycle of stories, at which point I expect he'll try to get them all published.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    We haven't even posted the new competition (it will be up on our Website in a couple of days), but Carol Pinchefsky has already shown me an outstanding entry. The bar is high on this one---bring your A game when you enter.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Subscription copy of this issue arrived in Hoboken today.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    We received our subscription two days ago. So far, I'm about halfway through Stoddard's "The First Editions" -- good stuff!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. StevenUtley
    Member

    Fabrice, the Silurian tales (of which approximately three dozen have appeared or are soon to appear in various dead-tree-matter and online venues) will be collected in two volumes, tentatively titled THE 400-MILLION-YEAR ITCH and INVISIBLE KINGDOMS, under the imprint of UK-based PS Publishing. PS, of course, issued my WHERE OR WHEN story collection in late 2006 and will release mine 'n' Michael Bishop's PASSING FOR HUMAN anthology later this year.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Thanks for the info, Steve. Sorry I had it wrong in my earlier post.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. StevenUtley
    Member

    Actually, Gordon, given all those characters, all that unexplored Paleozoic real estate, all the possibilities created by quantum weirdness, I don't see how I could run out of stories to write. I suspect -- hope, even -- that there won't be a definite end to the Silurian tales until I myself become extinct and go to be with trilobites, dinosaurs, and Sartre. Think of this series as what I've frittered away my time and talent on when I coulda been writing a fat blathersome fantasy trilogy.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Issue reviewed by SFREVU.COM: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=6993

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. John Joseph Adams
    Assistant Editor

  12. StevenUtley
    Member

    Wow, that is quite a review at THE FIX. My day has been redeemed.

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  13. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Steven Utley: Stubbornly Nonconformist.

    Here's another review of the issue: http://www.asif.dreamhosters.com/doku.php?id=magazine_of_fantasy_and_science_fiction_april_2008

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. FabriceDoublet
    Member

    THE 400-MILLION-YEAR ITCH and INVISIBLE KINGDOMS? Good news, Steven. I've just read last month "WHERE OR WHEN" (God save the PS Publishing!!!). Looking forward to your Silurian Collections!!!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Issue reviewed by IROSF.COM: http://irosf.com/q/zine/article/10408#fsf

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. davebowman
    Member

    Well, while I read an isolated issue of F&SF a few years back, this was my first subscribers issue, and given the post to the UK apologies for the delay in commenting!

    Anyway, some very quick feedback from a long-time Interzone/newbie F&SF reader:

    THE FIRST EDITIONS - Loved it! Slightly sentimental at the end perhaps, but a bizarre yet compelling narrative, and a story which will stick in my mind for a long time.

    FIVE THRILLERS - Slightly bitty (as one might expect), and the resolution didn't really do anything for me, but some of the earlier chapters were fantastic. Not sure I'd define these as 'thrillers' mind!

    THE NOCTURNAL ADVENTURE OF DR. O AND MR. D - To be honest I found the whimsical style of this story rather annoying, so this wasn't to my tastes. Interesting to observe reading some of the online reviews that some people didn't even seem to notice these were the ghosts of John Lennon and PK Dick, which must really have confused them! WHo was Doris though?

    THE 400-MILLION-YEAR ITCH - Pleasant enough, though not having read any of the other tales in this series I may well be missing a bit here.

    RENDER UNTO CAESAR - A topic worth exploring in fiction, but this was really too short to be anything other than a quick joke.

    THE FOUNTAIN OF NEPTUNE - Atmosheric writing, but I can't say it really moved me in the end.

    All in all for my first issue I thought this was very strong stuff - no real bad stories, and pretty much all of them had something of interest in their favour. If the rest of my subscription issues are as good as this I'll certainly be renewing....

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. PiscesMuse
    Member

    Alright so I am a little behind in my reading. I meant to finish reading a novel before I picked up this issue of F&SF but I couldn't concentrate on the book and in a week moment I cracked the magazine. I really should be more on top of my reading though in general considering that I have more issues of F&SF to finish before I am up to date.

    The First Editions: loved it. I love books, so this was a really interesting concept. I wish more was explained about the grey book. I also feel that they did not seam to have to fight to hard to be released. But a very interesting concept.

    Five Thrillers: I just finished this story and have the rest of the Mag to go. This is the reason I am actually writting this post. I loved it. I really thought it was fantastic. I somehow feal though that there is more to Joe than we are getting, but that is what kept me reading anyways. I was a bit disapointed though by the ending. Maybe I want things to clearly defined, but I just didn't feal that it wrapped up the story well enough. I thought at that point we might have gotten a clearer picture of who Joe is and what side he stands upon, but I just didn't get that conclusion. I don't know, maybe I am not reading between the lines properly or something. Or maybe that is the whole point. To not really understand him.

    anyways, just wanted to say how I love the subscription. The more I read of the magazine, the more I want to read and foregoe novels almost completely. I never thought I would love short fiction as much as I do now. I always kind of scoffed at it, mind you the stuff that I was made to read in high school wasn't anything like this. It was kind of stuffy and boring. This makes me want to keep reading and reading and reading. Very exciting and interesting concepts.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  18. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Thanks for posting---it's good to hear that we've gotten you excited about short fiction.

    I didn't think "Five Thrillers" was meant to explore Joe's character in great depth. For instance, when he marries the woman (I think that's the third thriller), it should be a mystery what's going on inside Joe's head.

    For me, the conclusion was a little open-ended, but given the way events transpired, I think an ending that tried to wrap up everything might have been less satisfying. That's just my feeling on it, though.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  19. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's a late review of this issue: http://bestsf.net/reviews/fsf0804.html

    Posted 5 years ago #

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