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July 2008 F&SF

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  • Started 5 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

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

    <U>NOVELLAS</U>
    The Roberts -45- Michael Blumlein

    <U>NOVELETS</U>
    Fullbrim’s Finding -6- Matthew Hughes
    Poison Victory -121- Albert E. Cowdrey

    <U>SHORT STORIES</U>
    Reader's Guide -36- Lisa Goldstein
    Enfant Terrible -105- Scott Dalrymple
    The Dinosaur Train -142- James L. Cambias

    <U>DEPARTMENTS</U>
    Books to Look For -26- Charles de Lint
    Books -30- James Sallis
    Plumage from Pegasus: Galley Knaves -101- Paul Di Filippo
    Films: Superpowers Do Not a Superhero Make -114- Kathi Maio
    Coming Attractions -120-
    Curiosities -162- F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

    Cartoons: Bill Long (104).
    COVER BY MONDOLITHIC STUDIOS FOR "THE ROBERTS"

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  2. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Oops, this forum doesn't need HTML tags. Sorry about that.

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  3. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    We're going to do a promotional giveaway with this issue. There's a box of copies of this issue on its way to me and I'd like to give away the copies people who will blog about the issue. So here's the deal:

    1) Go to our "Contact Us" page: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/contact.htm

    2) Tell us where to mail your copy of the issue.

    3) Receive the issue and blog about it. Naturally, we prefer if you read the issue before blogging about it, but I'm just insisting that you blog about it. (The first time we tried this promotion, people mistakenly thought they should blog about the magazine before receiving the issue. No. Get the issue first, then blog about it.)

    4) Send us a link to your blog.

    That's all there is to it. I'll post here when we run out of the giveaway copies.

    Spread the word!

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  4. PiscesMuse
    Member

    I already have a subscription to the magazine. Can I safely assume that I will already be receiving this magazine? I know it is probably a remarkably obvious answer, like YES, but seing as how you are offering free copies I don't want to be a greedy person and say yes send me one when I will already be receiving it in the mail eventually. I do have a blog, and my intended post for the day are my fav websited to visit and why, and Fantasy and Science Fiction Website has made my top ten, however I don't know my link unless I log on to my account. Can't log in at work, as it is a restricted website. Not particularly loving my job right now.

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  5. I tried to fill out the form but got this message.

    Error: Bad/No Recipient
    There was no recipient or an invalid recipient specified in the data sent to FormMail. Please make sure you have filled in the recipient form field with an e-mail address that has been configured in @recipients. More information on filling in recipient form fields and variables can be found in the README file.

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  6. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Grasping, we had several people test the contact us form and it worked in all instances. If you still can't get it to work, email me at GordonVG -at sign - gmail.com.

    PiscesMuse, of course you'll be getting your subscription copy and if you decide to blog about, please let us know.

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  7. dudgeon369
    Member

    I'm in...

    --Dudgeon369.

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  8. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    The promotion is now over (the box of giveaway copies is empty).

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  9. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Could someone post on the Nightshade board that the promotion is over? I've just changed computers and I can't find my password to the nightshade board.

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  10. ScottDalrymple
    Member

    Done.

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  11. I've posted an entry on the 77/2008 issue on my blot - The Crotchety Old Fan. Its just the first entry, I still have a few things to read yet.

    The blog is here - http://crotchetyoldfan.wordpress.com/

    And I've posted this over on the Nightshade forum as well.

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  12. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

  13. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And here's another one: http://yhlee.livejournal.com/1134522.html

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  14. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And a third: http://www.spacetimestories.com

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  15. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's the fourth blog about the issue: http://sueo2.livejournal.com/

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  16. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Our fifth blogger writes: http://dalewriting.dhemery.com/2008/05/fsfjuly2008/

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  17. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's a sixth blogger checking in on the issue: http://www.bugpowderdust.co.uk/blog/?p=88

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  18. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

  19. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's the ninth blogger to post check in on the issue: http://will-couvillier.livejournal.com/23730.html

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  20. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And here's another one: http://www.ameliorations.us/?p=421

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  21. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's our eleventh blog on the issue: http://www.ryumaou.com/hoffman/netgeek/?p=1476

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  22. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's another blog mention, though I don't know how to adjust the URL so it goes directly to the post about us: http://www.wrfrbeameup.blogspot.com/

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  23. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Another blogger speaks: http://heidi2524.livejournal.com/7578.html

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  24. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    I think this one's the most provocative blog we've gotten so far: http://www.wetasphalt.com/?q=node/338

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  25. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's another: http://bosswriter.livejournal.com/45417.html

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  26. GSH
    Member

    Ouch. The second from the last paragraph suggests that the blogger takes a fairly dismal view of the entire genre, however. The review seems to have provided an occasion for some generalized venting.

    I don't necessarily disagree with all of his points. Few would dispute there's much out there in the world of speculative fiction that's tiresomely derivative. The fact of the matter is that the strikingly original is rare. That being the case, it's too bad the Wet Asphalt reviewer has written off one of the more likely places to find it.

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  27. Anonymous

    Right,GSH. The strikingly original in any genre, including what's now called "literary fiction," is rare--in fact, would it be strikingly original if it were common? Meanwhile, if literary periodicals put this blogger to sleep and hard science fiction strikes him as totally obsolete as a genre, guess I'd better take another look at Wet Asphalt to see what if anything he doesn't grouse about.

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  28. GSH
    Member

    F&SF has probably done well to be merely groused about. A publication called Narrative Magazine was summarily eviscerated.

    He has high praise for the slipstream anthology Feeling Very Strange. Maybe that reveals something about his preferences.

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  29. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    What I found most interesting about Wet Asphalt's blog entry was his position towards the New Wave. I admit readily that I'm fond of the New Wave---hell, I've got Harlan Ellison as our film editor and James Sallis as one of our reviewers---but I tend to think of F&SF as having a broader base than being rooted in just one movement.

    Interesting that the blogger would like FEELING VERY STRANGE. That anthology reminded me a bit of Juno's reaction to Sonic Youth in the movie JUNO---she thought one song they covered was cool, but then she listened to a whole album and thought it was noise. I find that a lot of what's published as slipstream just doesn't do much for me.

    Overall, I thought Wet Asphalt's point was simply that F&SF doesn't do it for him . . . and that's fine by me. I suspect he's a reader who will do better reading an annual YEAR'S BEST anthology than he will reading most magazines.

    I have to say also that I've found all the blog responses thus far to be very interesting and gratifying. The July issue struck me as being a fairly typical iteration of the GVG-era F&SF and the responses thus far have been nicely balanced. I'm looking forward to seeing any more blogs that come in.

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  30. KingRat
    Member

    My review is at: http://reading.kingrat.biz/archives/676

    Didn't blow me away, but I thought it was solid.

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