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Stuff to Read on This Site Besides This Blog

For those of you who aren’t aware, besides this blog, there’s actually quite a lot of content here on our website for your reading pleasure. For instance, there are our non-fiction departments. This month’s columns feature the following:

These columns are published on our website every month, as soon as the latest issue goes on sale, and are archived there indefinitely. Our website also hosts a web-only column called "Off on a Tangent" by Dave Truesdale. His latest is "SFWA Nebula Apathy Slights Original Anthologies: Or Why I Like the Hugos." An index of his past columns can be found here.

But we also offer a lot of other cool stuff. For instance, we currently have the complete text of our 2007 Nebula Award nominees. That’s the full text of seven different stories, including one of the most talked about stories of the year: Ted Chiang’s "The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate."

In addition to that, every month we reprint a story on our website taken from our back catalog. This month, we have "Tropical Nights at the Natatorium" by Richard Paul Russo, which originally appeared in our September 2003 issue.

So take a look around, and enjoy!

The Return of IROSF

After a long hiatus, The Internet Review of Science Fiction is back! Mostly, anyway. The site’s up and running with new content, though there are still some minor repairs to be made in the future (according to editor Bluejack’s editorial); so keep your hard hat on, and watch your step.

Meanwhile, check out Lois Tilton’s review of the March 2008 issue. She singles out Richard Paul Russo’s "The Second Descent" and Albert E. Cowdrey’s "The Overseer" as being stories to recommend.

A Visual History of F&SF

Check out this cover index of F&SF, which includes every single issue dating back to issue #1 (in 1949), as well as the full run of British and Australian reprint editions.

If you’re interested in the history of the magazine, but are not particularly visually inclined, poke around in the F&SF Bibliography (1949–1999), or visit the magazine’s Wikipedia entry.

What’s in a Name?

If you’re new to the magazine but have stumbled across this blog, you may be a bit confused as to what the actual name of the magazine is. Is it The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction? Or is it Fantasy & Science Fiction? Or is it F&SF?


Which is to say all three are correct. When the magazine first launched way back in 1949, it was called The Magazine of Fantasy. By the time issue #2 rolled around, it had already been changed to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. When the cover design of the magazine changed years later, the publisher dropped the “The Magazine of” part off the cover, and called it simply “Fantasy & Science Fiction,” though kept the full name as the official name of the magazine. At some point long ago–long before, I think, the “The Magazine of” bit was dropped off the cover–the accepted nickname of the magazine became F&SF. Which can be a bit of a mouthful and takes some getting used to saying, so if you’re planning to use it in a heated conversation, you might want to practice first.

Online-only genre magazines

There’s a good article here.

It’s one of the least biased, best-researched, and most level-headed pieces I’ve seen on the subject to date. The lack of consideration of JIM BAEN’S UNIVERSE is unfortunate, but JBU is only entering its third year and I’m not sure how useful info on the magazine would be. I also wish there was some mention of that short-lived online magazine Amy Stout was editing around 1999. I forget the name, but I think “Galaxy” was in the title.

It looks like the author of the piece (Simon Owens, I assume) didn’t speak with any of the current print magazines but just took the info in LOCUS at face value. And it’s understandable why he would do so . . . but it’s equally understandable why I, a print magazine publisher, would note this omission. The assumption that print magazines are doomed is, I think, a false assumption.

As far as I can tell, the smartest thing anyone has said yet about electronic publishing is Eric Flint’s comment that, “People don’t want e-books. They don’t want print books. They want both.”

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