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February Acquisitions

Relatively small batch this time around, but here’s the new stories we acquired in February:

  • Who? by Carol Emshwiller (3500 words)
  • Seafarers’ Blood by Albert E. Cowdrey (7600 words)
  • All in Fun by Jerry Oltion (2400 words)
  • An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity by Jim Aikin (1950 words)

2008 Hugo Award Finalists

The 2008 Hugo Award finalists have been announced, and I’m pleased to report that F&SF editor Gordon Van Gelder is once again a nominee in the best professional editor (short form) category, and that several F&SF stories made the cut.

Novella: "Stars Seen Through Stone" by Lucius Shepard (July 2007), "Memorare" by Gene Wolfe (April 2007)

Novelette: "The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate" by Ted Chiang (Sept. 2007); "Finisterra" by David Moles (Dec. 2007)

Congrats to these authors, and to the rest of the nominees!

Free Fiction Friday: M. Rickert

M. Rickert’s stories have been appearing regularly in F&SF for several years now, starting in 1999 with her first publication, “The Girl Who Ate Butterflies.” Her work has also appeared in SCI FICTION and the anthology Feeling Very Strange, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award. Her collection, Map of Dreams, won the William L. Crawford Award for best first book-length work of fantasy and the World Fantasy Award for best collection.

"Bread and Bombs" first appeared in our April 2003 issue; it was subsequently reprinted in my post-apocalyptic anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse and can be found online on the anthology’s website.

IROSF Recommends Stoddard, Wilhelm

In the latest issue of The Internet Review of Science Fiction, short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton reviews the April 2008 issue, singling out "First Editions" by James Stoddard" and "The Fountains of Neptune" by Kate Wilhelm as the best of the issue.

io9 on "Five Thrillers"

The io9 blog calls Robert Reed’s "Five Thrillers" the standout story in the April issue, and labels it a "must read." Click through to read their insightful review, as well as the subsequent comment thread.

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