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Apr. 2008 Favorite Story Poll

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Interview: Scott Dalrymple, on "Enfant Terrible" and "An Open Letter to Earth"

Scott Dalrymple, author of “Enfant Terrible” (from our July 2008 issue) and "An Open Letter to Earth" (from our August 2008 issue), said in an interview that it was an honor to have these two stories–his first published works of fiction–appear in F&SF. "I first subscribed to the magazine as a teenager back in the early 80s," he said. "I’m looking right now at the April 1983 issue, which includes an awesome story by Gene Wolfe– in my view the greatest living writer, period, and also a truly nice man.  The back cover is missing the part I cut out to join the Science Fiction Book Club, which I did often."

"Enfant Terrible" is the story of really bright kids and what makes them really bright.  "The story started with an image, as most of my stories do," Dalrymple said. "In this case, it had to do with a typical brainstorming exercise I’ve seen given to kids:  tell them that two cars are speeding toward each other at 60 mph.  Quick– what happens?  The idea is to get them thinking creatively, beyond the obvious (they crash).  A bright kid might suggest that the cars fly off into the air, or something like that."

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F&SF, August 2008 now on sale

The August 2008 issue is now on sale. This issue includes the story "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay, so our free reprint this month is "The Political Officer" which is set in the same universe.

This issue also features the debut of our new reviewer, Chris Moriarty. See Gordon’s editorial for more details.

Here’s the whole table of contents:

NOVELLAS

  • The Political Prisoner – Charles Coleman Finlay

NOVELETS

  • Childrun  – Marc Laidlaw
  • But Wait! There’s More! – Richard Mueller

SHORT STORIES

  • An Open Letter to Earth – Scott Dalrymple
  • Another Perfect Day  – Steven Popkes
  • Bounty  – Rand B. Lee

DEPARTMENTS

  • Editorial – Gordon Van Gelder
  • Books to Look For – Charles de Lint, covering Mind the Gap by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon; Heart of Stone and House of Cards by C. E. Murphy; and Jumper: Jumpscars by Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir, and Brian Hurtt.
  • Books – Chris Moriarty, covering Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov; The Null-A Continuum by John C. Wright; Lorelei of the Red Mist by Leigh Brackett; The Secret of Sinharat and People of the Talisman by Leigh Brackett; and The Martian General’s Daughter by Theodore Judson.
  • Film: Not with a Bang, But with the Sex Pistols – Lucius Shepard, covering Doomsday.
  • Coming Attractions
  • Curiosities – David Langford, covering Adrift in the Stratosphere, by Professor A.M. Low (1937).

CARTOONS

  • Bill Long

COVER

  • Kent Bash for "The Political Prisoner"

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