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Editor’s Note for Sept/Oct 2016

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Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2016, cover by David A. HardyThis is the 727th issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the 67th anniversary issue of the magazine, which debuted in October 1949. And we think it’s special. David A. Hardy created this cover for the David Gerrold Special Issue. To see more of his work, visit his website at


David Gerrold hasn’t just had one remarkable career in science fiction, he’s had four or five. His first professional sale was “The Trouble with Tribbles” to Star Trek: The Original Series, which also won him his very first Hugo nomination. He went on to write other episodes for that series, plus the Animated Series, as well as novel tie-ins (including Encounter at Farpoint) and three non-fiction books about the show. His other television work included writing for Tales from the Darkside, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Sliders, and Land of the Lost, where he created the Sleestaks.

At the same time, he was building a career as a classic science fiction writer of ideas, whose early novels included The Man Who Folded Himself and When HARLIE Was One (1972), another Hugo and Nebula finalist, and one of the first works anywhere to describe the idea of a computer virus.

He followed that up with a career writing science fiction adventure series, including both The War Against The Chtorr and Star Wolf books among others.

And throughout the decades, Gerrold was writing short fiction, which, in the early 1990s, took a personal turn that elevated his work to a whole new level. When “The Martian Child,” a story about a single gay father raising a young boy who believes he’s an alien, was published in F&SF in 1994, it won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and HOMer Awards, and later was made into a feature motion picture. It was the first of many much more personal stories that have redefined his career again over the past twenty years.

Gerrold has also long been both a behind-the-scenes and vocal advocate for more LGBTQ representation in science fiction, particularly in the Star Trek universe, a goal that was finally realized this summer with the release of Star Trek Beyond.

Few writers with this kind of range are this prolific. Few writers as prolific as David Gerrold have his kind of range. That’s why we are proud to present this David Gerrold Special Issue, our first special author issue in almost a decade. It includes two very different new novellas — “The Further Adventures of Mr. Costello” and “The Dunsmuir Horror” — plus an appreciation essay by former F&SF editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch and a brief autobiography by Gerrold titled “My Life in Science Fiction.”


But this is a double-sized issue so it includes a double-sized amount of great stories, starting with “Talking to Dead People,” a moving new story about murder, loss, and artificial intelligence by Nebula and Sturgeon award-winning author Sarah Pinsker. Lisa Mason explores the future of interactive television in “Anything for You.” And we bring you an alternate history novelet by Geoff Ryman; “Those Shadows Laugh” revisits the premise of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel Herland, and considers how it might look in the modern world.

On the fantasy side, we offer “The Green-Eyed Boy” by Peter S. Beagle, a new tale about a very familiar wizard set in the world of The Last Unicorn. We also offer “The Sweet Warm Earth” by Steven Popkes, a more contemporary fantasy set in the world of horse racing and gangsters.

Three other writers make their F&SF debut in this issue. Desirina Boskovich gives us a horror-tinged science fiction story, “The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh.” Ian Creasey invokes the spirits of Boswell and Johnson in a historical ghost story, “A Melancholy Apparition.” And Leah Cypess takes a hard look at how science might help solve — or not — the problems of marriage in “Cupid’s Compass.”

We also have a new poem, “The Dragon” by Aimee Ogden, who is making her first appearance in F&SF, plus all the regular columns and features.


Charles de Lint reviews new books by Seanan McGuire, Michael L. Peters, and others. Michelle West reviews books by Lawrence M. Schoen, Patricia A. Mckillop, and Joe Hill. In the film column, Kathi Maio highly recommends the new science fiction film “The Lobster.” And for our Curiosities column, Robert Eldridge considers The Adventures of Hatim Tai a Persian novel first translated into English in 1830. Plus cartoons by Arthur Masear, Danny Shanahan, and S. Harris.


After you read the issue, or even part of it, we hope you’ll share your thoughts with us. We can be found on:

In the meantime… enjoy!

C.C. Finlay, Editor
Fantasy & Science Fiction | @fandsf


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