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Editor’s Note for Nov/Dec 2016

The November/December issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is now on sale. The magazine can be found in most Barnes & Noble stores, as well as many local independent booksellers. You can order a single copy from our website or buy an electronic edition from Amazon or AmazonUK.

For the first time, F&SF is now also available electronically in DRM-free format worldwide through Weightless Books!

Subscribe now to either our print or electronic editions, and you’ll never miss another issue. And if you subscribe or renew your print subscription right now, you can give one or more gift subscriptions as a discounted rate. It’s the perfect holiday gift for another reader in your life.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2016, cover by Kristin KestThis month’s cover is by Kristin Kest, illustrating “The Cat Bell” by Esther Friesner. To see more of her work, visit her website at


Esther Friesner has published a couple dozen stories in F&SF over the years, but nothing since “Rutger and Baby Do Jotenheim” appeared in our Sept/Oct 2011 issue. She informs us that her new story was inspired by a visit to Gillette Castle in Connecticut, former home of William Gillette, an actor, playwright, and inventor, whose career spanned late nineteenth-century theater through the era of radio. He is most famous for bringing Sherlock Holmes to stage, and created the phrase, “Elementary, my dear fellow.” He was also an avid cat-lover. Gillette Castle still displays the bell he used to summon his cats. Our author used it to summon this delightful story for you.


Other fantasy in this issue includes “The Vindicator,” the final novelet in the Raffalon series by Matthew Hughes — but don’t worry, we’ll be starting a new series in the Archonate universe sometime early next year. And famed writer and editor Gardner Dozois returns to these pages to take us on a trip to “A Place of Bones.” Charlotte Ashley, who debuted in F&SF with her faerie duelists story “La Héron” (March/April 2015), returns with “A Fine Balance,” another story about dueling and politics.

For science fiction, we bring you “The Farmboy,” by Albert E. Cowdrey — even in outer space, survival can depend on some very practical and down-to-earth skills. Robert Reed gives us “Passelande,” a standalone sequel to his critically acclaimed novella “Dead Man’s Run” (Nov/Dec 2010).

And, because F&SF includes more than just fantasy and science fiction, Kurt Fawver offers us a library-themed horror story in “Special Collections.”

Three more writers make their F&SF debut in this issue. Lilliam Rivera appears with a story about a character caught between worlds in “Between Going and Staying.” Minsoo Kang brings us a philosophical science fiction mystery with “Lord Elgin at the Acropolis.” And James Beamon takes us to the crossroads to meet “The Rhythm Man.”

As a special treat for the holidays, Sandra McDonald has written a story that wishes “Merry Christmas From All of Us to All of You.” Plus we have our regular columns and features.


Charles de Lint reviews new books by Stephen King, A. Lee Martinez, and others, including a new compilation of Gahan Wilson’s work from F&SF. Chris Moriarty takes a deep dive into books by Kim Stanley Robinson, Neil Stephenson, and Andy Weir. In our film column David J. Skal looks at “High-Rise,” based on the J. G. Ballard novel. We announce the winners in F&SF Competition #92. And for our Curiosities column, in this election season, Graham Andrews considers a political novel, The Morlocks (1924), by James C. Welsh, M.P. Plus we’re giving you a holiday’s stocking worth of cartoons by Arthur Masear, Bill Long, Nick Downes, 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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