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Mar-April 2016 issue

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  • Started 2 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from JohnWThiel

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    March/April • 67th Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS
    THE LIAR -95- John P. Murphy

    NOVELETS
    THE GHOST PENNY POST -7- Marc Laidlaw
    RED IN TOOTH AND COG -40- Cat Rambo
    THE LANGUAGE OF THE SILENT -167- Juliette Wade and Sheila Finch
    A MOTHER’S ARMS -217- Sarina Dorie

    SHORT STORIES
    BELIEF -60- Nancy Kress
    NANABOJOU AND THE RACE QUESTION -156- Justin Barbeau
    DIAMOND -196- Chris DeVito
    THE SILVER STRANDS OF ALPHA CRUCIS-D -212- N. J. Schrock
    GOLDEN GATE BLUES -230- James L. Cambias

    DEPARTMENTS
    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -78- Charles de Lint
    MUSING ON BOOKS -87- Michelle West
    FILMS: THE POTATO FARMER WHO WORKED THE PROBLEM -200- Kathi Maio
    PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS: THE PRINCE AND THE PULPSTER -206- Paul Di Filippo
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Douglas A. Anderson

    Cartoons: Danny Shanahan (39), Arthur Masear (77, 195), Joseph Farris (155), S. Harris (166), Mark Heath (238).

    COVER BY JASON VAN HOLLANDER FOR “THE GHOST PENNY POST”

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    My man Chris has a story. Cool.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. rowsdower
    Member

    You know what's cooler? No Cowdrey! Woo hoo!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Doc C.: Thanks for the shout-out.

    rowsdower: Careful what you wish for -- you might find yourself hating my stuff even more than you hate Cowdrey's. Many people do.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. rowsdower
    Member

    Haha, Chris, I like your stuff just fine. I can't stand Cowdrey, which is well known, and it's so ridiculous now that the mag should be called F&AC. Apparently getting a new editor hasn't changed much in that regard.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Amazing Stories published the first review of the Mar/Apr issue: http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2016/02/review-mar-apr-2016-fsf-plus-us-stamps-for-sf-writers/

    rowsdower, if you check the issue indexes, you'll notice that in 2015, F&SF didn't publish more than 3 stories by any single author -- the first time we've done that since 2010. That was a deliberate choice, to get a larger variety of voices in the magazine this year. I hope that you found some new authors to like.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. rowsdower
    Member

    I absolutely did. But for a bimonthly magazine, 3 stories is a lot. I'm just sayin'. Now when it's someone like Matt Hughes, Rob Reed, Tim Sullivan, Naomi Kritzer, David Gerrold, among others, it's great.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Two contributor copies received today, 2/16, in east-central Illinois. Many thanks!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

  10. ThatJoshJerez
    Member

    I seem to have received a second copy of the Jan/Feb 2016 issues in place d the Mar/Apr 2016. I am not quite sure if this is intentional?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    ThatJoshJerez, it may just be a double issue glitch. I'm not sure if subscribers are receiving their March/April issues yet. But just to be sure, if you haven't already, can you fill out your information on the contact form, so our subscription manager can follow up on this one in a timely way. Thanks.

    It's at: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/contact.htm

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. ThatJoshJerez
    Member

    Can do Mr. Finlay!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    The new issue is on my Kindle today. Thanks, CC!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    For all of you still waiting to receive your copy, I give a preview of the new issue with my Editor's Note over on the blog:

    https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/2016/03/01/editors-note-for-marapr-2016/

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. at78rpm
    Member

    March 2 and I haven't received my issue yet. But I also pay the piddly $6 a year to get it on my Kindle, so there is joy in Mudville anyway.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. Rebecca French
    Member

    A subscriber in Central NJ received their Mar/Apr 16 issue on Tuesday, March 2nd.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Some of our checking copies arrived today (3/3) in Hudson county, NJ.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Sam Tomaino reviews this issue for SFREVU:

    http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=16702

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. eduskunta
    Member

    My issue arrived in Oklahoma City, OK, today March 8. The Post Office chose to deliver magazines in the rain for some reason. It did not get too wet.

    Is the change in the label format permanent? The expiration date is not on the new label. I always appreciate knowing how much longer the subscription is good for. thanks

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. JohnWThiel
    Member

    "Diamond" was a taut action story, made me feel like I was right there watching the game..that is, until it was revealed, or implied, that the new batter was...well, no spoiler shall be placed here. It would be like a new kind of pitch called the "spoiler". I think the players were over the line of traditional baseball a bit. Chris DeVito is here so often at this forum that it's nice to see a story by him.

    The valentine cartoon, its point perhaps being that Valentine's is over and the cartoon is belated, was one I just stared at, at first, not seeing what the cartoonist had in mind. You see, the phrase "tell-tale" is in common use, for example in deodorant commercials, and I didn't think right away from this clue that a Poe story was being referenced. One thing I like about the cartoon is the fellow's expression is a good takeoff on what's in a Poe story. The issue seems to have a Poe flavor to it, looking it all over.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  21. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    We're working to get the sub expiration dates on the new labels, eduskunta. Thanks for asking.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  22. JohnWThiel
    Member

    There's a certain audacity to "Belief" by Nancy Kress which is perhaps engaging. As I understand the story, there is belief in science and belief in religion, and these are two different kinds of belief but still match the definition of the word; this causes, the story suggests, conflicts between the two areas of understanding, or should we say, speculation, but the fact, the author suggests, is that neither of them is likely to bring a pretty penny of profit to the adherents thereof. There's the intolerable supposition that someone who does scientific research wants an award for it that can be found clanging in many stories; how does an idea like that get around? I was glad, though, to see someone take the conflict that exists between science and magic seriously enough to make it the idea for a story.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  23. JohnWThiel
    Member

    "The Silver Strands of Alpha Crucis-D" is another story by a woman writing with a Bradbury influence, interesting because Bradbury might not have wanted his style to travel that way, but anyway the story's original enough, some might say too original. Though I do recall one like it (also by a woman writer) in the matter of having sentient strands, that one set on Venus. Kind of a vagary story-wise, though it would not have been so to the people involved.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  24. alnico357
    Member

    March 12 & no March/April issue yet.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  25. JohnWThiel
    Member

    They've shorted you by one if it don't come through.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  26. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    alnico357: The issues go out in batches, which is why we like subscribers to report their delivery dates here. I still haven't received my subscriber's copy in central Arizona yet (although I did get a sneak peek at the issue already). Where are you located?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  27. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I wondered what "Golden Gate Blues" would be--Gerry Mulligan playing over the San Francisco rooftops? The story seems set in the FINITY universe, though; no need to start 'em out in this one any more. I needed a little willing suspension of disbelief to sustain the story, but there was a suspension bridge already in it. Very good story, adds up well; the only flaw I could find in it was that the bridge crossed some heavily policed turf and it was difficult to see how it avoided a major bust, fog or not.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  28. alnico357
    Member

    Mr Finlay, I'm in NC Arkansas. I'm not chewing my fingernails yet, but am considering a strongly worded epistle to Cthulhu. (Heaven help me if I misspelled the Old One's name............)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    A subscriber in southeastern Virginia reports receiving their copy today (3/14).

    Posted 2 years ago #
  30. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I looked up the issue in which the first Nanabojou story had appeared with the search, and was surprised to find my comments on that issue had been removed. They had been on there for as long as the issue had been visible. Caligari was still saying that the story was in the American Folklore tradition, which I had pointed out. The new Nanabojou story, which makes the clear statement that Nanabojou had created one of the races of man, might make obsolete my earlier comment that he reminded me of Compair Bouki in a story in my American Folklore anthology. He still does remind me of that, though.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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