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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. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    John, we're very interested in what you and other readers say about the stories on these forums. Without that feedback, here or on places like Twitter and Goodreads, we don't have a good idea about which writers and stories are popular, which ones connected with readers, and which ones missed. So we don't delete comments, positive or negative, that are about the stories. We want to see that discussion.

    In looking back through the threads from that period (Nov/Dec 2014, after my first guest issue but before the announcement that I was going to be the new editor), there was clearly some kind of glitch, where some comments that were made didn't get posted to the forums. This wasn't intentional, and our support person looked at the issue and worked to resolve it. (My memory, which is sometimes faulty, is that the software needed some updates.) I suspect that your comment on the first Nanabojou story was one of those that disappeared in Pixel Swamp.

    In any case, please be assured that we aren't selectively deleting your opinions here, and that we read all of your comments about the stories.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Sure, there were others that didn't have their place maintained there. I didn't think that either the editors or the site maintainers had omitted those comments. I recall a lot of postings about something funny going on with their postings from a lot of people, and GVG's comments that he didn't know what was causing these problems. One time one of his own comments was apparently deleted. The recent posting problems we've been having seem all taken care of.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. alnico357
    Member

    My issue arrived in NC Arkansas 3/17.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Once again, a very good, solid issue, with a nice balance of serious and comic stories and of SF/ Fantasy/ Horror. No obvious award-winners, but no clunkers, either. My faves were "The Liar," "Diamond" and "A Mother's Arms."

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

    Subscriber copy arrived on 3/18 in central AZ. The mailing label was attached to the back not the front!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. SHamm
    Member

    Still nuthin' in SF, CA.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Juliette Wade has progressed her linguistics sf in "The Language of the Silent", as she had planned to do in the Analog forum. This collaboration was a long time in coming, but I'm pleased to see the projection fulfilled. As to the story, it does not seem to end as a reader might like it to end.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Starting "The Ghost Penny Post" I was wondering about the introduction, which mentions the age of the author. If he was born in the mid-70s, how does he come up with dialect that would seem to be from the 19th century? There should be no vestiges of the back country lingo of those times left for him to grow up with. Does he live in England, Ireland, or Scotland, perhaps?

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

    John, no place or time or lingo is out of reach for an author with sufficient research and imagination!

    Meanwhile, a subscriber in the Pacific Northwest reports their copy arrived in the mail on Saturday 3/19, with the label on the back cover.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. SHamm
    Member

    Eagle has landed in SF.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Finishing "The Ghost Penny Post", here's a story in the fine old style of Wilkie Collins, M.R.James, and others of that period, resurrected in these present times. It's a lot like what Weird Tales used to print; I'm wondering if he was in the present time Weird Tales.

    The story relates well to nonessence, portraying a milieu in which no one would be particularly happy, and the real problems of the story are not resolved, nor, it seems, would the author have them be. The result is a quintessence of weirdness, enjoyable to those who like weirdness for its own sake. I would like to have the author to know that belladonna does not come from berries. Most interesting to me about the story is the fantasy games aspect; sounds a whole lot like fantasy games I have been in, and also interesting is making fantasy maps of an area, as has been done by Medievalists in my own town. The story really gets into the spirit of some things.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. JohnWThiel
    Member

    "A Mother's Arms," yes, Sarina Dorie maintains a maternal viewpoint even in a strange alien culture. One can like this, but I liked better (and found more delightful) "Red In Tooth and Cog" by Cat Rambo, which was an imaginative excursion in what I found to be a similar mode, excellently written and aloof from our usual cares, which made the story a pleasurable reading.

    That's the issue; putting it in the collection on my shelf.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Oh, yes, "The Liar" by John P. Murphy. That introduction sure did tell the story of this. It sounded just like Garrison's long he does the talking now portion of the show. Well, that had its fantasy elements, Lake Wobegon always seemed like it might be a black hole. And when the horror element hit, it sounded like Stephen King, just as you said. This novella did seem a little long-winded, but it was good reading all the way through.

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

    A subscriber in Canada reports that his copy arrived 3/29/16.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. dolphintornsea
    Member

    Mine arrived only today (April 8) (Cape Town, South Africa).

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Well, are you going to say anything about it, Dolphin?

    Posted 2 years ago #

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