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  • Started 3 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    November/December • 68th Year of Publication

    NOVELETS

    THE CAT BELL -7- Esther M. Friesner
    THE FARMBOY -30- Albert E. Cowdrey
    THE VINDICATOR -92- Matthew Hughes
    PASSELANDE -197- Robert Reed

    SHORT STORIES

    BETWEEN GOING AND STAYING -53- Lilliam Rivera
    THE PLACE OF BONES -131- Gardner Dozois
    LORD ELGIN AT THE ACROPOLIS -138- Minsoo Kang
    SPECIAL COLLECTIONS -152- Kurt Fawver
    A FINE BALANCE -179- Charlotte Ashley
    THE RHYTHM MAN -234- James Beamon
    MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU -246- Sandra McDonald

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -71- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -82- Chris Moriarty
    FILMS: GETTING HIGH -172- David J. Skal
    COMPETITION #92 -177-
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -254-
    INDEX TO VOLUMES 130 & 131 -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Graham Andrews

    Cartoons: Arthur Masear (29, 130, 176), Bill Long (81, 171),
    Nick Downes (91, 196, 245), S. Harris (151).

    COVER BY KRISTIN KEST FOR “THE CAT BELL”

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. dolphintornsea
    Member

    Wonderful to see a new story by Gardner Dozois, among all the other delights in this issue!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    ...and Matt Hughes and Robert Reed. Looking forward to this one!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. rowsdower
    Member

    Two words:

    Cowdrey. Boo.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. GusG
    Member

    I am excited about all four of the novelets. I hope mine doesn't get here until our typhoon and 80mph winds are over. Don't want water damage on my new magazines.

    I am starting to believe that our resident whiner on this forum is Donald Trump. Think about it...no real answers to anything and nothing of substance to add to any discussion, just a persistent whining that none of the rest of us care about any more.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. rowsdower
    Member

    Donald Trump is on this board?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    New issue arrived on my Kindle. Thanks, Gordon & C.C.!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. eduskunta
    Member

    My print issue arrived today 10-29-16, in Oklahoma City OK. And yes, I am also looking forward to reading all stories. No exceptions.

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

    Thank you all -- I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about some of the stories in this issue.

    Meanwhile, Bob Blough at Tangent Online has published the first review. He thought the issue was well-balanced, and had particular praise for the Friesner, Rivera, Ashley and especially the Reed stories.

    http://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/3287-fantasy-a-science-fiction-novemberdecember-2016

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. GusG
    Member

    Mine arrived in Oregon on Saturday, the 29th. I was excited to see four novellas on the contents page, but alas, they are but novelets. No biggie...they are equally exciting.

    Keep them coming. I need as many distractions as possible to survive what is left of the election season. Finlay/Van Gelder in 2020!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. MattHughes
    Member

    Here's SF Revu's review: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17124

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Another very fine issue, overall.

    The high spots for me: Matt Hughes' Raffalon stories are all delightful, and this was no exception; I'm sorry that the character is being retired. "Special Collections," which could be about the library at Miskatonic University, deftly blends humor and horror. "The Catbell" started out a bit cutesy, but had a nice twist at the end. While "The Rhythm Man" was not quite accurate in its depiction of the history of jazz (it wasn't be-bop that supplanted blues), it was beautifully told and very emotionally affecting. And "Merry Christmas from All of Us..." is a mordant piece of satire that's a nice counterpoint to the usual seasonal sentimentality.

    On the weaker side, for me, were the Reed and Cowdrey stories. Robert Reed's prose is always excellent, but I found the ending confusing; maybe I'm dumb, but I couldn't figure out who did what to whom. And the Cowdrey was neither very original, nor even very science fictional-- a few minor edits and this could have been about a pirate ship on an uncharted island in the 1600s. Still, as I said, overall a very good issue.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. digdug
    Member

    received this issue today in Nova Scotia
    Nov 23

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. MattHughes
    Member

    A little interview with yours truly on the F&SF Blog: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/2016/12/07/interview-matthew-hughes-on-the-vindicator/

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    My fave story was definitely Matthew Hughes' "The Vindicator". It's always a pleasure to check in with Raffalon, and in this piece we meet up with a few more interesting characters. I would happily read a new story with Cascor or Ioveana, Ifiegenio or even Borgio as the main character. Well done, Mr. Hughes.

    I also very much enjoyed "Passelande" by Robert Reed. Our hero leads a confusing but interesting life.

    The only stories that didn't work for me were by Beamon and Rivera. They weren't bad but were just missing something.

    Overall a strong issue. Thanks, CC.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. alnico357
    Member

    Lots of cartoons!

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

    Issue reviewed by Steve Fahnestalk of AMAZING STORIES:

    http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2016/12/review-novdec-fsf-happy-holidays/

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


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