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  • Started 2 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    January/February • 68th Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS
    HOMECOMING -67- Rachel Pollack

    NOVELETS
    VINEGAR AND CINNAMON -7- Nina Kiriki Hoffman
    ONE WAY -126- Rick Norwood
    DUNNAGE FOR THE SOUL -163- Robert Reed
    THERE USED TO BE OLIVE TREES -234- Rich Larson

    SHORT STORIES
    THE REGRESSION TEST -27- Wole Talabi
    A GATHERING ON GRAVITY’S SHORE -38- Gregor Hartmann
    ON THE PROBLEM OF REPLACEMENT CHILDREN: PREVENTION, COPING, AND OTHER PRACTICAL STRATEGIES -147- Debbie Urbanski
    ALEXANDRIA -196- Monica Byrne
    WETHERFELL’S REEF RUNICS -211- Marc Laidlaw

    POEMS
    KINGSHIP -195- Mary Soon Lee

    DEPARTMENTS
    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -52- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -62- James Sallis
    SCIENCE: BRAINLESS ROBOTS STROLL THE BEACH -187- Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
    TELEVISION: STRANGER (YET ODDLY FAMILIAR) THINGS -191- Tim Pratt
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- David Langford

    Cartoons: Bill Long (37), Arthur Masear (61).
    COVER BY CHARLES VESS FOR “VINEGAR AND CINNAMON”

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

    Kevin P. Hallett reviews the January issue for Tangent Online. He singled out the cover story "Vinegar and Cinnamon" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, saying that it was "Filled with humor and pathos." He also highlighted "Homecoming" by Rachel Pollack, "Dunnage for the Soul" by Robert Reed, and "There Used to Be Olive Trees" by Rich Larson.

    http://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/3344-fantasy-a-science-fiction-januaryfebruary-2017

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Always of interest to see what's in a latest issue. The plaintive "There Used to Be Olive Trees" by Rich Larson, an interesting gathering on gravity's shore (reminds me of Ron Voigt's "stand suspended on a slice of echo" and Dylan's "We'll meet on edges soon"), a little sf practical home planning by Debbie Urbanski, and Rick Norwood is really getting well known; I used to just see him at his sf site.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    This issue arrived on my Kindle today (Dec. 25). Thanks for the Hanukah present, CC & Gordon!

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

    You're very welcome, Dr. Caligari! JohnWThiel, we always appreciate your comments.

    There's a new review of this issue by Sam Tomaino posted at SF Site: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17216. He particularly liked the stories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Rachel Pollack, Robert Reed, and Marc Laidlaw, but thought several others were also pretty good.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. GusG
    Member

    Mine arrived yesterday. I will enjoy it today while I sit out the ice storm. Thank you!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I'm waiting for an ad for the N3F to appear in the Marketplace. My sub's run out and haven't renewed yet, so can anybody tell me whether it's appeared in the issue?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Just bought the new ish at B&N. Another small furry animal cover -- three in a row! Noticed that the price has gone up a dollar, and there's no subscription ad insert in the middle of the mag (it's usually between pp. 130 and 131). Permanent changes?

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  9. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    I can say for sure that the run of small furry animal covers is at an end!

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

    The lack of a subscription card in the issue is a one-time thing.

    The price change is going to remain, unless our costs go down . . . which is pretty unlikely, especially with postal costs expected to rise this year.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. JohnWThiel
    Member

    No N3F ad in the marketplace, Caligari?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I'm in the N3F recruitment department, and got the ad ok'd, now I'm wondering whether they will get it in the big three magazines without problems, and if so, when.

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

    John Loyd reviews January/February and calls it one of the all-time great issues.

    http://sfbookreview.blogspot.com/2017/01/januaryfebruary-2017-fantasy-and.html

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. digdug
    Member

    Just finished this issue.

    Rachel Pollack has introduced us to some memorable characters in her ongoing series of stories about Jack Shade. "Homecoming" is a worthy addition to the series. She has an uncanny way of mixing the ordinary world with people and things that are definitely not ordinary. I really like this whole series.

    Rich Larson has been spinning out excellent stories at an almost unbelievable rate. "There Used to be Olive Trees" is another in the line. I would really like to see a sequel to this one.

    Robert Reed's "Dunnage For the Soul" is another very strong story. I wasn't quite sure how to feel at the end and I think that was the author's intention.

    I didn't like Debbie Urbanski's contribution. It would have been OK if it was shorter but I found it went on too long.

    Rick Norwood's "One Way" had potential to be better but I found things ended off too neat and tidy too easily.

    All of the other stories in this issue were quite enjoyable.

    Overall and excellent issue.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. alnico357
    Member

    Hot dog! A science column every month!

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

    alnico357, :-)

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

    The issue has been reviewed by Steve Fahnestalk for Amazing Stories. He particularly liked the stories by Hoffman, Pollack, Laidlaw, and Larson.

    http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2017/02/reviews-riverdale-fantasy-science-fiction-jan-feb-2017/

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

    Michael Penkas reviews this issue for Black Gate. He seems to have particularly liked the Charles Vess cover and stories by Urbanski, Laidlaw, and Larson.

    https://www.blackgate.com/2017/03/13/fantasy-science-fiction-volume-132-no-1-2-januaryfebruary-2017/

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

    Paul Fraser reviews the issue in depth for sfmagazines: http://sfmagazines.com/?p=2694

    He seems to particularly like the stories by Hartmann, Pollack, and, in particular, Urbanski.

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

    Patrick Mahon reviews this issue for SFCROWSNEST:

    http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/the-magazine-of-fantasy-science-fiction-janfeb-2017-volume-132-729-mag-review/

    Posted 2 years ago #

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