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May/June 2017 issue

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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
    May/June • 68th Year of Publication

    NOVELETS

    WITCH’S HOUR -31- Shannon Connor Winward
    DIRTY OLD TOWN -58- Richard Bowes
    THE PROGNOSTICANT -103- Matthew Hughes
    MY ENGLISH NAME -166- R. S. Benedict

    SHORT STORIES

    A THOUSAND DEATHS THROUGH FLESH AND STONE -8- Brian Trent
    THE HISTORY OF THE INVASION TOLD IN FIVE DOGS -138- Kelly Jennings
    WHAT THE HANDS KNOW -145- Gregor Hartmann
    THE WOMAN WITH THE LONG BLACK HAIR -163- Zach Shepard
    THE FIRST DAY OF SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE -208 -John Schoffstall
    NEKO BRUSHES -229- Leah Cypess
    RINGS -240- Nina Kiriki Hoffman

    POEMS

    THE PATH TO PEACE -57- Mary Soon Lee

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -80- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -90- Elizabeth Hand
    PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS: HAPPINESS IS A WORN GUNN -98- Paul Di Filippo
    SCIENCE: ROBOTS ON THE ROAD -194- Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
    TELEVISION: WESTERN HISTORIES -201- David J. Skal
    COMPETITION #93 -206-
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Mark Esping

    Cartoons: Bill Long (102) Arthur Masear (162), Nick Downes (205).

    COVER BY MAURIZIO MANZIERI FOR “THE PROGNOSTICANT”

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

  3. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Any issue with Matt Hughes in it is one I look forward to.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. alnico357
    Member

    Ditto above. Issue arrived 4/20 in NC Arkansas.

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  5. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Issue arrived on my Kindle.

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

    My subscriber copy arrived today in the wilds of central Arizona.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. eduskunta
    Member

    My copy arrived yesterday, May 3, in Oklahoma City OK.

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

    Issue reviewed by Sam Tomaino for SFREVU:

    http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17384

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Another fine issue. My favorites were the Brian Trent, Matt Hughes and Kelly Jennings tales, but overall this was what an F&SF issue should be.

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

    Thank you, Dr. Caligari -- that's something I love to hear.

    Another review of the issue, by Paul Fraser at SF Magazines: http://sfmagazines.com/?p=2880 The standout stories for that reviewer were R.S. Benedict's "My English Name" and Richard Bowes' "Dirty Old Town."

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  11. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    It's a toss up between Matthew Hughes and Brian Trent for top honours in my book.

    I've now read 7 stories from Mr. Trent and he is remarkably consistently good. It always hits home when the 'good' guys treat people like shit like our main character's controllers do in this story.

    We met Baldemar in a previous story and now we get to see him a few years later. This story was a treat as always from Mr. Hughes.

    All of the stories in this issue were at least good and some others were very good.

    Thanks for another great issue.

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  12. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I've got back into a financial position where I can afford to subscribe to magazines. Wanting to re-subscribe to F&SF but lack a letter from Sandy Marlowe or whomever with a subscription form in it, which is my preference in re-subscribing. Can I get one sent by applying here?

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  13. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    digdug, thanks for the comments -- I leave hearing what readers think of the stories.

    John, this may attract the attention of our subscription manager, but the absolute best way to reach them is through the online contact form: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/contact.htm That way will insure that they also have the correct address and everything else to send the renewal form to.

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  14. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Ah, good, F&SF again. Used the online contact, and twas said that the renewal form would arrive along with the issue. In comes the May/June issue, containing a subscription form, will send with check enclosed.

    Like the Long cartoon with the alien getting kicked in the genital region, verifying its gender by the pained reaction to being groin-kicked. A female would have reacted with an intake of breath.

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  15. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Steve Fahnestalk reviews this issue for AMAZING STORIES:

    http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2017/06/review-fsf-mayjune-2017-another-farewell/

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Before this issue vanishes from the general ken, I'd like to make some comments on it. I have noticed that four out of the seven short stories have avant-garde titles. Now, I know that my statement will either be contradicted or ignored, but I'm wondering if people know what I mean by avant-garde. It's supposed to be futurism in the arts, one step ahead of what's up front. Its purpose is progress, barrier-breaking, which is perhaps unnecessary in science fiction. The avant-garde titles are for the stories by Trent, Jennings, Hartmann, and Schoffstall. The titles are unexpected, surprising, and out of the norm. Whether their stories are avant-garde I don't know, as I haven't read them as yet, but the titles are.

    The avant-garde are at odds with the bourgeoise and the mundanes, who I also find represented sometimes in this magazine, so that's why I'm interested in this, and seeing the more or less novel, even for science fiction, approach of these writers. Pardon my knowledge, some folks don't seem to like literary examinations.

    Outstanding cover in many ways. For instance, the swordsperson is standing out in the open (a magnifying glass gives a 97% certainty that it is a man)and it's a horrifying monster, a plus for artist Manzieri. Certainly looks like unequal combat, as if the swordsperson has undertaken too big an assignment. To know more I'll be reading the story, and "to know more" is right, I look and find that it's by Matthew Hughes. I just had an interview with him in the June IONISPHERE, my N3F zine, and was wondering what would be next. Here's what's next. It will be my pleasure to read it.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. MattHughes
    Member

    JWT:

    I'm not sure I can define avant-guarde these days. I can certainly identify myself as arrière-garde.

    The cover illo doesn't quite match the text, but that's artistic license for you.

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  18. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    "Witch's Hour" by Shannon Connor Winward gets a nice review here: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/16-fabulous-short-stories-i-read-in-may/

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


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