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July/Aug 2017 issue

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  • Started 2 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from C.C. Finlay

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    July/August • 68th Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS

    THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN, HE FLIPPED A CROOKED HOUSE -83- David Erik Nelson

    NOVELETS

    THE MASOCHIST’S ASSISTANT -22- Auston Habershaw
    THE BRIDE IN SEA-GREEN VELVET -43- Robin Furth
    I AM NOT I -147- G. V. Anderson
    AFIYA’S SONG -185- Justin C. Key

    SHORT STORIES

    IN A WIDE SKY, HIDDEN -8- William Ledbetter
    A DOG’S STORY -143- Gardner Dozois
    AN OBSTRUCTION TO DELIVERY -223- Sean Adams
    AN UNEARNED DEATH -245- Marissa Lingen

    POEMS

    NORTHWEST CRUISE- 222- Sophie M. White

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -67- Charles de Lint
    MUSING ON BOOKS -76- Michelle West
    SCIENCE: WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS -173- Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
    FILMS: GHOULIES GHOSTIES, BEASTIES -180- David J. Skal
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Paul Di Filippo

    Cartoons: Nick Downes (172).

    COVER BY NICHOLAS GRUNAS FOR “THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN, HE FLIPPED A CROOKED HOUSE”

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

    Victoria Silverwolf at Tangent Online has posted the first review of this issue, singling out the stories by Ledbetter and Key with special praise: http://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/3509-fantasy-a-science-fiction-julyaugust-2017

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. GusG
    Member

    Got mine in Oregon today.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Arrived on my Kindle overnight.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. at78rpm
    Member

    So far, so F&SF. Which is to say, this is an issue I'm going to buy for friends so they can see how good a magazine devoted to fantasy and science fiction can be. I began reading this issue with the David Erik Nelson story, which I'd love to see on film; then G. V. Anderson's story, I Am Not I. Afiya's Song might well be my favorite story in F&SF this year.

    So happy to have received this one in a Kraft envelope. Who'd want this month's cover slathered over with a label?

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

    The Rocket Stack Rank review website lists three stories from this issue as Hugo-worthy: "An Unearned Death" by Marissa Lingen, "The Masochist's Assitant" by Auston Habershaw, and the issue's cover story novella, "There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House" by David Erik Nelson. See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RocketStackRank/posts/

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

    Sam Tomaino reviews the issue for SFREVU: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17464

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Just got the issue. A fine, crowd-stopping cover. I'm wondering if the City of Detroit would like the lettering on the car, and turning to the story it illustrates I find that the story concerns an actual landmark structure in Detroit, which real estate has been known to object to, but when I see in the intro that the author has had the experience of living in it, I suppose he has some sort of entitlement. Looks like the kind of place people might stop by at from time to time, probably has a history of people and incidents.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Dear Messrs Finlay and Van Gelder --

    As regards 'There Was A Crooked Man, He Flipped A Crooked House' by David Erik Nelson, keep encouraging this guy. This one was a really good story and a quantum leap forward from his previous effort.

    Mr. Nelson has serious potential, I think.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Yeah, didn't think too highly of his salesperson story, but this one looks like it has a lot more in it.

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

    Mark, you may be pleased to know that we have another novelet on the way from David Erik Nelson. "Whatever Comes After Calcutta" will probably appear in either our Nov/Dec or, more likely, our Jan/Feb issue.

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

    Steve Fahnestalk reviews the issue for Amazing Stories: http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2017/07/magazine-review-fsf-july-august-2017-aurora-awards/

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    I just finished this issue today and-- wow! Best issue in a long time, and I can say that even though the past few issues have been quite good.

    I'd like to post more about some of the individual stories when I get some more time, but, for now, let me just thank C.C. and Gordon for a really great issue.

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

    Thanks, Dr. Caligari. We think this is shaping up to be a pretty good year, and readers really seem to be enjoying the stories.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    As promised (threatened?) above, here are my thoughts on some specific stories in this issue:

    "There Was a Crooked Man..." starts out like an update on Heinlein's famous story, and there are a few explicit references to it, but it ultimately turns into something quite different, a horror story of Lovecraftian type-- and a darned good one, too.

    "In a Wide Sky, Hidden." Nothing terribly original in the SF elements, but brother-sister love is not a common element in any kind of fiction, and the story is ultimately quite touching.

    "A Dog's Story." This __could have__ been a horror story-- it involves the brutal murder of a young woman and the grim revenge taken on the killer-- but it is instead gentle, amusing and an overall delight, because it is told from a canine rather than human point of view. Just a joy to read.

    "An Unearned Death" is one of the few fantasy stories I have read in recent years with a genuinely original premise. Quite moving, as well.

    "The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet" could have been published in Weird Tales in the 1930s, but there's nothing wrong with that. Not very original, but well-written.

    "The Masochist's Assistant" is likewise not very original-- it reads much like one of Matt Hughes' fantasies-- but, if you're going to imitate, why not imitate the best?

    "I Am Not I" at first felt too much like China Mieville (who's referenced in the introduction), but the author is as compassionate as she is imaginative, and I look forward to reading more from her.

    "Afiya's Song" is powerfully written, but violates H.G. Wells' rule about only one fantastic element to a story. Afiya's powers would have made a good story on their own, without adding an alternate-history element that struck me as unconvincing. But still a very good read.

    The issue's one clunker, IMHO, was "An Obstruction to Delivery." There were some amusing elements of satire, but the tone kept shifting in jarring ways, the characters acted like no people ever did, and local mayors have nothing to do with running the Post Office. If this is some sort of post-modernism, I just didn't get it.

    Overall, as I said above, a great issue.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    There were so many very good stories, that I had trouble picking a fave.

    Could be Habershaw's "The Masochist's Assistant". I really liked Hugarth.

    Could be Ledbetter's "In a Wide Sky, Hidden". I would love to read more stories with this character.

    In fact I really liked all of the stories except for one.

    The one I liked the least was Adams' "An Obstruction to Delivery". It's still a good story, but I found the structure, with many headings, lessened it's effect.

    Overall a very good issue

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. JohnWThiel
    Member

    My comments on the May/June issue have been partially removed, and any comment I make on that issue does not register. It would seem that either someone doesn't like my commenting on the issue, or doesn't like my comments about Matthew Hughes' story.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. Greg
    Member

    @ JohnWThiel

    That sounds like another recurrence of the mystery glitch. When it has happened to me before, it has only affected one particular topic thread. Within that particular thread, from the point the problem set in, I could still see my earlier posts, but I could only see my later posts if I was logged into the forum. Evidently those later posts were totally invisible to everyone else.

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

    John, I think it's kind of random, some glitch in the spam trap that misidentifies only some messages. I'm currently unable to post in the May/June topic either (I tried adding Patrick Mahon's review there a couple days ago but it wouldn't post). Please don't take it personally -- it's not.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I just logged in, and my comments reappeared, so it's the same glitch.

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

    Maria Haskins selected Marissa Lingen's "An Unearned Death" from this issue as one of the exceptional genre stories published in July: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/15-wondrous-short-stories-i-read-in-july/

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

  23. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    John Siebelink reviews this issue for Amazing Stories:

    http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2017/09/review-magazine-fantasy-science-fiction-julyaugust-2017/

    Posted 2 years ago #

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