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  • Started 1 year ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from J-Sun

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    September/October • 68th Year of Publication

    NOVELETS

    LEASH ON A MAN -31- Robert Reed
    THE HERMIT OF HOUSTON -105- Samuel R. Delany
    CHILDREN OF XANADU -198- Juan Paulo Rafols

    SHORT STORIES

    EVIL OPPOSITE -8- Naomi Kritzer
    WE ARE BORN -20- Dare Segun Falowo
    TASTING NOTES ON THE VARIETALS OF THE SOUTHERN COAST -64- Gwendolyn Clare
    THE CARE OF HOUSE PLANTS -69- Jeremy Minton
    ON HIGHWAY 18 -134- Rebecca Campbell
    HOLLYWOOD SQUID -145- Oliver Buckram
    STILL TOMORROW’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER WORKING DAY -161- Amy Griswold
    BODYTHOUGHTS -164- Rahul Kanakia
    RIDDLE -183- Lisa Mason
    THE TWO CHOICE FOXTROT OF CHAPHAM COUNTY -241- Tina Connolly
    STARLIGHT EXPRESS -246- Michael Swanwick

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -90- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -99- James Sallis
    SCIENCE: VANISHING ACT -173- Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
    FILMS: ON FINDING HER INNER KAIJU-178- Kathi Maio
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Robert Eldridge

    Cartoons: Danny Shanahan (89), Nick Downes (160), Arthur Masear (197), S. Harris (245).

    COVER BY MAURIZIO MANZIERI FOR “STARLIGHT EXPRESS”

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, and Samuel R. Delany! Not too cheesy a trio of authors (with all due respect to the other contributors) to round up in one single issue of F&SF.

    Congratulations. I'm looking forward with some anticipation to the day this turns up on my Kindle.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    On my Kindle now.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. Marian
    Member

    Blog post by Michael Swanwick about Starlight Express http://floggingbabel.blogspot.com/2017/08/starlight-express-by-maurizio-manzieri.html

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. Mark Pontin
    Member

    And on my Kindle, too.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Sam Tamaino covers this issue for SF Revu: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17551

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Sorry to say, not my favorite issue. I usually like Naomi Kritzer's stories, but I found this one to have a good SF-nal idea that wasn't fully developed. Delany's prose is always marvelous, but I didn't think this one ranked with his best work. And I thought the Buckram story was just silly; YMMV.

    On the bright side, the novelet by Juan Paulo Rafols was simply stunning in every way; hard to believe this was his first published story. And Lisa Mason's story was a fine piece of slowly-mounting horror; for some reason, it reminded me of Oliver Onions' "The Beckoning Fair One."

    A mixed issue overall, but with some very fine stories mixed in with the routine ones.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Dr. Caligari, thank you for your post. I always love hearing what stories worked and didn't work for our regular readers (and yes, this is an invitation for anyone else who wants to, to jump in). Besides new subscriptions and subscription renewals, it's the most important feedback we get.

    So glad you liked the Rafols story -- it was one of those that just jumped of the submission queue. I have the impression that he's a slow and deliberate writer, so I don't know when we'll see something new from him again. But we have another Lisa Mason story coming in the Jan/Feb issue, and if you liked "Riddle" then I think you'll really love this one.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    Newcomer Juan Paulo Rafols takes top honours for me. I found his world with tyrannical Han Chinese oppressors to be chilling.

    Also chilling, in a good way, was Jeremy Minton's "The Care of House Plants". Very well done.

    I haven't read very many of Samuel R. Delany's stories and maybe that's a good thing. "The Hermit of Houston" was not for me.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Patrick Mahon just reviewed this issue for SF Crowsnest: http://sfcrowsnest.info/the-magazine-of-fantasy-science-fiction-sept-oct-2017-volume-133-733-magazine-review/

    Like digdug, he gave top honors in the issue to Juan Paulo Rafols "Children of Xanadu." He also really liked the stories by Minton, Buckram, and Mason, as well as the science column.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  11. J-Sun
    Member

    I don't know if it's my place to link to stuff on these threads or not (just yell at me if not, and sorry) but I reviewed this issue for Tangent a long time ago and Gardner Dozois has just reviewed it for Locus. We both thought Swanwick's "Starlight Express" was the best story in the issue and also liked Buckram's "Hollywood Squid" (if I'm interpreting Dozois correctly). Dozois also specially notes the Delany, Kritzer, and Reed.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  12. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Issue reviewed by Steve Fahnestalk for AMAZING STORIES:

    http://www.amazingstoriesmag.com/2017/10/review-fsf-sept-oct-2017/

    Posted 12 months ago #
  13. J-Sun
    Member

    I won't keep doing this generally but, just because it's a direct companion to the Locus Dozois review of this issue which I did post, Horton has just covered it in Locus, as well. He likes the Delany ("It's... hard to get a grip on (the best kind)....I don’t get everything that’s going on in the story, in a good way. One of the stories of the year, I think.") and also remarks on the Mason, Swanwick, and Reed.

    Posted 11 months ago #

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