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  • Started 4 months ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from C.C. Finlay

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    January/February • 69th Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS

    JEWEL OF THE HEART -86- Matthew Hughes

    NOVELETS

    WIDDAM -6- Vandana Singh
    GALATEA IN UTOPIA -158- Nick Wolven
    THE DONNER PARTY -228- Dale Bailey

    SHORT STORIES

    AURELIA -39- Lisa Mason
    NEANDERTHALS -61- Gardner Dozois
    A LIST OF FORTY-NINE LIES -145- Steven Fisher
    AN EQUATION OF STATE -147- Robert Reed
    THE EQUATIONIST -199- J. D. Moyer
    A FEATHER IN HER CAP -216- Mary Robinette Kowal

    POEMS

    THIS WAY -85- Neal Wilgus
    DEAR CREATOR -187- Mary Soon Lee

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -67- Charles de Lint
    BOOKS -76- Elizabeth Hand
    FILMS: GET OFF THE SINK AND OTHER UNHEEDED COMMANDMENTS -188- Kathi Maio
    PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS: TOY SORRY -193- Paul Di Filippo
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Graham Andrews

    Cartoons: Arthur Masear (157), Bill Long (198), S. Harris (215).

    COVER BY MONDOLITHIC STUDIOS FOR “GALATEA IN UTOPIA”

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

  3. dhdurgee
    Member

    When will this be downloaded to my kindle? Looking at my subscriptions shows the cover of this issue, but it has yet to download to my kindle and is not listed if I attempt to download it directly from my subscription.

    Dave

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    The newsstand date is, I think, usually the first Tuesday of the month, and Amazon usually sends the Kindle version out to subscribers a few days before the beginning of the new month. So I'd expect it sometime next week, but it may be early because of the holidays.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  5. MattHughes
    Member

    Here's a review: https://featuredfutures.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/review-fsf-january-february-2018/

    Not much of an admirer of my story. But you can't please everyone.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  6. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    The new issue arrived on my Kindle overnight. Thanks, Gordon & C.C.

    And Matt, your story is the one I'm most looking forward to.

    Happy New Year to all!

    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. dhdurgee
    Member

    I have my issue now, but I regret to inform you that the cover problem is back.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Thanks for pointing out the cover problem with the Kindle edition. We'll check into it.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  9. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Sam Tomaino reviews this issue for SFREVU: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17774

    Posted 3 months ago #
  10. SHamm
    Member

    Just out of curiosity: when the back cover mentions a 70th Anniversary double issue, is that a standard 256-page double issue? Or are you contemplating a 512-page double-double issue?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    I just finished this issue. I was less than enthusiastic about the last two issues, so let me quickly say that this was an excellent one.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  12. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Not a double-double, Sam.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  13. dolphintornsea
    Member

    Gosh, that's next year! Hope there's something special lined up.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  14. Marian
    Member

    Checking out Michael Swanwick's blog, I notice he reviewed one of the stories http://floggingbabel.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-list-of-forty-nine-lines-by-steven.html

    Posted 3 months ago #
  15. SHamm
    Member

    Dang. Not even a sesqui-double?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  16. dhdurgee
    Member

    Thank you, Gordon, for checking into this problem. Once you have it corrected I believe Amazon has a way you can post an updated release and I should be able to pick it up. At present there are three issues with the problem, May/June and July/August, 2017 and January/February, 2018. I hope you can issue corrected versions for all of them and ensure that whatever is resulting in missing covers is corrected for future issues.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  17. rturner
    Webmaster

    The cover used for this issue is 836x1256 pixels. Amazon asks that the cover width be 800+ pixels.

    The method used to produce an issue is to load a XML file link onto the Amazon server. This file contains links to all of an issue's content including the 800+ pixel-wide cover. Amazon retrieves all of the content from my server in the form of Amazon-specific HTML and JPG image files for things like column headers, masthead, etc. Next Amazon runs the retrieved files through their Kindle generating software and pops out the issue which is sent to subscribers via their distribution network.

    If Amazon makes any changes to their Kindle generating software, they don't inform us. So any changes to what they automatically generate (e.g. having a colour cover rather than one in B&W or its size) is as much a surprise to us as it is to you.

    The best suggestion I can come up with is to contact Amazon. Lame, I know.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  18. GusG
    Member

    Binge read the whole thing yesterday. Loved every story. Thanks so much for all of your work, folks.

    I have 78 issues to go to finish reading the entire run. It is a journey that I highly recommend.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. alnico357
    Member

    Good issue so far as I've read. But any issue with Matt Hughes is good! Lisa Mason gets 5/5 stars.

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

  21. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    When I received my copy in the mail I was most looking forward to Matthew Hughes' latest. The tale started off well and I enjoyed most of it but I was put off when the main character died and was mysteriously resurrected as if he was a player in a video game. Still a good story but it could have been better, in my opinion.

    Dale Bailey's "The Donner Party" was not a nice tale, but I found it fascinating. I'm not sure whether top honours belong with our Mr. and Mrs. Breen or with J.D. Moyer's "The Equationist". I very much enjoyed this contribution as well.

    Overall a very good issue. Thanks!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  22. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Issue reviewed by Patrick Mahon for SF CROWSNEST:

    https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/the-magazine-of-fantasy-science-fiction-jan-nov-2018-volume-134-735/

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  23. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Gardner Dozois reviewed the issue for LOCUS MAGAZINE:

    http://locusmag.com/2018/04/gardner-dozois-reviews-short-fiction-8/

    He describes "Widdam" by Vandana Singh as "exquisitely crafted" and "the most likely of all the January stories covered here to make this year’s award ballots." He also reviews stories by Matthew Hughes, Robert Reed, Dale Bailey, and Nick Wolven.

    Posted 3 days ago #

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