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Sept-Oct 2018 issue

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  • Started 1 year ago by C.C. Finlay
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  1. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    September/October 2018


    Shooting Iron -30- Cassandra Khaw and Jonathan L. Howard
    Powerless -94- Harry Turtledove
    Taste of Opal -155- Yukimi Ogawa


    The Memorybox Vultures -8- Brian Trent
    The Men Who Come From Flowers -71- Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
    The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath -132- Brenda Kalt
    We Mete Justice With Beak and Talon -143- Jeremiah Tolbert
    Suicide Watch -180- Susan Emshwiller
    Emissaries from the Skirts of Heaven -206- Gregor Hartmann
    Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story -228- Sarina Dorie
    Blessed -245- Geoff Ryman


    What Loves You -75- Jeff Crandall


    Books to Look For -76- Charles de Lint
    Books -86- Elizabeth Hand
    Science: The Telltale Vein -193- Jerry Oltion
    Television: A Better Place -200- Tim Pratt
    Coming Attractions -256-
    Curiosities -258- Mike Ashley

    CARTOONS: Bill Long (142), Arthur Masear (205), Kendra Allenby (244)

    COVER: Michael Garland for "Powerless"

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

    The first reader review is up at Goodreads, where Leroy Erickson called this "One of the best issues in a long time. Every story is above average and a couple of them are very good." He especially liked the stories by Kalt, Tolbert, and Hartmann.

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  3. Dr. Caligari

    Arrived on my Kindle yesterday. Thanks, CC!

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  4. GusG

    Arrived in my mailbox today. Can't wait to dive in again. Gotta finish the new Analog first...Thanks folks. Keep them coming.

    By the way...48 issues to go and I have read the entire run (49 with the new one). Started 11 years ago.

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  5. Mark Pontin

    Nice conceptual take and execution on the cover. Is the 'Michael Garland' responsible this guy?

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  6. Gordon Van Gelder

    Yes, that's the same Michael Garland. He has done a lot of great covers for us over the years. The May/June 2015 is a favorite of mine.

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  7. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Here's a link to the cover Gordon mentioned:

    Michael Garland has done 16 covers for F&SF since 1981, in a variety of styles and moods (he has a lot of range). Apart from this issue, which I think might be his most striking cover for us yet, I think my favorite is this one from the September 2004 issue, but that's probably because I associate it with "Sergeant Chip," the cover story by Bradley Denton, which is one of my all-time favorites:

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  8. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

  9. Gordon Van Gelder

    Sam Tomaino reviews the issue for SFREVU:

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

    Steve Fahnestalk reviews the issue for Amazing Stories:

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. Dr. Caligari

    An excellent issue. I particulalry loved "Shooting Iron," but there really wasn't a single poor story in the issue. Kudos to all involved.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. at78rpm

    F&SF is in a new golden age. I've been reading the magazine for over 40 years, and have seen some short periods, usually lasting three or four issues that seemed to bode well for the next year -- but which never seemed to keep the momentum needed. I think of the last years of Ed Ferman; the years of KKR, and Gordon's first year. Gordon's best move was in handing the magazine over to C.C. Finlay, who seems to have a handle on what makes F&SF the unique vehicle that it is. I've enjoyed every issue in the past four years. Might be because of the inclusion of novellas made possible by the combining of issues, but's not just the novellas that are good. "Suicide Watch" and "Powerless" are unforgettably good in the current issue. Now if only it were monthly....

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

    Thank you, at78rpm. We have a great team here at F&SF and everyone contributes. I feel lucky to be editing in what is, as far as I'm concerned, the golden age of short fiction, with so many great stories and great writers to choose from.

    All that said, I'm glad you notice the hard work we put into making every issue entertaining and part of the great F&SF tradition.

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  14. JohnWThiel

    I'd call it uranium age, short stories-wise. But I forget, I'm discussing the issue I just got. Starting off with "The Memorybox Vultures", the story I've read so far reminds me of Connie Willis' "I Met A Stranger in an Antique Land" in Asimov's of last year. Same kind of view of books in a computer age, with nostalgia to both. Nice tribute to Robert Howard and Cordwainer Smith in the recollections of an earlier age, though that does seem an unlikely pairing of favorites. I'm reading stories slowly in order to get more out of them, so I've not finished the story, but I do like to say what I've thought about it so far. Last year was so full of local panics that I didn't get much of the year's run read, and now with my new policy I don't know when I'll get to it, but I suppose I'll go through it and find what's most interesting. I'm back here because my Facebook is disabled for no telling how long, and me with six Facebook groups I'm supposed to be managing. The F&SF Appreciation Society is of course one of these groups, where I'd otherwise be commenting. I've also read part way into "Powerless". It says "Just South of Roscoe, a labor gang was working on the paving." Roscoe was just standing there observing, I suppose? I refer to the ghod Roscoe, if this statement is in code, does it mean "Roscoe hath no power" (!)? or perhaps "Little known to Roscoe, who knows nothing of the South, there was work going on"? Well, Roscoe would want to know if that work was profitable, and he is not ignorant of the South. As it happens, what's going on in the story is things of which Roscoe is well known to disapprove.

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  15. digdug

    better update the actual real thread ... :)

    Top honours this time go to Khaw and Howard. I felt like I was reading the next Tarantino film. 'Shooting Iron' was a delight.

    I also very much enjoyed Gregor Hartmann's 'Emissaries From the Skirts of Heaven' Our heroine stayed true to herself all of the way through many trials and tribulations.

    This issue is chock full of goodies. Most of the other stories were also above average.

    The only two that really didn't click for me ( from Stufflebeam and Ryman ) were not bad just not as good as the others.

    Overall a very good issue.

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  16. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Thanks for weighing in. I'm glad you enjoyed the Khaw and Howard story, along with all the others, as much as we did.

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

    Patrick Mahon at SF Crowsnest reviews this issue:

    He says that "Shooting Iron" by Khaw and Howard is "Highly entertaining," "Powerless" by Turtledove is "fascinating" and "beautifully depicted," and "Taste of Opal" by Ogawa has a great payoff. Plus praise for the short stories by Trent, Kalt, Tolbert, and Hartmann.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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