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  • Started 6 months ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    A past subscriber asks:

    I remember a good anti-fascist allegory where a future US president was giggled at by a schoolboy choir at his inauguration. The choirmaster then disappeared and the choir got together to attempt an assassination at the fourth inauguration. Can you identify or locate this one for me?

    p.s. Who wrote the tale about Kalalak the immortal warlock of the Wolfthroat? It was in an anniversary edition.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  2. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    I've been told that the story about Kalalak is "What Befell Mairiam" by Algis Budrys (Oct/Nov 1989).

    Posted 6 months ago #
  3. Marian
    Member

    “What Befell Mairiam” (F&SF Dec 1989) — short story

    Posted 6 months ago #
  4. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And here's another query about the identification of a story:

    The story is set in a boarding house, full of peculiar characters, many of whom have supernatural powers. There's one man who travels the world and fixes tears in reality; I think he's described as having "lightning in his hands." There's an old woman who sees angels, or maybe just one angel, I think named Toby. There's a man with magical mechanical aptitude; I think he fixes up an old car, and takes a left turn, and the car disappears, taking him with it. There's someone who can make things you desire appear, maybe -- they make the angel the old woman sees visible to everyone, at one point; that's one of the hazier details. I don't remember the plot at all. I probably read it in an anthology or SF magazine that was available at the Wayne Country library in Goldsboro North Carolina in the early '90s, but it could be from any year before that.

    (I will add that I vaguely remember this story having a talking radio that tried to wake up the good guys)

    Posted 5 months ago #

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