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  • Started 9 months ago by C.C. Finlay
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  1. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    January/February • 70th Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS

    THE CITY OF LOST DESIRE -76- Phyllis Eisenstein

    NOVELETS

    JOE DIABO’S FAREWELL -36- Andy Duncan
    BLUE AS BLOOD -158- Leah Cypess

    SHORT STORIES

    TO THE BEAUTIFUL SHINING TWILIGHT -7- Carrie Vaughn
    THE PROVINCE OF SAINTS -19- Robert Reed
    THE RIGHT NUMBER OF CATS -138- Jenn Reese
    SURVEY -141- Adam-Troy Castro
    THE WASHER FROM THE FORD -186- Sean McMullen
    TACTICAL INFANTRY BOT 37 DREAMS OF TROCHEES -222- Marie Vibbert
    FIFTEEN MINUTES FROM NOW -232- Erin Cashier
    THE FALL FROM GRIFFIN’S PEAK - 240- Pip Coen

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -61- Charles de Lint
    MUSING ON BOOKS -68- Michelle West
    SCIENCE: WHEN BETELGEUSE BLOWS -207- Jerry Oltion
    FILMS: VENOM, US -213- E. G. Neill
    PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS: A WALK ON THE MILD SIDE -218- Paul Di Filippo
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Paul Di Filippo

    CARTOONS: Arthur Masear (140)

    COVER BY JILL BAUMAN FOR “THE CITY OF LOST DESIRE”

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Chuck Rothman reviews this issue for Tangent Online. The Eisenstein, Cypess, McMullen, and Coen stories all win high praise.

    https://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/4029-fantasy-a-science-fiction-januaryfebruary-2019

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    The new issue showed up on my Kindle over the holiday weekend. What a nice Christmas present! Thanks, Gordon & C.C.!

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

    Jason McGregor offers a provocative review of this issue:

    https://featuredfutures.wordpress.com/2018/12/27/review-fsf-january-february-2019/

    Posted 8 months ago #
  5. SHamm
    Member

    I am striving to be less negative in 2019, but dear Gawd that is one mugly-assed cover.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  6. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Jacob Olson at Reviews and Robots singled out Jenn Reese's "The Right Number of Cats," saying it "is packed with so much emotion, creating a startling embodiment of grief, loneliness, and loss. It’s amazing what Reese was able to do with 791 words."

    The full review is at: https://reviewsandrobots.com/2019/01/04/the-right-number-of-cats-short-review/

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

    Sam Tomaino reviews the issue for SFREVU:

    http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18330

    Posted 8 months ago #
  8. GusG
    Member

    I like the cover, especially all of the little details that pop out after you read the story. The princess's expression captures her character perfectly, at least for me. Alaric looks a little bit like one of the Doobie Brothers, but hey, I am not judging. I have loved reading the Alaric stories since I discovered F&SF, and I hope to read a lot more.

    Overall an excellent issue once again.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  9. alnico357
    Member

    Somebody nominate "The Province of Saints" for an award!

    Posted 8 months ago #
  10. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Yeah, "The Province of Saints" is first-tier Reed, or close enough.

    He's in both ANALOG and ASIMOVS this month, also. Reed being so prolific means that people, I think, tend not to sufficiently distinguish between his greatest stuff and his weakest, and just take him for granted.

    He's gotten so practiced, too, that he can take an idea that seems to have so many holes -- forex, IMO, "Murder Born" or "Leash on a Man" -- that you might think it really shouldn't work and yet it more or less does while you're reading it. For that matter, he'll take a swing at almost anything and a lot of times the result ain't the best but he can still sell it. Or bang out another Greatship story and sell that.

    Overall, the maxim of the great baseball player -- "you can't hit unless you take a swing" -- or the great jazz player -- "if you're not making mistakes, you're not trying" -- applies with Reed, I think. He keeps swinging and the very best of his stuff -- forex, "Truth" or "Dead Man Running" -- is up there with, say. Silverberg's short fiction output, and there's _just as much of it_ at this point.

    Unfortunately, people don't notice that. The lack of a novel contract probably also figures here. Life ain't fair.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  11. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    The issue is reviewed to general approbation by Steve Fahnestalk at Amazing Stories: https://amazingstories.com/2019/03/magazine-review-fsf-jan-feb-2019/

    Posted 6 months ago #
  12. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue

    Leah Cypess takes top honours this time. Our heroine never seems to get a fair shake. No wonder she reacts badly from time to time. A novel concept handled well by the author.

    so many goodies to choose from... Eisenstein, Castro, Coen

    Overall - very good

    Posted 5 months ago #
  13. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Rich Horton reviews the issue for Locus, calling it "a strong issue through and through" and cites the stories by Adam-Troy Castro, Pip Coen, Sean McMullen, and Erin Cashier. https://locusmag.com/2019/05/rich-horton-reviews-short-fiction-uncanny-fsf-interzone-galaxys-edge-and-granta/

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

    Patrick Mahon reviews this issue for SFcrowsnest. Eisenstein's Alaric story was the highlight of the issue for him, and he also liked stories by Vaughn, Reed, Castro, and Vibbert.

    https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/the-magazine-of-fantasy-science-fiction-jan-feb-2019-volume-136-741-magazine-review/

    Posted 3 months ago #

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