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A Message To Reviewers of F&SF

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  1. Ron
    Member

    I can't figure out why reviewers of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction don't review the story in the Plumage From Pegasus Department, usually written by Paul Di Filippo.

    My argument: If reviewers of the magazine judge the fiction contained therein, then they should judge the Plumage of Pegasus story too, for it is also fiction.

    The Plumage from Pegasus story is not reviewed in Tangent:
    https://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/4029-fantasy-a-science-fiction-januaryfebruary-2019

    Lois Tilton also had this curious oversight, when she was reviewing for Locus magazine.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. J-Sun
    Member

    I review them (just like "Probability Zero" in Analog), whether for my blog or for Tangent (if it wasn't in that Tangent review, it was likely an oversight rather than policy), but I can see both points of view. They are a species of fiction (which is why I agree with you and do it, myself) but they're listed as a "Department" rather than in the "Short Stories" section and, while some are remarkably good or bad, there's not usually much of substance to say about most examples, so I don't fault anyone who doesn't cover them, either.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  3. J-Sun
    Member

    Following up on Tangent's policy - it turns out I was wrong. I spoke to Dave and he says Tangent views them as "satirical commentary" more than "fiction," as such, and, as much as he really likes most of them, they aren't generally reviewed.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. dolphintornsea
    Member

    ISFDB classifies them as "essays". Galactic Central calls them "humour" (sic).

    Posted 4 months ago #
  5. Ron
    Member

    <Following up on Tangent's policy - it turns out I was wrong. I spoke to Dave and he says Tangent views them as "satirical commentary" more than "fiction," as such, and, as much as he really likes most of them, they aren't generally reviewed.>

    Well, I hope that Dave reconsiders. A written work can be both satirical commentary and fiction. The stories in the Plumage From Pegasus Department are like that. Galaxy magazine had stories like that.

    Let's do a though experiment: Imagine one of those Plumage From Pegasus stories appearing in the short story section in Asimov's. Would Asimov's readers have a problem with that? I don't imagine that they would.

    Also, I thought that "What Immortal Hand or Eye Could Frame Thy Dreadful Copyright?"
    https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2012/pdf1205.htm
    was one of the better science fiction stories published that year. I liked it more than some stories I read that year.

    Posted 4 months ago #

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