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  • Started 5 months ago by C.C. Finlay
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  1. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    November/December • 71st Year of Publication

    NOVELETS

    HOW I CAME TO WRITE FANTASY -6- Michael Libling
    THE JOY IN WOUNDING -52- Charlotte Ashley
    A GEAS OF THE PURPLE SCHOOL - 87- Matthew Hughes
    BIRD THOU NEVER WERT -155- James Morrow
    THE VICIOUS WORLD OF BIRDS -218- Andy Stewart

    SHORT STORIES

    REJOICE, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS -37- Benjamin Rosenbaum
    EVERGREEN -129- M. Rickert
    A HAND AT THE SERVICE OF DARKNESS -136- Gregor Hartmann
    IN NEVER SNOWS IN SNOWTOWN -180- Rebecca Zahabi
    KNIT THREE, SAVE FOUR -203- Marie Vibbert
    SHUCKED -243- Sam J. Miller

    POEMS

    SWING BETWEEN -178- Jane Yolen

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -71- Charles de Lint
    MUSING ON BOOKS -79- Michelle West
    TELEVISION: THOSE WERE THE DAYS -190- David J. Skal
    SCIENCE: PORTABLE POWER -195- Jerry Oltion
    COMPETITION #98 -201-
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -254-
    INDEX TO VOLUMES 136 & 137 -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Paul Di Filippo

    Cartoons: Nick Downes (179).

    COVER: “THE SKY HOUSE” BY BOB EGGLETON

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

  3. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Do I see a common typo in the contents page? "IN Never Snows in Snowtown". Or does that mean what it says, that the quality of in does not snow?

    Posted 5 months ago #
  4. John, it's spelled correctly in the print copy. "It Never Snows in Snowtown."

    Posted 5 months ago #
  5. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I meant the above tabulation.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  6. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    I just got word that the Nov/Dec subscription issues have shipped late.

    Stay tuned for more info.

    ---Gordon V.G.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  7. JohnWThiel
    Member

    They must have been fooling around or something down at the distribution.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  8. alnico357
    Member

    My copy arrived today 11/7, in NC Arkansas.

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

    Sam Tomaino reviews the issue for SFREVU:

    http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18812

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

    One of our checking copies arrived today (11/8) in Hoboken, NJ.

    We also heard from a subscriber in Florida who received his copy today.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  11. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Got it today. Wonderful cover, but the mailing sticker throws off all the perspective; I'll have to settle for looking at it here. I don't know if I trust the post office any more. The back cover has a deliberate tear down the side. I don't get to see what kind of ship the Marching Morons are in, but I will say that what they're doing doesn't include me. Hence a false claim is made, if I am understanding it with that part of the caption missing. On the other side, similarly an ad, --Name of a small dog! THE NAME OF ALL THINGS reminds me of Scalzi's THE END OF ALL THINGS, and in turn of Sax Rohmer's THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED, but with most of the text missing, I get no explanation of the title, a mystery unsolved. Looks like the book satisfied one reviewer more than he's ever been satisfied, though.

    What are encomiums? I'm not in on it. The opening story, though, should have awards for the most intimate story in recent years.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  12. eduskunta
    Member

    My copy arrived in Oklahoma City OK today, Nov. 14. It appears to be in good condition. Thanks

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. at78rpm
    Member

    Some people watch a certain movie at Thanksgiving. When I was a kid, it was always March of the Wooden Soldiers and The Wizard of Oz. Since last year, I think "Thanksgiving" by Jeffrey Ford (Nov-Dec 2018) is taking the place of those august films. I read it at the Thanksgiving table last year (my brother and sister in law are quite tolerant) and this year I read it to my wife. Next year, I just might read it to a random person. I was hoping there might be something similar in this month's issue, but I guess there's a good reason to keep those back issues!

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

    at78rpm, if only it was that easy to find stories like "Thanksgiving"! (Although I think "Evergreen" and "It Never Snows in Snowtown" capture a certain end-of-the-year spirit. I know both of them are stories I'll think about for a long time.)

    Posted 4 months ago #
  15. JohnWThiel
    Member

    "In" for "it" is a strange repetitious typo that I have often seen and made myself. On a keyboard, "t" is the fifth letter on the first line, and "n" is the sixth letter on the third line. The typist would have to be typing a lot of statements with the word "in" on it.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  16. Innit always the way with these things. :-)

    Posted 4 months ago #
  17. MattHughes
    Member

    You gotta be in it to win it.

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

    Alex Brown at Tor.com gives a nice mention to Rebecca Zahabi's story: https://www.tor.com/2019/12/05/must-read-speculative-short-fiction-november-2019/

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

    Steve Fahnestalk reviews the issue for AMAZING STORIES:

    https://www.amazingstories.com/2019/12/my-last-column-lisa-masons-chrome-and-fsf-nov-dec-2019/

    Posted 3 months ago #
  20. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Rich Horton reviews this issue for Locus, praising the Rickert, Rosenbaum, Miller, Libling, and Hughes stories, and putting the Libling, Miller, and Rickert stories on his Recommended Reading list: https://locusmag.com/2020/01/rich-horton-reviews-short-fiction-fsf-uncanny-interzone-galaxys-edge-not-one-of-us-and-others/

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue

    I very much enjoyed Matthew Hughes latest tale of Baldemar. He keeps heading in unexpected directions, which is a good thing.

    Sharing top honours for me is Gregor Hartmann with his tale of a cop in a strange situation on a strange world. Looking forward to more in this series.

    I liked all of the stories.

    Overall a Very Good issue.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. MattHughes
    Member

    "I very much enjoyed Matthew Hughes latest tale of Baldemar. He keeps heading in unexpected directions, which is a good thing."

    I'll let you in in a secret: all of the Baldemar and Raffalon stories, as well as some standalones and my recent novel, A God in Chains, are me exploring a fantasy world through the perspectives of characters who, in proper high fantasy, would be spear carriers: rogues, thieves, con men, grasping merchants, conniving guildmasters, minor thaumaturges, private investigators, dukes and margraves, cops and swindlers.

    As I recently explained somewhere, I deal with oddballs and outliers. Because I am one.

    Posted 2 months ago #

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