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Jan-Feb 2020 issue

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  • Started 3 months ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from MattHughes

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    January/February • 71st Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS
    CHISEL AND CHIME -102 -Alex Irvine

    NOVELETS
    SAVE, SALVE, SHELTER -5- Essa Hansen
    AIR OF THE OVERWORLD -28- Matthew Hughes
    BANSHEE -59- Michael Cassutt
    FALLING ANGEL -151- Albert E. Cowdrey

    SHORT STORIES
    ELSINORE REVOLUTION -148- Elaine Vilar Madruga
    THE KEY TO COMPOSING HUMAN SKIN -174- Julianna Baggott
    INTERLUDE IN ARCADIA -192- Corey Flintoff
    THREE GOWNS FOR CLARA -211- Auston Habershaw
    THE NAMELESS -229- Melissa Marr
    THE LEADER PRINCIPLE -243- Rahul Kanakia

    DEPARTMENTS
    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -85- Charles de Lint
    RECOMMENDED READING -94- C. C. Finlay
    FILMS: AD ASTRA PER CORDE -200- Karin Lowachee
    SCIENCE: WHERE’S MY FLYING CAR? -205- Jerry Oltion
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Rich Horton

    Cartoons: Bill Long (27), Nick Downes (101), Arthur Masear (147, 204), Kendra Allenby (210).

    COVER BY MAX BERTOLINI FOR “CHISEL AND CHIME”

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. JohnWThiel
    Member

    A person has to work with that novella's title to get anything out of it. I suppose that's what the author has in mind.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. eduskunta
    Member

    Got my issue in Oklahoma City today, Dec. 19. Wow. Unfortunately, I am a year behind reading my magazines. Some day I will catch up. Thanks for getting issues out early.

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

    eduskunta, If you don't have time to read the whole issue right away, you might enjoy reading just one story. If you want something light, quick, and fun, I'd recommend the always entertaining Matthew Hughes. And if you want something else -- thought-provoking, unsettling, elegant, or whatever it may be -- just say so, and I'll be happy to recommend just one of the stories to you.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    The new issue arrived on my Kindle last night. Thanks for the Christmas present!

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Got my issue today. The mail service was nice enough to tear off about half the front cover lengthways, which is a wider tear than they did on the back cover of the issue just before. I say it was nice of them because I have figured that what the tear indicates is the ripoff subscribers get in the price of the magazine, and that is some distributer's way of indicating it, but as I continue to think of it, is this token a friendly one? Looking at what I see of the cover, the lady appears to be brandishing a chisel, appropriate since that is what the title indicates, but on a closer look it seems more like a Derringer automatic which lacks the automatic feature, which is more appropriate still since it is an actual weapon. The issue looks like a good one.

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

    The early reactions to the Jan/Feb issue on twitter @fandsf have really loved "Save, Salve, Shelter" by Essa Hansen, with readers calling it "cathartic." One of the threads can be found here: https://twitter.com/MariaHaskins/status/1211387578122813440

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Oh, I see from your untorn cover that the lady has a hammer and a chisel. Mistake corrected.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. alnico357
    Member

    Issue arrived in AR 1/2, somewhat mangled and mailing envelope torn open. This almost never happens, I'm happy to say.

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

    Sam Tomaino reviews the issue at SF Revu: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18885

    He praises the Hansen, Hughes, Cassutt, Irvine, and Cowdrey stories.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    An excellent issue. I especially liked the stories by Hughes, Irvine and Baggott but, really, there wasn't a single dud in the whole bunch. Kudos to all involved.

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

    Robert Turner III reviews the issue for Tangent Online. He seems to have liked the Irvine and Habershaw stories most: https://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/4384-fantasy-a-science-fiction-januaryfebruary-2020

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. Winks
    Member

    While I found Save, Salve, Shelter lyrical and compelling, did anyone else find themselves having to suspend belief over some of the basic logistics (carrying and feeding the animals, the final "battle" etc.)? Great read, tough premise.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. JohnWThiel
    Member

    WHAT THE WIND BRINGS, by Matt Hughes, advertised on the inside of the back cover, sounds like Matt at his best, a book that really sails, as the cover seems to indicate. Where Matt gets his ideas I'd really like to know--the adventure takes place on the coast of 16th Century Ecuador, which causes me to wonder how he would come into knowledge of that placement; then there's a monk, a shaman and a slave fighting against the might of Imperial Spain. That certainly is a long way from what one is used to seeing in novels. The slave is described as an "educated slave"; I wonder where he would have acquired his education. The book bears the Pulp Literature publishers imprint.

    I used to see Rich Horton at the Dell Forums, and found his fantasy anthology to be filled with worthy and well-chosen stories, so this caused me to read the Curiosities, which has a book with the ambitious title MAN'S MORTALITY. The author was born with the name Dikran, which reminds me of "My Cousin Dikran, the Orator", a chapter title in William Saroyan's MY NAME IS ARAM. Horton produces a good evaluation of the book.

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

    Steve Fahnestalk reviews this issue for Amazing Stories.

    https://amazingstories.com/2020/03/im-late-fsf-jan-feb-2020-review/

    Posted 2 days ago #
  16. MattHughes
    Member

    "Where Matt gets his ideas I'd really like to know--the adventure takes place on the coast of 16th Century Ecuador, which causes me to wonder how he would come into knowledge of that placement;"

    Just saw this. Back in 1971, I came across a footnote in a university textbook about African slaves shipwrecked on the coast of Ecuador in the mid-1500s who, unlike most castaways, flourished and prospered. I thought to myself, "That would make a great historical novel."

    I waited more than forty years, desultorily researching when I could, and finally received a major grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to underwrite the writing. I consider it my magnum opus.

    Now I'm thinking, "It would make a great miniseries, if I could only get the streaming industry to notice."

    Posted 2 days ago #
  17. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Matt's book sounds less grim than the similarly-themed SACRED HUNGER by Barry Unsworth.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Hunger

    "I have assisted in the suffering inflicted on these innocent people and in doing so joined the ranks of those that degrade the unoffending... We have taken everything from them and only for the sake of profit—that sacred hunger... which justifies everything, sanctifies all purposes."

    Posted 14 hours ago #
  18. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue

    Matthew Hughes takes top honours again. Baldemar is an interesting character to follow around.

    None of the stories were a chore to read.

    Overall a good issue.

    Posted 12 hours ago #
  19. MattHughes
    Member

    Mark:

    I read Sacred Hunger years ago. It was the kind of book I wanted to do, when I was thinking about what became What the Wind Brings.

    Posted 10 hours ago #

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