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Sept-Oct 2020 issue -- contents

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  • Started 1 month ago by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Latest reply from Dr. Caligari

  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    September/October • 71st Year of Publication

    NOVELLAS

    OF THEM ALL -89- Leah Cypess

    NOVELETS

    THE SHADOWS OF ALEXANDRIUM -8- David Gerrold
    MY NAME WAS TOM -170- Tim Powers
    THE FAIRY EGG -226- R. S. Benedict

    SHORT STORIES

    WEEPER -38- Marc Laidlaw
    DO AIS DREAM OF PERFECT GAMES? -55- Angie Peng
    THE MARTIAN WATER WAR: NOTES FOUND IN AN AIRLOCK -150- Peter Gleick
    LITTLE AND LESS -156- Ashley Blooms
    THE CRY OF EVENING BIRDS -200- James Sallis
    THE DOG AND THE FERRYMAN -203- Brian Trent
    THIS WORLD IS MADE FOR MONSTERS -220- M. Rickert

    POEMS

    THE WRITING OF SCIENCE FICTION -169- Timons Esaias

    DEPARTMENTS

    BOOKS TO LOOK FOR -71- Charles de Lint
    GAMES -79- Marc Laidlaw
    PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS: KEEPING UP WITH THE ISBNS -83- Paul Di Filippo
    TELEVISION: THE DEVIL IN DEVS -190- Karin Lowachee
    SCIENCE: THE SCIENCE OF PRINTING -195- Jerry Oltion
    COMING ATTRACTIONS -256-
    CURIOSITIES -258- Paul Di Filippo

    Cartoons: Arthur Masear (54), Mark Heath (149), Nick Downes (194), Bill Long (225).

    COVER BY BOB EGGLETON FOR “THE SHADOWS OF ALEXANDRIUM”

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Chuck Rothman reviews this for Tangent Online, saying "Overall, an excellent issue, with some very powerful stories."

    https://tangentonline.com/print-bi-monthly/fantasy-science-fiction-september-october-2020/

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Arrived on my Kindle last night. Thanks, Gordon & C.C.!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    This issue is now on sale! I've put up a short note about the issue along with buy links (if you're not currently a subscriber) here: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/2020/09/01/editors-note-for-the-september-october-issue/

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  5. TimSkarda
    Member

    Hate to be the guy that guy to point out technical errors. I don't know science, so I had to fall back on baseball.

    In DO AIS DREAM OF PERFECT GAMES? -55- Angie Peng; a perfect game would end in the top of the 9th inning - not the bottom of the 9th. Assuming it was a home game, since the character did not appear to travel to NYC. Secondly, if a foul ball was caught by the catcher several feet behind home plate, it would be an out.

    LOL, when the story continued - I thought that the cosmic malware was going to be misunderstand of the rules of baseball.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  6. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Sam Tomaino reviews this issue for SFRevu: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=19149

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  7. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Gotta agree with TimSkarda on the points he makes. Although I suppose the story must have been set in some other magical AI universe with different baseball rules anyway, because here in this one, the Indians played the Twins on 9/15/2008 (beat 'em 3-1).

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  8. GusG
    Member

    Mine arrived today under a perpetual orange smoky twilight, and amid a pandemic. My conductor's baton sits unused in a drawer and I teach my bands and orchestras through a computer. I read F&SF for normalcy now.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  9. Winks
    Member

    Mine arrived today (9/11) and because the mailing label was blocking an element of interest on the cover, I went to peel it off and found to my surprise it yielded quite agreeably and didn't leave the usual sticky residue on the artwork.

    I went back, gleefully peeling the address labels from the last few issues and discovered they all relented with relative ease - starting with the March/April 2020 issue. It was the Jan/Feb issue label that proved the usual bear to remove and, as expected, left the requisite sticky residue in its place.

    Forgive me if this has been covered in a previous post, but did the F&SF printer start employing a more user-friendly adhesive in March? (or more likely, simply a cheaper brand?)

    Regardless, hooray! What joy to be able to reveal these terrific covers in all their unadulterated glory!

    Winks

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  10. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Yes, we switched to a label that's easier to remove. No, it's not cheaper.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  11. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    Another excellent issue. I especially liked "The Fairy Egg," but there really wasn't a bad story in the bunch. Great job, Gordon & C.C.!

    Posted 1 day ago #

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