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Jan-Feb 2010 issue -- contents

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  • Started 9 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    NOVELLAS
    Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance -98- Paul Park

    NOVELETS
    The Long Retreat -5- Robert Reed
    Writers of the Future -55- Charles Oberndorf
    Nanosferatu -193- Dean Whitlock
    City of the Dog -222- John Langan

    SHORT STORIES
    Bait -45- Robin Aurelian
    Songwood -82- Marc Laidlaw
    The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales -167- Steven Popkes
    The Late Night Train -179- Kate Wilhelm

    DEPARTMENTS
    Books to Look For -28- Charles de Lint
    Books -37- Chris Moriarty
    Films: A Pair of Nines -187- Lucius Shepard
    Coming Attractions -192-
    Curiosities -258- John Eggeling

    Cartoons: Arthur Masear (54).
    COVER BY KRISTIN KEST FOR “GHOSTS DOING THE ORANGE DANCE”

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  2. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

  3. Anonymous

    Colin must really like the December 2009 cover. :-)

    --Dave

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  4. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    The early checking copies of this issue arrived today (12/28/09) in Hoboken.

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  5. GusG
    Member

    Colin's review is a bit brutal. I am eager to receive my copy and see what the other regular reviewers think. It sure looks like another excellent lineup to me.

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  6. Standback
    Member

    What felt brutal to you, Gus? The concluding paragraph, I assume?

    I must say I agree to a certain extent with his statement; I often feel that many of the stories are merely pleasant at best (though this is certainly equally true of just about every publication and magazine I've chanced across). But I don't think the review backs up his conclusion very well - he's got two Highly Recommended and two Recommended, and a fair degree of praise for almost all the stories. Without saying in what way he would expect the magazine to "up the level of fiction offerings," I agree the statement is less than fair, although "brutal" may be going a tad far.

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  7. GusG
    Member

    I would call it brutal to say that a magazine needs to improve its offerings if it wants to keep its subscriber base. Basically, shape up or we will all discontinue buying the magazine. That was where I felt the brutality.

    It is interesting how he recommends most of the stories and then concludes with his comment about an overall need to improve. I strongly disagree.

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  8. rowsdower
    Member

    Woo hoo! I got the Jan/Feb issue yesterday! A bit crumpled, but still in decent enough shape.
    Still have yet to read the Dec. issue, but it won't be long. I've been spending the last few weeks reading Under the Dome by Stephen King and it is a doorstop of a book. The 2 new F&SF will be next.

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  9. jason
    Member

    Gordon, why do the subscription copies take so long to arrive? For the last few issues, I've seen the new F&SF in bookstores for at least a week before my subscription copy arrives. The reverse is true for my other magazine subscriptions. While this isn't a major problem for me--I simply resist the urge to buy the bookstore copy until mine arrives through the mail--I was curious about it.

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  10. Greg
    Member

    One theory for delayed deliveries could be tested by publishing a novella-length story having a mail carrier as the protagonist...

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  11. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    GSH, didn't the Nov. 1982 ASIMOV'S try that with David Brin's story? http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?ASFNOV82

    Jason, the answer to your question is complicated and varies from region to region. The December issues shipped late because of a problem at the shipper and the Jan-Feb issues shipped a few days late also.

    ---Gordon V.G.

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  12. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Sam Tomiano at SFREVU finds two misses among the hits in this issue: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=10132

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  13. eholst
    Member

    Two reviews in on the new issue so far, and neither critic had the decency to include a scan (or remark on) the cover?

    While not directly indicative of the quality of any publication’s contents, packaging is important. Great cover art is what brought me to F&SF, way back in . . Good lord. . 1977. When I was not too far past my eleventh birthday. But that’s another story ~

    One of the first things I scan for when GVG posts an issue’s contents is who the cover artist will be. I haven’t seen it yet, but this issues attempt at garnering attention (and hopefully sales) at magazine stands here, there and everywhere is being handled by none other than one Kristin Kest.

    Kristin Kest? Never heard of her. Who is this artist? Her only demonstrated capability so far has been the ability to fly completely under my radar! (A dubious talent at best.)

    Well folks, one google and two clicks brought me here:

    http://kestillustration.squarespace.com/

    Wow.

    I must say that if the cover is anywhere near the quality of the work I’ve found on her site then we’re all in for a real treat.

    I’ve read somewhere in these threads that GVG claims to be completely unencumbered with any artistic talent whatsoever. While that may (or may not) be true he definitely has the knack for finding / accepting top notch art.

    I appreciate that.

    Ed

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  14. GusG
    Member

    Mine arrived in Oregon today.

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  15. Anonymous

    >> Mine arrived in Oregon today.

    Arghhh! So why hasn't my copy shown up here in New York? Damn our antiquated postal system! (oh well nevermind, I'd embrace a US Mail delivered, hard-copy of F&SF {even if wrinkled} over the eye hemmoraghing on-screen digital "experience" anyday) Take that the proposed Apple Tablet and SI! Long live print!! (Grrr,,, No matter how long it takes) So, yeah, nevermind... twiddling thumbs.

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  16. eholst
    Member

    Hey.. I live in Oregon too. How come GusG gets his issue and I'm still waiting. No fair!

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  17. Anonymous

    If you click through to "Dark Fiction" on Kristin Kest's site, you'll see the current cover in full, without any titles or names or logos to sully it. It is indeed beautiful.

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  18. eholst
    Member

    Thanks for pointing that out Marc, I should have paid more attention to her titles. It's quite the striking image. While I may not have my issue yet, at least I have a cover. Hey, it's a start..

    I look forward to reading your new Spar story when it arrives.

    Ed

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  19. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Thanks for your posts, eholst. It's true I have no artistic skills whatsoever. Drawing a straight line eludes me. My three-year-old daughter can do more with crayons and markers than I can ever manage.

    It's odd SFREVU didn't post the cover of the issue---I thought I emailed a scan of the cover to to them. Maybe not.

    I suspect GusG's copy arrived first because he pays extra to have his issues mailed in Kraft envelopes. Our checking copies of the main subscription run haven't arrived in Hoboken yet.

    ---Gordon V.G.

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  20. SamTomaino
    Member

    Gordon,

    You are very good at sending me copies of all your stories for an issue way ahead of time and I thank you for that. Your competitors are very bad at it and that's why they were not reviewed this month.

    However, you never send me a cover scan. Soemtimes, we can get it from this site, but most of the time, not before we publish (which is in the first of the month). If I get a jpeg of the issue, it gets in my review.

    I have been meaning to ask you to send me a jpeg of the cover, so now, consider yourself asked.

    And, also, I have not received the hard copy you usually send me. I got the December one at my new address but not the Jan/Feb. It's not really necessary for my review, but I do enjoy reading the other features in the issue.

    Sorry for the negative reviews, it's very unusual for me to not like even one story!

    Sam Tomaino

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  21. K2
    Member

    Thank you, eholst and MarcL, for the very kind remarks. :)
    You haven't heard of me because for the last 20 years I've been in children's science book publishing-- but recently I've decided to make the switch over to fantasy & sci-fi. Mr. Van Gelder's taken a big chance on me and I appreciate it tremendously. I hope his gamble pays off and the magazine does terrifically well this month.

    Hopefully, you'll see more good stuff from me in the next few years as I expand my contacts and get more work in the genre.

    best wishes for the New Year--
    Kristin Kest

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  22. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    No need to apologize, Sam---you didn't like the stories, you were honest about it, and you made it clear why you didn't like them. I appreciate that.

    I've already emailed a JPEG of the cover to the SFREVU editors and I think they've posted it. Yes, it's here:

    http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=10132

    If you think it's weird, wait until you read the story that inspired it.

    (I'll get a copy of the print issue out to Deer Run Lane later this week, Sam.)

    ---GVG

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  23. GusG
    Member

    Honest reviews and discussion keep our magazine and our favorite genres in a positive evolutionary process. What a shallow endeavor this would be if everyone loved every story.

    Yes, I get my magazines in a special envelope so I can keep mint copies for my library. I highly recommend it to everyone. The other SF digests look horrible, even in mint condition, with their cheap cover stock. Yet another reason FSF stands alone.

    Kristin - that cover is freaking GORGEOUS. Your vision and talent are perfect for FSF. I hope to see a lot more of your work.

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  24. SHamm
    Member

    Them Kraft-envelope copies ain't arrived in SF, CA, yet, and some of us is gettin' the shakes.

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  25. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    I think they have some over-the-counter medicine for those shakes, Sam. Ask your postal carrier if he has any. As far as I can tell, we sent your issue right on time, so maybe s/he knows why it hasn't reached San Fran yet.

    ---GVG

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  26. SHamm
    Member

    What actually worries me is that the Jan/Feb issue has not arrived in the SF/Marin Borders outlets that usually carry it. The only place I've seen it here in the city is a small independent newsstand in Noe Valley.

    Is there anything we locals can do to help improve distribution, apart from requesting The Mag early and often?

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  27. BrianCrowley
    Member

    I still see the Dec. issue at a NYC Barnes & Noble.

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  28. Anonymous

    To go along with "Songwood," Tor.com has today put the earlier Gorlen Vizenfirthe story "Childrun" (also from F&SF) online, alongside stories by Paul Park and Howard Waldrop. I think you have to register with Tor.com to download it.

    http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58341

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  29. Anonymous

    Jan/Feb issue arrived today in the frigid suburbs of NYC. I'll curl up with it after the Jets playoff game.

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  30. BrianCrowley
    Member

    Mine arrived too - just as I had to leave the house for the day. Aghhh ...

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