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Oct/Nov. 2008 issue

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  • Started 10 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    THE MAGAZINE OF
    FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
    October/November • 60th Year of Publication

    NOVELETS
    Days of Wonder -54- Geoff Ryman
    The Visionaries -126- Robert Reed
    Planetesimal Dawn -201- Tim Sullivan

    SHORT STORIES
    Inside Story -6- Albert E. Cowdrey
    Sleepless Years -41- Steven Utley
    The New York Times At Special Bargain Rates -99- Stephen King
    Dazzle Joins the Screenwriter’s Guild -108- Scott Bradfield
    Going Back in Time -155- Laurel Winter
    Private Eye -158- Terry Bisson
    Whoever -174- Carol Emshwiller
    Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandomnent: One Daughter’s Personal Account -192- M. Rickert
    The Scarecrow’s Boy -231- Michael Swanwick

    POEMS
    December 22, 2012 -173- Sophie M. White

    DEPARTMENTS
    Books to Look For -29- Charles de Lint
    Musing on Books -36- Michelle West
    Plumage from Pegasus: Till Human Voices Shake Us,and We Frown -95- Paul Di Filippo
    Films: Things That Go Clank in the Night -149- Lucius Shepard
    Coming Attractions -182-
    Science: Rocks in Space -183- Paul Doherty and Pat Murphy
    Competition #76 -239-
    Curiosities -242- Fred Chappell

    Cartoons: Arthur Masear (98, 125), J.P. Rini (107).
    COVER: "NEW BEGINNING" BY MAX BERTOLINI

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  2. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    We've sent out the copies that need to be mailed and there are about 20 copies left in the box, so let's do another bloggers' giveaway.

    Here's the deal:

    1) Go to our "Contact Us" page: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/contact.htm

    2) Say you'll blog about the issue and tell us where to mail your copy of the issue.

    3) Receive the issue and blog about it. Naturally, we prefer if you read the issue before blogging about it, but I'm just insisting that you blog about it. (The first time we tried this promotion, people mistakenly thought they should blog about the magazine before receiving the issue. No. Get the issue first, then blog about it. Say anything you like about the issue.)

    4) Send us a link to your blog.

    That's all there is to it, except to say that if you were in on the blogging promotion for our July or August issue, please sit this one out.

    I'll post here when we run out of the giveaway copies.

    Spread the word!

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  3. FabriceDoublet
    Member

    Hope the Ryman story isn't a mundane one! (his Interzone mundane issue was a total disappointment).

    Steven Utley and Carol Emshwiller are very prolific this year! (a good thing!)

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  4. BrianCrowley
    Member

    I just received the issue (I'm in New York State fyi), but only after a much too long discussion with my post office over whether I should pay an extra $2+ for postage. Apparently, there was some confusion over the size & that, at some point, the shipping label was taped to prevent it from falling off. They wanted me to refuse the magazine or pay the postage.

    I wouldn't do either, which lead to me speaking to another person who finally agreed I could take it without paying. He still seemed skeptical, but didn't want to argue.

    I assume this was a unique problem with my post office, but thought I would check in & also ask if you had any suggestions if this happens again. I'm still kind of annoyed (with my PO) that magazine now has "return for postage" stamped twice on it.

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  5. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Brian---

    I've never heard of anything of this sort happening before. Why were they arguing that you should pay for it? What was the size confusion? And why was it an issue that the label was taped on?

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  6. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    By the way, my old college roommate is from your town of D.F., NY. Her school headmaster was Donald Barr, an occasional F&SF contributor. I think she went to a private school.

    Also, I'm pretty sure some of Jonathan Carroll's most recent novels are set in and around that part of the world (fictionalized, of course).

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  7. BrianCrowley
    Member

    Gordon,

    Thanks for the info about D.F.

    The woman at the Post Office seemed to think that, due to the size, it was a book that someone had taped an address label to.

    I showed that it was a magazine and that this was the same way it was delivered every month. The first woman refused to listen and the second person still seemed skeptical. Hopefully, it won't happen again. If it does, I will address with someone else at the PO.

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  8. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    If it happens again, open up the magazine to the Contents page and show them that the magazine has an ISSN (for serials) not an ISBN (for books).

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  9. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's a post from one of the bloggers who received a free copy of the issue: http://treize64.livejournal.com/196699.html

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  10. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And here's a post from someone who actually read the issue: http://christopherbarzak.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/evidence-of-love-in-the-new-fsf/

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  11. BlueTyson
    Member

    Brian,

    I think the US Post Office is generally not so great.

    My mum and dad sent me a deflated football once when I was there, as obviously you can't buy them there. They sent it back as 'damaged'.

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  12. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's another blogger checking in on this issue: http://www.highlandersbooks.com/2008/08/22/fantasy-science-fiction-magazine-octnov-2008/

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  13. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And another blogger: http://ravenspb.livejournal.com/171445.html

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  14. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

  15. BrianCrowley
    Member

    Blue Tyson - This is my first complaint with the PO in many years so I actually believe they do a pretty decent job overall.

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  16. BrianCrowley
    Member

    I agree with the blogger comments re: the movie review of Iron Man. It was an obnoxious review & not worthy of the magazine in my opinion.

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  17. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    As it happens, Lucius asked some questions about the review and its responses. You can read 'em here http://nightshadebooks.com/discus/messages/378/15254.html?1219654730#POST135421

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  18. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And here's another blogger who's starting to cover the issue: http://gabriel-writes.livejournal.com/33642.html

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  19. EThomas
    Member

    I haven't read this particular review, but to be honest, Lucius Shepard's reviews often seem mean-spirited to me, as well. My impression is he loves to hate. (On the other hand, he can write, and he is honest in his reviews--his opinion is his opinion. I guess it is valuable that he isn't going to pretend to like something he doesn't.)

    Shepard's reviews are always more comfortable when you are on "his side" and watching him eviscerate "them" instead of "us"--kind of disturbing on either side, actually, now that I think of it.

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  20. Anonymous

    Well, I guess I've seldom read a Shepard review that I disagreed with, maybe because I seldom see new films (lots of them don't play here in the sticks). But mean-spirited? No, I think his reviews are intelligent and funny as hell. That's opinionated, but hardly mean. The films he likes are ones I look to rent later, and I usually like them too. And for those who do disagree with him, it seems to me, his reviews ought to point to films they WILL enjoy (or won't), just because he doesn't (or does). Isn't that the way to read a movie reviewer? Do you want somebody mealy-mouthed? Keep 'em coming, Mr. Shepard.

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  21. EThomas
    Member

    Actually, I find that whether I agree with Shepard or not about whether I liked a movie is very hit-or-miss. So for me, his reviews are *not* useful as far as I'm concerned about finding out whether I will enjoy a film or not; I only read them for the cleverness.

    I don't know; maybe my past interactions with Shepard online have colored my reading of his reviews. It isn't like my feedback is going to have a snowball's chance in Gehenna of either hurting Shepard's feelings or causing his reviews to not be run in the magazine--I was just providing honest reader feedback as as subject came up. :)

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  22. FabriceDoublet
    Member

    Truth be told, I DO LOVE Shepard's stories, but I don't really care for his movie column. Sometimes they're fun, but often they sound more like rantings than real reviews.

    Someone posting such reviews on this forum would be called a troll.

    <g>

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  23. NormanLake
    Member

    I just read the review of IRON MAN, and I have to say that I did not find it venomous at all. I've never read the comic, and I didn't see the movie, so my tender sensibilities did not come into play. Maybe that's why the review struck me as a lighthearted wish that movies for teens could be more cerebral (a wish that will never be granted), and it actually praised IRON MAN and its star for an entertaining first half. As movie reviews go, this one was kind of mild.

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  24. BlueTyson
    Member

    Actually, Lucius has saved me money, as far as not wasting time ordinary movies go.

    Ordinary being almost everything put out in Hollywood. ;-)

    Oh an when the post office of the richest country in the world is incapable of shipping by sea, I wouldn't put 'decent job' in the same sentence.

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  25. FabriceDoublet
    Member

    Probably the most expensive and most inefficient Post Office in the world!!! <g>

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  26. galaxie500
    Member

    28.8. October issue arrived in Split, Croatia.
    Delivery time is getting better and better (few years ago it wasn't unusual to receive this issue in November).

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  27. jason
    Member

    Just received my copy and have already enjoyed the excellent Stephen King story. I'll be reading the Cowdrey tale next.

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  28. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    It arrived today in the inurbs of Columbus, Ohio. Thank god for the long weekend!

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  29. Japanfan
    Member

    It arrived in Japan, Aug 30th. (after crossing the date line, its more like the 29th.) Cheers

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  30. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's a blog entry on the issue: http://mjd.joskinandlob.com/wordpress/?p=334

    Posted 10 years ago #

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