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  • Started 8 years ago by Gordon Van Gelder
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  1. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Does anyone here recognize this story?

    I am trying to find the name of a short story from the 60's or 70s that may have been published in your magazine. In the story, a person is trying to decide what color to wear and at the end of the story it is revealed they are talking about a gas mask. That is all I can remember of the story. I really hope you can help me find it. Thanks!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's another query (I thought I'd revive this old thread just in case anyone can identify both stories sought here):

    Around the 1980s, F&SF had a short story about aliens who invaded by each covering a humans genitals and they were "distracted" the hero successfully removes it.....what is the story/author?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    And a third query:

    read a sci fi short story 1n 1975. it involved an alien artifact with writing on it.a a man and woman was sent to decipher to writing before the govt destroyed it. it was deciphered as "please take care of my baby" what is the title or author? thank you

    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. AKAkarlb
    Member

    The details are slightly different from what is remembered above, but I'm pretty sure that the "please take care of my baby" story is "Doorstep" by Keith Laumer.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. Marian
    Member

    Doorstep is available online if anyone wants to read it http://www.baenebooks.com/10.1125/Baen/0743435885/0743435885__61.htm

    Posted 4 years ago #
  6. oblomov
    Member

    Wow, my mind is completely blown. I remember very clearly reading Doorstep when I was in about 6th grade. It's definitely the same story, with the lobster alien, etc. I had always assumed it was a Bradbury story or something. I have no idea how I came about reading it, what collection it was in, etc. I wonder if it was in middle school English books?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  7. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    The person who was asking about the story says it was indeed "Doorstep" and thanks Karl B. and Marian for their assistance.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  8. digdug
    Member

    Doorstep first appeared in the February 1961 issue of Galaxy.

    It also appeared in a few Greenberg & Asimov anthologies

    Posted 4 years ago #
  9. Mary Thornburg
    Member

    Another story query: I'm *almost* sure this one appeared in F&SF, it seems to me about 4 or 5 years ago, but time flies....

    Mary Bennet, from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," meets Victor Frankenstein. Wonderful story, but I can't find it, or remember the title or author.

    ?????

    Posted 4 years ago #
  10. Mary, just off the top of my head it sounds like something John Kessel might have written.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  11. Found it, Mary. It was indeed a story of John's. "Pride and Prometheus" from the January 2008 F&SF. A novelette.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  12. Mary Thornburg
    Member

    Yes! Thank you, Dave! I wanted to cite it in something I'm writing about the Jane Austen novel, and now I can do that. :-)

    Posted 4 years ago #
  13. Rebecca French
    Member

    A reader wrote us on 6/17 to ask our help in identifying the following:

    "A story about some college kids vacationing in a forest when one is killed by a bear and his soul seems to continue in the bear's body - a state in which he tries to take revenge on a friend who betrayed him. It was both a funny and horrifying story I'd like to read again. Don't remember the title or author. Does anyone know which story I'm talking about? This has been bothering me off and on for a year or more. I'd really appreciate your help."

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide our subscriber.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  14. Something is telling me this might have been a Laird Barron story. He wrote one about 4 or 5 gay guys, supposedly close friends, who are on vacation in a forest cabin. Something terrible happens and at least one of them dies from some sort of horrific supernatural cause.

    Thought I still had the single author collection I remember reading it in, but sadly don't. At least this might be a point at which to begin a search, or trigger a memory from someone else.

    Edited to add that I think the story I'm remembering is "Mysterium Tremendum." Was an original novella in Barron's second collection OCCULTATION and OTHER STORIES.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  15. Ron
    Member

    My ebook version of OCCULTATION AND OTHER STORIES says that"Mysterium Tremendum" was original to the volume.

    I didn't recall a bear though. So I recently skimmed through the story and came across this:

    “Man alive, I thought a bear was ralphing in the blueberry bushes,” Dane said.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  16. Thanks, Ron. Still not conclusive evidence, but we may be getting closer. And while the story was original to the collection, it was reprinted in at least one Best Of, IIRC (but not sure about this either). It would help if the questioner recalled where he or she read the story (magazine or book), at least.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  17. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Here's another story in quest of identification. Does anyone here recognize it?

    In a crisis situation, technicians and bureaucrats are trying to figure out how to communicate with astronauts (or whomever's having the crisis). Problem is that they're so far away that the time delay makes a normal conversation impossible. Mother of one of the bureaucrats solves the problem by telling them to do what she and her friends do—both sides should talk continuously. Something useful will eventually make its way across.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  18. Chris DeVito
    Member

    An Asimov story, maybe? Anyway that's the bell that rang for me. No idea if it's right.

    Sure SOUNDS like Asimov, though.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  19. iamnothing
    Member

    It's definitely an Asimov story, but I don't remember the title.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  20. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Elsewhere on the internet, David Langford has identified the story as "My Son, the Physicist".

    Posted 3 years ago #
  21. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Hey, that's an F&SF story! April 1963.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  22. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    Over on Twitter (https://twitter.com/StackSciFi/status/714969158555971586), someone is trying to identify the following story which they think they read in F&SF:

    "I used to read The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as a kid, in the late 60s to early 70s. A particular story I remember was of a woman who was depressed and contemplating suicide, but she was visited by an angel who helped her. The angel (Ariezekel????? can't remember his name) explained that crows were taking over people's thoughts and that's why they were killing themselves. Something along those lines. Ring any bells? I'd love to find that story...."

    Does that ring bells for anyone? It didn't immediately jump out at me. Thanks.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  23. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    A reader asks: "Hi there! I am trying to track down a short story I read about 10 years ago. It was a mock research paper on tickling. Any leads would be appreciated. I think I read it in a Year's Best anthology."

    This did not tickle any memory from me. Does anyone else recognize the story?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  24. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...I remember a story appearing in F&SF about 1987 or so , with a teenage runaway , in Seattle?? --- imagining supreheroes , Green Lantern and dark Knight , watching over him/concerned about his possible death .
    I also remember , about 1986 or so , a story with a man , in the Greenwich Village/East Village of the mid-1970s , getting all mystical about " the genie of sobriety " or like that - It appeared in , iof not in the same issue as , about the same time as " Susan " (??) by Harlan Ellison (whose " Dangerous Visions " I recentl2y found an autographed copy of the 2002 edition of in a Goodwill store) .

    Posted 3 years ago #
  25. RSparkuhl
    Member

    Harlan Ellison's "Susan" appeared in the December 1993 issue, as does Richard Bowes' "A Beggar at the Bridge", which the author tells us takes place in the East Village in 1975.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  26. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Ellison used to do a column for the Village Voice.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  27. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...Briefly , thank you to both , especially RS .

    Posted 3 years ago #
  28. Ron
    Member

    A story I read and looking for again:

    1. In the story, there is hi-tech surveillance, probably a mass surveillance state, and the surveillance systems pick up someone who is not in their database. So who is this person?

    2. The story was published circa 1970, but it hasn't dated at all in my opinion. In the story, there were robots on the streets.

    3. I think the author was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, but I'm not sure if the story I'm looking for was published in this magazine.

    4. I saw a book comprising of this author's stories, with a blurb by Salvador Dali and Jorge Luis Borges. (I had wavered on buying the book; then a few days later it was gone from the used
    bookstore where I saw it).

    5. I would rate the story 4 to 5 stars on a 5 star scale. I think its the kind of story that Philip K. Dick might have written--with its tropes of surveillance, paranoia, identity.

    6.. I came across the author's website a few years ago, no idea if its still in existence.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  29. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    The mention of Dali and Borges makes me think of J. G. Ballard, who published half a dozen stories in F&SF in the 1960s, but I don't recognize the story description or the collection.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  30. Ron
    Member

    I know it was not J.G. Ballard.

    I think the author was published in this magazine in the 1970s--so I'm going through http://www.sfbragi.com

    Posted 8 months ago #

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