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The Drifter Detective Vol. 1

The Drifter Detective Vol. 1

David Cranmer’s The Drifter Detective Volume One
Foreword by Kevin Tipple
The Drifter Detective by Garnett Elliott
Hell Up in Houston by Garnett Elliott
The Girls of Bunker Pines by Garnett Elliott
Wide Spot in the Road by Wayne D. Dundee
The Don Juan of Eldorado by Alec Cizak

Published by Uncle B Publications. Cover by Scotch Rutherford. Print $14.99 Kindle $5.99 from amazon.

The Drifter Detective Vol. 1

Analog Sep/Oct 2021

Analog Sep/Oct 2021

Analog Science Fiction & Fact [v91 #9 & 10, September/October 2021] ed. Trevor Quachi, mng ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 208pp, digest, cover by Kurt Huggins)
2 • Contents pages
4 • Guest Editorial: The “New Normal” Trap • Stanley Schmidt • ed
10 • Kepler’s Laws • Jay Werkheiser • sl
82 • Science Fact: Orbital Nuclear Power System (ONPS): The Foundation of an Interplanetary Civilization • Donald Wilkins • cl
89 • The Maestro’s Final Work • Alan Ira Gordon • pm
90 • The Book Keepers • J.T. Sharrah • nv; illustration by Tomislav Tikulin
108 • Extrasolar Redundancy in the Nova Tortuga Model of Preservation for Dermochelys coriacea • Bianca Sayan • ss
117 • Quieter Songs Inland • Marissa Lingen • ss
120 • Last Dance at the Gunrunners’ Ball • Joel Richards • ss
126 • When Ada Is • Holly Schofield • ss
128 • The Alternate View: Where’s All the Antimatter? • John G. Cramer • cl
131 • Quantum Entanglement • Ken Poyner • pm
132 • Timing • Robert Scherrer • ff
134 • Room to Live • Marie Vibbert • ss
139 • In Times to Come • Anon • ms
140 • The Soul is Ten Thousand Parts • Chelsea Obodoechina • ss
144 • To Feed the Animals • John J. Vester • ss
151 • The Hunger • Marco Frassetto • nv
168 • The Silence Before I Sleep • Adam-Troy Castro • na; illustration by Kurt Huggins
205 • Don Sakers (1958–2021) • Anon • ob
206 • Brass Tacks • [The Readers] • lc
_206 • [letter] • Cy Chauvin • lt
_206 • [letter] • Joseph Kesselman • lt
_206 • [letter] • Richard M. Boothe • lt
_207 • [letter] • David Wolff • lt
_207 • [letter] • Malcolm Dunn • lt
_207 • [letter] • John Howard Brown • lt
208 • Upcoming Events • Anthony Lewis • cl

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Bare•Bones No.7

Bare•Bones No.7

bare•bones [#7 Summer 2021] ed. Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri (Cimarron Street Books, $9.95, 110pp, digest)
1 • Contents Page
2 • Dueling Editorials • Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri • ed
3 • The Stuart Gordon H.P. Lovecraft Adaptations • Matthew R. Bradley • ar
13 • Once Upon a Time . . . at the New Beverly • Duane Swierczynski • ar
17 • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—A Roundtable Discussion on Quentin Tarantino’s Novel • Stephen R. Bissette, Kim Newman, David J. Schow, John Scoleri & Duane Swierczynski • br
49 • Genre Film Comic Adaptations • William Schoell • ar
64 • James McKimmey: The Dell First Editions • J. Charles Burwell • ar
79 • Digging Into Crime Digests: James McKimmey at Mike Shayne • Peter Enfantino • ar
87 • S. Craig Zahler on . . . Pulps • S. Craig Zahler • ar
91 • Sleaze Alley • Peter Enfantino • rc
_91 • $20 Lust, Andrew Shaw (Lawrence Block), Nightstand, 1961 • br
_93 • The Sin Makers, Burt Alden (Richard A. Curtis), Pillar, 1963 • br
_95 • Shame Street, Don Holliday, Pillar, 1963 • br
_96 • The Sado Swappers, Alan Marshall (Harvey Hornwood(, Nightstand, 1967 • br
99 • R&D: See the Movie: Buy the Book • David J. Schow • cl
106 • A Good Cast is Worth Repeating • bg

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Bare•Bones No.7

Stories inspired by Johnny Cash’s Now, There Was a Song!

Now, There Was a Story!

Now, There Was a Story!—a digest-size anthology inspired by Johnny Cash’s album Now, There Was a Song! Edited by Tia Ja’nae and Stephen J. Golds.

Track listing:
Autumn Sorrow by Jack Bates
I Feel Better All Over by Christopher Ryan
I Couldn’t Keep from Crying by Jackie Flaum
My Shoes Keep Walking Back by Tom Andes
Fool Enough by Alec Cizak
The Ballad of Jack Brown by David Tromblay
Why Do You Punish Me? by Robert Petyo
I Will Miss You When I Go by C.W. Blackwell
So Lonesome by Don Stoll
Just One More by J. Rohr
Honky-Tonk Girl by Stephen J. Golds

Published by Uncle B Publications. Print $11.99 Kindle $5.99 from amazon.

Now, There Was a Story!

F&SF Jul/Aug 2021

F&SF Jul/Aug 2021

Note: This issue never appeared at the Vancouver B&N (also tried Powell’s in Beaverton and was shocked to find they no longer carry magazines), so I had to find it in the secondary market, after it had left the newsstands that stocked it. Good to see my classified ad for The Digest Enthusiast starting up again in this edition.

Fantasy & Science Fiction [v141 #1 & 2, whole #756, July/August 2021] ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, assistant eds. Robin O’Connor, Lisa Rogers (Spilogale, Inc., $9.99, 258pp, digest) Cover by Alan M. Clark
2 • Content Pages
5 • Letter from the Editor: Fragments of Ourselves • Sheree Renée Thomas • ed
8 • Whatever Happened to the Boy Who Fell into the Lake? • Rob Costello • ss
22 • Dreadnought • Michael Swanwick • ss
39 • Her Garden, the Sie of Her Palm • Yukimi Ogawa • ss
53 • Tulip Fever • Bo Balder • ss
67 • (emet) • Lauren Ring • nv
87• Books to Look For • Charles De Lint • rc
_87 • Wild Sign, Patricia Briggs, Ace Books, $28.00, hc • br
_89 • The Girls I’ve Been, Tess Sharpe, G.P. Putman, $18.99, hc • br
_90 • Later, Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, $14.95, tpb • br
_92 • Resistance and Transformations: On Fairy Tales, Mari Ness, Aqueduct Press, $12.00, tpb • br
_93 • A Question of Navigation, Kevin Hearne, Subterranean Press, $40.00, hc • br
96 • Musing on Books • Michelle West • rc
_96 • The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison, Tor, $25.99, hc • br
_98 • Fireheart Tiger, Aliette de Bodard, Tor.com, $14.99, tpb • br
_99 • Black Water Sisters, Zen Cho, Ace, $14.99, tpb • br
_101 • The Tangleroot Palace, Marjorie Liu, Tachyon, $16.95, tpb • br
104 • Cat Ladies • L.X. Beckett • nv
131 • The Penitent • Phoenix Alexander • ss
145 • I Had the Dark: Ged Speaks • Mark Rich • pm
147 • And for My Next Trick, I Have Disappeared • Chimedum Ohaegbu • nv
170 • By the Numbers 3 • Arley Sorg • cl
176 • How to Train Your Demon • Lisa Lacey Liscoumb • ss
194 • Woman, Soldier, Girl • Priya Chand • ss
210 • Bridge for Sale • S. Cameron David • ss
213 • Coming Attractions • cl
214 • Picass-o-matic • Paula Keane • ss
221 • Films: More Ghostly Mansions • David J. Skal • cl
226 • Science: Running Hot and Cold • Jerry Oltion • cl
231 • Minotaur • Maia Brown-Jackson • ss
238 • Perdition • Rowan Wren • ss
246 • Mamá Chayo’s Magic Lesson • Tato Navarrete Diaz • ss
257 • F&SF Market Place • classifieds
258 • Curiosities: The Chilekings by Jessamyn West (1954) • Paul Di Filippo • cl

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A Sorcerer of Atlantis by John Shirley

A Sorcerer of Atlantis by John Shirley

I had the pleasure of interviewing John Shirley for The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 about Weirdbook No. 42 the special John Shirley issue. His novella, “Swords of Atlantis,” is the cornerstone of the issue.

In need of a quick payday, Snoori convinces his companion, Brimm the Savant, that treasure awaits them on Poseidonia, one of the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. “It is circled with fields and orchards and stream jumping with curious but delicious fish. And there, in an old palace, waits the beauteous Cleito, a princess who has offered ten bushels of gold to any ten men who will become the Swords of her Heart: the champions who will destroy a minor demon set in place by an addle-pated old sorcerer—a sorcerer long dead.”

Seeking passage to the island, Brimm and Snoori soon find themselves manacled in a ship’s bowels, shanghaied as galley slaves. The two irreverent heroes tax their wits and luck to escape one danger only to land in the midst of another. A rollicking, ricocheting adventure bordered by peril, magic, gold, and romance.

The story begged for a follow-up, so I asked John if it was part of a series. Below is his reply:

“While ‘Swords of Atlantis’ is self-contained, a complete tale (with several parts) in and of itself, it is indeed also designed to be the first half of a novel, and the beginning of a series of novels. The second half has been roughly outlined. I would like to write a series of stories about Brimm and Snoori. They are an amusing duo. I wanted to write something that, while not satire or parody, still had a sense of humor. While the novella has its horrific and traditionally fantastic core, I was looking for every possible way to make the story more entertaining, and having a sense of humor about the heroes is another facet. In this I’m a bit influenced by certain Jack Vance tales, perhaps especially the Cugel stories. I grew up loving the sword and sorcery fantasy stories of Robert E Howard and Fritz Leiber, and, when I was in my early teens, Moorcock’s Elric stories. I’ve always wanted to explore that genre in my own way and thus, here is “Swords of Atlantis.” Additionally, the Atlantis story has always held a certain fascination for me. I tried to ground the novella in a reasonably real-seeming setting, as it might have been in ancient times, centuries before Anno Domini.”

Approximately twleve months later, Hippocampus Press has published A Sorcerer of Atlantis with further adventures of Brimm and Snoori as well as the novella “A Prince in the Kingdom of Ghosts.”

For more background on the book see Doug Draa’s interview with John Shirley at BlackGate.com.

A Sorcerer of Atlantis by John Shirley

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2021

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2021

Mystery Weekly Magazine [September 2021] ed. Kerry Carter (AM Marketing Strategies, Print $7.99, Kindle $3.99, 94pp, digest, cover by Robin Grenville Evans)
Note: contents taken from Kindle edition
The Delta Princess • John M. Floyd • ss
The Earl • Adam Leeder • ss
The Edge of the World • Albert Tucher • ss
Mulch Ado About Plenty • Sharon Love Cook • ss
A Real Detective • Joseph Kuttler • ss
A Murder of Crones • C.L. Cobb • ss
The Story Game • R.T. Lawton • ss
The Passenger • Rosemary McCraken • ss
Try Again • Vinnie Hansen • ss
Final Blow • Mark Levenson • ss
The Case of the Ripped Off Ruby • James Blakey • vi; a “You-Solve-It Mystery”

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine S/O 2021

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine S/O 2021

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine [v66 #9/10 September/October2021] ed. Linda Landrigan, mng. ed. Jackie Sherbow (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 192pp, digest, cover by Ron Chironna)
2 • Contents Page
3 • LoyaltyThe Lineup • Linda Landrigan • ed
4 • The Beano • Floyd Sullivan • ss; illustration by Daniel Zalkus
16 • Scrambled Mason I • Mark Lagasse • pz
17 • The Map Dot Murder • Mark • ss
28 • Gnawing at the Cat’s Tail • R.T. Lawton • ss
37 • Raining • Peter Colt • ss
46 • Glass • James R. Benn • ss
72 • Ice Ice Baby • Barb Goffman • ss
84 • Dying Words Acrostic Puzzle • Arlene Fisher • pz
86 • The Shoemaker’s Children • Tom Savage • ss
98 • Blindsided • Michael Bracken and James A. Hearn • ss
110 • Taxonomy Lesson • Robert Lopresti • ss; illustration by Hank Blaustein
117 • Booked & Printed • Laurel Flores Fantauzzo • rc
_117 • After the Inquiry, Jolene Tan, Ethos Books • br
_118 • The Prisoner, Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Anton Hur & Sora Kim-Russell, Verso Books • br
120 • Ju Ju • L.A. Wilson, Jr. • ss
139 • A Hell of a Thing . . . • Wayne J. Gardiner • ss
148 • No God West of Hays • Eric B. Ruark • ss; illustrated by Noah Bailey
176 • Paris Green • John C. Boland • ss
183 • Mysterious Photograph: Deus Ex Machina • Anon • cn; $25 given to best short-short to explain the photograph • cn
184 • Case Files: The Complex World of Grand Juries • Lee Lofland • cl
189 • The Story That Won: Make a List • Jeff Dycus • ff; winner of the May/June 2021 “Mysterious Photograph” contest.

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P.I. Tales Double Feature

P.I. Tales Double Feature

Perhaps you could call this a digest paperback. It’s a pair of private eye stories about 60 or 80 pages each. It’s published by P.I. Tales from Denver, CO.

Frank Zafiro’s “Hallmarks of the Job” stars Stanley Melvin in a case with all the signature traits you’d expect from a classic PI adventure.

Michael Bracken’s “Aloha Boys” stars Morris Ronald “Moe Ron” Boyette in a missing persons case that takes him places he’d rather seen left in the past.

The volume is reviewed at Col’s Criminal Library.

And in further news, the latest episode of Gun+Tacos as been released from Down & Out Books. Season Three Episode 15 is “Chimichangas and a Couple of Glocks” by David H. Hendrickson. Now it’s digital only, but when the season ends the print version will be published.

Asimov’s Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2021

Asimov’s Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2021

Asimov’s Science Fiction [v45 #9 & 10, #548 & 549 September/October 2021] ed. Sheila Williams, mng ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 208pp, digest) Cover by Eldar Zakirow
2 • Contents Pages
4 • Editorial: Monstrous • Shelia Williams • ed
6 • Reflections: Roc of Ages • Robert Silverberg • cl
10 • On the Net: Dismal • James Patrick Kelly • cl
14 • Sleep and the Soul • Greg Egan • na
46 • The Dust of Giant Radioactive Lizards • Jason Sanford • ss
59 • June Lockhart’s Recurring Nightmare • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • pm
60 • Singular Days • James Gunn (his final story) • ss
68 • Breakfast with Jim • Kij Johnson • mm
70 • Shooting at Warner’s Bay • Michèle Laframboise • ss
81 • In the Library Annex • Bruce Boston • pm
82 • Filaments • Mercurio D. Rivera • ss
93 • Billie the Kid • Rick Wilber • nv
121 • Ikaria • Joel Richards • pm
122 • An Arc of Electric Skin • Wole Talabi • ss
127 • The Apocalypse and the Lake Mattamuskeet Gnat • Peter Wood • ss
138 • Your Luminous Heart, Bound in Red • S. Qiouyi Lu • ss
150 • The Bahnof Drive-In • James Van Pelt • ss
157 • Matriphagy • Naomi Kanakia • ss
159 • Helen Taussig (1898–1986) • Jessy Randall • pm
160 • A Blessing of Unicorns • Elizabeth Bear • na
200 • On Books • Norman Spinrad • rc
_200 • The Minstry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orbit, $28.00 • br
_204 • Space Station Down, Ren Bova & Doug Beason, Macmillian, $26.99 • br
_205 • The Hole, Brandon Q. Morris, Hard Science Fiction, $16.99 • br
207 • Next Issue • Anon • pv
208 • SF Conventional Calendar • Erwin S. Strauss • cl

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