Analog May/June 2017

2017_5_analog_500The May/June Dell books are on newsstands now. I’m particularly excited by this month’s Analog because it includes a story by writing partners Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick.

Edd Vick was a big part of the mini-comics community as well as science fiction fandom in the 1980s. Here’s an excerpt from Bruce Chrislip’s The Minicomix Revolution 1969–1989 (2015):

“Edd had been transferred to Seattle [from Texas] by his employer, Half Price Software, and was living in a long narrow apartment near the University of Washington. I’ll never forget that the walls of the apartment were lined with long bookshelves containing thousands of volumes—mostly paperbacks. It was an impressive sight! Edd had more books on display than many bookstores I’ve encountered.”

Edd still has an impressive library today. His bio in the new Analog reports, “He is a bookseller whose library is a stuffed three-car garage. Stories by Edd have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Year’s Best SF, and about thirty other magazines and anthologies.”

You’ll be able to learn a whole lot more about Edd Vick from his extensive interview with D. Blake Werts in the next The Digest Enthusiast (book six) due in June 2017.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Vol. 137 #5 & 6 May/June 2017 contents:
Guest Editorial by Richard A. Lovett
“The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes” by Howard V. Hendrix, art by Kevin Speidell
Alien Archaeology by Michael Carroll (Science Fact)
“Strangers” by Allina Nunley (verse)
“To See the Elephant” by Julie Novakova, art by Vincent DiFate
“The Chatter of Monkeys” by Bond Elam
“A Grand Gesture” by Dave Creek
“Decrypted” by Eric Choi
“Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut” by Dominica Phetteplace
“Focus” by Gord Sellar
“Ténéré” by Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick, art by Joel Iskowitz
“The Final Nail” by Stanley Schmidt
“The Speed of Faith in Vacuum” by Igor Teper
“Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It” by Sam Schreiber
“Vulture’s Nest” by Marissa Lingen
“In the Mists” by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
“The Return” by Bud Sparhawk
Our Leaking Universe by John G. Cramer (The Alternate View)
In Times to Come (preview)
“Lips Together” by Ken Brady
“The Banffs” by Lavie Tidhar
“Where the Flock Wanders” by Andrew Barton
“Proteus” by Joe Pitkin
“Our Religious Conversion” by Ken Poyner (verse)
“Kepler’s Law” by Jay Werkheiser, art by Kurt Huggins
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Classified Marketplace
Brass Tacks—Readers’ Letters
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Region NGC 6357 by NASA
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
Analog website

Galaxy Magabook No. 2

magabook_2Galaxy Magabook No. 2: After Worlds End & The Legon of Time
 by Jack Williamson, 1963, cover art by Ed Emshwiller

After Worlds End: “In this strange world danger was his every day companion—despair dogged his steps—and the greatest peril of all was his only hope for life!”

The Legion of Time: “They stormed the wall of the future on the trail of one woman who was too evil to live—and another who might never be born at all!”

Lorenz Heller aka Larry Holden


Suspect #1 Nov. 1955

Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “Criminal at Large” by Lorenz Heller

Heller was a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter who wrote dozens of shorts for detective magazines under the name Larry Holden from 1946–1959. He also wrote as Frederick Lorenz and Burt Sims.

“Criminal” sets up a tension-filled confrontation between a housewife and an escaped killer. Unlike many of the stereotypes in stories of this era, the housewife, Aunt Libby, could fend for herself: “She could fix anything. Last Spring, when the level-wind on my reel jammed, she fixed it in nothing flat, and still got more trout than Uncle Steve and me.”

The short-lived Suspect Detective Stories was a good market for Heller. His “Blood Money” appeared in the debut issue (Nov. 1955) under his own name, as well as “Death is Where You Find It” by Larry Holden. He returned in the second issue (Feb. 1956) as Holden for “One for the Hangman.”

Pulp Modern Ad

Set for release next month, here’s the ad for the revived Pulp Modern (Vol. 2 No. 1. May 2017). The 132-page book includes 13 dark tales edited by Alec Cizak, author of the upcoming Down on the Street from Down & Out Books. The new Pulp Modern includes 13 photo illustrations in the style of the cover and six brand new cartoons by Bob Vojtko, whom The Saturday Evening Post dubbed “the working-class cartoonist.”

A joint production of Uncle B. Publications and Larque Press, we’ll post an update as soon as the book is available.


Seaman Thomas Gilchrist


Adventure Aug. 1949 with Thomas Gilchrist’s “Appointment with Fear”

Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “Survival” by Thomas Gilchrist

Three men adrift in a dinghy after their boat capsizes at sea, fight for survival as heat, hunger and thirst draw them closer to death every moment. It’s no surprise who maintains their humanity
as desperation rises between the wealthy boatman, an old man and a native Pacific islander, but Gilchrist does a beautiful job describing the tension as their plight worsens.

Thomas Gilchrist was a sailor who wrote sea adventures. His stories appeared in Adventure, Bluebook, and Suspense.

Image from Galactic Central.

Walter Snow’s “The Nightmare Face”


Mike Shayne Sept. 1966 with Walter Snow’s “Who’s Afraid of Kathrine Mansfield?”

Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951

A newspaper journalist and pulp fiction writer, Walter Snow wrote mostly adventure and detective stories. The Walter Snow Papers, hosted by Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, reports: “Snow’s writing style is characterized by his ability to bring his characters to life.” Here’s an example from his story “The Nightmare Face” from Suspense Magazine #2:

“Carlotta flirts indiscriminately with eager sailors, pats their cheeks, blows them kisses. When they get too fresh she brandishes a baseball bat prankishly. It’s an act that keeps the bar crowded when the fleet is in. Brazenly, Carlotta sasses all her customers: ‘You’re stingy tippers. Me, I want a man with money.’”

Set in the Florida Keys, Carlotta’s brazen behavior ends suddenly when she turns up dead beside her suspected paramour in the wake of a hurricane. It’s up to local law enforcement to figure out if the storm had any help.

Snow’s work also ran in Gang World, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Short Stories, and Suspect Detective Stories—and was anthologized in collections like 20 Great Tales of Murder and With Malice Towards All. He wrote two mystery novels The Golden Nightmare (1952) and The Gauguin Murders (1972).

Art Taylor’s “Blue Plate Special”

barrelhouse10_500Crime fiction writer Art Taylor’s stories have appeared in quite a number of digest magazines. Foremost, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, but he also made his way into the special Crime issue of lit mag Barrelhouse, issue 10 in 2011, with an unsettling “Blue Plate Special.”

Read our extensive interview with award-winning author Art Taylor in The Digest Enthusiast book four.

Avengers of the Moon

Captain-Future500Quest Beyond the Stars was the first Captain Future story I read while in high school. It was the Popular Library reprint edition, and I read every one in the series after that. In 2009, Pulpville Press came out with Captain Future Man of Tomorrow, a collection of the short stories written after the Captain’s own magazine folded.

I first heard about Allen M. Steele’s new book from Tor starring Curt Newton and his crew in the Jan/Feb issue of Asimov’s. Avengers of the Moon arrived in yesterday’s mail and I started reading last night. It’s great to see the Captain in hardcover. It’s dedicated to “Edmond Hamilton—Captain Future’s creator and the father of space opera.”