Monthly Archives: July 2016

Asimov’s Science Fiction August 2016

Asimov’s Science Fiction August 2016

Asimov’s Science Fiction August 2016

“Toppers” by Jason Sanford
“Patience Lake” by Matthew Claxton
“President John F. Kennedy, Astronaut” by Sandra McDonald

Short Stories
“Wakers” by Sean Monaghan
“The Mutants Men Don’t See” by James Alan Gardner
“Kit: Some Assembly Required” by Kathe Koja & Carter Scholz
“Kairos” by Sieren Damsgaard Ernst

“On the Death of Classical Physics” by Michael Meyerhofer
“Your Clone Excels at You” by Robert Frazier
“SETI” by Andrew Paul Wood
“The Martian Air Merchants” by Ken Poyner

Editorial: Discovering Women of Wonder by Sheila Williams
Reflections: The Software of Magic by Robert Silverberg
On the Net: Thinking About Dinosaurs by James Patrick Kelly
Next Issue
On Books by Paul Di Filippo
The SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Editor: Sheila Williams
Cover: Kinuko Craft
112 pages
On newsstands thru August 30, 2016
Asimov’s website

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No post tomorrow. Garage sale downsizing in progress, will return on Sunday.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep. 2016

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep. 2016

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep. 2016

“Playing the Ace” by Loren D. Estleman
“The Frozen Fiske” by Brian Cox
“First, Dig Two Graves” by Wendy Leeds
“Tout” by Russel D. McLean
“Louisa and the Silver Buckle” by Marianne Wilski Strong
“Miss West’s First Case” by Eve Fisher

Mystery Classic
“The Infallible Godahl” by Frederick Irving Anderson (Selected and introduced by Joseph Goodrich)

The Lineup
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
Mysterious Photograph
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
Dying Words an acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
The Story that Won
Solution to the Jul/Aug “Dying Words”

Editor: Linda Landrigan
Cover: Andronov
112 pages, $4.99 on newsstands until August 30, 2016
AHMM website

Analog September 2016

Analog September 2016

Analog September 2016

“Progress Report” by Rajnar Vajra

“Detroit Hammersmith, Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman (Retired)” by Suzanne Palmer
“Dreams of the Rocket Men” by C. Stuart Hardwick
“Nesting Dolls” by Jacob A. Boyd

Short Stories
“Deep Waters Call Out to What is Deeper Still” by Sarah Frost
“Silhouettes” by Dave Creek
“Adventures in Family Bonding” by W. Michael Beachy

Science Fact
“A Mind of Its Own, Part 1” by Edward M. Lerner

“Paint It Black” by Bruce Boston

Reader’s Departments
The Editor’s Page
Biolog: Sarah Frost by Richard A. Lovett
Guest Alternate View by Richard A. Lovett
In Times to Come
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Brass Tacks
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Cover: NASA, Design: Victoria Green
Analog website

EQMM August 2016

EQMM August 2016

EQMM August 2016

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine August 2016
The 75th Year of the world’s leading mystery magazine.

A Tribute to EQMM’s Past Editors!

“The Ten-Cent Murder” by Joseph Goodrich
“Journal Entry, Franklin DeWitt” by V.S. Kemanis
“The Caretaker of Lorne Green” by David Zeltserman
“Voices in the Cistern” by William Burton McCormick
“A Swimmer From the Dolphin Club” by Jonathan Moore
“The Ascent” by Scott Mackay

From Our Archives
“Ted Bundy’s Father” by Ruth Graviros

From the Editor’s Desk
“With Murder’s Red Pencil”

Special Features
“Founding Editor at Work” by Francis M. Nevins
“Ellery Queen’s Other Half” by Rand B. Lee
“She Did It Her Way” by Eleanor J. Sullivan

Department of First Stories
“A Visitor in Winter” by Julie McNeely-Kirwan

Passport to Crime
Fan Mail by Christiane Geldmacher

Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock

Editor: Janet Hutchings
Cover photo by
112 pages
$4.99 on newsstands

On sale until August 30, 2016
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen

Galactic Thrill KIds

Super-Science Fiction April 1957

Super-Science Fiction April 1957

Robert Silverberg needs no introduction to science fiction fans. But apparently the Grand-Master-to-be didn’t instantly warrant a cover spot on the April 1957 issue of Super-Science Fiction for his story “Galactic Thrill Kids.” Here’s the opening:

“The bar was a dark, dimly-lit place, with buzzing neon signs droning unpleasantly somewhere in the back. Art Yancy glanced uncertainly at the dingy saloon for a moment, then stepped inside, still walking with the rolling gait he had acquired in five years in space.”

The mix of SF and juvenile delinquency with an interior illustration by Emsh, may not have been the greatest concept, but it was worth for that title alone!

Robert Silverberg website

Bill Crider and Dan Rhodes

Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

I first became aware of Bill Crider online from his rapid fire Pop Culture Magazine blog and soon learned he was a prolific writer with dozens of novels to his credit. Perhaps most famously, he writes the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, with the most recent, Survivors Will Be Shot Again, due August 9 from Minotaur Books.

When I began publishing The Digest Enthusiast I started sending Bill copies in hopes he’d like it and recommend it to his readers. He did. In fact, when I met him at Bouchercon 2015 he said he loved it.

Bill is an energetic, generous soul; not only a fine writer himself but a champion of writing and writers. An example for us all.

On Tuesday Bill checked into the hospital with kidney problems and testing. The news got worse. On Wednesday it looked like lymphoma. On Friday he wrote: “Very aggressive form of carcinoma. Looks bad. Love to you all.”

Sad, bad news. My heart goes out to Bill and his family. We can only hope and pray the treatment goes smoothly, with less pain and anxiety than news like this conjures up.

Borderline: Dare the unknown!

Borderline #5 March 1965

Borderline #5 March 1965

Borderline was a digest magazine that brought, “…a new concept in investigating the borderline worlds we all inhabit from time to time…” For example: automatic writing or psychography. It’s defined on Wikipedia as “…an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to produce written words without consciously writing. The words are claimed to arise from a subconscious, spiritual or supernatural source.”

Borderline #5 (March 1965) gives us “Instructions in Automatic Writing” by Norman Winski, which begins with the following paragraph:

“It was happening again; something or someone was trying to break through to him, or out of him—he hadn’t made up his mind which. He had had these signals and presentiments on other occasions. And when he succumbed to them he invariably got surprising results. But he couldn’t afford the time for experimenting tonight; he had films to develop. Yet the thing wouldn’t let him alone!”

Unable to resist, Ivor Darreg relents and pounds out a message in semi-darkness, in semi-trance, on his Underwood. When the thing that compels him subsides he flicks on the light and ponders the strange message left behind, which read in part: “There’s a sea-serpent right out in front of the door!” and “It’s wriggling and kicking up such a fuss that it dwarfs the waves.”

After presenting numerous examples of this phenomenon, Winski provides a five-question test readers can use to determine their own receptivity, and concludes with the instructions promised in the title of his piece.

Short books’ opening volley: Bookshots

Digest-size Bookshots

Digest-size Bookshots

Bookshots are a new series from the James Patterson story factory, published by the Hachette Book Group. Like the PBOs of yesterday they run about 150 pages or less, retail for $4.99 and target the most popular genres: thrillers, romance and even topical non-fiction.

I have to admit I’d forgotten about this concept after I’d heard about it several months ago, but when I saw Cross Kill in the grocery store checkout line I was delighted to see they are digest-sized paperbacks. Smart marketing to place them upfront instead of the back of the store where all the other paperbacks seem to be these days. Makes me wonder where they’ll be displayed at a bookstore.

It will be very interesting to see how the market responds to this new concept. If it’s successful others will surely follow and that would be very exciting indeed!

To whet your appetite you can download The Witness for free until August 16, see the Bookshots website for links.

The Way West with A.B. Gunthrie, Jr.

A Field Guide to Writing Fiction by A.B. Gunthrie, Jr.

A Field Guide to Writing Fiction by A.B. Gunthrie, Jr.

When Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. died in 1991 the New York Times had a lot more to say than this : “…a Kentucky journalist who turned to fiction and won a Pulitizer Prize as one of the century’s leading Western historical novelists, died yesterday at his home at Choteau, Mont. He was 90 years old.”

The Pulitzer came in 1949 for The Way West and more recognition in 1953 for his screenplay for one the greatest westerns of all time, Shane. As if to he knew his time was coming, his final book was A Field Guide to Writing Fiction.

Here’s the opening to his short story “Newcomer,” that appeared in the debut issue of Gunsmoke (June 1953):

“The first man Lonnie Ellenwood saw to remember after the stage arrived at Moon Dance was Mr. Ross, the chairman of the school board.

The second was the man with the yellow eyes.”

Betty and Veronica Summer Annual

Betty and Veronica Double Digest #244

Betty and Veronica Double Digest #244

Betty and Veronica Double Digest #244

B&V in “Sand-Wishes!” by Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore and Jack Morelli
Veronica in “Travel Tip!” by Mike Pellowski, Dan Parent and Jim Amash
B&V in “Who’s the Coolest?” by Kathleen Webb, Jeff Shultz and Al Milgrom
B&V in “In a Blue Vein” by Barbara Slate, Jeff Shultz, Henry Scarpelli and Bill Yoshida
B&V in “The Not-So Perfect Date” by George Gladir, Jeff Shultz, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
B&V in “Surf Dumb” by George Gladir, Tim Kennedy, Ken Selig and Bill Yoshida
Sabrina in “Burning Love” part one & two by Abby Denson, HollyG!, Al Nickerson, Vickie Williams and Jason Jensen
Salem in “Stop Thief!” by Bill Golliher, HollyG!, Al Nickerson, Vickie Williams and Jason Jensen
Sabrina in “Bikini Babes” by Abby Denson, HollyG!, Al Nickerson, Vickie Williams and Jason Jensen
B&V in “Cuff Stuff” one pager, uncredited
B&V in “Pecking Partners” one pager, uncredited
B&V Pin Up uncredited
B&V in “Working Girl Blues” by Dan Parent, Rudy Lapick and Bill Yoshida
Veronica in “Trouble By the Yard” by Craig Boldman, Don Parent, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
Betty in “A Dry Sense of Humor” by Mike Pellowski, Stan Goldberg, Bob Smith and Bill Yoshida
Betty in “Ring Ding-A-Ling” by George Gladir, Stan Goldberg, Mike Esposito, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
Veronica in “No Soap” by Angelo DeCesare, Tim Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
Betty’s Diary in “A Snappy Report” by Kathleen Webb, Doug Crane and Bill Yoshida
Veronica in “Ron Takes the Plunge” part 1–4 by Kathleen Webb, Don Parent, Mindy Eisman, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
B&V in “How Race-Y!” by Dan Parent, Jim Amash and Bill Yoshida
B&V in “Help! I’m A Mess!” by Angelo DeCesare, Jeff Shultz, Henry Scarpelli, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
B&V in “Successful Dressing” by Kathleen Webb, Jeff Shultz and Al Milgrom
Betty in “The Play’s the Thing!” by Mike Pellowski, Doug Crane, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
Veronica “O’Pioneer!” by Kathleen Webb, Don Parent, Jim Amash, Dan Nakrosis and Barry Grossman
B&V in “Deliverance” by Frank Doyle, Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida and Barry Grossman
Betty in “On Off Again” by Kathleen Webb, Stan Goldberg, John Lowe, Vickie Williams and Barry Grossman
B&V in “Read Between the Lines” by Fernando Rulz, Al Nickerson and Bill Yoshida
Little B&V in “Summer Bummer” by Taylor and Al Milgrom
Little Archie in “Beach Treat” by Dexter Taylor
B&V in “Wet Blanket” one pager, uncredited
B&V in “What’s My Line?” by Kathleen Webb, Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Vickie Williams and Barry Grossman
B&V’s “Summer Fashions” one pager, uncredited
Veronica “Fight Blight” one pager, uncredited
B&V in “Lifestyles of the Confused and Complicated” by Barbara Slate, Jeff Shultz and Al Milgrom

Editor-In-Chief: Victor Gorelick
President: Mike Pellerito
Publisher/Co-CEO: Jon Goldwater
192 pages (?)
$5.99 on newsstands
Archie Comics website