Monthly Archives: August 2017

Asimov’s Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2017

asimov_9_20172017 is Asimov’s Fortieth Anniversary Year

Editorial: Thirty-First Annual Readers’ Awards’ Results by Sheila Williams
Reflections: The Last Hittite by Robert Silverberg
On the Net: Remembering Bertie by James Patrick Kelly
“Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker
“Jump-Point Failure” by John Richard Trtek (verse)
“Riding the Blue Line with Jack Kerouac” by Sandra McDonald
“Poaching Country” by Bethany Powell (verse)
“Universe Box” by Michael Swanwick
“First Contact” by Stuart Greenhouse (verse)
“Dead Men in Central City” by Carrie Vaughn
“Arriving at Terminal: Xi’s Story” by James Gunn
“The Ganymede Gambit: Jan’s Story” by James Gunn
“Your Clone Finds Her Stray” by Robert Frazier (verse)
“Zigeuner” by Harry Turtledove
Next Issue
“The Fourth Hill” by Dennis E. Staples
“The Cabinet” by William Preston
“Locked in Amber” by Jane Yolen (verse)
“An Incident in the Literary Life of Nathan Arkwright” by Allen M. Steele
“Squamous and Eldritch Get a Yard Sale Bargain” by Tim McDaniel
“Grand Theft Spacecraft” by R. Garcia y Robertson
“X Marks the Spot” by Robert Borski (verse)
“Disturbance in the Produce Aisle” by Kit Reed
“Books on the Risen Sea” by Suzanne Palmer
“Sleeping Beauty Attains Bliss” by Leslie J. Anderson (verse)
On Books by Norman Spinrad
Classified Marketplace
SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 41 #9 & 10, whole #500 & 501, Sep/Oct 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Cynthia Sheppard
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 24, 2017
Asimov’s website

Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2017

f&sf-9-2017Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 133 No. 3 and 4, aka #733, Sep/Oct 2017
“Evil Opposite” by Naomi Kritzer
“We Are Born” by Dare Segun Falowo
“Leash on a Man” by Robert Reed
“Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast” by Gwendolyn Clare
“The Care of House Plants” by Jeremy Minton
Book to Look For by Charles de Lint
Books by James Sallis
“The Hermit of Houston” by Samuel R. Delany
“On Highway 18” by Rebecca Campbell
“Hollywood Squid” by Oliver Buckram
“Still Tomorrow’s Going to Be Another Working Day” by Amy Griswold
“Bodythoughts” by Rahul Kanakia
Science: Vanishing Act by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty
Films by Kathi Maio
“Riddle” by Lisa Mason
“Children of Xanadu” by Juan Paulo Rafols
“The Two-Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County” by Tina Connolly
“Starlight Express” by Michael Swanwick
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Curiosities by Robert Eldridge

Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Film Editor: Harlan Ellison
Cover: Maurizio Manzieri (Starlight Express)
Cartoons: Nick Downes, S. Harris, Arthur Mascar, Danny Shanahan
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Oct. 30, 2017
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Publisher Gordon Van Gelder was recently interviewed on Gil Roth’s The Virtual Memories Show (#232)

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

eqmm_9_2017Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2017
“A Woman’s Place” by Josh Pachter* & René Appel, art by Laurie Harden
“e-Golem” by S.J. Rozan
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Crazy Margaret” by Jack Fredrickson
“Bank Holiday Murder” by Christianna Brand
“Fool’s Gold” by Marilyn Todd
“How She Got Even” by Peter Hochstein
“Come Back Paddy Reilly” by Con Lehane (Black Mask)
“Therapy Dog” by Laura Pigott (Dept. of First Stories)
“Making It” by Michael Wiley
“Missing Person” by Richard Helms
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Bunker Hill Blues” by Paul D. Marks
“Matti” by Iris Leister (Pastport to Crime) Translated from the German by Mary Tannert
“Fishtown Lockup” by Philip Lowery
“Parson Pennywick Talks to the Bees” by Amy Myers, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
“Femme Fatale” by Robert Rivers (Dept. of First Stories)
“The Hidden Agenda” by Peter Turnbull
“Murder Between the Pages” by K.D. Hart (verse)
“A Watched Pot” by Aoife Clifford
Classified Marketplace
“Phantomwise: 1972” by Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Christine Marie Larson
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 24, 2017
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website (new URL)

Collector’s Note: The indicia lists this issue as Vol. 151 #2 & 3, whole #910 & 911, Sep/Oct 2017, but if the Jul/Aug indicia is correct, this issue is actually Vol. 151 #3 & 4, whole #911 & 912, Sep/Oct 2017

*Josh Pachter’s “I Spy: A Writer Remembers Espionage Magazine” will appear in The Digest Enthusiast book seven in Dec. 2017

Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals

gold_medalsJust finished reading Stark House’s excellent Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals. It collects Rick Ollerman’s essays about the authors of the paperback original era, along with some additional background material written specifically for the volume. A big part of the Stark House Press mission is to return the best books of the PBO era to print. Ollerman’s book explains why. It’s overflowing with background on the writers and their works. It’s meticulously researched and dangerous to book collectors who won’t be able to resist adding even more to their bulging libraries after reading it.

Analog Sep/Oct 2017

analog_9_2017Analog Science Fiction and Fact Vol. 137 #9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2017 contents:
Guest Editorial: Sci-Fi and Science Fiction by James Gunn
“My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage” by Edward M. Lerner
The Quest for the 2:00 Marathon by Richard A. Lovett (Science Fact)
“I Know My Own & My Own Know Me” by Tracy Canfield, art by Kurl Huggins
“Ghostmail” by Eric Del Carlo
“The First Trebuchet on Mars” by Marie Vibbert
In Times to Come
“Climbing Olympus” by Simon Kewin
Biolog: Lettie Prell by Richard A. Lovett
“Emergency Protocol” by Lettie Prell
“A Tinker’s Damnation” by Jerry Oltion, art by Eldar Zakirov
“Free Fall Hunt” by Mack Hassler (verse)
“The Old Man” by Rich Larson, art by Josh Meehan
“Colony on the Fifth Planet” by Bruce McAllister (verse)
“Orphans” by Craig DeLancey
“The Absence” by Robert R. Chase
“Arp! Arp!” by Christine De La Rocha
The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
Viktor Frankenstein’s Bar and Grill and Twenty-Four-Hour Roadside Emporium by Michael F. Flynn
“The Mathematician” by Tom Jolly
“Coyote Moon” by James Van Pelt
“Abductive Reasoning” by Christopher L. Bennett, art by Josh Meehan
“Invaders” by Stanley Schmidt
“The Sword of Damocles” by Norman Spinrad
“Heaven’s Covenant” by Bud Sparhawk
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Classified Marketplace
Brass Tacks—Readers’ Letters
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Eldar Zakirov illustrating “My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage”
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 24, 2017
Analog website

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

ahmm_9_2017If you haven’t visited the AHMM website lately, it’s been revamped, complete with a new URL: All four Dell digests’ sites now have a similar look and organization. The current issue of AHMM is arriving on newsstands this week.

The Lineup
“Night Flight to Bali” by Jane K. Cleland, art by Ally Hodges
“The Trophy” by Charles Todd
“i” by Steve Hockensmith
“Cabin Fever” by David Edgerley Gates
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field With No Footprints Around” by Mike Culpepper
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Carried Away”
“The Front Man” by Janice Law, art by Kelly Denato
“Self-Portrait” by Max Gersh
“The Vampire of Edinburgh” (Doctor Watson) by James Tipton
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
“Aramis and the Worm” by Michael Mallory
“Electric Boogaloo” by John Shepphird, art by Tim Foley
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“Happy Families” by Eve Fisher
“The Smuggler of Samarkand” by Martin Limón
“Tough Guy” by Leslie T. White (Mystery Classic selected/introduced by Jim Doherty)
Solution to the Jul/Aug Dying Words
The Story That Won (May/Jun) “The Final Course” by Drew A. Logan
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Empato/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 24, 2017
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Brett Halliday’s You Killed Elizabeth

mike_shayne_6_1957Stories from Suspense Magazine #4 Winter 1952: “You Killed Elizabeth” by Brett Halliday

The loyalty of two best friends is tested when the perfect woman comes between them. Halliday builds tension masterfully as romance blooms and the killer of the title is finally revealed.

Halliday’s most famous creation, Mike Shayne, starred in his own digest magazine for 337 issues from 1956 to 1985. Shown here is the cover to MSMM June 1957.

Betty Fedora: Print first, then digify

bettyfedora3I produce the print versions of The Digest Enthusiast and Pulp Modern first and create the ePub versions during the week the print proof is in production and transit. Kristen Valentine, editor/designer of Betty Fedora, follows a similar process.

“We publish our digital version for Kindle only so we really just have two versions (print and EPUB),” Kristen explained in an interview for TDE4 (June 2016). “The Kindle version is more time consuming for me than the print version is, since e-readers are notoriously finicky about formatting. I do the print layout first since there is additional production time for ordering and reviewing a printed proof. While that’s being created, I make sure the Kindle version is in good shape. Coordinating them both to be available at the same time is probably the biggest challenge.”

I checked in with Kristen while finalizing TDE6, and she said Betty Fedora #4 will be out in Fall 2017. In the meantime, don’t miss the first three issues.