Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2018

Arthur Carey “One and Done”
Ricky Sprague “The International (Marketing) Incident”
Jeff Somers “Arthur Kill”
Carlos Orsi “The Adventure of the Dead Frog”
Tim Major “The Pale Shadow and the Conjuror”
Rhonda Howard “Smoke Test” (A You-Solve-It)
Solution to Dec. You-Solve-It “The Family Feud” by Rhonda Howard

Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2018 cover
Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2018

Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2018
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Peggy Burkosky
7.5” x 10” 70 pages
POD $4.99, Kindle $2.99 (99¢ with print version)
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2018 back cover

Asimov’s Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2018

Asimov’s Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2018 coverContents
Sheila Williams Editorial: A Few Words About Some Words
Robert Silverberg Reflections: Gog & Magog II by
James Patrick Kelly On the Net: Don’t Read the Comments
In Memoriam: Brian W. Aldiss (1925–2017)
James Gunn Thought Experiment: Space Opera and the Quest for Transcendence
James Gunn “The Seeds of Consciousness: 4107’s Story”
James Gunn “The Final Commandment: Trey’s Story”
G.O. Clark “Room With a View” (verse)
Rudy Rucker & Paul Di Filippo “In the Lost City of Leng”
Jane Yolen “Writing Away Coincidence”
Ian Creasey “The Equalizers”
Cixin Liu “Sea of Dreams” translation: John Chu
Matthew Hughes “Solicited Discordance”
Jessy Randall “Annie Jump Cannon Cataloged Stars” (verse)
Jessy Randall “Annie Jump Cannon Goes Home from the Lab” (verse)
Robert R. Chase “Assassin in the Clouds”
Statement of ownership, management and circulation
Jane Yolen “Balance” (verse)
Allen M. Steele “Barren Isle”
S. Qiouyi Lu “Mother Tongues”
Bruce Boston “Synesthesia” (verse)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch “The Rescue of the Renegat
Josh Pearce “Objects in Space” (verse)
Paul Di Filippo On Books
Next Issue
Thirty-Second Annual Readers’ Award Ballot
Index: 2017
Classified Marketplace
Erwin S. Strauss SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 42 #1 & 2, whole #504 & 505, Jan/Feb 2018
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Eldar Zakirov
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 20, 2018
Asimov’s website

The American Bystander #6 Fall 2017

Not-A-Digest Dept: The sixth issue of Michael Gerber’s all-star print humor quarterly is out. This issue features writers from Late Night with David LettermanThe New YorkerSNLThe OnionSPY and National Lampoon, as well as illustrations and cartoons from Merrill Markoe, Drew Friedman, Ed Subitzky, Roz Chast, M.K. Brown, Jim Siergey and 75 others. Full-color, large format (8.5×11) and 100 pages, The American Bystander is a worthy addition to any comedy fan’s library. Better yet, it’s an independent production.

The American Bystander #6 cover

The American Bystander website

Marvel Comics Digest #4

Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics partnered last year to bring the Marvel Comics Digest to “big box retailers,” newsstand, and comic shops. Marvel supplies the content, Archie the “packaging,” and most importantly, the distribution.

Marvel Comics Digest #4 cover
MCD #4 Feb. 2018

The six-times-a-year title began in July 2017. The line-up thus far:

#1 Spiderman July 2017
#2 Avengers Sep. 2017
#3 Thor Dec. 2017
#4 X-Men Feb. 2018

“For years, Archie has made the digest format our bread and butter,” said Jon Goldwater, Publisher/CEO of Archie Comics, in the press release.

So far the issues have been like a trip through time. Each one begins with a story from the featured series’ original run by creators like Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee. Then the 224-page digests present progressively more current reprints until their final page. Retail price is $6.99.

Issue #5 will feature Avengers and Black Panther, just in time for the release of the Black Panther movie coming out on Feb. 16, 2018.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2018

Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 134 No. 1 and 2, #735, Jan/Feb 2018
Vandana Singh “Widdam”
Lisa Mason “Aurelia”
Gardner Dozois “Neanderthals”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Elizabeth Hand: Books
Neal Wilgus “This Way” (verse)
Matthew Hughes “Jewel of the Heart”
Steven Fischer “A List of Forty-Nine Lies”
Robert Reed “An Equation of State”
Nick Wolven “Galatea in Utopia”
Mary Soon Lee “Dear Creator” (verse)
Kathi Maio: Films: Get Off the Sink and Other Unheeded Commandments
Statement of ownership, management and circulation
Paul Di Filippo: Plumage from Pegasus: Toy Sorry
J.D. Moyer “The Equationist”
Mary Robinette Kowal “A Feather in Her Cap”
Dale Bailey “The Donner Party”
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Graham Andrews: Curiosities

F&SF Jan/Feb 2018 cover
F&SF Jan/Feb 2018

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: Mondolithic Studios “Galatea in Utopia”
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Bill Long, S. Harris
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until March 5, 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2018

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2018 Vol. 151 #1 & 2, whole #916 & 917
Barbara Cleverly “The Sofa Doll” art by Ron Bucalo
Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box
Doug Allyn “Stick”
William Dylan Powell “The Lighthouse and the Lamp”
Martin Edwards “Farewell Cruise”
Statement of ownership, management and circulation
Matthew Wilson “Burg’s Hobby Case” (Dept. of First Stories)
Angela Crider Neary “Murder on Rue Royal”
Bill Crider: Blog Bytes
Luciano Sivori “The Final Analysis” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Spanish by Josh Pachter
Larry Light “Dysperception”
Kate Ellis “Half-Life”
Terence Faherty “The Noble Bachelor” art by Jason C. Eckhardt
Edwin Hill “White Tights and Mary Janes” (Dept. of First Stories)
Jane Jakeman “Tapping the Glass”
Robert Garner McBrearty “Wake Me When It’s Over”
John Morgan Wilson “The Case of the Curious Collector”
Margaret Maron “There Are No Elephants in Peru” art by Mark Evan Walker
Robert S. Levinson “The Public Hero”
Marilyn Todd “Killing Kevin”
Classified Marketplace
Elizabeth Elwood “Ghosts of Christmas Past”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2018 cover
EQMM Jan/Feb 2018

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 20, 2018
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website

Analog Jan/Feb 2018

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 138 #1 & 2 Jan/Feb 2018
Stanley Schmidt: Educational Challenge (Guest Editorial)
Derek Künsken “The Quantum Magician” part 1
Julie Novakova: Hell Is Other Planets (Science Fact)
Michael F. Flynn “The Journeyman: Through Madness Gap” art by Tomislav Tikulin
Mary A. Turzillo: “Hobson’s Choices”
Alan Dean Foster “Ten and Ten”
Paul Carlson: Margin of Error (Probability Zero)
Andrew Barton “One to Watch”
In Times to Come
John G. Cramer: Do Black Holes Really Exist? (The Alternate View)
Holly Schofield “Home on the Free Range” art by Kurt Huggins
David Gerrold “Endless City”
Ian Watson “When the Aliens Stop to Bottle” art by Kevin Speidell
Marissa Lingen “Two Point Three Children”
D.A. Xiaolin Spires “Atomic Numbers” (verse)
Eric Cline “Air Gap”
Jeremiah Tolbert “The Dissonant Note” art by Eldar Zakirov
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
Adam-Troy Castro “Blurred Lives”
Bruce Boston “Wife of a Particle Physicist” (verse)
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
Classified Marketplace
Brass Tacks (Letters)
2017 Index
Anlab Ballot
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Jan/Feb 2018

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Josh Meehan “The Quantum Magician”
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 20, 2018
Analog website

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 2

The new Pulp Modern is out in print and digital. Editor Alec Cizak selected the the images for the cover and interior spreads along with its 12 stories. My role was design and production, which includes converting the photos into photo-illustrations.

The new issue begins with eight crime stories and concludes with four in the fantasy, horror, and Science Fiction realm.

Alec Cizak From the Editor
Russell Thayer “Buzz Me Blues”
Jim Thomsen “Black Lab”
Tom Andes “After Midnight at the C’est La Vie Lounge”
Preston Lang “Eleven Irritated People”
John Teel “Second Chances”
Robert Petyo “Sacrifice”
Charles Roland “Quick Cash Now”
Emile C. Tepperman “No Living Witness” (Classic Pulp)
Matthew X. Gomez “A Long Journey’s End”
Marc E. Fitch “Tick-Tock in the House America Built”
Susan E. Abramski “Double Jeopardy”

The second run of Pulp Modern continues to set the standard for independent, underground genre fiction journals. Read what J.D. Graves, editor of the newly-hatched Econo Clash Review (due this Spring), wrote about it here.

$6.99 POD
$2.99 Kindle
132 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”
A joint production of Uncle B. Publications and Larque Press

Now is a Good Time

The new year starts in two days. Change is accelerating. Boomers, at least those like me, are sliding farther down the curve of technological time. That commercial with Grandparents, armed with their new gadgets, greeting their Grandchildren at the door, asking “How does this work?” is funny because it’s true.

Change is inevitable, and it’s better to embrace it than attempt denial. I heard a quote about change that takes the sting out of it. It may have been Hugh Laurie’s, but if so, it changed by the time it reached my ears: “There is almost no such thing as ready. Do it now, no one is ever ready to do anything.”

I’ve wanted to update the website for some time now. Switch from Dreamweaver to WordPress. I did it yesterday. Blew the old site away and started the rebuild. I wasn’t ready, but it was time to try. My apologies to the old blog’s subscribers. You’ll have to resubscribe if you want the posts in your email.

The old site is gone. The new one is just beginning, and it’s going to be great in the days and weeks ahead. Thanks for staying with it, and for your patience.

Pulp Literature 17 Winter 2018

From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Winter Storytelling
“Desdemone” by J.J. Lee
Feature Interview: J.J. Lee
“We Come Back Different” part one by A.J. Odasso
“Sea Changes” by Matilda Berke (verse)
“Devonian” by Emily Osborne (verse)
“The Bridgewater Canal Mystery” by Mel Anastasiou
“For the Love of Grey” by Anat Rabkin
“The Theft of Confidence” by Soramimi Hanarejima
“Embers” by Misha Handman
“One Safe Place” by Erin Slaughter
“You Don’t Know Your Life Anyway” by Kelli Allen (verse)
“Tatoo” by John Davies (verse)
“Lineman” by Susan Pieters
The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize: Jeanette Topar, William Kaufmann
“Afloat” by Gabriel Craven & Mikayla Fawcett (comic)
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” by J.M. Landels
The Artists (bios)

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Developmental Editor: Sue Pieters
Assistant Editor: Janet Eastwood
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Cover: Britt-Lise Newstead
Interior artwork: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels
5.25” x 8” 210 pages
$14.99 POD
$4.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website