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News Digest Feb. 28, 2020

Astounding 5-44, Fantastic 3-65

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Vol. 33 No. 3 May 1944 on SF Magazines.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Vol. 14 No. 3 March 1965 on Galactic Journey.

Guns + Tacos Vol. 1 & 2

The print version of season one of Guns + Tacos season one arrived last Saturday. Each of its two volumes, created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey H. Barker include three stories around 40 pages each. Volume One: Gary Phillips, Bracken, and Frank Zafiro. Volume Two: Barker, William Dylan Powell, James A. Hearn, and a bonus story by Bracken, making this the thicker of the two volumes. Season Two has been ordered and will begin later this year from Down & Out Books.

Boy Detective, Find the Money

Art Taylor writes about the story order in his new anthology The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 at Auntie M Writes. (Hat tip Kevin Tipple).

Artist and author Tony Gleeson’s new book, Find the Money, is now available on amazon. The mysterious Vanessa has vanished, and it’s worth a million dollars to a vicious drug lord to get her back. But the ransom disappears, turning up in the hands of a bewildered innocent bystander, while ruthless gangsters and hapless kidnappers alike desperately search for the money. Meanwhile, Detective Marlon Morrison, who only wants to comfortably ride out the final year and a half before his retirement without incident, finds himself involved with a growing succession of murder victims, and a bizarre case growing in complexity by the hour…

Josh Pachter talks to Publisher’s Weekly about his anthologies The Misadventures of Ellery Queen and The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe. (Hat tip Michael Bracken)

Doug Draa announced on Facebook that Weirdbook No. 42 has gone to print!

A.T. Sayre describes his joy and appreciation at having his first story, “Rover,” published in the venerable Analog.

AHMM & EQMM Mar/Apr 2020

Found all four March/April 2020 Dell digests on shelves this week at my local Barnes & Noble’s. Alfred Hitchcock’s features William Burton McCormick’s cover story “Night Train to Berlin.” Ellery Queen’s cover highlights its “Mystery Strangers” theme. Although not listed on the cover, indie favorite Preston Lang also has a story inside—congrats!

Asimov's & Analog Mar/Apr 2020

Asimov’s cover features Nancy Kress’ “Semper Augustus” and Analog continues their retro-look celebration of their 90th year. Note F&SF Editor C.C. Finley’s name on the cover, and inside there’s a new story by Edd Vick* and Manny Frishberg. *Vick as interviewed by D. Blake Werts in The Digest Enthusiast No. 6.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Corey Flintoff talks about his “Interlude in Arcadia” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book version of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and loved it. I listened while driving and more than once got so lost in the gorgeous prose I had to try to remember what was happening in the plot. Narrator Ray Porter’s cadence and inflections are a perfect match to Tom Hanks’.

Also on audio, I listened to Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor. A intimate memoir with Taylor’s recollections of family dysfunction, fighting addiction, and working with Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar, Peter Gordon, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. This guided tour of his early life is interspersed with his gorgeous melodies. Riveting, sad, and unforgettable.

Mike Shayne June 1957

In print, I read Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine June 1957. This issue wraps up the trilogy of the serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse, with more action and excitement than the previous two installments. It also boasts two outstanding novelets by Helen Nielsen and Tedd Thomey, as well as some fine short stories by Fletcher Flora, James Schucker, D.E. Forbes, Murray Wolf, and F. Keston Clarke. A great issue of a great digest magazine! Watch for my reviews in a coming issue of bare•bones.

Jeff Vorzimmer, editor of Stark House Press’ Best of Manhunt, read through the current issue of The Digest Enthusiast and awarded it a 5-Star rating this week on GoodReads. Thanks much, Jeff!

TDE12 Update: Met with my writing group on Thursday and shared my review of Paperback Fanatic No. 43, which will appear in TDE12. Also completed the initial layout of my interview with Tony Gleeson for the issue. Thanks to Tony, it’s loaded with beautiful artwork—mostly from vintage digests.

True Crime Detective Summer 1953

From the Vault
Ad copy on page 2: “. . . if you enjoy this issue let us enter a subscription for you so that True Crime Detective may be delivered to you on or before publication date without extra cost. You will find each issue a little better than the one before—an anthology of the best detective true crime stories new and old.” Cost? $1.40 for 4 issues. In 2020 dollars that’s $13.53. I have a feeling it would be more, but I’d get it if it were still being published today. Next week: the final issue.

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 3 Summer 1953
Contents Page
W.T. Brannon “Rendezvous at Rondout”
Joseph Shillips “They Wrote Their Own Convictions”
Homer Croy “Cherokee Bill”
William Roughead “The Merrett Mystery”
Manly Wade Wellman “The General Dies at Dusk”
Miriam Allen deford “The Reluctant Lover”
Frank Mullady “Judgement for a Messiah”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “Rendezvous at Rondout”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

News Digest Feb. 8, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020

The new Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 was released on the first. Included are stories by Arthur Davis, Jeff H., Jill Hand, Anthony Lowe, Susan Oleksiw, Eric B. Ruark, and Michael Wells. MWM is edited by Kerry Carter and published by Chuck Carter. Cover by Robin Grenville-Evans. The 82-page print edition is $6.99, Kindle $2.99.

Kieran Shea decides to “Shake It Up” at EQMM’s blog Something is Going to Happen.

A.J. Ward joins Analog’s 90th anniversary celebration with “1942 and the Power of Names” at The Astounding Analog Companion blog.

Alex Irvine discusses his story “Chisel and Crime” with F&SF.

Tough Crime features William R. Soldan’s fiction “King of the Blue Rose” and SleuthSayers features Robert Lopresti’s story “Shot By Your Partner” part one and part two.

J.D. Graves reviews Norco ’80 by Peter Houlahan over at EconoClash Review.

Tony Gleeson and I connected on Facebook, which led to an interview that will be included in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12. He sent a nice collection of scans, so his comments will be well illustrated.

I read the first edition of Amazing Selects this week, featuring Allen Steele’s novella “Captain Future in Love.” It’s the first part of a larger story: The Return of Ul Quorn, which is the follow-on to his novel Avengers of the Moon. Look for my review in TDE12, coming in June 2020.

Also coming up is a piece on Ray Palmer’s Science Stories, an interim title that ran for four issues after he sold his interest in Clark Publishing which had published Other Worlds. It is, in effect, a short-lived continuation of that title.

The mailing of contributor copies of TDE11 wrapped up this week, and Michael Neno gave us a shoutout on Facebook. Michael contributed a beautiful illustration for the late Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s story “Zymurgy for Aliens.”

Collectors of comics and digest magazines may want to check out by storefront in eBay: Arkay37’s Vintage Collectables If I do say so myself, the prices are bargains.

True Crime Detective Fall 1952

From the Vault
True Crime Detective Fall 1952

The inside front cover features a full-page ad for the magazine with actor Ralph Bellamy extolling it’s virtues.

The many detective parts I’ve played have naturally made me somewhat of a student of criminology. For a long time I wished for a magazine that would present true crime cases in a straight-forward, exciting way—but without sensationalism and trick photography. When True Crime Detective came along I knew I had my wish!

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 4 Fall 1952
Contents Page
The Borderlands of Sanity:
Miriam Allen deFord “1. The Case of Leopold and Loeb”
Anthony Boucher “2. The Case of Neville Heath”
Joseph Henry Jackson “Give a Man a Horse”
Frank Mullady “Murderers on the Loose”
Edward D. Radin: Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A)
Janet Flanner “The Murder in Le Mans”
Lenore Glen Offord “The Red Barn Revisited”
Edgar Lustgarten “The Trial of William Herbert Wallace”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “The Case of Neville Heath”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Analog Jan/Feb 2020

Analog Jan/Feb 2020

Analog kicks off its year-long celebration of its 90th year of publication with Victoria Green’s retro cover design. Managing Editor Emily Hockaday shared a preview of the Mar/Apr cover, which appears in The Digest Enthusiast No. 11, which is scheduled to release this Friday, January 10.

Contents Page
Stanley Schmidt’s Guest Editorial: A Major Milestone and Places We’ve Been
Adam-Troy Castro & Jerry Oltion “The Astronaut from Wyoming” (90th Anniversary Retrospective Reprint) The story is followed by reminiscences of the story by its authors.
Alec Nevala-Lee & M. Wysocki, Jr.’s Science Fact Making Waves: The Inventions of John W. Campbell
Rebecca Siegel “In Theory” (verse)
Harry Turtledove “The Quest for the Great Gray Mossy”
Sean McMullen “Wheel of Echoes” art uncredited
Jay Werkheiser “Hive” art by Eldar Zakirov
Eric Choi “The Greatest Day”
Eric Choi’s Science Fact Saving Columbia: An In-Flight Options Assessment
Robert Frazier “Ghost Transmission” (verse)
Rachel Rodman “The Evolutionary Alice” (Probability Zero)
Ian Randal Strock “Bulkheads Make the Best Neighbors”
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View Renormalization: Dodging Infinities
Douglas F. Dluzen “Welcome to the New You: Terms and Conditions for the iCRISPR Gene-Editing Kit”
Izzy Wasserstein “The Grass Bows Down, the Pilgrims Walk Lightly” art by Kurt Huggins
Matthew Claxton “All the Turns of the Earth” art by Josh Meehan
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
A.J. Ward “One Lost Space Suit Way” art by Kurt Huggins
In Times to Come
Wendy Nikel “Around a World in Ninety-Six Hours
Gregor Hartmann “Birds of a Feather”
Richard A. Lovett “Guns Don’t Kill”
Joel Richards “Q-Ship Militant”
Sarina Dorie “The Shocking Truth About the Scientific Method that Privatized Schools Don’t Want You to Know”
C. Stuart Hardwick “Hubble Rising”
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham
Cry Pilot by Joel Dane
The Guardian by J.D. Moyer
Hour of the Horde by Gordon R. Dickson
Octavia Gone by Jack McDevitt
—Footprints in the Stars edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction edited by Sunyoung Park & SangJoon Park
The End of the World and Other Catastrophes edited by Mike Ashley
Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction edited by Mike Ashley
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Classified Marketplace
2019 Index
Anlab Ballot
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 140 No. 1 & 2 Jan/Feb 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Tomislav Tikulin
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 18, 2020
Analog website

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Analog Nov/Dec 2019

Analog Nov/Dec 2019

Contents Pages
Trevor Quachri’s Editorial: Odd & Ends I
Jerry Oltion “An Eye for an Eye” art by Tomislav Tikulin
Cristina De La Rocha’s Geoengineering: Coming Soon To a Planet Near You (Science Fact)
Gary Kloster “Formless”
John Edward Uth “Moon Santa Mongo” art by Kurt Huggins
Louis Evans “The Prince of Svalbard: A Saga of the Thaw”
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Quantum Entanglement Across Time
Eric Cline “Ghost of Christmas Future”
In Times to Come
Marissa Lingen “Filaments of Hope”
Michael Carroll “Just a Guy and Some Aliens”
Edward Ashton “Wolves”
Ken Poyner “Moisture” (verse)
Rajan Khanna “Binary”
Craig DeLancey “Sojourner”
Jessy Randall “Hertha Ayrton 1854–1923” (verse)
Julie Novakova “Martian Fever”
Joe M. McDermott “Keep the Line Tight But Not Too Tight, or Esteban And the Moon”
Stephen R. Wilk “Yamadori”
Mark W. Tiedemann “Follow, Past Meridian”
Jay Cole “Solve for X”
Allison Mulvihill “Empty Box”
Matt Dovey “The Movements of Other Starfish”
Richard A. Lovett’s Guest Alternate View: Smartphones, Earthquakes, Stealth Cars & Sniper Attacks
Aimee Ogden “The Quarantine Nursery”
Guy Stewart “Kamshamnida, America” art by Vincent DiFate
Jay O’Connell “You Must Remember This” art by Eldar Zakirov
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
The City and Cygnets by Michael Bishop
Ode to Defiance by Marc Stiegler
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes: Analog Stories for a Digital Age by Howard V. Hendrix
Million Mile Road Trip by Rudy Rucker
Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Fiction edited by Sheldon Teitelbaum and Emmanual Lottem
Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan
Keepers by Brenda Cooper
Alien Archives by Robert Silverberg
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction edited by Neil Clarke
Stellaris: People of the Stars edited by Les Johnson & Robert E. Hampson
The Fandom Fifty: 50+ Fascinating People of the Maryland Science Fiction Conventions edited by Diane Lee Baron
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Classified Marketplace
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Nov/Dec 2019 back

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 139 No. 11 & 12 Nov/Dec 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Tuomas Korpi
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until December 17, 2019
Analog website

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Analog Sep/Oct 2019

Analog Sep/Oct 2019

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 139 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2019
Contents
Allen M. Steele’s Guest Editorial: More Than One Way to Skin a Starship
Adam-Troy Castro “The Gorilla in a Tutu Principle or Pecan Pie at Minnie and Earl’s”
Albert Jackson & Gregory Benford’s Science Fact: Building a Gravitational Wave Trasmitter
Brenda Kalt “Awakening in the Anteroom of Heaven” art by Eldar Zakirov
Martin L. Shoemaker “On Her Shoulders”
Edward M. Lerner “Paradise Unbound”
Mario Milosevic “The Swarm”
In Times to Come
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Bio-Reprogramming and Multi-Century Life Spans
G.O. Clark “Continuum” (verse)
Antha Ann Adkins “The Annual Argument at the De-Extinction Board Meeting”
Norman Spinrad “Personalized People”
Jennifer R. Povey “The Waters of a New World”
Sean Vivier “News from an Alien World”
Brendan DuBois “A Family Rendezvous”
Julie Novakova “From So Complex a Beginning” art by Tomislav Tikulin
Stanley Schmidt “Sequoias and Other Myths” (verse)
Christopher L. Bennett “Conventional Powers”
Phoebe Barton “A Square of Flesh, A Cube of Steel”
Christian Monson “Shut-Ins”
Ron Collins “I Dreamed You Were a Spaceship”
Richard A. Lovett’s Guest Alternate View: Looking for Signs of Ancient Earth . . . On the Moon
Michael F. Flynn “The Singing City”
Joe M. McDermott “Astroboy and Wind”
Marie Bilodeau “Molecular Rage”
Tony Ballantyne “Trespass”
Guy Stewart “Road Veterinarian” art by Josh Meehan
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Classified Marketplace
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Kurt Huggins
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until October 22, 2018
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Analog Sept. 1972

Analog Sept. 1972

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

The Symbiotes (Analog September 1972). Trigger Argee discovers an eight-inch tall man hiding among utensils on her restaurant lunch table. She helps him escape his pursuer and teams up with Telzey, but is captured when Telzey leaves to contact the Psychology Service for help, and wakes up later in a distant star system. Then begins an odyssey to escape and free the little people, during which she discovers she has latent, if limited, psionic abilities that she needs to cultivate for her own protection. After her adventure, Telzey assures her that being a functioning psi is not such a disadvantage. Reprinted in T’nT: Telzey and Trigger.

Baen Books Telzey Reprints

Psience Fiction

Analog March 1972

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Child of the Gods (Analog March 1972). A dangerously accomplished psi takes control of Telzey’s mind when her guard is down, forcing her to deal with an alien creature that is causing disasters at his crystal mine on Maunafra. He is also illegally mining djeel, the oil which the alien needs to escape the planet on which it has been stranded—which is the root cause of the problem. Reprinted in T’nT: Telzey and Trigger.

Analog Jul/Aug 2019

Analog Jul/Aug 2019

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 139 No. 7 & 8 Jul/Aug 2019
Contents
Trevor Quachri’s Editorial: A Conspiracy of Dunces
The Analytical Laboratory (Reader’s Favorites)
Robert R. Chase “Vault” art by Eldar Zakirov
Ken Poyner “New Planet Landscape 6” (verse)
C. Stuart Hardwick’s Science Fact: Do We Still Need NASA?
Catherine Wells “The Quality of Mercy” art by Josh Meehan
Tom Jolly “Shooting Stars”
John J. Vester “A Life in Particle Archaeology”
In Times to Come
David L. Clements “Sailors of the Second Sun”
Buzz Dixon “Labor-Saving Relations”
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Neutrino Relics from the Big Bang
Leo Vladimirsky “The Babbage Tour”
Phoebe North “All Tomorrow’s Parties” art by Vincent DiFate
Dan Reade “A Wonderful Thing to Say”
Robert Scherrer “Portle”
Paul Di Filippo “Monarch of the Feast”
Freya Marske “What We Named the Needle”
Leah Cypess “Uncommon”
Steve Rasnic Tem “Captain Zack & the Data Raiders”
Alison Wilgus “A Neighborhood for Someone Else”
Julie Novakova “Dreaming Up the Future”
Joe M. McDermott “Finnegan, Bring the Pain”
Eric James Stone “A Potential Application of Induced Resonance in a Four-Dimensional Crystal of Quantum Spacetime”
Nick Wolven “The Eyes of Alton Arnhauser”
Greg Egan “The Slipway”
Nelson Adrian Blish “Tesseract” (verse)
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Classified Marketplace
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Shutterstock.com
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until August 20, 2018
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Lion Game

Analog August 1971

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

The Lion Game (Analog August and September 1971). Telzey doesn’t entirely trust the Psychological Service, but occasionally teams up with them for mutual benefit. The Service has detected that there’s a new psi awareness of Telzey’s abilities at her college, and makes arrangements for her to Tinokti as an agent—and as bait! That sets her up for a nerve-wracking chase between connecting portals on the planet, where everyone can be an enemy. Reprinted in The Lion Game.

Poltergeist

Analog July 1971

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Poltergeist (Analog July 1971). This is a very short piece in which Telzey, off on a weekend by herself, encounters a distraught man threatened by his own unrealized alternate personality, and has to find a way to deal with it, in order to save him and herself. Reprinted in Telzey Amberdon (Baen, 2000).