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News Digest May 1, 2020

Asimov's May/Jun 2020

April Digest
Asimov’s Science Fiction May/Jun 2020
Contents Page
Cady Coleman with Susan Alzner of Shift7 Guest Editorial: Will NASA’s Next Generation Spacesuit Fit You?
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: The One that Gets You Hooked
Jane Yolen “Ode to Cassini” (verse)
James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Two Dooms
Eleanor Arnason “Tunnels”
Alice Towey “The River”
Sandra Lindow “Darning” (verse)
Ian R. Macleod “The Mrs. Innocents”
Jenny Blackford “Feeding Time” (verse)
Brad Aiken & Rick Wilber “Ithaca”
David Gerrold & Ctein “Ronni and Rod”
Dominica Phetteplace “Digital Witness”
James Gunn “Against the Stars”
Ian Watson “Brave New World by Oscar Wilde”
Robert Borski “How an Astroarcheologist Celebrates the Fourth of July” (verse)
Evan Marcroft “Pax Mongolica”
Suzanne Palmer “Hot New Collectible” (verse)
Tegan Moore “Perfect Blue”
Ruth Berman “The Riches of the Cloud Country” (verse)
Bruce McAllister “The Voice”
R. Garcia y Robertson “Living in Wartime”
Norman Spinrad’s On Books: Modern Chinese Science Fiction—Windows into China
Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu
Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu
China Dream by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew
Next Issue
Erwin Strauss: SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 44 No. 5 & 6, whole No. 532 & 533, May/Jun 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistants: Deanna McLafferty, Rae Purdom
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Anna & Elena Balbusso
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 16, 2020
Asimov’s website
Asimov’s/Analog Value Pack-8
Asimov’s/Analog Value Pack-16

Fantastic and Analog May 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Victoria Silverwolf
reviews Fantastic May 1965 at Galactic Journey.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Codename Warlord at Rough Edges.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog May 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Mar/Apr 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
The May/June issue of AHMM is previewed at Trace Evidence.

Robert Lopresti discusses his story “Shanks Saves the World” in AHMM May/Jun 2020 at Trace Evidence.

Gabino Iglesias interviews Wendy Heard at EconoClash Review.

Amanda Hollander on “A Feast of Butterflies” from F&SF Mar/Apr 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Jim Weikart on the International Association of Crime Writers at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Eleanor Arnason on “Tunnels” from Asimov’s May/Jun 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Aimee Ogden on her story “To Persist, However Changed” from Analog May/Jun 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Nostalgia Digest Back Issue Sale
Spring cleaning unearthed a cache of 2013–2017 back issues at Nostalgia Digest HQ. Fill in your collection here (scroll down), while supplies last.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Peter Enfantino & Jack Seabrook
review Warren’s Sept/Nov 1971 titles at bare•bones e-zine.

Peter Enfantino reviews Marvel/Atlas Horror Comics from June 1953 at bare•bones e-zine.

Fate T-Shirt

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Nostalgia Digest Spg 2020 and Constantine

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished reading the latest issue of Nostalgia Digest this week. Those Were the Days will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year. Due to the pandemic, the special live event that had been scheduled for May 2nd, will be rescheduled. Nonetheless, this issue of Nostalgia Digest provides an interview with Chuck Schaden, who started the weekly radio show in 1970, as well as a enthralling excerpt from his memoir: Chuck Schaden’s Radio Days—Adding Decades to the Golden Age of Radio (Hall Closet Press, 2019).

Other issue highlights include articles on Tina Cole of Hawaiian Eye and My Three Sons, Raymond Burr, and movie star Jean Arthur. Another satisfying edition of Nostalgia Digest. Keep ‘em coming Steve Darnall!

Inspired by the special all-John Shirley issue of Weirdbook, I picked up a copy of the novelization of Constantine, also by Mr. Shirley, and read it this week. It’s terrific. A beautifully written, action-packed, supernatural, adventure story.

Spent a few hours working an my article about Fotocrime for the next issue of The Digest Enthusiast, and worked in edits from Alec Cizak for the next Pulp Modern—both digests scheduled for June release.

Western Magazine Feb. 1958

Vintage Western Digest
Western Magazine February 1958 (final issue)

L.L. Foreman “Showdown at Saber Pass”
In a double-crossing, cold-blooded game of cattle empire—a young, beautiful girl was the helpless pawn. And Lobo Turner was king of gunslingers.

Gardner F. Fox “Gunswift”
Returning from a self-imposed exile, Con Mallard had need of his notorious gun rep to combat the savage welcome his old neighbors had waiting for him.

Joseph Chadwick “Trail-Town Raiders”
The tough town of Rawson prepared its tricks and its heady temptations for the unsuspecting trail-driver Riordan—who had acquired plenty of steam to let off.

Ed Montgomery “Robber’s Reunion”
When Cowhide County elected a sheriff, hardcases took over the vote getting.

Western Magazine Vol. 5 No. 1 Feb. 1958
Publisher: Martin Goodman
Editor: Harry Widmer
Business Manager: Monroe Froehlich, Jr.
Art Director: Mel Blum
~5.5” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Read Peter Enfantino’s story-by-story recap of Western Magazine in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8.

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¢

Fantastic Nov. 1976

Fantastic Nov. 1976

This issue Ted White laments the passing of rising star Thomas Burnett Swann (1928–1976), who succumbed to a second bout with cancer on May 5, 1976. White announced plans to publish Swann’s untitled “prequel” to Day of the Minotaur and The Forest of Forever in a future issue, but it seems a wish never unfulfilled.

Contents Page
Ted White: Editorial
Fred Saberhagen “The White Bull” art by Steve Fabian
Robert Thurston
“Parker Frightened on a Tightrope” art by Richard Olsen
Brian Lumley
“Tharquest and the Lamia Orbiquita” art by Doug Beekman
Lin Carter
“Black Moonlight” (Thongor) art by Tony Gleeson
L. Sprague de Camp
: Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: White Wizard in Tweeds (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Dennis More “The Forest of Andred” (Felimid) art by Steve Fabian
Fritz Leiber
: Fantasy Books
Supernatural Cats edited by Claire Necker
The Personal Eye by Clarence John Laughlin
Kings of Horror by Arthur Machen & Robert W. Chambers
The Ancient Mysteries Reader edited by Peter Haining
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 25 No. 5 November 1976
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor, Emeritus: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Doug Beekman
5.25” x 7.75” 132 pages $1.00

Fantastic August 1976

Fantastic August 1976

A sentence from Ted White’s editorial in this issue seems quite relevant to the current situation in Washington on this Friday the 13th:

“”Basically, we each bring our own attitudes to what we read—and we read the same things very differently.”

Contents Page
Ted White: Editorial
Avram Davidson “Bloody Man” art by Steve Fabian
Ova Hamlet “God of the Naked Unicorn” art by Daniel J. Steffan
Grania Davis
“New-Way-Groovers Stew” art by Tony Gleeson
L. Sprague de Camp
“Algy” art by Joe Staton
Clark Ashton Smith & Lin Carter
“The Stairs in the Crypt” art by Richard Olson
Dennis More
“The Atheling’s Wife” art by Steve Fabian
Steven Utley
“OCean”
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
Deathbed Stories by Harlan Ellison
Gods, Men and Ghosts by Lord Dunsany
Harrigan’s File by August Derleth
Disclosures in Scarlet by Carl Jacobi
The Miscast Barbarian by L. Sprague de Camp
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 25 No. 4 August 1976
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor, Emeritus: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Steve Fabian
5.25” x 7.75” 132 pages $1.00

Fantastic May 1976

Fantastic May 1976

Among other topics, Ted White discusses two spoken-word record albums in this editorial this issue— Robert E. Howard: From the Hells Beneath the Hells (Alternate World Recordings) and Robert E. Howard’s Conan (Moondance Production). After his comments about the albums themselves he contemplates their future:

“Still, I wonder how great the market is for spoken-word recordings in our field. Such records cannot be used as “background music,” they demand one’s total attention. In this day and age, is anyone ready to give up half and hour or more of his or her time in order to listen to spoken recordings? How many times can one play and enjoy such records before tiring of them?”

The problem was the media. Vinyl isn’t portable. Now that spoken word recording have gone digital, their popularity has soared. A perfect accompaniment to driving or exercise or a slew of other tasks.

Contents Page
Ted White: Editorial
Randall Garrett “The Sixteen Keys” art by Richard Olsen
Best By Mail
Robert Thurston “One Magic Ring, Used” art by Joel Pollack
George R.R. Martin
“The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr” art by Steve Fabian
Karl Edward Wagner
“Two Suns Setting” art by Jeff Jones
Michael F.X. Milhaus
“In a Pig’s Eye” art by Steve Fabian
J.J. Russ
“Pinnoke” art by Roy Comiskey
Jack Haldeman & Jack Dann
“Limits” art by Tony Gleeson
Kendall Evans
“The Day I Lost It”
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Andersson
The Not-World by Thomas Burnett Swann
Xelucha by M.P. Shiel
From Evil’s Pillow by Basil Copper
Stories of Darkness and Dread by Joseph Payne Brennan
Dreams from R’Lyeh by Lin Carter
Citadels of Mystery by L. Sprague and Catherine C de Camp
Fantasy Collector’s Annual 1974, 1975, and The Fire-Fiend and the Raven edited by Gerry de la Ree
The Bradbury Companion by William F. Nolan
According to You (Letters)
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 25 No. 3 May 1976
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor, Emeritus: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Steve Hickman
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages $1.00

Fantastic Feb. 1976

Fantastic Feb. 1976

Excerpts from Ted White’s editorial:
“The situation we find ourselves in today is overwhelming to some people.”

“So they turn to something which will give their lives and their universe meaning. They turn to superstition—to fantasy, in its broader sense.”

“Our cover this issue is one of which I am particularly proud. I think it marks a new breakthrough for Steve Fabian, the artist.”

Contents
Ted White: Editorial
Gordon Eklund “The Locust Descending” art by Stephen E. Fabian
Grania Davis “It’s Hard to Get Into College, Nowadays” art by Richard Olsen
Robert Thurston “Groups” art by Joe Staton
Michael F.X. Milhaus “A Personal Demon” art by Dan Steffan
Lin Carter
“People of the Dragon” art by Marcus Boas
Marvin Kaye
“The Incredible Umbrella” art by Stephen E. Fabian
According to You (Letters)
Best By Mail
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 25 No. 2 February 1976
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor, Emeritus: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Stephen E. Fabian
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages $1.00

Fantastic Dec. 1975

Fantastic Dec. 1975

Excerpts from Ted White’s editorial:

“Last issue, in a last-minute decision after the issue had been completely made up and was ready to print, we raised our cover price from 75¢ to $1.00 a copy. We had hoped to avoid this move, having raised our price from 60¢ only a year and half earlier. However, economic realities made it necessary—I do not think I need to tell you that the rate of inflation in our economy in the last year has been frightening.”

“We could not increase the number of our pages, paper costs being what they are, but we have decreased the size of our type—going from 10-point type for the stories to 9-point, which adds in equivilent wordage an extra two stories to this issue. This is a permanent change, and it means more fiction every issue.”

Contents
Best By Mail (Classifieds)
Ted White: Editorial
Avram Davidson “The Church of Saint Satan and Pandaemons” art by Richard Olsen
Lin Carter “The City in the Jewel” art by Stephen E. Fabian
George Alec Effinger “Lydectes: On the Nature of Sports” art by Joe Staton
Vsevolod Ivanov “Sisyphus, Son of Aeolus” translated by John W. Andrews, art by Tony Gleeson
Barry N. Malzberg “The Thing Down Hallway 9”
James Lincoln Warren “The Purvess Incident” art by Marcus Boas
Colin Saxton “The Flyer” art by Colin Saxton
Richard Stooker “The Pi-a-saw Bird” art by Michael Nally
Felix C. Gotschaulk “Pandora’s Cryogenic Box”
David R. Bunch “The Strange Case of the Birds”
L. Sprague de Camp: Literary Swordsmen & Sorcerers (The Architect of Camelot)
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 25 No. 1 December 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor, Emeritus: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages $1.00

Fantastic Oct. 1975

Fantastic Oct. 1975

Contents
Ted White: Editorial
Avram Davidson “The Case of the Mother-In-Law-of-Pearl” art by Richard Olsen
Clark Ashton Smith & Lin Carter “The Scroll of Morloc” art by Michael Nally
Dennis More “Fugitives in Winter” art by Laurence Kamp
W.S. Doxey “From Bondeen to Ramur” art by Tony Gleeson
Addison Steele II “The Wedding of Ova Hamlet” art by Joe Staton
Robert Thurston “The Haunted Writing Manual” art by Marcus Boas
Grania D. Davis “To Whom It May Concern” art by Stephen E. Fabian
Grant Carrington “A Shakespearean Incident”
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 6 October 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor, Emeritus: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Marcus Boas
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages $1.00

Fantastic Aug. 1975

Fantastic Aug. 1975

Contents
Ted White: Editorial
R.A. Lafferty “Old Halloweens on the Guna Slopes” art by Richard Olsen
Harvey Schreiber “Death from the Sea” art by Steve Fabian
Barry N. Malzberg “Transfer” art by Tony Gleeson
Joe Haldeman “The Devil His Due”
L. Sprague de Camp: Literary Swordsmen & Sorcerers (El-Ron of the City of Brass)
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
Michael Moorcock “Count Brass” Part Two (Dorian Hawkmoon) art by Harry Rolland
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 5 August 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editor: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Harry Rolland
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 75¢

Fantastic June 1975

Fantastic June 1975
Fantastic June 1975

Contents
Grant Carrington: Editorial on Clarion
Michael Moorcock “Count Brass” Part One (Darian Hawkmoon) art by Harry Roland
Robert E. Howard & Lin Carter “The Tower of Time” art by Michael Nally
Jack D. Haldeman II “Laura’s Theme” art by Richard Olsen
Richard W. Brown “The Adventures of Jack and that Which Befell Him” art by Ken Kelly
Williams Nabors “Goodbye Joe Quietwater—Hello!” art by Tony Gleeson
Robert F. Young “Techmech” art by Lawrence Kamp
Al Sirois “The Woman Machine”
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 4 April 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editor: Moshe Feder, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Harry Roland
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 75¢