F&SF Jul/Aug 2021

F&SF Jul/Aug 2021

Note: This issue never appeared at the Vancouver B&N (also tried Powell’s in Beaverton and was shocked to find they no longer carry magazines), so I had to find it in the secondary market, after it had left the newsstands that stocked it. Good to see my classified ad for The Digest Enthusiast starting up again in this edition.

Fantasy & Science Fiction [v141 #1 & 2, whole #756, July/August 2021] ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, assistant eds. Robin O’Connor, Lisa Rogers (Spilogale, Inc., $9.99, 258pp, digest) Cover by Alan M. Clark
2 • Content Pages
5 • Letter from the Editor: Fragments of Ourselves • Sheree Renée Thomas • ed
8 • Whatever Happened to the Boy Who Fell into the Lake? • Rob Costello • ss
22 • Dreadnought • Michael Swanwick • ss
39 • Her Garden, the Sie of Her Palm • Yukimi Ogawa • ss
53 • Tulip Fever • Bo Balder • ss
67 • (emet) • Lauren Ring • nv
87• Books to Look For • Charles De Lint • rc
_87 • Wild Sign, Patricia Briggs, Ace Books, $28.00, hc • br
_89 • The Girls I’ve Been, Tess Sharpe, G.P. Putman, $18.99, hc • br
_90 • Later, Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, $14.95, tpb • br
_92 • Resistance and Transformations: On Fairy Tales, Mari Ness, Aqueduct Press, $12.00, tpb • br
_93 • A Question of Navigation, Kevin Hearne, Subterranean Press, $40.00, hc • br
96 • Musing on Books • Michelle West • rc
_96 • The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison, Tor, $25.99, hc • br
_98 • Fireheart Tiger, Aliette de Bodard, Tor.com, $14.99, tpb • br
_99 • Black Water Sisters, Zen Cho, Ace, $14.99, tpb • br
_101 • The Tangleroot Palace, Marjorie Liu, Tachyon, $16.95, tpb • br
104 • Cat Ladies • L.X. Beckett • nv
131 • The Penitent • Phoenix Alexander • ss
145 • I Had the Dark: Ged Speaks • Mark Rich • pm
147 • And for My Next Trick, I Have Disappeared • Chimedum Ohaegbu • nv
170 • By the Numbers 3 • Arley Sorg • cl
176 • How to Train Your Demon • Lisa Lacey Liscoumb • ss
194 • Woman, Soldier, Girl • Priya Chand • ss
210 • Bridge for Sale • S. Cameron David • ss
213 • Coming Attractions • cl
214 • Picass-o-matic • Paula Keane • ss
221 • Films: More Ghostly Mansions • David J. Skal • cl
226 • Science: Running Hot and Cold • Jerry Oltion • cl
231 • Minotaur • Maia Brown-Jackson • ss
238 • Perdition • Rowan Wren • ss
246 • Mamá Chayo’s Magic Lesson • Tato Navarrete Diaz • ss
257 • F&SF Market Place • classifieds
258 • Curiosities: The Chilekings by Jessamyn West (1954) • Paul Di Filippo • cl

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F&SF May/Jun 2021

F&SF May/Jun 2021

This second issue with editor Sheree Renée Thomas. The issue must’ve been delayed somewhere in production, an adhesive label was carefully applied to the cover over the original bar code. The update moves the display instructions from what looks like June 20 to June 29.

Fantasy & Science Fiction [v140 #5 & 6, whole #755] ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, assistant eds. Robin O’Connor, Lisa Rogers (Spilogale, Inc., $9.99, 258pp, digest) Cover by David A. Hardy
2 • Content Pages
5 • Letter from the Editor: All That You Touch • Sheree Renée Thomas • ed
9 • A Father’s Hand • Stephanie Kraner • ss
27 • Dontay’s Bones • Danian Darrell Jerry • ss
39 • Goodwill Objects • Nina Kiriki Hoffman • ss
47 • Death’s Coachman • Alan Dean Foster • pm
50 • The World, A Carcass • Rich Larson • nv
85 • Books to Look For • Charles De Lint • rc
_86 • Tooth and Nail, Domino Finn, Blood & Treasure, $9.99, tp * br
_88 • Graves’ Anatomy, Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch, Nobody Loves an Albatross, $12.99, tp • br
_89 • Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells, Tordotcom, $19.99 hc, $11.99 eb • br
_90 • The Prince and the Troll, Rainbow Rowell, Amazon Original Stories, $1.99, eb • br
_92 • The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, John Garth, Princeton University Press, $29.95, hc • br
94 • Plumage from Pegasus: Mornings are for Commas • Paul Di Filippo • cl
101 • Severed Fruit • Pan Morigan • ss
113 • Red Giant * White Drawf • Derrick Weston Brown • pm
114 • The Un-Awakened • Linda D. Addison • pm
116 • Molly Whuppy • Corey Flintoff • ss
129 • F&SF Competitin #101: Synonymous Winners • Zack Lux, Nigel Parsons • cn
130 • F&SF Competitin #102: Jeopardy! • cn
132 • Babylon System [Lij] • Maurice Broaddus • nv
157 • Drunkard’s Walk • James Enge • ss
173 • Television: The Monsters Within Us • Karin Lowachee • cl
177 • By the Numbers: A Glance at the AFF (and H) Publishing Industry • Arley Sorg • cl
181 • Science: Let There Be Light • Jerry Oltion • cl
187 • The Plus One • Marie Vibbert • ss
199 • Coming Attractions • cl
200 • Refugees • Robert Grossbach • na
253 • When the Water Stops • Eugen Bacon • ss
257 • F&SF Market Place • classifieds
258 • Curiosities: Survivor by Octavia E. Butler (1978) • Michael A. Gonzales • cl

Fantasy & Science Fiction website

The Digest Enthusiast No. 14C

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The Digest Enthusiast No. 14 is now available:
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F&SF Mar/Apr 2021

Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar/Apr 2021

This first issue with editor Sheree Renée Thomas.

Fantasy & Science Fiction [v140 #3 & 4, whole #754] ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, assistant eds. Stephen L. Mazur, Robin O’Connor (Spilogale, Inc., $9.99, 258pp, digest) Cover by Mondolithic Studios
3 • Content Pages
5 • Letter from the Editor: A Strange Song • Sheree Renée Thomas • ed
7 • Crazy Beautiful • Cat Rambo • ss
19 • The Music of the Siphorophenes • C.L. Polk • nv
45 • The Bletted Woman • Rebecca Campbell • ss
61 • Mannikin • Madeleine E. • nv
83 • Books to Look For • Charles De Lint • rc
_83 • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, hc • br
_85 • The Green Man’s Silence, Juliet E. McKenna, Wazard’s Tower Press, $26.99, hc • br
_86 • Brimstone Round, Helen Harper, Helen Harper, $13.99, tp • br
_86 • Infernal Enchantment, Helen Harper, Helen Harper, $13.99, tp • br
_86 • Midnight Smoke, Helen Harper, Helen Harper, $13.99, tp • br
_88 • A Deadly Education, Naomi Novick, Del Rey, $28.00, hc • br
_89 • Fantastic Paintings of Frazetta, J. David Spurlock, Vangaurd Publishing, $39.95, hc • br
_90 • Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginnings of Everything, Raquel Vasquez, Simon Pulse, $18.99, hc • br
93 • Musing on Books • Michelle West • rc
_93 • Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner, Greenwillow, $18.99, hc • br
_93 • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab, Tor, $26.99, hc • br
_93 • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke, Bloomsbury, $27.00, hc • br
101 • Our Peaceful Morning • Nick Wolven • ss
123 • Whale Talk • Akua Lezli Hope • pm
125 • Transcendent City • Akua Lezli Hope • pm
126 • In the Garden of Ibn Ghazi • Molly Tanzer • nv
161 • By the Numbers • Arley Sorg • ar
165 • Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon • B. Morris Allen • ss
175 • Speak to the Moon • Marie Brennan • ss
192 • Jack-in-the-Box • Robin Furth • nv
219 • Television: Unspeakable Streaming • David J. Skal • cl
225 • Science: How Science Works • Jerry Oltion • cl
231 • Character • Harry Turtledove • ss
247 • Coming Attractions • cl
248 • The Pizza Boy • Meg Elison • ss
257 • F&SF Market Place • classifieds
258 • Curiosities: At Midnight on the 31st of March by Josephine Young Case (1938) • Joachim Boaz • cl

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F&SF Jan/Feb 2021

F&SF Jan/Feb 2021

I’m late recording the contents on this one, but was able to snag a copy still on the stand at my local Barnes & Noble. This is C.C. Finlay’s final issue as editor. By next week I expect the March/April issue will be on display—the first under Sheree Renée Thomas’ tutelage.

Fantasy & Science Fiction [v140 #1 & 2, whole #753] ed. C.C. Finlay, assistant eds. Stephen L. Mazur, Robin O’Connor (Spilogale, Inc., $9.99, 258pp, digest) Cover by Kent Bash
1 • Content Pages
3 • Integral Nothings • Robert Reed • ss
24 • The Diamond Family GLitters • H. Pueyo • ss
35 • Interludes with the Gunwright • Jonathan L. Howard • nv
63 • Books to Look For • Charles De Lint • rc
_63 • Ink & Sigil, Kevin Hearne, Del Rey, $28.00, hc • br
_64 • The Girl Who Could Move Sht with Her Mind, Jackson Ford, Orbit Books, $16.99, tp • br
_65 • Random Sht Flying Through the Air, Jackson Ford, Orbit Books, $16.99, tp • br
_66 • Madrenga, Dead Foster, Wordfire Press, $15.99, tp • br
_67 • Storybound, Emily McKay, Entangled, $17.99, hc • br
_68 • Titan, François Vigneault, Oni Press, #19.99, tp • br
_70 • Surface Attack, Cory Doctorow, Tor Books, $26.99, hc & Cordoc-Co LLC, $32.44 audiobook • br
_70 • How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, Cory Doctorow, OneZero, $0.00, website • br
73 • Books • Elizabeth Hand • rc
_73 • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings, Tor Books, $19.99, hc • br
_77 • Unbecoming, Lesley Wheeler, Aqueduct Press, $17.49, tp • br
_79 Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan, Usman Malik, Kitaab, $25, hc • br
82 • Games • Marc Laidlaw • rc
_82 • Yakuza! • rv
88 • The Dark Ride • John Kessel • na
149 • A Little Knife Music • Jenn Reese • ss
160 • Annabel Digs Her Own Grave • Gretchen Tessmer • pm
162 • N-raptured • Justin C. Key • ss
177 • Hard! • Van Aaron Hughes • ss
184 • Litter Witch • Susan Palwick • ss
196 • Films • Karin Lowachee • rc
201 • Science: How Fast are We Going? • Jerry Oltion • cl
205 • Plumage From Pegasus: You Make the Best of What’s Still Around • Paul Di Filippo • cl
210 • Wild Geese • Lavie Tidhar • ss
222 • Bible Stories for Adults No. 51: The Great Fish • James Morrow • nv
248 • Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation • Gordon Van Gelder • ms
249 • The Piper • Karen Joy Fowler • ss
256 • Coming Attractions • C.C. Finlay • cl
257 • F&SF Market Place • classifieds
258 • Curiosities: Murdercon, by Richard Purtill (1982) • Thomas Kaufsek • cl

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2020

New Release

Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2020

Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2020 • 71st Year of Publication

The Bahrain Underground Bazaar by Nadia Afifi
La Regina Ratto by Nick Dichario
How to Burn Down the Hinterlands by Lyndsie Manusos
The Glooms by Matthew Hughes
A Tale of Two Witches by Albert E. Cowdrey
A Civilized and Orderly Zombie Apocalypse per School Regulations by Sarina Dorie
The Homestake Project by Cylin Busby
On Vapor, Which the Night Condenses by Gregor Hartmann
The Silent Partner by Theodore McCombs
Skipping Stones in the Dark by Amman Sabet
Least Weird Thing of All by Beth Cato
Mended by Mary Soon Lee
Space Isn’t Like the Vids by Beth Cato
Books to Look For by Charles de Lint
Musing on Books by Michelle West
Films: Three Degrees of Shirley Jackson by David J. Skal
Science: Is Math Real? by Jerry Oltion
Competition #100
Coming Attractions
Index to Volumes 138 & 139
Curiosities by Paul Di Filippo
Mark Heath, Kendra Allenby, Bill Long.
David A. Hardy for “Skipping Stones in the Dark”

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News Digest Oct. 16, 2020

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7

New Releases
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 Special Private Eye Issue
Contents Page
Michael Bracken: From the Cat’s Perch
Robert Lopresti “The Charity Case”
Andrew Welsh-Huggins “The Whole Story”
Josh Pachter “The Stopwatch of Death”
Bev Vincent “The Fugitive with the Dragon Tattoo”
O’Neil De Noux “Love Pirate”
Graham Powell “Pictures of Lily”
Gordon Linzner “Show and Zeller”
John M. Floyd “Mustang Sally”
E.E. King “Funeral Potatoes”
Robert Jeschonek “The Makings of a Killer”
Fletcher Flora “Loose Ends” (Classic Reprint)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Michael Bracken
Production: Sam Hogan, Karl Wülf
6” x 9” 168 pages
Print $13.00
Wildside Press Website

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Phyllis Galde
talks with Zecharia Sitchin, eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar at Fatemag.com.

LaToya Jovena, whose “The Winner” appears in the upcoming EQMM Nov/Dec 2020, explains where she gets story ideas at Something is Going to Happen.

The October eNewsletter is out from Pulp Literature.

Rosemary Claire Smith talks elections at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “The Whole Story” by Andrew Wlesh-Huggins from Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 at Little Big Crimes.

Jim Woessner’s
“The Hero” at Close to the Bone.

Abi Marie Palmer’s “The Cult of Huggy Hamster” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Eerie 49, Vampirella 26, Creepy 55

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 49, Vampirella No. 26, and Creepy No. 55 at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines Spectrum 27.

Readin’ and Writin’
This week’s reading included wrapping up the current issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, an ecclectic mix of entertaining fiction and features. My favorite stories were Marc Laidlaw’s “Weeper,” Leah Cypess’ “Of Them All,” James Sallis’ “The Cry of Evening Birds,” and Brian Trent’s “The Dog and the Ferryman.” The introduction to Laidlaw’s yarn also highlights his Games column with the promise “We think you’ll appreciate his insights into the narratives of this new-ish medium, even if you don’t play games.” I don’t, but it did prove to be an issue highlight. I also greatly enjoyed Jerry Oltion’s Science column on the science of printing. If you hurry, you can still find the issue on newsstands or order a copy directly from the publisher online.

Alec Cizak sent me the first batch of stories he’s selected for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 6 and I’ve begun the layout. We’re going with a two-column layout this time to look more like the pulps and digests of old.

Rick McCollum sent the final art for my story that will appear in The Digest Enthusiast No.13. Fab as usual. It’s already in place in the issue, which is progressing nicely. Also completed the retouch on the covers for Steve Carpers’ new article.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

News Digest July 24, 2020

Amazing Selects: The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele

New Release
Amazing Selects: The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele (Captain Future)
Contents Page
Paul Di Filippo’s Newton’s Laws of Thrills (Introduction)
Steve Davidson: Publisher’s Introduction
Who is Captain Future?
Interlude: Marshall Gurney Reports
Allen Steele “The Guns of Pluto” (The Return of Ul Quorn, Book II)
Edmond Hamilton “The Harpers of Titan”
About the Author: Allen Steele
About the Creator: Edmond Hamilton
About the Cover Artist: Renon Boe
About the Interior Artist: M.D. Jackson
About the Comet II Artist: Rob Caswell
5.5” x 8.5” 205 pages
Print $8.99 Kindle $8.99
Amazing Stories website

Worlds of Tomorrow Sept. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Victoria Silverwolf
reviews Worlds of Tomorrow Sept 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Digest Magazines and Authors
Art Taylor’s
new e-newsletter is out.

Deborah L. Davitt discusses her poem “Vintage Years” at Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars.

David Bridge, whose story “Feral Flesh” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, recalls Creepers by Keith Gray at Something is Going to Happen.

Espionage No. 1

Andrew Kozma reflects on his story “Mars, the Dumping Ground of the Solar System” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

John Floyd writes about his story “Crow’s Nest” from EQMM Jan/Feb 2020 at The First Two Pages. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

Peter Wood examines apocalyptic fiction, while his story “Why I’ll Never Get Tenure” appears in Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020, at From Earth to the Stars.

Josh Pachter recalls Espionage Magazine with Jeff Quest on the Spybrary Podcast.

Restoration by Art Taylor

Hector Acosta’s
“La Cocinera” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Barb Goffman reports Art Taylor’s story “Restoration,” originally published in Crime Syndicate Magazine is available free at Black Cat Mystery.

Alec Cizak reads his story “The Bag Girl” from Tough 2 at ACTV.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Michael Neno
, who drew the illustration for Rick Ollerman’s story “Sock Monster” for The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 posted his thoughts on the issue and awarded it a five-star rating on GoodReads. Thanks, Michael!

The issue also garnered a five-star rating from Steve Alcorn on Amazon.com. Thank you, Steve!

As long as I seem to be grouping all the TDE12 updates here, I’m also grateful to James Reasoner for his kind words at Rough Edges.

Vampi 19, Eerie 42, Creepy 48

Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 19 & 20, Eerie No. 42 & 43, and Creepy No. 48 & 49 at bare•bones e-zine.

Vampi 20, Eerie 43, Creepy 49

Steve Carper takes a deep dive into Space Kit. That’s right, your very own chunk of space in a box! Get all the answers at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Readin’ and Writin’
David Lovelock
created a story outline grid based on the Advanced Fiction Writing class at Writing Academy.

Gods of their own making. A book I picked up years ago because it sounded interesting was Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green. At long last, I finished reading it this week. The prologue explains the ancient civilization was “the most self-contained of all the countries of the ancient world; it lived its own life, practiced its own religion and made up its own stories…”

First conquered by the Greeks, and then the Romans, many of Egypt’s stories were lost. Those that survived were hidden in its hieroglyphs, rediscovered in more modern times. The stories in this collection were carved on tablets or painted on papyrus by Egyptians or preserved by Greek historians.

But all were recorded by or for the pleasure of the ruling class, and reflect their narrow perspectives. There are peasants included, but none rise above their station unless gifted with uncommon beauty or prophecy. The slaves who built the great pyramids and temples pass through unseen.

These stories and fables provide a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egyptian history and culture as perceived by those who benefited most. A single line repeated again and again throughout the stories and reigns, the first words uttered in the presence of a Pharaoh, “Life, health, and strength be to you!” speaks volumes.

Tales of Ancient Egypt, White Fragility, F&SF 7/8 2020

Finished listening to the audio book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, with a forward by Michael Eric Dyson. The book defines white privilege and advises us that eradicating systemic racism is a continuum for American society and every individual white person who benefits from it. The book increased my understanding of its topics. I think its reviews and ratings on amazon tell a story of their own. Ratings (7-21-20) 70% 5-Star, 8% 4-Star, 3% 3-Star, 2% 2-Star, and 17% 1-Star.

Also, finished reading the Jul/Aug 2020 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It’s a satisfying collection of stories spanning the breadth of its territory. Some light and humorous, some deep and sombre. All well written. Since I prefer action/adventure fiction my favorites lean in that direction; those by David Erik Nelson, Bennett North, Madeleine Robins, and Brian Trent. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the balance. Taken as a collection, the variety adds to the overall strength and enjoyment of the issue.

TDE12 pages 52 & 53

Read all about Lester del Rey’s “Five Ages of Science Fiction” by Vince Nowell, Sr. in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 available at Lulu.com in print and in digital format at Kindle and Magzter.

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Nov. 1964

Vintage Crime Digest
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Nov. 1964
Contents Page
Brett Halliday “Death in Cell Five” (Mike Shayne)
Alson J. Smith “The Name of the Game”
Walter Dallas “Killer in the Bleachers”
Morris Hershman “Chicken Contest”
Dennis Lynds “No Loose Ends”
Maurice Leblanc “The Escape of Arsene Lupin”
James Holding “The Spook Goes West”
Carroll Mayers “One Hour for Crime”

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 15 No. 6 Nov. 1964
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Associate Editor: Frank B. Long
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 50¢

News Digest July 10, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2020

Current Releases
Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2020
Contents Page
Coy Hall “A Hazard of the Job”
Jeffrey Hunt “Sir Oxnard”
Tell James Glenn “Screen Shot”
April Kelly “Setting the Pick”
Vincent H. O’Neil “Tombstone Dodge”
Joe Giordano “Star Witness”
Adam Meyer “Wipeout”
Gordon Linzner “The Corpse at the Foot of My Bed”
Laird Long “Poisoned Relationship” (A You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 59 July 2020
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.4” x 9.7” 84 pages
Print $7.99 Kindle $3.99

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2020

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2020
Contents Pages
Charles Coleman Finlay: Editorial
Rati Mehrotra “Knock, Knock Said the Ship”
M. Rickert “Last Night at the Fair”
James Morrow “Bible Stories for Adults No. 37: The Jawbone”
John Kessel “Spirit Level”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Michelle West: Musing on Books
David Erik Nelson “All Hail The Pizza King And Bless His Reign Eternal”
Ana Hurtado “Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo”
Mary Soon Lee “A Quartet of Alphabetic Bubbles” (verse)
Bennett North “A Bridge from Sea to Sky”
Mel Kassel “Crawfather”
Madeleine Robins “’Omunculus”
David J. Skal’s Films: Darkness Visible
Jerry Oltion’s Science: What the Heck Is an Analemma?
Stephanie Feldman “The Staircase”
Brian Trent “The Monsters of Olympus Mons”
Natalia Theodoridou “The Shape of Gifts”
Coming Attractions
F&SF Market Place
Thomas Kaufsek’s Curiosities: The Contaminant by Leonard Reiffel (1978)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 139 No. 1 and 2, No. 750, Jul/Aug 2020
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
Cover: Alan M. Clark
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Danny Shanahan, Kendra Allenby, Nick Downes
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until August 31, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Alec Nevada-Lee
writes about his story “Retention” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 and in audio from The Outer Reach and Syndromes at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Kevin Mims on lockdown book browsing at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Will McIntosh explains The Future of Dating and his story “Nic and Viv’s Compulsory Courtship” from Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

MWM July 2020, Commando: Retribution, Galaxy Aug. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “Setting the Pick” by April Kelly from Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Retribution! at Rough Edges.

Gideon Marcus reviews Galaxy Aug. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Analog, Asimov's Ju./Aug 2020
Analog, Asimov’s Ju./Aug 2020

Gabe Dybing reviews the Asimov’s and Analog Jul/Aug 2020 issues at Black Gate.

Gary Hoffman’s
“Happy Birthday, Baby” at Kings River Life Magazine. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

Vampirella 18, Eerie 41, Creepy 47

TDE Contributor’s Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 18, Eerie No. 41, and Creepy No. 47 at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writing’
Worked on my review of the Verdict digest this week, and finished reading the third issue of the series. The lead story, “Bay City Blues’ by Raymond Chandler is excellent, but I struggled writing a recap. Chandler’s stories are always packed with characters fading in and out of complex plots. His trademark prose and non-stop action are thrilling. but I find it easy to forget details of what’s what. I went through a second time and made notes so I could write about it intelligently. It is a tightly plotted tale and everything lines up as it should. It’s also a magical reading experience.

Besides Part 3 of Rex Stout’s novel Fer-De-Lance, the other standout story in this issue is Bruno Fischer’s “No Escape.” The story opens with a home invasion and the tension never stops until the end. Masterful storytelling by another crime fiction maestro.

Steve Carper: Photoplay Editions

Thanks to Tony Gleeson for his post about The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 on Facebook this week. In addition to the interview with Tony—and one with John Shirley, the issue also features a comprehensive report from Steve Carper about Photoplay Editions the first novelizations of famous films—and even a few plays. TDE12 is available in print from Lulu.com, and on Kindle and Magzter in digital.

The print version of TDE12 is also in stock at Bud’s Art Books and Mike Chomko Books.

Fantastic Jan. 1974

Vintage SF and Fantasy Digest
Fantastic January 1974
Contents Page
Ted White: Editorial
Howard L. Meyers “The Earth of Nenkunal” art by Jeff Jones
David R. Bunch
Ted White “And Another World Above” art by Michael Nally
Janet Fox
“She-Bear” art by Michael Kaluta
J.J. Russ
“The Interview”
Barry N. Malzberg “Network” art by Joe Staton
Susan Doenim
“Heartburn in Heaven” art by Gray Morrow
According to You (Letters)

Fantastic Vol. 23 No. 2 January 1974
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editors: Moshe Feder, John Berry
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Esteban Maroto
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 60¢

News Digest May 15, 2020

F&SF May/June 2020

May Digests
Fantasy & Science Fiction May/June 2020
Contents Page
Tom Cool and Bruce Sterling “Hornet and Butterfly”
Leah Cypess “Stepsister”
Ray Nayler “Eyes of the Forest”
Jane Yolen “Mab’s Wedding” (verse)
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
—Carbon by Andrew Vachas
In Restless Dreams by Wren Handman
Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Well of Magic by BR Kingsolver
Stray Bats by Margo Lanagan and Kathleen Jennings
James Sallis’ Books
Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
All Worlds are Real by Susan Palwick
Meet Me in the Future by Kameron Hurley
Paul Di Filippo’s Plumage from Pegasus: Faster, Publisher! Binge! Binge!
Holly Messinger “Byzantine”
Rich Larson “Warm Math”
Joseph Bruchac “An Indian Love Call”
Rebecca Zahabi “Birds Without Wings”
Mary Soon Lee “First Contact” (verse)
Marc Laidlaw’s Games
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Karin Lowachee’s Films: The Disease of Class Divisions
Jerry Oltion’s Science: Starlink, Star Junk
F&SF Competition No. 99 “Ignorance is Bliss”
F&SF Competition No. 100 “The Lowest Form of Humor”
Richard Bowes “In the Eyes of Jack Saul”
Robert Reed “Who Carries the World”
M. Rickert “Another F*cken Fairy Tale”
Coming Attractions
F&SF Market Place
Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: Hackenfeller’s Ape by Brigid Brophy

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 138 No. 5 and 6, No. 749, May/June 2020
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
Cover: Maurizio Manzieri “Who Carries the World”
Cartoons: Kendra Allenby, Bill Long, Arthur Masear
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until July 6, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

The Dark April 2020

The Dark City April 2020
Contents Page
James Blakey “How to Become a Successful 21st Century Cybercriminal (In Five Easy Steps)”
Nicky Johnson “The Darkest of Games”
Michael Chandos “The Happy Ending”
Roger Leatherwood “Green is the Only Color”
Stef Donati “Only a Mother”

The Dark City Crime and Mystery Magazine Vol. 5 No. 3 April 2020
Editor & Publisher: Steve Oliver
Contributing Editors: Barbara Curtis, Darin Krogh
5.5” x 8.5” 120 pages $6.99
The Dark City Mystery Magazine website

2020 Dell Mystery Magazines
Virtual Awards Celebration and Presentation of the EQMM Readers Award

The new online issue is out at Flash Bang Mysteries. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

John M. Floyd’s “Flue Sesaon” at Shotgun Honey. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

Rob McClure’s “Against the Grain” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Four Digests

Digest Reviews
Gideon Marcus
reviews Galaxy June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Robert Lopresti reviews “Noble Rot” by Richard Helms (EQMM May/Jun 2020) at Little Big Crimes.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: J-for-Judas at Rough Edges.

John Boston reviews Amazing June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Worlds of Tomorrow July 1965 at Galactic Journey.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack and Cousin Peter review Creepy No. 43, Vampi No. 15, and Eerie No. 37 at bare•bones e-zine.

Peter Enfantino reviews Strange Tales No. 19, Spellbound No. 15, Mystery Tales No. 12, Menace No. 4, and Men’s Adventures No. 22 at bare•bones e-zine.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Tom Cool
and Bruce Sterling on their story “Hornet and Butterfly” from F&SF May/Jun 20202 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Sarah Gallien discusses the origins of her poem “The New Planet” from Analog May/Jun 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

R.T. Raichev examines Agatha Christie’s first and last short stories at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Rick Wilber and Brad Aiken on “Ithaca” from Asimov’s May/Jun 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Two Names for Death by E.P. Fenwick

TDE Advertiser Spotlight
Fans of nail-biting, genre fiction and reference works about same, should sign up for Stark House Press’s newsletter and browse the Stark House Press website. Check out their $5 warehouse sale now, bargain abound.

Digest Magazine Podcasts
ECR Podclash episode one “Recompense” by William R. Soldan.

Pulp Lit Newsletter
The May 2020 edition of the Pulp Literature e-news is out.

Readin’ and Writin’
Paul D. Marks (TDE11 interview) writes about the L.A. locations in his new novel The Blues Don’t Care at SleuthSayers.

Chris Rhatigan offers One Approach to Writing Short Stories at Do Some Damage. (Thanks, David Nemeth.)

Top of the Heap by Erle Stanley Gardner

Read the Hard Case Crime edition of Top of the Heap by Erle Stanley Gardner this week. Originally written as by A.A. Fair in 1952, this is No. 13 of his Donald Lam/Bertha Cool series. Lam somehow manages a driving narrative while methodically untangling an intricate plot. Fortunately, the weakest link, his partner Cool, intended to add comic relief, is a minor part of the action. Beginning, middle, and end, a fully satisfying murder mystery. More about Lam and Cool at Thrilling Detective.

Artist Ran Scott delivered four illustrations this week, which were added to the latest rev of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5. Booked (InDesign function) all of the individual articles for The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 and created the first digital proof. Laid out its cover that features an illustration Tony Gleeson painted on spec for Sol Cohen for Amazing Science Fiction back in the mid-1970s. Rick McCollum completed the art for Rick Ollerman’s story. Sent ads to Switchblade and EconoClash Review for PM5 and TDE12—and another one for TDE12 for The Pulpster. A productive week for Larque Press.

The Saint Oct/Nov 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
The Saint Detective Magazine Oct.-Nov. 1953
Contents Page
Leslie Charteris “The Spanish Cow”
Octavus Roy Cohen “Let Me Kill You Sweetheart”
Clarence Budington Kelland “Case of the Rival Familiars”
William Campbell Gault “Sweet Rolls and Murder”
Arthur Conan Doyle “The Professor Had a Key”
Morris Cooper “A Murder of No Importance”
Edgar Wallace “The Magic of Fear”
Rufus King “The Wreath From the Sky”
Cornell Woolrich “It Had to Be Murder”
Hayden Howard “Murder on San Afet”
Ben Hecht “The Doting Burglar”

The Saint Detective Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4 Oct.-Nov. 1953
President: H.L. Herbert
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editor: Sam Merwin, Jr.
Supervising Editor: Leslie Charteris
192 pages, cover price 50¢

News Digest April 24, 2020

Pulp Literature No. 26

April Digests
Pulp Literature No. 26 Spring 2020
Jessica Fabrizius: From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: The Roaring Twenties
In This Issue
Matthew Hughes “The Bicolour Spiral”
Feature Interview: Matthew Hughes
Sarah Summerson “Absent Are the Constellations My Father Plucked from the Sky” (verse)
Mel Anastasiou “The Extra: Frankie Ray at the Gates of Monument Studios”
Melisa Gregorio “The Birthday Party”
Christi Nogle “Watershakers”
Patti Jean Pangborn “The Safest Place in a Trailer During a Tornado is the Bathtub” (verse)
Mike Carson “Deep Water”
The Raven Short Story Contest
Michael Donoghue “Life4Sale”
MFC Feeley “Dannemora Sewing Class”
Rina Piccolo “Double Flush” (comic)
J.M. Landels “The Shepherdess: Paris”
The Artists (bios)
Hall of Fame (Patreon supporters)
Conferences and Events

Pulp Literature No.26 Spring 2020
Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Senior Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Acquisitions Editor: Genevieve Wynand
Story Editor: Jessica Fabrizius
Assistant Editors: Samatha Olson
Poetry Editors: Daniel Cowper, Emily Osborne
Copy Editor/Designer: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Cover Design: Kate Landels
Cover Art: Tais Teng
Interior Art: Mel Anastasiou
208 pages
Print $14.99 Kindle $2.99
Pulp Literature website

John O’Neill on “The Case of the Missing [Digest] Magazines” at Black Gate.

F&SF May 1965

Michael Bracken’s
“Dirty Laundry” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Jim Hamilton’s “Revolver” at Shotgun Honey. (Hat tip David Nemeth)

Alec Cizak reads stories on his new YouTube channel.

Digest Reviews
Paul Fraser
reviews Argosy Sept. 1955 (UK edition) at SF Magazines.

Gideon Marcus reviews F&SF May 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Mar/Apr 2020 Digests

Digest Blogs
S.L. Huang
discusses “The Million-Mile Sniper” from F&SF Mar/Apr 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

EconoClash Review ranks 24 James Bond films!

Neal Asher’s cover story, “Moral Biology,” for Analog May/June 2020, examined at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Cover images of Richard Himmel’s “Soul of Passion” (National Books, 1950) at Sleazy Digest Books. NSFW

Wynn Quon recalls Emil and the Detectives at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Elizabeth Bear on “Hacksilver” from F&SF March/April 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Steve Carper
: Dueling Hungarian Invisibility Machines at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook review G.I. Combat No. 197, Our Army at War No. 299, Our Fighting Forces No. 170, Weird War Tales No. 49, and reveal their choices for the Ten Best DC War Stories 1959–1976 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook: The Hitchcock Project April 23, 2020 at bare•bones e-zine.

The 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards shortlist announcement. Several prizes sponsored by Mystery Weekly Magazine.

Readin’ and Writin’
My thanks to Karl who read and rated The Digest Enthusiast No. 11 with five stars on Goodreads.

A Trio of Beacon Books

Finished reading Stark House’s A Trio of Beacon Books this week. The introduction by Jeff Vorzimmer begins, “You are holding in your hands over a thousand dollars in books.” That’s because the original Beacon volumes are highly collectible and fetch top dollars if you’re lucky enough to find them.

I was particularly excited to read Marijuana Girl by N.R. de Mexico. His Suspense Novel, Strange Pursuit, was terrific so I was anxious to revisit the author without having to take out a second mortgage to buy a copy. Besides being a thrill to read, the novel is surprisingly accurate in its portrayal of marijuana—a rarity in the 1951, the year it first saw print as a Uni-Book (now, even more expensive than the original Beacon Book shown on the Trio cover).

Call South 3300: Ask for Molly! by Orrie Hitt takes readers behind the scenes of the television manufacturing business of the 1950s. Star salesman Slade Martin is ambitious, hard-drinking, and always on the make. He meets his match when his roving eye catches sight of Ann Frank in the promotion department at All-Channel.

Lastly, The Sex Cure by Elaine Dorian exposes the scandalous world of a gifted surgeon who operates in the boudoir nearly as often as the OR.

Trio delivers three gripping, ripping tales of men and women chasing bad choices that eventually demand reparation. Vorzimmer’s intro—worth reading before and after—only makes things that much sweeter.

Alec Cizak is busy writing his intro and story blurbs, and proofing the stories for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5. He’s predicting a June release.

This week I completed a six-page layout for Ward Smith’s article for the upcoming The Digest Enthusiast No. 12. Several back issue digests arrived this week. They’ve been scanned and retouched, so more layout work is dead ahead.

Western Magazine Oct. 1957

Vintage Western Digest
Western Magazine October 1957

L.L. Foreman “Tall, Tough and Texan”
“Brett Gaines and Ty Farnol were in a ticklish and dangerous business. They stole cattle back from rustlers—earning the hatred of the rustlers, and the suspicion of honest cowmen.”

Joseph Chadwick “Trail West of Fury” art by Matt Baker
“The big trail herd was run by a strange man. He was a Johnny Reb who had turned Yankee and then turned gunslinger. He was scorned by many—and feared by all.”

Will Cook “Renegade Wipe-Out”
“The three savage Oakhurst brothers ruled Jackass Gulch with roaring guns and silent treachery. Then they tied their tricks on young McKeene who didn’t know how to quit or when to stop fighting.”

Western Magazine Vol. 4 No. 2 Oct. 1957
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.