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News Digest Oct. 30, 2020

Analog Nov/Dec 2020

New Releases
Analog N/D 2020
90TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE REPRINT
CALL HIM LORD, Gordon R. Dickson

NOVELETTES
TOGETHER, WE CAN BE MORE!, Juliette Wade
THIS HARD WORLD OF UNWANTED BEAUTY, Evan Marcroft
TRIAL AND ERROR, Grey Rollins
WINTER’S SPRING, A.P. Hawkins
ENTER THE FUNGICENE, J.M. Swenson

SHORT STORIES
A PURPOSE FOR STARS, Brad McNaughton
GHOST STRIKE, Brenda Kalt
PEACEWEAVER, Marissa Lingen
THE POLAR BEAR SLEEPS ON, M. Bennardo
COURTSHIP FTL, Mary E. Lowd
BELOVED TOILER, George Zebrowski
BROUGHT NEAR TO BEAST, Gregor Hartmann
ASLEEP WAS THE SHIP, Eric Del Carlo
STATE OF GRACE, Clancy Weeks
LAZARUS, UNBOUND, Liam Hogan
ASHES, Mario Milosevic
WHY THINGS WORK ON A STARSHIP, Stephen R. Loftus-Mercer

FLASH FICTION
EVENT, Timons Esaias

SPECIAL FEATURES
THE WOMEN WE CAN SEE IN ANALOG, Marie Vibbert
JUST THE FACTS: HOW ARTICLES CAME TO ASTOUNDING, Edward M. Wysocki, Jr.

SCIENCE FACT
BIG SMART OBJECTS, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven

POETRY
SO MANY BLANK MOONS, Holly Lyn Walrath
THE RETURN, G.O. Clark

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
EDITORIAL: THEREFORE, I KNEW HIM, Trevor Quachri
THE ALTERNATE VIEW, John G. Cramer
IN TIMES TO COME
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers
BRASS TACKS
UPCOMING EVENTS, Anthony Lewis

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Asimov's Nov/Dec 2020

Asimov’s N/D 2020
NOVELLA
Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis

NOVELETTES
Christmas at the Hilbert Astoria by Sam Schreiber
The Hind by Kevin J. Anderson & Rick Wilber
Forger Mr. Z by Chen Qiufan, (Translated by Andy Dudak)
Return From the Stars by James Gunn
Pull It From the Root by Zack Be
The Long Iapetan Night by Julie Novakova

SHORT STORIES
The Mirages by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Grief, as Faithful as My Hound by Marissa Lingen
Footprint by Kate Maruyama
Return to Glory by Jack McDevitt

POETRY
After a Year of Solitude by Lora Gray
Archaeologists Uncover Bones, Bifocals, a Tricycle by Steven Withrow
Black Box Sonnet #13,041 by Garrison Kammer
Protozoan Pride by Peter Payack
Let Them Go by Darrell Schweitzer

DEPARTMENTS
Guest Editorial: Where We Came from Is Where We’re Going  Allen M. Steele
Reflections: Finding the Mountains of Madness by Robert Silverberg
On the Net: What Information Wants by James Patrick Kelly
Next Issue
On Books by Paul Di Filippo
The SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

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Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 11

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 11
Announcement: We are thrilled to be releasing the fifth episode of our second season, Sopa and a Streetsweeper by Ryan Sayles.

Beau is a hero.

He’s also the kind of guy who, when he patrons a taco truck, is as interested in their food as he is their black-market firearms. And the special is soup paired with a streetsweeper shotgun.

When Beau puts the special to use at a Black Friday sales event, he unintentionally starts a full-blown, storewide shoot-out. But he escapes, and takes with him an abandoned little girl he rescued. Maybe she’d like some soup too.

In his apartment, oblivious to the fierce manhunt for the child, Beau discusses just how badly he screwed up the Black Friday shooting with his underhanded neighbors. Then SWAT arrives, but SWAT’s never dealt with someone like Beau. Concerned for the little girl’s safety, Beau has to reach deep down to become the protector she needs.

After the fires have been put out, the bodies sorted and the wreckage cleared, Beau’s gonna be hungry. Fortunately, soup is very filling and a lot of taco trucks offer it.

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Nov/Dec 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Kewaunee Lapseritis’ “Sasquatch: A Terrestrial-Extraterrestrial?” at Fate Magazine blog.

ECR compiles the Top Tem Hammer Horror Films of All Time! at EconoClash Review blog.

Eric Del Carlo, whose “Asleep Was the Ship” appears in Analog N/D 2020, explores the dilemma Covid-19 poses for near-future SF writers at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Jehane Sharah, whose “Words Don’t Kill” appears in EQMM N/D 2020, explores “The Scents of an Ending” at Something is Going to Happen.

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

Kate Maruyama’s key take-away from a panel of writers mired in 2020 at Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars.

Digest Magazine Reviews and Reflections
R.T. Lawton examines series evolution via “A Matter of Values” from AHMM N/D 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Matthew X. Gomez reviews Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 at EconoClash Review.

John O’Neill teams with Victoria Silverwolf to review Weirdbook No. 43 at Black Gate.

Eerie 50, Vampirella 27, Creepy 56
A Traveller's Guide to Eight Wonders of the Ancient World

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 50, Vampirella No. 27, and Creepy No. 56 at bare•bones e-zine.

Marc Myers has released a new zine: A Traveller’s Guide to Eight Wonders of the Ancient World filled with full page collage art, complete with a guided tour program. Contact Marc Myers for ordering information.

Storytime
David James Keaton’s
“Dolla Dolla Bill Wall” at Tough Crime.

Michael Carter’s “Terminal Island” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Mark McConville’s “Monumental Strength” at Close to the Bone.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest Weekly New Items blog headlines 2021 Calendars.

Amazing Selects No. 3

Readin’ and Writin’
The third edition of Amazing Selects, Adrift in the Sea of Souls by David Gerrold, features three stories by the famed author as well as introductions by Adam-Troy Castro and publisher Steve Davidson. The first, from which the collection gets its title, mixes time travel and head hopping into a satisfiying posit on reincarnation and existence.

“The White Piano” is a magical fantasy laden with a love for life, art, and beauty. “Jacob in Manhattan” presents a fresh new take on one of horror fiction’s oldest, most reliable bloody legends. A trio of 5-star stories wrapped in wonder, invention, and heart. The Author’s Afterward adds a hard-won lesson on storytelling for aspriing writers and pros. A terrific collection.

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

Vintage Digests
Todd Mason
shares vintage covers and contents from F&SF, Fantastic, Shock, Fear, Science Fantasy, Fantastic Universe, and Macabre at Sweet Freedom.

Vocabulary: Cyanotic
“Her fair and sunburned face had gone absolutely corpse-gray with terror, making the golden freckles stand out with greater prominence, and her lips were blue and cyanotic.”
“The Mansion of Unholy Magic” by Seabury Quinn Startling Mystery Stories No. 1 Summer 1966

News Digest Aug. 21, 2020

Analog Sep/Oct 2020

Current Releases
Analog Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Sheila Williams’ Anniversary Retrospective Editorial
Lewis Padgett “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” (reprint)
Jason Kahler “After National Geographic” (verse)
James Van Pelt “Minerva Girls”
Derek Kunsken’s Science Fact: The Science Behind The House of Styx
Holly Lyn Walrath “Yes, Antimatter is Real” (verse)
John J. Vester “Where There’s Life” art by Kurt Huggins
Sean McMullen “The Chrysalis Pool”
Aimee Ogden “A Skyful of Wings”
Jacob C. Cockcroft “Going Small”
Beth Goder “True Colors”
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Where’s All the Antimatter?
Stephen S. Power “Drive Safely”
Wang Yuan “Casualties of the Quake” translation by Andy Dudak
Dan Reade
“The Home of the King” art by Tomislav Tikulin
In Times to Come
Joel Richards “City”
M.L. Clark “Seeding the Mountain”
Jay Werkheiser “The Writhing Tentacles of History”
Alan Dean Foster “The Treasure of the Lugar Morto”
Richard A. Lovett’s The Alternate View: The Post-Coronavirus “New Normal”
James Sallis “Schools of Thought”
Mary Soon-Lee “The Boy Who Went to Mars”
Sarina Dories “I, Bigfoot” art by Mark Evans
Adam-Troy Castro
“Draiken Dies” art by Soo Lee
Don Sakers
: The Reference Library
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 140 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Rae Purdom
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Soo Lee
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020
Analog website

Bare Bones No. 3

bare•bones No. 3
Contents Page
W.D. Gagliani’s epic overview of the original Planet of the Apes films, novel and sequel novelizations
Craig Miller recalls being on-set for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
John Scoleri looks at the Apes adaptations from Screen Stories
Jack Seabrook interviews collector Walker Martin
Matthew R. Bradley’s look at Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family
J. Charles Burwell on the Western Noir novels of H.A. DeRosso
Don D’Ammassa’s Overlooked Library returns
Peter Enfantino Digs into Crime Digests
S. Craig Zahler ducks into Sleaze Alley
David J. Schow’s latest installment of his R&D column looks at Monster Movies

bare•bones No. 3 Summer 2020
Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri
Layout: John Scoleri
Cimarron Street Books
6” x 9” 107 pages
Print $9.95

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Writers Update
Alexandria Blaelock, whose story “The Perfume of Peaches” appears in Ellery Queen Sep/Oct 2020, muses about The Thin Grey Line at Something is Going to Happen.

Ana Hurtado on her story “Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

James Van Pelt on his cover story “Minerva Girls” from Analog Sep/Oct 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Gregory Fallis correlates day jobs with writing stories (his “Terrible Ideas” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020) at Something is Going to Happen.

Leah Cypess on her story “A Sideways Slant of Light” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Bennett North on “A Bridge from Sea to Sky” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Trace Evidence previews the writers and stories for AHMM Sep/Oct 2020.

F&SF Sep. 1965

Digest Magazine Review
Gideon Marcus
reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Storytime
M.E. Purfield
shares his story “Bumper” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Eerie 45, Vampirella 22, Creepy 51

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 45, Vampirella No. 22, and Creepy No. 51 at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
I’m slowly making my way through Martin Roth’s The Crime Writer’s Reference Guide and ran across this gem on page 182: “A crime is a wrong that affects the community in its aggregate capacity. A tort is a wrong apart from contract, which affects persons in their individual capacity. One is a public wrong, whereas the other is a private wrong. In the case of a crime, the wrongdoer is liable to criminal prosecution, whereas in the case of a tort, the offender is liable only to a civil action by the person injured.”

bare•bones No. 2

Finished reading bare•bones No. 2, an excellent follow-up to its debut issue. Lots of good stuff on the work of Richard Matheson by Paul M. Riordan, Matthew Bradley and co-editor John Scoleri, who also provides an article/review of DC’s Captain Action comics; co-editor Peter Enfantino’s pieces on The Sharpshooter paperbacks, another peek down Sleazy Alley, and follow-on to his article on the Shock Mystery Tales digests from TDE4, about the final bedsheet editions; Gilbert Colon on Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon”; S. Craig Zahler on select issues of The Spider pulps; and David J. Schow explains the pile-up on production credits and endless writers’ meetings. Full disclosure: I dig into crime digests Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (Feb–Jun 1957) in this issue.

Marc Myers is creating a new collection of work by the late Roman Scott. The hardcover format book will include all the content from his Oddities and Head zines. The volume will include recollections by Jonathan Falk and Todd Mecklem. I began the preliminary work on the layout this week.

Marc also completed a beautiful collage to illustrate a new story by Robert Snashall for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, due in January 2021.

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

Cracked Digest Oct. 1986

Vintage Humor Digest
Cracked Digest No. 1 Oct. 1986
John Severin “Sagebrush”
Contents Page
Editor’s Note
Keny Gamble “Rambozo”
Bill Everett “Pushbutton War”
“Cat Gifts”
Vic Martin “Hudd & Dini”
“Ultra-Realistic Dolls”
Charlie Rodrigues “Cannibal Chuckles”
Sean Powers “School for TV Wrestlers”
McCartney “Hurry Ups”
John Severin “Celebrities’ Screen Idols”
McCartney “Surfing U.S.A.”
John Severin “Beach Ballon”
Charlie Rodrigues “Take Me Out to the Old Cracked Ball Game”
“Cracked Lens” (photo gags)
Bill Ward “Cracked Interviews the Magic King”
John Severin “Silly Things We Do…”
Howard Nostrand “Foggy Night in Minnesota”
John Severin “The Cracked Late Late Late Late Movie: The Towering Infernal”
John Severin “Sagebrush”
John Severin “Rare Old Shut Ups” (back cover)

Cracked Digest No. 1 Oct. 1986
Editor-in-Chief: Michael Delle-Femine
Art Director: Barry Shaprio
Editorial Assistance: Mort Todd
5.5” x 8.25” 148 pages $2.00

Collage Art Mini

Mulmig 2

Marc Myers, frequent contributor to The Digest Enthusiast, has released Mulmig 2, a 16-page pocket-size collection of unsettling collage images. Its indicia indicates it’s a tribute to Abcess Grenk No. 4, another collage-zine published 36 years ago.

The Cambridge Dictionary translates the German word “mulmig” as “An uneasy feeling about the matter from the start.”

Marc created several pieces to illustrate “The Good Soldier” by Vince Nowell, Sr. for The Digest Enthusiast No. 11 due in January 2020.

Mulmig 2 is available for $2.00 postage-paid. Click on the link: Marc Myers to arrange purchase.

Mulmig 2 back

Uncomfortably Tricky

The Surrealist Bird No. 5

Marc Myers, whose collage work is featured in TDE No. 7–9, illustrating stories by Josh Pachter and Robert Snashall, has released two new zines:

The Surrealist Bird No. 5 is a 12-page, digest-sized, zine filled with striking images like “The London Head Incident–1873” and “A living radio with insect parts.” It’s available for $2.00 postage-paid.

Mulmig is the size of a classic mini comic, 8 pages, and available for $1.00 postage-paid.

Click on the link: Marc Myers to arrange purchase.

Squint 6/Copy That! 60

Squint No. 6

Squint No. 6 by TDE columnist Tom Brinkmann arrived in yesterday’s mail. First previewed in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8 in June 2018, the long-awaited artzine is finally in print, showcasing 16 black-and-white amorphic images and portraits presented in a classic mini-comics format zine.

The piece was published and distributed with Copy That! #60. Editor D. Blake Werts opens CT! 60 with a reminder that he’s scaling back the frequency of his mini-comics interview/newszine and would either like to see someone else take the reins or continue himself on a quarterly or bi-annual schedule. The previous monthly schedule has prevented him from tackling some other projects he’s been sidelining for several years, but isn’t talking about yet.

Copy That! No. 60

This edition of CT! features news from Alan Sissom, Andy Nukes, Blair Wilson, Clark Dissmeyer, Charles Brubaker, Dale Martin, George Erling, Ian Shires, Marc Myers, and Matt Jones. Plus there’s a page highlighting the latest edition of The Digest Enthusiast (No. 9) which leads off with an interview with writer/filmmaker Susan Emshwiller, and a cover by her famous father, Ed Emshwiller. CT! 60 also includes cartoons by Bob Vojtko and R.C. Harvey, and covers by Tom Motley (front) and E. Buzzizyk (back).

Copy That! No. 60 (including Squint No. 6)
$3.00 postage paid
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

Fiction, News, and Reviews

Inside The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 January 2019:

The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 pages 50 and 51

Crime, espionage, and fantasy fiction by Michael Bracken, Josh Pachter, and Joe Wehrle, Jr., with art from Marc Myers, Michael Neno, and Joe.

News from all your favorite genre digest magazines, straight from their editors’ lips, including every newsstand stalwart, and the new generation of POD/digital stars.

In-depth reviews of EconoClash Review, Nostalgia Digest, Occult Detective Quarterly, and Hot Lead.

Plus over 100 digest magazine cover images, cartoons by Bob Vojtko and Clark Dissmeyer, first issue factoids, and more.

Cover by Ed Emshwiller, 160 pages, published by Larque Press. $8.99 print, $2.99 digital.

Marc Myers’ Collage

Espionage June 1986, page 140Writer/editor Josh Pachter granted permission to reprint his story from Espionage, June 1986, in The Digest Enthusiast book eight. I asked Marc Myers if he’d create a collage artwork piece to accompany the story, and he agreed. The first look arrived in today’s email.

In the meantime, here’s page 140 from the story’s original appearance.

Copy This! #47

Copy This! #47 back cover

The new issue of Copy This! is an all art edition, dedicated to the memory of Joe Wehrle, Jr. who is featured in a back cover self-portrait. Two pages reprinting Joe’s Night Radio comic strip are included inside.

The 48-page issue is loaded with great work by many of my favorite indie cartoonists including several whose work is featured in The Digest Enthusiast:

Tom Brinkmann: two portraits
Brian Buniak*: Apricot O’Toon
Brad W. Foster: comic and gag cartoon
Marc Myers: two collages
Bob Vojtko*: two gag cartoons

Copy This! #47 cover

Here’s the balance of the contributors:
Carl Alessi
Verl Holt Bond
Charels Brubaker
Buzz Buzzizyk
Bruce Chrislip*
Kel Crum
Gary Fields* (cover)
R.C. Harvey
R. Hendricks
Doug Holverson
Mike Kraiger*
Brian Leonard
Dale Martin
Nate McDonough
Bill McKay
David Miller
Tom Motley
Andy Nukes
Aaron Poliwoda
David Robertson
Artie Romero
Jim Siergey*
Larry Tisch
Bob-X
Adam Yeater

*Cartoon Loonacy club members

For your copy of Copy This! #47 send $3 to the editor:
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277