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News Digest March 20, 2020

F&SF Mar/Apr 2020

March Releases
Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar/Apr 2020
Contents Pages
Dare Segun Falowo “Kikelomo Ultrasheen”
SL Huang “The Million-Mile Sniper”
Matthew Hughes “The Last Legend”
Charles de Lint’s Books to Look For
Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
I Know What I Saw by Linda S. Godfrey
In the Heart of the Fire by Dean Koontz
Photographing the Dead by Dean Koontz
The Praying Mantis Bride by Dean Koontz
Red Rain by Dean Koontz
The Mercy of Snake by Dean Koontz
Memories of Tomorrow by Dean Koontz
Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko
Mingus Fingers by Jacob Weisman
Elizabeth Hand’s Books
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma
The Muders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney
Ian Tregillis “Come the Revolution”
John Possidente “Red Sword of the Celiac”
Lauren McBride “To My Shipmates at Journey’s End” (verse)
Amman Sabet “Say You’re Sorry”
Gregor Hartmann “A Solitary Crane Circles Cold Mountain”
Deborah L. Davitt “4 Vesta” (verse)
Amanda Hollander “A Feast of Butterflies”
David J. Skal’s Films: Wet Screams
Jerry Oltion’s Science: Natural Disasters in Utopia
William Ledbetter “Hungry Is the Earth”
Elizabeth Bear “Hacksilver”
Brian Trent “Death on the Nefertem Express”
James Patrick Kelly “The Man I Love”
Coming Attractions
F&SF Market Place
Graham Andrews’ Curiosities: Public Faces by Harold Nicolson (1932)

Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 138 No. 3 and 4, No. 748, Mar/Apr 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: Mondolithic Studios
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Kendra Allenby, Mark Heath, Nick Downes
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until May 4, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Hard Case Crime released Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman on March 17, 2020. Hardcover $22.99 Kindle $7.99 from amazon.

Digest and Book Reviews
Repo Shark by Cody Goodfellow reviewed by J.D. Graves at EconoClash Review.

Repo Shark & Thunder Wagon

The premise of “single paragraph book reviews” seems apt for this age of browsing. The March 15th review at Mostly Old Books and Rust features Thunder Wagon by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn.

Worlds of Tomorrow May 1965 reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf at Galactic Journey.

Hell Chose Me by Angel Luis Colon

Hell Chose Me by Angel Luis Colon reviewed by Matthew X. Gomez at EconoClash Review.

Fantasy & Science Fiction April 1965 reviewed by Gideon Marcus on Galactic Journey.

Digest Blogs
Beth Dawkins’
Q&A at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Paul Charles on “Jumping Off a Diving Board” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

John Possidente on “Red Sword of the Celiac” at Fantasty & Science Fiction.

Art Taylor
at Washington Independent Review of Books.

Free Online Fiction
“The Man Who Wouldn’t” by Joseph S. Walker on ToughCrime.

Free Newsletter
The American Bystander is standing by at home with too much time on their hands, so they’ve created Bystander’s Quarantine Cavalcade. Subscribe here.

Readin’ and Writin’
Alec Cizak
added several of the earliest issues of Pulp Modern to Magzter this week. Of course, all of our joint issues from Volume Two are there as well.

And speaking of Pulp Modern, all the stories have been selected for the next issue. I’ll be working on layouts for the final three this weekend.

Finished reading and made notes on the second issue of Fotocrime for my article for the next issue of The Digest Enthusiast. Part of my research included reading True Crime, True North, full review here. Since the book’s focus is Canadian true crime magazines, it’s not directly relevant to Fotocrime, but seeing how the authors approached their topic was useful. Also exchanged a series of emails with John Shirley about Weirdbook No. 42, to provide readers with the backstory on the issue.

Also read Guns + Tacos Volume One, but I write more about that next week.

Verdict July 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 2 July 1953
Contents Page
Cornell Woolrich “All at Once, No Alice” art by Tom O’Sullivan
H.H. Holmes
“The Stripper” art by R. Cossette
Dorothy B. Hughes
Henry Kane “Kudos for the Kid” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Francis Lewis
“Has Anybody Here Slain Kely?”
Samuel Blas “Revenge”
Rex Stout “Fer-De-Lance” (Part 2 of 5)
Bruno Fischer “The Man Who Lost His Head”
Frank Kane “Suicide”
Leonard S. Grey “What’s Your Verdict?”

Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1953
Published monthly by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc.
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Business Magager: R.E. Decker
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

The American Bystander No. 13

The American Bystander No. 13

Lucky No. 13 features writers from Late Night with David Letterman, The Simpsons, The New Yorker, MAD, SPY and National Lampoon, as well as illustrations and cartoons from Sam Gross, Emily Flake, Peter Kuper, Mike Reiss, Rick Geary, Jim Siergey, and 60 others. Full-color, large format (8.5×11) and 80 pages, The American Bystander No. 13 will stun any rodent.

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The American Bystander No. 10

The American Bystander No. 10

The American Bystander Vol. 3 No. 2, No. 10, March 2019
Frontispiece: “Fun With DNA” by Rick Geary
Publisher’s Letter by Michael Gerber
News and Notes
The Caboose: Borderline Loco by Ross MacDonald
Lance Hansen, Victor Juhasz, Adam Chase, Dave Croatto, Rob Kutner, Penny Barr, Stan Mack, Ivan Ehlers, Charles Barsotti, Alex Bernstein, Mia Mercado, Jeremy Nguyen, Jeffrey Kulik, Michael Pershan, Riane Konc, Ron Hauge
Short Stuff
The Tangents Talk It Over by M.K. Brown
American Bystanders #8 by Drew Friedman
Doing Jazz by Sara Lautman
Attention Residents: by Lucas Gardner
No, You Cannot Have Your Orgy At the Musueum by Peter Salomone

Editor/Publisher: Michael Gerber
Head Writer: Brian McConnachie
Senior Editor: Alan Goldberg
Contactee: Scott Marshall
Oracle: Steve Young
Staff Liar: P.S. Mueller
Intrepid Traveler: Mike ReisAgents of the Second Bystander International: Craig Boreth, Matt Kowalick, Neil Mitchell, Maxwell Ziegler
Managing Editor Emerita: Jennifer Boylan
Cover: James McMullan
8-1/2” x 11” 76 pages, full color
The American Bystander website

The American Bystander No. 8

The American Bystander No. 8Apparently I didn’t get my change of address in quick enough, but the eighth issue of Michael Gerber’s excellent The American Bystander has arrived at last.

Frontispiece: “Mechanical Sex” by Tom Hachtman
Publisher’s Letter by Michael Gerber
News and Notes
Index to This Issue by Steve Young
Crossword: “Alternative Musicals” by Matera & Goldberg

J. Keohane, J. Zeller, D. Lancaster, B. McConnachie, P. Barr, R. McGee, L. Gardner, T. Chitty, L. Kenseth, J. F. Garner, D. & M. Reiss, A. Schmidt, M. Balmain, B. Katchor, E. Waite

Short Stuff
Evidence of Russian Medaling by Ron Hauge
American Bystanders #5 by Drew Friedman
Pursued by Wasps by John Jonik
An Oral History by Simon Rich
Alien Notes on the Voyager Space Probe Golden Record by Steve Young
After Breakfast by Emily Flake
All the Scenes in Meet Cute by Jonathan Zeller
#Whynotmetoo? by Laurie Rosenwald
Comparing Things to Jazz is Like… Jazz by Rob Kutner
New Offerings From Your Alumni Educational Travel by Chris Marcil & Sam Johnson

Your Future Home by Tom Chitty
Comic Character Cursing Dictionary by Ed Subitzky
Piano Lessons by Brian McConnachie
A History of the Freline Notebook by Ostow & Reddy
Just Worried by M.K. Brown
Originalism…For Your Life! by Lars Kenseth
Enjoy Your Stay by Ryan Nyburg
Son of Twisted Cross by Sam Gross
Works by Dylan Brody
Welcome to Scarfolk by Richard Littler
Generation WHAAH?! by Dan Vebber

Cover by Bill Lee
Quiet, Billy, There’s No Time For That by Randall Enos
Free Love With Jan & Stan by Persoff & Marshall
Dog Show by Ted Jouflas
The Basic Overview by Howard Cruse
Mom and Me by Rick Geary
My Extraordinary Dream by Michael Sloan
Trots & Bonnie by Shary Flenniken
Gertrude’s Follies by Tom Hachtman & Sam Gross
Kama Sutra for Cats by Seymour Chwast

Our Back Pages
What Am I Doing Here?: Nepal by Mike Reiss
P.S. Mueller Thinks Like This by P.S. Mueller
Chunk-Style Nuggets by Steve Young
Know Your Bystanders by Laurie Rosenwald

Editor/Publisher: Michael Gerber
Head Writer: Brian McConnachie
Senior Editor: Alan Goldberg
Deputy Editors: Michael Thornton, Ben Orlin
Cover: Barry Blitt
8.5” x 11” 98 pages
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Website: www.americanbystander.org

The American Bystander #6 Fall 2017

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

The American Bystander #6 cover

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