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Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2021

Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2021

Asimov’s Science Fiction [v45 #7 & 8, #546 & 547 Jul/Aug 2021] ed. Sheila Williams, mng ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 208pp, digest) Cover by Shutterstock.com
2 • Contents Pages
4 • Editorial: The 2021 Dell Magazine Awards • Shelia Williams • ed
6 • Reflections: Memories of the Space Age • Robert Silverberg • cl
10 • On the Net: The Tech that SF Made • James Patrick Kelly • cl
14 • The Prisoner’s Cinema • Gregory Norman Bossert • nv
37 • Alien Ball • Kristine Kathryn Rusch • ss
47 • Recipe for Time Travel in Case We Lose Each Other • Kristian Macaron • pm
48 Philly Killed His Car • Will McIntosh • nv
63 • Failed Space Colonists • Herb Kauderer • pm
64 • Seed Star • Fran Wilde • ss
74 • The Hazmat Sisters • L.X. Beckett • nv
91 • Giving Up the Ghost • Megan Lindholm • nv
103 • Holding Destiny • Jane Yolen • pm
104 • The Children of the Wind • Gregory Feeley • nv
120 • Huginn and Muninn—And What Came After • Michael Swanwick • ss
130 • Fibonacci’s Humors • Rudy Rucker & Brace Sterling • nv
151 • Ansibles • Ursula Whitcher • pm
152 • Tweak • Taimur Ahmad • ss
160 • Out of the Box • Jay O’Connell • na
199 • Next Issue • Anon • pv
200 • On Books • Peter Heck • rc
_200 • Dead Lies Dreaming, Charles Stross, Tordotcom, $29.99, hc • br
_201 • A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik, Del Rey, 28.00, hc • br
_201 • City Under the Stars, Gardner Dozois & Michael Swanwick, Todotcom, $14.99, tpb • br
_202 • Persephone Station, Stina Leicht, Saga, $27.00, hc • br
_202 • Damned Pretty Things, Holly Matter, Aqueduct Press, $19.00, tpb • br
_203 • The Hierarchies, Ros Anderson, Dutton, $26.00, hc • br
_204 • The Collapsium, Wil McCarthy, Baen, $16.00, tpb • br
_205 • The Shaman of Karres, Eric Flint & Dave Freer, Baen, $25.00, hc • br
_206 • Raven Nothing, Som Paris, Aqueduct Press, $20.00, tpb • br
_206 • Genesys X, B.J. Graf, Fairwood, $17.99, tpb • br
_207 • Nice Bar Blues, Sheree Renée Thomas, Third Man Books, $16.95, tpb • br
208 • SF Conventional Calendar • Erwin S. Strauss • cl

Asimov’s website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Asimov’s May/Jun 2021

Asimov’s May/Jun 2021

Asimov’s Science Fiction [v45 #5 & 6, #544 & 545 May/June 2021] ed. Sheila Williams, mng ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 208pp, digest) Cover by Shutterstock.com
2 • Contents Pages
4 • Editorial: Transitions • Shelia Williams • ed
6 • Reflections: The First Encyclopedia • Robert Silverberg • cl
10 • On the Net: Digital Heroes • James Patrick Kelly • cl
14 • Thought Experiment: Religion and Science Fiction • James Gunn • cl
20 • The Metric • David Moles • na
48 • Among the Marithei • Mary Anne Mohanraj • ss
54 • Reclaiming the Stars • James Gunn • na
70 • Ready Gas and Pills • Dominica Phetteplace • ss
77 • Año Nuevo • Ray Nayler • na
94 • Super Sprouts • Ian Creasey • na
120 • A Million Years • Tom Jolly • pm
122 • The Chartreuse Sky • K.A. Teryna & Alexander Bachilo; translated by Alex Shvartsman • ss
131 • My Heart Is at Capacity • TJ Berry • ss
141 • Inside Voice • Jackie Sherbow • pm
142 • Tin Man • Rick Wilber & Brad Aiken • na
161 • Speaking to Mom • Jane Yolen • pm
162 • Phosphor’s Circle • Annika Barranti Klein • ss
167 • Flattering the Flame • Robert Reed * na
197 • Next Issue • Anon • pv
198 • On Books • Sheree Renée Thomas • rc
_198 • Master of Poisons, Andrea Hairston, Tor.com, $27.99, 512pp, hc • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_199 • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse, Saga Press, $27.95, 454pp, hc • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_200 • Ring Shout or Hunting Ku Kluxes in the End Times, P. Djèlí Clark, Tor.com, $19.99, 181pp, hc • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_202 • The Deep, Rivers Solomon with musicians Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes, Saga Press, $14.99, 166pp, paper • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_203 • Trouble the Saints, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tor.com, $26.99, 352pp, hc • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_204 • Reconstruction: Stories, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Small Bear Press, $17.00, 208pp, pb • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_206 • The Freedom Artist, Ben Okri, Akashic Books, $30.95, 336pp, hc • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
_206 • Dominion, edited by Zelda Knight and Elpeki Oghenechovwe, Aurelia Leo, $19.99, 250pp, pb • Sheree Renée Thomas • br
208 • SF Conventional Calendar • Erwin S. Strauss • cl

Asimov’s website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Asimov’s Mar/Apr 2021

Asimov's Mar/Apr 2021

Asimov’s Science Fiction [v45 #3 & 4, #542 & 543] ed. Sheila Williams, mng ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 208pp, digest) Cover by NASA
2 • Contents Pages
4 • Editorial: Pandemic Editing • Shelia Williams • ed
6 • Reflections: Betelgeuse, We Hardly Knew Ye • Robert Silverberg • cl
10 • On the Net: The Game’s Afoot! • James Patrick Kelly • cl
14 • Glitch • Alex Irvine • na
50 • Time Traveler at the Grocery Store circa 1992 • Kristian Macaron • pm
52 • Somebody’s Child • Felicity Shoulders • nv
71 • The Destroyer Is in Doubt About Net Neutrality • Martin Ott • pm
72 • The Same Old Story • Anya Ow • ss
78 • Mrs. Piper Between the Sea and the Sky • Kali Wallace • ss
88 • Grandma +5° C • James Patrick Kelly • ss
99 • Sometimes a Poem • Jane Yolen • pm
100 • RE: Bubble 476 • A.T. Greenblatt • ss
112 • Mary Mary • Rudy Rucker • nv
138 • Flowers Like Needles • Derek Künsken • ss
149 • I Get a Call from My Estranged Father and Let It Go to Voicemail • Aaron Sandberg • pm
150 • Sentient Being Blues • Christopher Mark Rose • ss
163 • Next Issue • Anon • pv
164 • Dream Atlas • Michael Swanwick • ss
168 • Light Up the Clouds • Greg Egan • na
199 • We Chose Titan Together • Lauren McBride • pm
200 • On Books • Norman Spinrod • rc
_200 • Coucil of Fire, Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt, Baen, $25.00, hc, ISBN: 978-1-9821-2415-1• Norman Spinrod • br
_200 • The Last Human, Zack Jordan, Del Rey, $27.00, hc, ISBN: 987-0-451-49981-3• Norman Spinrod • br
_201 • Penric’s Travels, Lois McMaster Bujold, Baen, $25.00, hc, ISBN: 978-1-9821-2457-1• Norman Spinrod • br
_201 • The Unspoken Name, A.K. Larkwood, Tor, $25.99, hc, ISBN: 978-1-250-23890-0• Norman Spinrod • br
_202 • The Eleventh Gate, Nancy Kress, Baen, $16.00, hc, ISBN: 978-1-9821-2458-8• Norman Spinrod • br
_203 • Shorefall, Robert Jackson Bennett, Del Rey, $28.00, hc, ISBN: 978-1-5247-6038-0• Norman Spinrod • br
_204 • Unbecoming, Lesley Wheeler, Aqueduct Press, $18.00, tp, ISBN: 978-1-61976-167-4• Norman Spinrod • br
_204 • Cyber Shogun Revolution, Peter Tieryas, Ace, $16.00, tp, ISBN: 978-0-451-49101-5• Norman Spinrod • br
_205 • The Ghosts of Sherwood, Carrie Vaughn, Tor.com, $3.99, ebook, ISBN: 978-1-250-75210-9• Norman Spinrod • br
_205 • New Light Through Old Windows: Exploring Contemporary Science THrough 12 Classic Science FIction Tales, Stephen Webb, Springer, $19.95, ebook, ISBN: 978-3-030-03195-4• Norman Spinrod • br
_206 • If This Goes On, edited by Cat Rambo, Parvus, $19.99, tp, ISBN: 978-0-997842-1-1• Norman Spinrod • br
207 • The Appeal of Time Travel • Kimberly Jones • pm
208 • SF Conventional Calendar • Erwin S. Strauss • cl

Asimov’s Website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Asimov’s SF Jan/Feb 2021

Asimov's Jan/Feb 2021

Asimov’s Science Fiction [v45 #1 & 2, #540 & 541] ed. Sheila Williams, mng ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 208pp, digest) Cover by Donato Giancola
2 • Contents Pages
4 • Editorial: A Magical Eire • Shelia Williams • ed
6 • Reflections: One Hundred Years of Robots • Robert Silverberg • cl
9 • Mars Rover, Curiosity • Jan Yolen • pm
10 • On the Net: Get it? • James Patrick Kelly • cl
14 • A Rocket for Dimitrios • Ray Nayler • na
43 • The Fear of Missing Out • Robert H. Cloake • ss
49 • In Memoriam: Mike Resnick (1942–2020) • Sheila Williams • ob
50 • No Stone Unturned • Nick Wolven • nv
66 • The Three-Day Hunt • Robert R. Chase • ss
73 • The Papier-Mȃché Girl • Jane Yolen • pm
74 • Table Etiquette for Diplomatic Personnel, in Seventeen Scenes • Suzanne Palmer • nv
99 • The Pig, Wilber, to His Grandsons • Leslie J. Anderson • pm
100 • Hunches * Kristine Kathryn Rusch • nv
113 • Humans and Other People • Sean William Swanick • ss
122 • Shy Sarah and the Draft Pick Lottery • Ted Kosmatka • nv
139 • Within You and Without You • Robert Frazier • pm
140 • Mayor for Today • Fran Wilde • nv
156 • I Didn’t Buy It • Naomi Kanakia • ss
161 • When I’m Thirty I Receive a Box Full of Your Steel Bones • Avra Margariti • pm
162 • The Realms of Water • Robert Reed • na
195 • Next Issue • Anon • pv
196 • On Books • Norman Spinrod • rc
Relic, by Alan Dean Foster; Random House, $7.99
Transformation, by James Gunn; ReAnimusPress.com, $3.99
The Death of the Universe, by Brandon Q. Morris; $14.99
201 • Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation • Peter Kanter • ms
203 • Thirty-Fifth Annual Readers’ Award Ballot • Anon • ms
205 • 2020 Index • Anon • ix
208 • SF Conventional Calendar • Erwin S. Strauss • cl

Asimov’s Website

News Digest July 3, 2020

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6

New Releases
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6
Contents Page
Michael Bracken: From the Cat’s Perch
Trey R. Barker “Seven Card Joker High”
Robert Guffey “The Loser”
Michael Bracken “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”
John Hegenberger “The Magnificent Score”
Robert Lopresti “Worse than Death”
Patricia Dusenbury “The Last Thing He Remembered”
Laird Long “Paint the Clown Red”
Bryce Walton “The Contagious Killer” (Classic Reprint)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6 (Vol. 2 No. 2) (June 2019)
Publisher: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Michael Bracken
Production Team: Sam Cooper, Steve Coupe, Shawn Garrett, Sam Hogan, Yamini Manikoth
Cover: Uncredited
6” x 9” 132 pages
Print $14.49 Kindle $3.99
Black Cat Mystery website

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

The Jul/Aug 2020 issues of Analog and Asimov’s are now available. For contents click on their titles.

Pulp Modern Flash

Pulp Modern editor Alec Cizak provides an update on the fiction digest at No Moral Center and introduces Pulp Modern Flash, a new online genre fiction website.

Tales from the Magician's Skull No. 4
Tales from the Magician’s Skull No. 4

Tales from the Magician’s Skull No. 4
Contents Page
John C. Hocking “Guardian of the Broken Gem”
Adrian Cole “On Death Seed Island”
James Enge “Masks of Silence”
James Stoddard “Cage of Honor”
C.L. Werner “The Witch’s Hand”
Ryan Harvey “The Dead Queen’s Triumph”
Tom Doyle “Thieves of the Fallen World”
Milton Davis “Apedamak’s Army”
Terry Olson’s Appendix: Game Statistics

Tales from the Magician’s Skull No. 4
Publisher: Joseph Goodman
Editor: Howard Andrew Jones
Cover: Doug Kovacs
Design: Lester B. Portly
Interior Art: Chris Arneson, Randy Broecker, Samuel Dillon, Jannell Jaquays, Doug Kovacs, Brad McDevitt, Russ Nicholson, Stefan Prag
8.5” x 11” 72 pages
Print $14.99

Analog July 1965, If Aug. 1965
Analog July 1965 and World of If Aug. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews Mark Thielman’s “A Beastly Trial” from AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog July 1965 at Galactic Journey.

David Levinson reviews Worlds of If Aug. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Derek Künsken’s
Q&A on “Tool Use by the Humans of Danzhai County” Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

P.K. Torrens on his story “Nanoscopic Nemesis” Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

C.C. Finlay overviews F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Stephen Mazur is leaving his post as Assistant Editor of F&SF. C.C. Finlay writes a farewell tribute at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Stephen Mazur interviews Richard Bowes about “In the Eyes of Jack Saul” (F&SF May/Jun 2020) at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Jacqueline Freimor whose story “That Which is True” debuts in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020 responds to the question: “Where do you get your ideas?” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Batman 323, Brave & Bold 162, Detective 490
Batman 323, Brave & Bold 162, Detective 490

TDE Contributor Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 323, The Brave and the Bold No. 162, and Detective Comics No. 490 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook presents The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Two: Portrait of Jocelyn at bare•bones e-zine.

The Confession, Eddie's World
The Confession and Eddie’s World

Readin’ and Writin’
(6-28-20) Finished reading The Confession by Domenic Stansberry, Hard Case Crime, 2004 (HCC-006) this week. A criminal psychologist tells his first-hand story of the criminal justice system when he finds himself facing trial for the murder of his lover amid an avalanche of circumstantial evidence.

Second read of the week was Eddie’s World by Charlie Stella, from Stark House Press’ Black Gat imprint. It’s Black Gat Books No. 2. The copyright is 2001, first published by Carroll & Graf. Cover photo by Peter Rozovsky, book design by Mark Shepard.

Eddie is a sometimes gangster, sometimes word processor. He takes on his latest caper mostly to help out a friend who is in deep financial straits. It’s an after-hours heist for $15K in cash, split three ways between Eddie, Tommy, and the inside-gal Sarah. Like the rest of Eddie’s life, things get complicated, get worse, and get hard to see anyway free and clear of the noirish muck he’s mired in. Plot, characters, prose—this one’s terrific from every angle.

Updated several larquepress.com webpages this week, adding The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 and Pulp Modern No. 5 to their respective webpages and a complete redo of the links page.

Barb Goffman shares proofreading tips at SleuthSayers.

DreamHaven Books now has copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 10–12 and bare*bones No. 1 and No. 2 for sale online and at their landmark store in Minneapolis.

Jack Seabrook wrapped up a terrific article on Mystery Book Magazine author Leo Marr that’s locked in for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, due in January 2021.

John Shirley on Weirdbook No. 42
John Shirley on Weirdbook No. 42

While you’re waiting you might want to check out the current issue that includes an interview with John Shirley about his special issue of Weirdbook No.42. The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print from select booksellers and Lulu.com–and in digital versions for Kindle and Magzter.

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb. 1959
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb. 1959

Vintage Crime Digest
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb. 1959
Brett Halliday: First Appearances
Brett Halliday “Keep Me Out of the Morgue” (Mike Shayne)
Lewis Horne “Strangers in Gideon”
Art Crockett “Murder Begins at Home”
Johnston McCulley “Thubway Tham’s Double Play”
Henry Slesar “Something Borrowed”
John Jakes “The Crooked Three”
Charles Beckman, Jr. “Framed”
Dennis Weigand “Child’s Play”

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol 4 No. 3 Feb. 1959
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Walter P. Dallas
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages
Cover Price: 35¢

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.

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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”
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Asimov’s Jan/Feb 2020

Asimov’s Jan/Feb 2020

Contents Page
Sheila Williams’ Editorial: Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov!
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: The Pharaoh’s Trachea
James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Live Long and Whatever
Robert Frazier “Your Clone, the Mirror Clone” (verse)
Neal Asher “An Alien on Crete”
Marie Vibbert “Unlooping” (verse)
Mar Catherine Stratford “Third Shift”
Allen M. Steele “The Palace of Dancing Dogs”
Dominica Phetteplace “The Antidote”
Timons Asaias “Go. Now. Fix.”
Leah Cypess “A Pack of Tricks”
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
Jean-Louis Trudel “The Way to Compostela”
Meredith Lozaga “The Refraction of White Lies”
Doug C. Souza “The Kaleidoscope City”
Jane Yolen “Taking Care” (verse)
B.S. Donovan “You’ll Live”
Sheila Finch “Not This Tide”
Jane Williams “Meeting the Man from the Future” (verse)
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Paul Di Filippo: On Books
Thirty-Fourth Annual Readers’ Award and Ballot
Index 2019
Classified Marketplace
Erwin Strauss: SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 44 No. 1 & 2, whole No. 528 & 529, Jan/Feb 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Dominic Harman
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 18, 2020
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Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2019

Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2019

Contents Page
Sheila Williams’ Editorial: A Sadder and a Wiser Woman—tributes to Janet Jappson Asimov and Carol Emshwiller
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: California Secedes!
Peter Payack “Do Not Despair” (verse)
James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Where are the CRISPR Cops?
Rudy Rucker & Marc Laidlaw “Surfers at the End of Time”
Harry Turtledove “Christmas Truce”
Mary Soon Lee “How to Curve Spacetime” (verse)
Siobhan Carroll “The Airwalker Comes to the City in Green”
Brittany Hause “Billets-Doux” (verse)
Michael Swanwick “Clouds”
Ray Nayler “The Disintegration Loops”
R. Garcia y Robertson “Commander Amanda”
Octavia Cade “Inside the Body of Relatives”
James Patrick Kelly “Selfless”
Kali Wallace “The River of Blood and Wine”
James Van Pelt “SeeApp”
Mary Soon Lee “Not for Sale” (verse)
James Gunn “Quantum Theory”
Allen M. Steele “Escape from Sanctuary”
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Norman Spinrad: On Books
Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 by Janet Yolen
Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Erwin Strauss: SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 43 No. 11 & 12, whole No. 526 & 527, Nov/Dec 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Donato Giancola
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Dec. 17, 2019
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Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2019

Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2019

Contents
Sheila Williams’ Editorial: Thirty-Third Annual Reads’ Awards’ Results
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: Rereading Shiel
Holly Day “All the Weight” (verse)
James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Deep Reading
Peter Payack “Surfing at Night” (verse)
Mercurio D. Rivera “In the Stillness Between Stars”
Megan Arkenberg “All in Green Went My Love Riding”
Jane Yolen “Brambles” (verse)
Andy Duncan “Charlie Tells Another One”
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Sandra McDonald “Messages”
Lawrence Watt-Evans “Personal Space”
Leslie J. Anderson “The Celestial Body” (verse)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch “Escaping Amnthra”
James Sallis “When We Saved the World”
Jenny Blackford “Nine hypotheses concerning a mysterious lump under the rug on the foyer floor” (verse)
Eric Del Carlo “The, When”
Rich Larson “Can You Watch My Stuff”
Stephanie Feldman “The Albatwitch Chorus”
Michael Libling “At the Old Wooden Synagogue on Janower Street”
Gord Sellar “Winter Wheat”
Kendall Evans “E.A. Poe’s Electro-Mechanical Raven” (verse)
Paul Di Filippo: On Books
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Erwin Strauss: SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 43 No. 9 & 10, whole No. 524 & 525, Sep/Oct 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Associate Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Dominic Harman
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 22, 2018
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