Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fallen Leaves (October 8)


"I Leave A Vacancy That Can Never Be Filled"

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fallen Leaves (October 7)


"I Was Guilty of Every Crime A Leaf Could Possibly Commit"

A Day Well Wasted With F&SF


I had an idylic afternoon the other day, sitting in the back yard with Marianne and brushing and blowing out the baking soda from hundreds of copies of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction that had been de-mildewing in plastic bags for most of a year. These included every issue of the magazine from volume one (when it briefly was The Magazine of Fantasy) to somewhere in the Nineteen-Seventies.

The reason I was doing this was irrelevant (but if you're curious, go back a few days and you'll find it). What matters is that it was a bright blue October day and as we worked, we kept admiring the contents of the magazines. Chesley Bonestell covers! Gahan Wilson cartoons! Original fiction by P. G. Wodehouse and Robert Graves and Truman Capote! Stories by pretty much every major science fiction writer of the times! Some of which were classics.  Heinlein's "--All You Zombies--"! Tiptree's "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side..."

There were also review columns by so stellar a run of writers that if I tried to list them all, I'd be sure to leave someone out, so I'll refrain.  And strange one-offs like Samuel R. Delany's review of Stanley Kubrick's 2001.

Plus, of course, the odd pleasure of finding an intriguing story by somebody you've never heard of and dipping into it to see if the author's obscurity is deserved or not.

I won't pretend I didn't stop to read from time to time. It was a lovely way to squander most of a day.

And a lovely reminder of what a distinguished ornament to our culture F&SF has been.

Which reminds me that Gordon Van Gelder, publisher and former editor of F&SF, will be guest of honor at Capclave this weekend.  Going to hear him would be a good way to pay homage to the magazine.

Or you could simply subscribe.


I'll be at Capclave too, on Friday and Saturday.  If you're there, be sure to say hello.

Above: Also the occasional Hannes Bok cover.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fallen Leaves (October 6)


"This Didn't Turn Out The Way I'd Planned"

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fallen Leaves (October 5)


"Let Me Nourish The Roots Of The Tree I Loved"

My Capclave Schedule -- Also A LOT Of Baking Soda


I'll be spending much of today shaking baking soda out of old copies of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. That's because Capclave is this weekend and one of its guests of honor is Gordon Van Gelder.

I see that I haven't done a very good job of explaining myself.

Okay, it goes like this: Last year I was contacted by a man who was downsizing his possessions and needed to find someone who could use a twenty-some year run of F&SF, starting from the first issue. Confident I could find somebody, I agreed to take them off his hands.  We're talking several boxes here. Only, when I got home I discovered that they were all mildewed. So I sprinkled them inside and out with baking powder, sealed them in plastic bags, and set them aside for a few months to cure.

Meanwhile, I determined that Gordon, who is not only the owner/publisher and for many years (before Charles Finlay took over) editor of F&SF, but a friend of long standing, had a use for extra copies of his magazine.  So I'll be hauling many, many copies south over the weekend.

Meanwhile, I'll be standing in the back yard, looking dustier and dustier.

And my schedule....

Here' are the panels I'll be on this weekend. I won't be at the con on Sunday because of multiple scheduling conflicts. If you have to miss a day of one of your favorite conventions, multiple scheduling conflicts is one of the better reasons.

Friday4 PM-4:50 PMAlternatives to the High Fantasy Epic
Friday9 PM-9:50 PMWorldbuilding Your Systems of Magic
Saturday2 PM-2:50 PMAlternate History – Why Are Some Periods More Favored?
Saturday4 PM-4:50 PMNon-Western Influences In Fantasy

And not that anybody's keeping track but...

Yesterday's photo for the Falling Leaves project was actually posted today. I had computer problems, now fixed. I don't anticipate any more glitches of this kind in the near-month to come.


Fallen Leaves (October 4)


"My Glory Will Never Be Equaled"