SF Tidbits for 12/31/08

Have a Happy New Year everyone! :)

3 thoughts on “SF Tidbits for 12/31/08”

  1. Asimov’s is one of the fourteen things? 

    This is a joke, right?

    This is a magazine that since Gardner’s retirement has consistently published stories which cater to stereotypes of midwestern behavior as well as cliched antiwar stories, mixed in with a healthy dose of the standard issue polemics which are rampant in the field.  I finally let my subscription lapse after two incredibly offensive stories in 2007.  Skimming those issues that do manifest themselves on magazine stacks in my town as well as reading the reviews in the field have not demonstrated any sign that this year was any better than last. 

    It seems to this Midwesterner that Asimov’s has become a magazine mainly intended for consumption by New Yorkers and those who dearly wish to emulate New Yorkers. 

    And it desperately needs a new editor or those subscription stats are going to continue to decline.  Most folks in my neck of the woods, when I hand them a copy, thumb through it, read a few paragraphs, and put it back.

    The usual response?  “Boring.” 

    S. F. Murphy

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