Gordon van Gelder is offering a free copy of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to any bloggers willing to write about it. I already subscribe, but, like Jeff Ford and Jonathan Strahan and others, I like the magazine and have been reading it for a long time. It's certainly my favorite of the digest-sized genre magazines, and the interior design is tasteful enough that I don't find it painful to read the stories housed within. Gordon strives to present a range of fiction, from the weirdly new to the traditionally familiar.

Here's my offer: I have a box with 23 issues of F&SF that, for one reason or another, I have multiple copies of. These range from the February 1961 issue with Brian Aldiss's "Hothouse" in it to the April 1965 with Isaac Asimov's "Eyes do More than See" to the November 1987 issue with James Tiptree, Jr.'s "In Midst of Life" (and the announcement of Tiptree's death), Ursula LeGuin's "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight" (a personal favorite), and James Patrick Kelly's "Daemon" (never collected in a book, as far as I know) -- finishing off with the September 2005 issue with Kelly Link's recently-Nebula-winning novella "Magic for Beginners". (Condition ranges from brand new to falling apart.)

How do you get this box of goodies? Be the first person to leave a comment promising either to write about one or more of the issues in the box on your own blog, or to write a short something for this site about one or more of the issues. Then promise to send on any remaining issues to the first person to leave a comment on your post who vows to do the same, until eventually all these issues of F&SF find somebody to write about them, or at least a warm and loving home.

So be the first commenter on this post, then email me your address and I'll send the box to you. When you receive them, start reading. Once you've finished reading, write about your reading experience either for your own site or for this one. Then send the magazines you didn't read and don't want on to somebody else.

Update: And the winner is Paul Jessup!


  1. I'll do it. I think you already have my address.

  2. I do! I'll send the box out tomorrow.

  3. NICE! My wife is so going to kill me for this- heh heheh heh.

    Should make for an interesting blog the next couple of months. I was really surprised that I was the first one. W00t.

  4. This is downright brilliant. I whole-heartedly approve of this plan -- almost wish I had a blog, so I could participate.


  5. Gee! Mr. Jessup, do I envy you...
    I have already blogged about the latest issue of F&SF here: http://millenniumpress.blogspot.com, I would have gladly blogged about those in the box... But, nevertheless, F&SF remains my favorite mag, and I'll blog about it every time I can get my hand on a copy...

  6. Horia Nicola Ursu -
    Well, remember, you still can blog about them! I'm only going to choose three of the issues, and then send the rest out like Matt suggested. Look at me blog for more details.


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