Even though S&T is the longest running science fiction magazine in the world (42 years and counting), I’d never heard of it until last year, when its owner and chief editor, Hildy Silverman, gave a talk for the Garden State Horror Writers.
An enthusiastic speaker (and as I saw at PhilCon, a darn good moderator to boot), I thoroughly enjoyed her talk and afterwards bought my first copy of this excellent publication. I’ve been a loyal reader ever since.
Aside from the great artwork, one of the things I like most about S&T is that I honestly don’t enjoy all the stories. At first glance that may seem an odd thing to say, but I think it’s a good thing, because it means there’s a wide range of themes, and story telling methods included in each issue.
This latest one is particularly special to me, not just because I met one of the cover authors, C J Henderson, at the con last week – I met the magazine’s founder, Gordon Linzner, there too, a most amiable fellow – but also because it includes work by two my GSHW friends, Andrew Alford and Pat Lundrigan aka aalford and dandyfunk respectively.
Andrew is in my critique group (we went over his story in this issue, St Michael’s Sword, at our second meeting). He tells me this is the first time anything he’s written has made it to print. Having read quite a lot of his work now, including my personal favorite, Tip Your Headsman, I can assure you it won’t be his last. Pat is a former ‘Writers of the Future’ winner. If the excellent writing workshop he did for us back in February is any indication, I’d say he’s probably forgotten more about the craft than I’ll ever know.
I buy the occasional issue of other magazines, but Space And Time is the only print publication I subscribe to.
How about you?
Which print publications do you buy on a regular basis?