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IF : sci-fi magazine archive free on Internet

You can now read the entirety of sci-fi magazine If for free

Easy to read on line–just click the cover, then turn the pages by clicking on the right upper corner. You can also download the magazines in various formats. I’ve seen questions raised about copyrights, so keep that in mind.  The site is here.

The middle of the 20th century was an exciting time for science fiction, filled with experimentation and new ideas, an endeavour helmed by genre icons like Harlan Ellison and Frank Herbert. If magazine, which ran between 1952 and 1974, played home to many of these names along with a myriad of now-historic work. And now, it’s all available for free in a variety of file formats.

According to BoingBoing, all 176 issues of If have been made available via the Internet Archive, including the ones edited by Hugo Award-winning Frederik Pohl. His greatest contribution to the magazine was, perhaps, the introduction of the “If-first” series, which showcased new authors. A number of these writers went on to become extremely well-known, most notably Larry Niven, who published his first story in the magazine.  READ MORE about the magazine

Why don’t they make what I want to see?

This is the title to a panel discussion scheduled for the October MonSFFA meeting. 

I know it’s still a long way to October, but I saw this list of novels and short stories being made into movies & TV shows and thought it a perfect kick-off to this discussion. I seriously wonder if some of these are even possible–The Wheel of Time? Even with all the advances in medical science, I doubt I would live long enough to see the whole series.

I notice the same names cropping up over and over–Gaiman, Martin, Williams, King, for instance. They have proven track records.

I’ve read –and loved–quite a few of these novels and short stories.  Most will require an awful lot of CGI.   It was interesting to see “Spin” by Canadian Robert Charles Wilson listed as in development at SyFy.

Phrases like based on, adapted from, really worry me. I don’t usually bother to watch TV shows or movies based on books as I’m always disappointed in the results.

Anyway, take a look at this listing, and do comment on what you think you would like to see, or not see.

Seventh Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 7 is now available, a collection of 33 public domain short stories published in 1940 assembled by File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Volume Four, Volume Five.and Volume Six.)

These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).

The links lead to a Google storage drive.

Read more, including the table of contents.

Fourth Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 4, a collection of 13 12 public domain novellas published in 1940, is the latest collection from File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume One, Volume Two, and Volume Three.)

Volume Four is the all novella volume, with nine eight new novellas and four others repeated from previous volumes.

To read more, including the table of contents of Volume Four click here.

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Free stories, 1941 Retro Hugos

Third Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 3, a collection of 30 public domain stories by Ray Cummings and Henry Kuttner, has been issued by File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume 1, and Volume Two.)

dragon reads ebook final mergedClick on the appropriate link to download a version from a Google storage drive.

These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).

The stories in Volume Three are:

  • Ray Cummings “Arton’s Metal” in Super Science Stories, May 1940.
  • Ray Cummings & Gabrielle Cummings (as Gabriel Wilson) “Corpses from Canvas” in Horror Stories, May 1940.
  • Ray Cummings “The Girl from Infinite Smallness” in Planet Stories, Spring 1940. Continue reading Free stories, 1941 Retro Hugos

Danny’s Reviews

We have a new contributor to our website!

Welcome MonSFFan Danny Sichel, our resident literary critic. Danny is an avid reader of SF/F, contemporary as well as “classic”.

In his introductory message, he writes:

At a book sale a while back, I acquired the 1986 anthology “101 Science Fiction Stories”, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh, and Waugh’s then-teenage daughter Jenny-Lynn Waugh.

The anthology sat on one of my less accessible bookcases for a few years, until I rediscovered it while packing up for my recent move to a new apartment.

The stories are mostly quite short – some of them are barely two pages – and are of vastly differing levels of quality. Some of them — Algis Budrys’s “The Man Who Always Knew”! Poul Anderson’s “My Object All Sublime”! — are magnificent. Others are… considerably less so.

Over the next [indefinite period of time], I will be reviewing every story in the anthology. Be aware: many of these reviews will completely spoil the twist endings!