September 23, 2013 by Laird
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction brought out King’s Dark Tower. It debuted the horror classics The Autopsy and “The Angel of Death” by Michael Shea. Paolo Bacigalupi got started there, and while she’d gotten her start elsewhere, F&SF is where I first encountered the work of the immensely talented M. Rickert. Gene Wolfe and Joan Aickman appeared in those pages. And Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link, and Ray Vukcevich with one of the best and creepiest horror stories you’ll ever read called “Whisper.”
I’m fond of publisher Gordon Van Gelder and his magazine because he’s the one who gave me my first pro sale back in 2000. I’ve had a few milestones since “Shiva, Open Your Eye” came out as the closer for the Kate Wilhelm issue in the fall of 2001. My handful of appearances in F&SF remain dear.
The venerable publication is a going concern, but it could always use support. The online zines are swell, but they seldom publish longer novelettes or novellas–a major blindspot created by the shift toward electronic formats. Pick up a copy at a bookstore, or subscribe. It’s hard to go wrong with a magazine that has been so consistently excellent for so many years.