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Summary: Tales of the Unanticipated, 2010 - The Elephant Forgets — LiveJournal
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Summary: Tales of the Unanticipated, 2010
Summary: Tales of the Unanticipated, 2010

Tales of the Unanticipated is a very nicely produced and generously sized magazine, that now officially calls itself an anthology, much as Postscripts in the UK does. It looks just the same as ever, though. As a yearly magazine, calling it an anthology does make sense, but I still think of it as a magazine. (Though I should note that it does have an ISBN.) The editor is Eric M. Heideman.

This year's issue, #30, appeared early in the year, after 2009 was skipped. It features 16 stories, 4 novelettes, 12 short stories (2 short-shorts), for a total of a about 84,000 words of fiction. One story was a reprint. The 15 new stories totaled just over 80,000 words. TOTU also publishes a lot of poetry, some quite good.

My favorite story was "Diminuendo", by Cornelius Fortune, about a conductor introducing a new symphony, by a composer who claims to be a demigod. Two other stories I liked were "A Twenty-First Century Fairy Love Story", by Jason Sanford, and "Beginner's Luck", by Patricia Bowne. Also, William Mingin's "Right There", Matthew S. Rotundo's "Ashes, Ashes", and Douglas J Lane's "Tacklesmooches".

I'd call just 2 of the 15 new stories SF, or 13%, a lot less than usual. (The reprint is also SF.) And 8 of 15 new stories were by women, 53%, consistent with the magazine's usual close to 50/50 split.

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