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Summary: Hub, 2007 - The Elephant Forgets
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Summary: Hub, 2007

Summary: Hub, 2007

Hub magazine debuted in 2006 with a print issue that, I have to say, was not all that inspiring. There was, I believe, one more print issue (though I did not see it), then the magazine transitioned online, publishing issues at close to a weekly rate, with one story per issue. The stories were occasionally reprints, but in 2007 I saw 32 new stories, three of them novelettes and three short-shorts (the rest short stories), for a total of some 140,000 words of fiction. Here I must note that Hub is PARTICULARLY difficult to do word counts for. The issues come in .pdf format, which is attractive but doesn't allow word counting (to my knowledge), and each issue diddles with the fonts, both style and size. So my word counts are rougher estimates even than usual. (This isn't really a complaint -- the varying fonts are interesting, not hard to read, and probably a good design choice.)

The editors are Lee Harris and Alasdair Stuart.

I thought the magazine improved throughout -- after a (as mentioned) dodgy start, they published some quite interesting stuff. Highlights included A. H. Jennings's "T ME", about a sort of super-child growing up in Tunisia; Dave Hoing's "As the Crow Flies", which merits comparison (thematically) to Ian MacLeod's "The Master Miller's Tale", as it tells of an old magic-based tech becoming obsolete due to a newer tech; I. C. Johnson's "The Mechanism", about an android falling in love with a human on a voyage to Mars; and Kenneth Chiacchia's "House Trainer", about teaching AI houses to treat their owners right. Other nice pieces came from Eugie Foster, Alasdair Stuart, Igor Teper, Gareth D. Jones, Mikal Trimm, Vaughan Stanger, and January Mortimer.

According to my count, 10 of the 32 stories were by women, a bit more than 30%; and 22 stories were SF.


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snickelish From: snickelish Date: January 25th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
The newer versions of Adobe Reader (maybe the older ones, too, I'm not sure) allow you to highlight text and copy it. You could then paste it into a Word document and use the word count feature.
From: ecbatan Date: January 26th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, in my version of Adobe Reader (which may be fairly old I suppose) I can't see a way to highlight and copy text, but maybe I'm missing one. Just moving the mouse over it to select it like in Word doesn't seem to work.
snickelish From: snickelish Date: January 26th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somewhere near the top of the screen, is there a button with mouse error and a cursor? If there is and you click on it, that should turn your mouse arrow into a cursor that you can select text with.

If not, go to the Help menu and just search for "select" and "text." I'm not very familiar with all the different versions of Adobe, but all the ones I've worked with, including older ones, have had some kind of text-selection capability.
From: ecbatan Date: January 26th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! That did it -- I was being rather obtuse.

Clicking on the little hand on the toolbar changed it to an arrow with selection capability.

Wonderful -- thanks a lot!

(I'm still going to be lazy and let my approximate counts for Hub stand, though. [grin])
snickelish From: snickelish Date: January 26th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Glad I could help. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked my story. I got one review that was so abysmal I was depressed for, well only a few minutes, but this will keep me happy for far longer :o)

Gareth

garethdjones.blogspot.com
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