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Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2009 - The Elephant Forgets — LiveJournal
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Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2009
Summary: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2009

Andromeda Spaceways put out five issues in 2009, just short of their bimonthly target. These were #38 through #42. For some reason they stopped sending me copies, however ... and I forgot about them, more or less, until towards the end of the year. So I only saw the last two issues (which I bought). Those issues had a total of 22 stories, only one a novelette, three short-shorts, for a total of some 87,000 words. (So it's reasonable to suppose that they published roughly 50-55 stories in all, 215,000 words or so.) The magazine is based in Australia, and edited by a rotating group of people. The editors for the issues I saw were Ian Nichols (#41) and Edwina Harvey (#42).

Stories I liked included a wild Damien Broderick/Paul di Filippo story, "Cockroach Love" (#41), about an Arab plot to subvert the West with genetically engineered cockroaches; a very sharply turned piece about zombie pageant contestants, "Pageant Girls", by Caroline M. Yoachim (#42); and a nice SF story about an implanted AI aide gone bad, "Inside Job", by Jason K. Chapman (#42). There was also fine work from Brian Stableford, Alex Kearney, Anna Tambour, and Thoraiya Dyer. On the whole, the two issues were generally enjoyable, but rarely special.

I counted 10 of 22 stories this year by women, close to half (45.5%). (The past two years the totals were 49% and 40%, so that fits right in.) And I counted 9 SF stories, or about 41%, very similar to 2008. Of course those numbers might be different for the entire year.

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punktortoise From: punktortoise Date: January 13th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoops. Not sure how that happened - the lapse in copy-sending, that is. It certainly wasn't our intention. Let me know which issues you're missing (beyond 38 through 40, if any), and I'll bundle the offending items and get them to you. Plus we'll ensure that you're reinstated on the mailout list.

Simon Petrie (ASIM co-op member)
From: ecbatan Date: January 14th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the only ones I missed are #38 through #40 ... and it's probably too late for me to read those for 2009.

By the way, for the past couple years I've been getting them electronically, as .pdf files, which is fine, I don't want anyone burdened with postage costs from across the ocean!

And thanks!

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Rich
safewrite From: safewrite Date: January 19th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved "Pageant Girls" but rejected it as not right for A&A. Glad it found a home!
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