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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:31 pm 
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Hey all,

Sad to see THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE is no more, it was by far and away my favourite fiction magazine when I was a kid. There were some awe-inspiring stories in it, the first 2 Martin Simpson stories, Paul Meloy's story about Lenny Bruce (back before Lenny Bruce became fashionably hip), Deadhead by Justina Robson etc.

However, I'd love to have a look at Black Static after all these years and see what the evolution is like.

Have there been any stunning stories that you guys could recommend. I want to pick up a couple of the back issues from BBR online and all the issues from #1-8 are still in print.

Are there any must have stories I should read?

Thanks all


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Paul Meloy has story in BS 6, All Mouth, and another favourite The Fantasy Jumper was in issue 3 plus Joel Lane's My Stone Desire was a prizewinner at the 2008 BFS awards.

If you are getting these three you might as well get all 8 from TTA direct using the site shop. We could do a deal, 8 for price of 6, maybe.
Contact me at roy1gray (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk and we can arrange a parcel with issues of BS, Crimewave and maybe THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE regular, Andrew Humphrey's first novel, Alison; if you are interested.

And if you have an MP 3 player you can checkout stories from CW and BS, and the first 4 chapters of Alison, by downloading them for free from our podcast site, Transmissions From Beyond.


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I really enjoyed The Fantasy Jumper too, a great story.

Perhaps a Reader's Poll for Black Static would be good?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:26 pm 
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I loved The Fantasy Jumper also!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:00 pm 
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Perhaps a Reader's Poll for Black Static would be good?

Not a bad idea.


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Yes a good idea but a lot of work. We would need a volunteer but as the circulation built over the first year it may be unfair on authors in issues 1 to 4, say, so perhaps it's too soon.


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Good point. I think it only fair eventually, though, as there's been some darned good art work as well deserving a comment or two.


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It's not a lot of work at all. All you've got to do is count. We could open a poll for issues 1-7 or 1-8. Issue 8 is officially the Dec 08/Jan 09 issue, so not sure where it should go. Opinions? And what content should the poll cover? Stories obviously, but also non-fiction and, er, art? Should we count negative votes as well, as Interzone does?

If we can decide these things quickly we can open the poll with issue 10, maybe get it online here and on the new website (forthcoming) even sooner.

Ideally, of course, we would have a volunteer overseeing the poll, as Martin McGrath does with the Interzone poll, and not the editor, which would be just wrong. It's a good way to get more involved in the magazine too. If it's something you think you'd enjoy please put yourself forward.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:26 pm 
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Andy wrote:
And what content should the poll cover? Stories obviously, but also non-fiction and, er, art?


We know who the winning artist is but no harm in voting for favourite cover?


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BS 6 with meloys 'all mouth' was the real gem of '08 for me.


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I don't go in for negative votes myself because I feel the quality is always good and therefore any negativity is a personal preference thing for me. I've not read one yet where the concept AND the prose have been poor. And besides. even the least favourite story in Black Static is still pretty good bearing in mind the high standards of the magazine.

Some stories really do seem to be more than the sum of their parts, though, when it comes to the original idea and the delivery coming together to really shine and so I'll always comment on the great ones.

I liked the idea someone put forward of negative votes counting in the event of a tie, perhaps.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:23 pm 
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We could open a poll for issues 1-7 or 1-8. Issue 8 is officially the Dec 08/Jan 09 issue, so not sure where it should go. Opinions?


Let's include issues 2 and 8 in the poll; why shouldn't we eat our cake and have it? :D

Andy,

Adding to that, could we get a list of the stories (together with word counts)? Several award ballots such as the BFS and WFA differentiate stories of various lengths so it would help clarify which category they would fit into.

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There's something wrong with Pappy by James Cooper.

Then pick up his brilliant collection 'You are the fly'. The publisher, Humdrumming, are no more but you should be able to get a copy on Ebay. 'In Fetu' was the most disturbing story I read last year.

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So will an actual poll happen? Were there any volunteers to sort it?


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No volunteers yet Ray...


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