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adapt to challenges posed by an artificially-intelligent candidate in a
technologically disorienting virtual debate; negative campaigning gets a taste
of New Age medicine in the battle for a young woman’s soul in J. Monell’s The Media Medium; Brian Pedersen’s Falling for a Presidential Hopeful features
an ambitious wife grappling with the possibility that her nominee husband may
not be of this Earth, while Neil Morris’ The
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. . . is no news. For me anyway. But some of my friends have been doing good stuff.
J Kathleen Cheney, a friend from WotF 24, made the Nebula Awards ballot with her story Iron Shoes! It came out in the fabulous Alembical 2, the anthology of novellas from Paper Golem Press. Edited by Laurence Schoen, who will be the Guest of Honor at Lunacon in a couple of weeks.
Ian McHugh, another mate from WotF, has his latest story, Boumee and the Apes, in the May 2011 issue of Analog. On newsstands NOW -- so get yourself a copy before they're all sold out.
And if you prefer audio books over antholgies or magazines, give the Erin Cashier (yes, another pal from WotF) storyCrucigar a listen over at Escape Pod.
The prize package for the JBMWC came (quite awhile back).
Here's the very cool trophy:
The rest of the package was a great assortment of cool stuff from Baen:
I got a Baen book bag, stainless steel mug and 2 books:
A Robert Heinlein double anthology: The Green Hills of Earth / The Menace from Earth and The World Turned Upside Down, edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen. This antho collects stories that made the editors SF fans -- stuff that turned their worlds upside down and made them lifelong fans! For more on these books, go to Baen's website.
If you're interested in the contest, start writing! The submission window for this year's contest opens October 1st. Good luck!
The Things that are not There by CJ Henderson. This novel takes the Lovecraftian Horror story and welds it together with some hard-boiled detective fiction. I mean, really, if some nameless unspeakable horror from the depths of time and space comes after you, would you rather just go insane or pick up some heavy duty firearms and rocket launchers and go right after them?
I also finished four books in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. I'm up to Ashes of Victory, and will probably take a break before I continue on with the series.
Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back just came in the mail. This graphic novel series has a great premise: What if Luke didn't destroy the Death Star and Yavin and the Rebellion were destroyed? It's the same characters but pivotal events are changed.
I got a Jim Baen's Universe mug, a CD-ROM of The Best of Jim Baen's Universe 2006, Eric Flint's novel Time Spike, and the collection The Best of Jim Baen's Universe #2, featuring fantastic stories from KD Wentworth, Mike Resnick, Elizabeth Bear, Kevin J Anderson, J. Kathleen Cheney (her story Touching the Dead is great -- read it first) and many more!
Luckily, winning second place doesn't eliminate you from entering the contest again. I'll start working on a new story as soon as I finish all these books.
On newsstands now, look in the May Issue of Analog for Dr Phil's story "The Brother on the Shelf."
If you don't have the time to run out to the nearest bookstore, try a Podcast of Ian McHugh's story "The Greatest Adventure of All," available at Pseudopod. This story shows what happens when scientists step over the edge -- the edge between life and death.
If you can't make up your mind between reading and listening, Beneath Ceaseless Skies gives you both. You can read Sarah L Edwards' "The Last Devil" online or listen to the mp3 audio version. Make your choice here.
And while you're at BCS, be sure to check out "Hangman" by Erin Cashier here, and "The Dragon's Child" by J Kathleen Cheney here.
And be sure to visit Beneath Ceaseless Skies in a couple of weeks. The next issue will feature a new story from KD Wentworth, "The Orangery."