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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:12 am 
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[quote="Mike A"][quote="SFMurphy"]Hi, Steve Murphy here, the guy who wrote Tearing Down Tuesday, which was in Interzone 210. Thought I'd drop by and let folks know that my second professional story sale, The Limb Knitter, is currently up at Apex Digest Online.

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-onl ... b-knitter/[/quote]
I enjoyed the story, Steve. The sort of alt-WWI vibe worked for me (if I can call it that). Were it not for those 3 moons coming up towards the end, it could almost have been on a parallel earth where the Great War had run on for decade after decade, into the future (which was the scenario for a cracking Barrington Bayley story, 'Tommy Atkins', that appeared in Interzone in the late 80s).

A very different sort of story to 'Tearing Down Tuesday', but I found it just as compelling. I do hope your potential 'big news' comes off for you.

Cheers,
Mike[/quote]

Thanks, Mike. I hope the big news comes off too.

Here in KC we have the National World War One Museum. It helped inspire TLK to a certain degree.

Might see more stories in that universe at some point in the future. It'll depend on how things shake out.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:27 pm 
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I just received an advanced copy of Without Warning by Australian Alternate History writer John Birmingham. I've served as his research consultant on this book, Final Impact and will be the consultant for his next novel, After America.

I thought I'd make mention that he goes so far as to state that I graduated to "co-author" for a few pages over the course of the project. I never would have said anything about it if it wasn't in the acknowledgements.

So in my own rather self centered mind, I count it as a publication, even though his name has top billing.

That said, Without Warning is an alternate history piece that posits what the world would be like if someone made the United States of America disappear on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

It'll be in general release in Australia in October 2008, stateside in Feb 2009. I'm not sure about the UK.

Go buy one. I've got stocks in this company. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:15 am 
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Look! Over there! Chris Teague's running a We Fade to Grey competition!

"To celebrate the impending launch of this literary feast of supernatural thrills, which shares it's title with a well-known early 80s pop-song, both myself and the fount of 80s trivia Mark West have racked our brains to ask thee a single question:

"Who links 'One man on a lonely platform, one case sitting by his side, two eyes staring cold and silent, show fear as he turns to hide' with 'It's five and I'm driving home again, it's hard to believe that it's my last time, the man on the wireless cries again, it's over, it's over'?"

The winner shall receive the following:

- A free copy of the hard cover edition of We Fade to Grey, which will not only be numbered and signed by all contributors, but shall also be personally inscribed with whatever message they desire;

- Also, a free copy of any other Pendragon Press title (check out www.pendragonpress.net to choose).

Send your entry by e-mail to: chris at pendragonpress dot net - preferably with your message, just in case you're the happy winner...

Closing date for entries is midnight (GMT) Wednesday 17th September 2008 - the winner shall be notified on Thursday, with their books posted on Monday 22nd September 2008.

No correspondence shall be entered into and the decision shall be final.

So there. :) "

Of course everyone here will want to pay for their copy.

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I have a new website: http://www.garethlpowell.com.

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Screaming Dreams are celebrating that they sold every copy of the debut collection of BULL RUNNING FOR GIRLS by ALLYSON BIRD (52 in all) that they brought to the convention and would like to thank all who bought it for their enthusiasm, time and support. Still some copies left of the first edition but SD are going to second print run very soon. :D


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Congrats Ally that is a great result!

Best,
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Thanks Bob! :)


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Congratulations Allyson. I was just reading about fantasycon over of Geoff Nelders blog - sounds like it went really really well for you. :D

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Thanks Kate - I think the concept behind the book aswell as The beautiful artwork by Vincent Chong has caught on.

The book grew out of grief (I lost my mother and my sister recently) so I poured everything I had into the book! It has female and male protagonists in it but it is very much about women who 'seize the day'.


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Issue 22 of Jupiter is available now! This issue includes more great fiction from the likes of Geoff Nelder, Lawrence Dagstine, Gareth D Jones (with the final part of his Roadmaker series), Simon Petrie, Carmelo Rafala and David Vickery. The cover artwork is provided by R.J. Bartrop. Another great issue which we hope you enjoy!


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Harpalyke, also known as Jupiter XXII, is a retrograde irregular satellite of Jupiter. It was discovered by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard in 2000, and given the temporary designation S/2000 J 5. In August 2003, the moon was named after Harpalyke, the incestuous daughter of Klymenos, who was in some accounts a lover of Zeus (Jupiter).
Harpalyke belongs to the Ananke group, believed to be the remnants of a break-up of a captured heliocentric asteroid. It is about 4 kilometres in diameter and appears grey (color index R-V=0.43), similar to C-type asteroids. The satellite orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 21,064 Mm in 624.542 days, at an inclination of 147° to the ecliptic (147° to Jupiter's equator) with an eccentricity of 0.2441.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:35 pm 
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Stephen Theaker took up a Halloween story of mine and kindly published it in his 25th issue which can be downloaded here http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_25.htm for free (the whole magazine!) or, if you wish, order the ink and paper version. My little story is called - JACK

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The We Fade to Grey launch went well. Even though Gary and Chris decided not to tell any of the contributors that we were going to have to give presentations about our individual stories -- and then picked me to go first even though they know I hate speaking in public. Bastards.

Anyway, just a reminder that the Horror World review has been archived at www.horrorworld.org/september_2008.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:53 am 
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I'll be reading Hunter's Moon from Bull Running for Girls at Newcon4 in Northampton. Also on a panel.

http://www.newcon4.com/newcon/main/program.aspx

The second print run of Bull Running for Girls was delivered yesterday and there are only 10 copies left of the original print run which I'll bring to Newcon4.
Looking forward to meeting Storm Constantine, the wonderful Ian Watson and of course Iain Banks :)


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If you haven’t yet read my short story collection The Last Reef (featuring two stories from Interzone), you might like to know that the ebook version’s currently on sale at half price from Fictionwise - which means you can download the entire 60,000 word book to read on your computer for only $4.00, which is roughly £2.29 - less than the cost of a pint of beer. You don’t need a special ebook reader, as the download is available as a pdf file.

You can read a sample story and buy the book here: http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook71799.htm?cache

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You mean I needn't have slipped Andrew Hook that fiver yesterday at Newcon? :D

Oh well, it's probably just as well for my waistline that I didn't.

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