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A NASFiC in Detroit?

With apologies to Gordon Lightfoot, if Detroit wins its bid for a NASFiC, it won't be a black day in July 2014. What's a NASFiC you ask? In years when WorldCon is away from North American, there is a North American Science Fiction Convention. My second publication, "The Pulse of the Sea", was written for Northwest Passages -- an anthology for the 2005 NASFiC in Seattle, the year WorldCon was in Scotland.

So in 2014, WorldCon will be in London. And Detroit is stepping up to the plate with a NASFiC bid: Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center • Proposed dates: 17-20 July 2014.

They now have their web page up, with details about the Ren Center (and $1/day Internet at the Marriott!). You should check out the FAQ page, especially if your thought are Detroit? Huh?

If you like the concept, you can join in support, or check out their tables or parties at upcoming cons. I hope to get a keychain while at WindyCon this weekend (DW).

Dr. Phil

Look What I've Got!

Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:52
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Rocket Science Sighted On This Side Of The Pond

The drought is over. (DW) When the Rocket Science anthology launched in April at Eastercon in the U.K., they ran through the first print run and now with a second print run delivered, editor Ian Sales finally was able to ship contributor copies to those who weren't at the two launch events. Ian's also put up a link to reviews.

Three copies was just stiff enough that they didn't try to stuff it in the P.O. Box, but gave me a key to one of the lockers. So they all arrived in perfect shape. (grin)

Of course part of my interest is my story The New Tenant. But it's nice to see an anthology of near term space SF stories. One of the one's I read is an interesting alternate history piece with a hoax lunar landing -- by the Soviet Union.

You can order through Mutation Press -- U.S. delivery is £8.99 + £5 discounted airmail shipping ($14.00 + $7.30 approx, depending on currency). Both Amazon and Amazon (UK) have it listed, but the U.S. site says Out of Print--Limited Availability and the U.K. site has it out of stock.

There will be a Kindle version -- I'll pass on the word when it gets out.

Dr. Phil
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Previously I'd written about my sale of "The New Tenant" to Ian Sales' Rocket Science anthology (DW).

Now the details are set for the book launch at Eastercon (London) on Sunday 8 April 2012. Alas, as I was just telling someone else on Dreamwidth, as I am in the middle, or end, of the semester, I cannot jump the pond and attend Eastercon, even though it's being held at Heathrow. But... if you happen to be in the U.K., you could drop by. And with the launch at Eastercon, information about ordering Rocket Science for your very own should be coming Real Soon Now.

I've also been negligent about keeping up with the Rocket Science blog, so missed the appearance on March 8th of my brief Introducing the Authors: Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon piece. But you can take the plunge and check the links and get all the teaser information about the forthcoming book.

Dr. Phil
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An Anthology Sale to the U.K.

In all the work and hubbub of this month, I'd mentioned how I'd written one last new story at the last minute for an anthology -- and then later mentioned that it'd sold. Hell, I've even been paid. Now that I've had a chance to sit down for a few minutes, I can dole out more information.

"The New Tenant" by Philip Edward Kaldon to appear in Rocket Science, edited by Ian Sales and published by Mutation Press. Expected to be released in April 2012.

They have a cool graphic of the Table of Contents over on the Rocket Science News blog. It breaks the stories into locale -- "The New Tenant" is listed under LEO, Low Earth Orbit, for example, since it's set on the International Space Station at the end of its NASA service life.

I've a limited number of near-term SF stories, though of course my WOTF XXIV story "A Man in the Moon" is one, so when I ran out of stories to sub, I wrote one more over a weekend. And it sold. You never know... except if you don't submit, you can't sell. (grin)

Dr. Phil

Life Goes On

Saturday, 6 August 2011 15:50
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Congratulations Are In Order

Delayed from May by the devastating tornado of April 27th, the University of Alabama held its graduation today. Though the campus itself was spared major damage, the city was not. They closed the university, cancelled classes and finals, but begged the families to stay away, because the streets were either impassible or needed.

To their credit, the students volunteered to assist. Cynics might argue that they had nothing else to do, but that doesn't explain the speed and the organizing -- they volunteered to serve when they were needed and didn't have to wait around to be asked.

So congratulations to the 'Bama Class of 2011 -- your graduation is more than just the sum of grades and credit hours. And you shall never forget it... or be forgotten.

It's Only Been Three Months

You can still get copies of Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction or check out other ways to help Alabama relief efforts.

Dr. Phil

A Summer Sampler

Thursday, 4 August 2011 12:12
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Some Awesomeness

[livejournal.com profile] jimhines posted about people who are awesome. Among those listed were:
Tobias Buckell - Toby wanted a group of professional speculative fiction novelists who could share information and support one another. So he sat down and founded SF Novelists.

That's pretty good. But SF Novelists is now offering 25 free SF/F first chapters:


Twenty-five First Chapters from Twenty-five Writers

SF Novelists proudly offers you OPENING ACTS, a free ebook presenting twenty-five first chapters across the spectrum of science fiction and fantasy. Twenty-five tastes, to tempt your appetite for adventure...to lure you into unknown worlds...and give you something new to read.

Not sure what to read next? Or just researching how to write openings for novels? One-stop shopping!


Dr. Phil
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Now Available

T.J. McIntyre announces today that his Alabama tornado relief anthology, Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction is now available for sale at Smashwords in multiple formats (buy one, access all). Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes and Noble (hopefully by early next week). UPDATE 5-16-2011 Mon: Now available on Amazon.com.
In the wake of the destructive tornadoes which ripped through Alabama on April 27th, 2011, Southern Fried Weirdness Press is proud to present the charity anthology, Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction. This collection of poetry and short fiction features 46 pieces from 40 different contributing authors. It spans multiple genres and presents an eclectic mix of voices. All profits will be donated to The American Red Cross to aid disaster relief efforts.

My own short story "Giant Cicadas and Other Odd Indignities", first published on the Southern Fried Weirdness Online website, is included. "Giant Cicadas..." was born in the humid heat of East Lansing MI during Week 4 of the 2004 Clarion workshop. Listening to the cicadas that summer, I remembered the racket caused by cicadas in Greensboro NC during the mid-70s and seeing the eerie split open body shells with clear eye lenses of the newly molted cicadas. Alas, that first version did not fair well in that crucible of Clarion, the Crit Circle, crashing and burning as a humorous tall tale. I think I've got it right this time, though. (grin) It is symbolic that our Week 4 instructor, Andy Duncan, was on the campus of the University of Alabama on 27 April 2011, hunkered down in the basement with some of the Honors Writing students as the tornado swept through nearby.

This is also my first Reprint "Sale".

In Addition...

Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction is selling for only $2.99 on Smashwords. And while most of that is going to the American Red Cross... well, let me let T.J. tell you more:
More Ways to Help
Thank you again for purchasing this anthology! As you know, the proceeds for this anthology will go towards The American Red Cross, an extremely deserving organization that tends to be among the quickest to respond to any natural disaster worldwide. For those interested, below are some links to several organizations and relief funds worth supporting:

The American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

The Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org

Feeding America: http://feedingamerica.org

Governor's Emergency Relief Fund:

Hands On Birmingham: http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/

Greater Birmingham Humane Society:

The United Way of West Alabama: http://www.uwwa.org/

The University of Alabama Acts of Kindness Fund:


Dr. Phil
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Now I've Gone And Done It

On Wednesday 27 April 2011, a string of severe storms blew through much of the South. Massive tornadoes struck Alabama and Georgia in particular, with significant loss of life and great damage. Tuscaloosa AL really got hammered. I know several SF/F writers with Alabama connections, and saw messages on Facebook pleading for people to take cover as a mile-wide tornado crossed I-20. My 2004 Clarion instructor Andy Duncan was on the University of Alabama campus and "was huddled with my students in the basement of Nott Hall when the twister plowed through Tuscaloosa this afternoon, a couple of blocks south. We all rode it out OK. I'm at my friends' house in Northport now. I walked out of the Krispy Kreme at 2:30 p.m., carrying two dozen doughnuts to take to my students, little knowing that store would be obliterated three hours later."

T.J. McIntyre posted a plea for giving help at noon on Friday. Ever the troublemaker, I mentioned the success of the 100 Stories for Haiti anthology, where in just weeks had over 400 submissions, and it'd gone from e-publishing to both print and e-print. In just a few months some £4000 had been raised for the British Red Cross -- and the anthology is still out and raising money.

Six hours later, T.J. posted that he was reviving Southern Fried Weirdness for a fundraising e-anthology -- guidelines included at this link and here below:
I have decided to resurrect Southern Fried Weirdness as a temporary one-time ebook anthology to raise funds for The American Red Cross to support tornado relief efforts here in my home state of Alabama. I ask you to respond quickly should you want to be involved. I would like to have this formatted and ready to go next weekend in order to raise funds as soon as possible. My plan is to upload this to Amazon for Kindle, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble hopefully within the next two weeks.

  • Stories up to 5,000 words.

  • Poetry of any length.

  • Reprints preferred. Reprints of works previously featured in the various previous incarnations of Southern Fried Weirdness have preferential treatment.

  • Format submissions however you want. I’ll reformat the text before going to print anyway.

  • Genres: Any. I’d prefer stories with Southern settings with gothic, weird, or surreal elements, but it doesn’t really matter to me as long as the work is of good quality.

  • Please take the time to edit before submitting. Due to time constraints, I will not have the same time for the degree of copyediting I would otherwise perform.

  • No payment for works, unfortunately, as 100% of the proceeds will be going directly to charity.

  • If you would like to submit, please send your stories/poems to southernfriedweirdness_at_gmail.com no later than Friday, May 6, 2011.

  • Legal stuff in lieu of a more formal contract: By submitting, you assert that all works are your own, non-derivative, that you own all the rights necessary for me to print your work, and take full responsibility for the content of your text. I am asking for nonexclusive electronic rights to print your work.

Please spread the word.

Thank you!

T.J. McIntyre
Editor, Southern Fried Weirdness

Join Us

By 1:37am this morning I'd submitted. And I'll buy the finished product. And now I'm passing on the word.

Other than money, there's not a lot I can do right now, especially hip deep in final grading. But the Southern Fried Weirdness e-anthology for Alabama relief is the sort of thing that adds visibility -- I can still point people to 100 Stories for Haiti a year later.

Thanks, y'all.

Dr. Phil
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One Year Ago...

... a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, destroying not only homes and lives, but a great deal of the infrastructure and government offices in the capital, thereby making rescues and recoveries all the more difficult. Much has been written about Haiti, the relief efforts -- I even heard the other day that the earthquake hit where the geologists weren't expecting it. Haiti was not a rich country before the event, and even the most optimistic predictions figure it will be at least another six months to get the most basic reconstructions in place.

While there is some frustration about where charitable contributions have been going and how fast, I think it fair to say that Haiti needs funds and resources and that there won't be just one NGO or charity which is going to go in and "save the day".

My Own Small Part

Shortly after the earthquake I ran across a submissions call for a charity anthology to support Haiti. Originally going to be an e-book, 100 Stories for Haiti, is available in multiple formats -- print, electronic, audio.

Naturally I'm invested in this, with my 2004 Clarion 800-word challenge story from Week 5 "Three Drink Minimum" making the cut.

Here's a nice piece on the British Red Cross blog about how quickly 100 Stories for Haiti was put together.

And a piece from the creative force behind the project, Greg McQueen, about six months later.

In September 2010, Greg was at it again, this time for Pakistan. By this time, some £4000 had been raised by the Haiti project, and 100 Stories for Haiti continues to sell and raise funds to this day.

Besides the book, I found that they also have T-shirts, bookbags and a coffee mug available via CafePress in the U.K. and U.S.. Just ordered a bookbag -- I'm always needing bags to haul papers to/from class. And a little advertising? It never hurts. (grin)

Dr. Phil
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And Now For Something Different

Golem Press' Alembical is something unique in the spec fic landscape -- a print anthology which features only novellas. It is notoriously difficult to sell novellas -- work from 20,000 to 40,000 words -- in a world that wants to publish short stories or novels.

Alembical 2

The second issue, Alembical 2, has just come out. I already have connections to two of the three featured authors. J. Kathleen Cheney [livejournal.com profile] j_cheney was one of merry band of Writers of the Future XXIV winners. Toni Pi [livejournal.com profile] wistling was a winner the year before in WOTF XXIII. So ordering Alembical 2 was a no-brainer. (Also took the chance to pick up a copy of Alembical 1 for free shipping, which includes a story by Jay Lake [livejournal.com profile] jaylake.) Then it turns out that the third author, David D. Levine [livejournal.com profile] davidlevine, is also a winner from WOTF XVIII in 2002.

Kids, are you keeping score? If you're a new writer and you're not submitting to WOTF and are still eligible, why not? (grin)

Naturally I read the stories out of order, in preference to who I knew. So first up was the third story, J. Kathleen Cheney's "Iron Shoes". Early 1900s... Sarasota Springs... horse racing... and shapeshifters. Imogen Hawkes wants, no needs for one of her horses to win the prize at the Stakes, but which one? Whirlwind, Blue Streak, Faithful? Things are pretty complicated, but in a novella length there's plenty of time to let this flow and develop and weave its threads into a whole complete story. Excellent period field, magic handled exceedingly well and very entertaining. I liked this story a lot. Recommended.

Next the first story, Tony Pi's "The Paragon Lure" is part... what? Mission Impossible, Highlander, It Takes A Thief and The Italian Job (new one)... and Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth -- back when Shakespeare was still working and Elizabeth didn't need a number. Oh yeah, deliciously high tech and historically complicated at the same time. Felix Lea is great fun and though we don't know everything that is going on, he does and we want him to win. And what if Hamlet was the only play that survives? Recommended.

Finally the story in middle, David D. Levine's "Second Chance" throws you out of the past or the present and all the way to Tau Ceti. This is the sort of science literate SF that shows how very fragile we are and the high risk of space travel. Also risky as it brings up race and religion and prejudice. And a thorny electrical engineering/communications problem. Chaz Eades is having a very difficult time and it isn't his fault, but for none of the usual reasons why. Probably one of the better "more probable" interstellar travel SF stories I've run across in quite a while. Highly Recommended.

There you have it. Three excellent stories. Very different, yet they work together. Well worth your time and money to pick up Alembical 2.

Overall: Highly Recommended

Dr. Phil
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Writers of the Future Volume XXV

Diabolical Plots posted a review of the most recent WOTF XXV anthology. Frank Dutkiewicz also reviewed "our" WOTF XXIV back in September, just about the time I posted my review of WOTF XXV. Both the volume XXIV and XXV reviews cover all the stories and are pretty thorough.

First Rule Of Reviews

"Do not argue with reviews." Nope, that's not my issue here. Frank is entitled to his opinion and I appreciate the thoroughness of his work. No, what I wanted to talk about was the fact that (a) Frank disagreed with the WOTF XXV Gold Award decision and (b) then went back and analyzed his own thinking about it. In particular he felt that another story was much more amazing and stayed with him longer... in his opinion. But in reading his meta-reviewing, I think that the very aspect of the winning story which he didn't like, was probably the feature which bowled over the judges. When I looked back at my own, less thorough, review of WOTF XXV, I noted that I didn't find the Gold Award story the best either -- but that takes nothing away from Emery Huang's achievement. Personal opinions are just that -- personal and opinions.

We see this all the time with our stories. You may belong to a crit group where some of the writers "don't get" your stories. That doesn't make either you or them wrong, or right. An editor rejects a story you're sure would be a good fit to their market. But you're neither right or wrong. The editor is using a larger metric in deciding whether to buy your work. It's why we accumulate hundreds of rejections, because it takes a confluence of events and an alignment of the stars for a good story to get sold. That 12 or 13 stories show up in the Writers of the Future anthology each year, after they've slogged through thousands of entries, means that the judges have labeled these the best at a particular time with a particular set of judges.

And I'm okay with that.

I would rather hate living in a world in which there WAS a standard for writing. A website where you could submit your work and it could be run through a computer or passed in front of a committee and get a score. And then that score would determine when and where it was sold. Which stories would be "better" than others for all time. Because such a score would be arbitrary and subjective from the get-go.

Also Rans

Indeed, it is the very subjectiveness of the process which I believe is the reason that Writers of the Future bothers to let people know that they are Honorable Mentions (and Silver Honorable Mentions), Semi-Finalists and Finalists. These are the good stories, the better stories. This is where the real competition rests, between these stories. Winning is great. But in the end I don't envy the judges each quarter, or for the Gold Award, having to decide which stories are "better" and "best".

As for reviews, they serve their purpose when people use them to buy -- or not -- a work. The very things that one reviewer might not like, I find myself saying sometimes, "gee, I think that might work -- I'd like to read that story". And Your Mileage May Vary.

Anyway, that's my two cents.

Dr. Phil
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Finally Seeing The Light Of Day?

Over on Tor.com, Jo Walton has a review of the finally published Harlan Ellison's The Last Dangerous Visions. The history of this anthology is already legend, even if it didn't involve Harlan. Now you can read about the stories and find out what all the fuss is about.

A really "important" review of an "important" work -- and you know I don't use pretentious words like "important" just willy-nilly. The comments are really worth reading, too.

Dr. Phil
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It's Out!

Being under the weather during Spring Break, I missed that March 4th was the release date for the paperback of 100 Stories for Haiti. Over 400 writers submitted stories, and my SF short short story "Three Drink Minimum" was one of the 100 stories selected for the anthology. The authors come from the U.K., U.S., Australia, Ireland, Canada, Austria, Botswana, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands -- amusingly the stories are arranged alphabetically by title, so I'm located on pp. 247-249 of the paperback. All proceeds are going to the British Red Cross' efforts in Haiti, one of many organizations which are still working there.

I'd ordered three copies back in February -- and today the P.O. Box had a key to one of the package lockers. Inside were three tightly wrapped packages held together with rubber bands. Cool! NOTE: I understand if you order 5 or more copies you may get a break on the P&P shipping charges, as it gets shipped directly from the publisher.

You can find more information, including ordering the paperback from the U.K. or the eBook, at 100 Stories for Haiti. I'll probably get a copy of the eBook for my Sony eReader -- if you order the eBook, you set the price.

The world may be going on and there are even other disasters to worry about such as the Chilean earthquake. But the work in Haiti is not over and a lot of people did a lot of effort to get this from zero to book in just six weeks.

Dr. Phil
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Thursday 4 March 2010

This is the date when the print version of 100 Stories For Haiti comes out from Bridge House Publishing in the U.K. The eBook version's release date isn't out yet. All proceeds will go to the British Red Cross efforts for Haiti. My story "Three Drink Minimum" is one of the 100 stories. The price is £11.99 + P&P (£2.30 for UK, £5.50 for Ireland and Europe, £10 for rest of the world), which for U.S. shipment came to £21.99 or US$34.78 conversion by PayPal.
Pre-orders for the paperback edition OPEN NOW!

100 Stories for Haiti is a unique collection of stories bound together by paper and glue and massive amounts of hope. This is no ordinary book. One morning a writer woke up and decided, "I must do something." Hundreds of talented authors worldwide sent him their stories and the result is an anthology that anyone can enjoy.

Proceeds go to helping the victims of the Haiti earthquake. So open this book and pick a page. There's nowhere to start and nowhere to finish. If you find one story, one page, one line entertaining: buy it.

Dr. Phil
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100 Stories For Haiti

Just got word that my 2004 Clarion 800-word challenge story from Week 5, "Three Drink Minimum", was selected to be included in "100 Stories For Haiti" fundraiser.


100 Stories for Haiti is a collection of short stories donated by writers EVERYWHERE.

Nick Harkaway, author of the best-selling novel The Gone Away World, wrote a story for the book and penned the introduction. And over 400 authors, journalists, and publishing professionals have helped with putting this book together in record time, so we can get money to where it matters, fast.


100 Stories for Haiti is coming out as an ebook on Smashwords.com, and as a paperback through Unbound Press. Both editions will be available online, February/March, 2010.

Amazing when the Internet community comes together in a hurry. I heard about this from a couple of sources, including John Scalzi, on the day submissions were due. But the organizers also said anyone hearing about it late from Scalzi could get an extra couple of days, though I didn't need it. Raising money for Haiti relief from international authors via a suddenly cobbled up all volunteer organization in the U.K. So 2010...

Will advise y'all when it is available. But if you're desperate to read a short Dr. Phil story, you could always hop over to my website and read "Three Oreo Minimum".

Dr. Phil
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Tangle Girls Continues To Be Reviewed

Just found a November 11th review of "Under Suspicion" and the Tangle Girls anthology by the website Dear Author.

Janine wrote:

Set on the spaceship Mastodon, “Under Suspicion” begins when a shipwide alarm sounds, alerting United Star Fleet Ensign Lily Branoch and her fellow crewmembers to an accident in the main hanger. In the process of helping to rescue people trapped under “cargotainers,” Lily encounters a beautiful marine whose name she doesn’t catch. She glimpses the woman again before she learns that she is Lt. Cruz-Ortega.

Lily is powerfully attracted to the woman, so much so that she can’t get the lieutenant out of her mind. But this distraction becomes a problem when Lily begins to suspect that the beautiful Daniella may be involved in a plot to smuggle weapons off the Mastodon. Could Daniella Cruz-Ortega’s lovely face be hiding treachery? And even if not, will Lily ever get up the gumption to ask her out?

“Under Suspicion” was an enjoyable story and it probably had the most relationship focus of any of the stories in this collection. Lily was likable and the enigmatic Daniella was compelling. The worldbuilding was solid and I liked the military atmosphere. My main complaint is that due to the nature of the plot, the relationship between the two women did not develop that much. Nonetheless it was fun, though I would have liked it to be a bit more substantial.

Overall grade for the anthology is a B-, with "Under Suspicion" getting a C+/B-.

Given that the reviewer was looking at this from a Romance point of view, I can appreciate that my story held back and ended before Lily and Daniella's relationship gets very far. So you won't see me complaining about my grade. (grin) Especially since I thought the reviewer did a superb job of describing and analyzing my story. (double-grin) And I cannot find fault with someone who puts my ship names in italics. (triple-word-score-grin)

Another reason to appreciate this review of Blind Eye Book's anthology Tangle Girls, is the lament in the comments section that they don't see enough f/f Romance fiction to review. So I call this a win all the way around.

Tangle Girls is available from Blind Eye Books and Amazon.com.

Dr. Phil
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It's Clearly Complicated

I knew there was a big change in the Nebula rules since January 2009, so since a number of other writers have posted lists of eligible stories, I thought I'd take a look, too. There's a nice distillation of the rules here.

Full Disclosure: I have not yet had enough pro sales to qualify for full active membership in SWFA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, so I have not yet joined, i.e. I am not yet eligible to vote myself.

From 1 July 2008 to 31 December 2009
Works of Philip Edward Kaldon in English
and Published in the United States:

a. Short Story: less than 7,500 words
8. "Le Grand Bazar" at Space Westerns. (December 2008)
http://www.spacewesterns.com/articles/108/ (5200 words)
10. "The Brother on the Shelf" in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. (May 2009) (3000 words)

b. Novelette: at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words
6. "A Man in the Moon" in Writers of the Future Anthology Vol. XXIV
August 2008 (14,000 words)
9. "Under Suspicion" in Tangle Girls (Blind Eye Press)
January 2009 (10,000 words)

c. Novella: at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words

d. Novel: 40,000 words or more

NOTE: the numbers in front of each story are my publication numbers, seen here. Story number 7 was published in Greek, in Greece, and is not eligible. Stories 11 and 12 were published in Australia, not the U.S., and so are not eligible:
11. "Machine" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue #38
(March 2009) (9000 words)
12. "In the Blink of an Eye" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine,
Issue #39 (June 2009) (7100 words)

Four Works

I'm pretty proud of all four of these stories. "Le Grand Bazar", which is in English I should point out (grin), was the first story I submitted anywhere in June 2002, and was one of my two submission stories to Clarion. I'm glad it finally found a home. Some of my readers have said it is a beautiful story. (blushes) "The Brother on the Shelf" was my first sale to a major, Analog, and selling a military SF story to Stanley Schmidt is a hard sell, but then it is and it isn't a military SF story. (grin) "A Man in the Moon" was my Published Finalist in the Writers of the Future XXIV, and represents a big step up in my writing career. And "Under Suspicion" was my hard military SF story sold to Nikki Kimberling's lesbian SF/F anthology Tangle Girls, and I've gotten some very nice comments and reviews on this story.

If any Nebula voters would be interested in reading or nominating these stories, I would be very grateful. Contact information is located here on my website, dr-phil-physics.com.

Dr. Phil
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Table of Contents
"Gardens of Tian Zi" by Emery Huang (Gold Prize Winner)
illustrated by Douglas Bosley
"The Shadow Man" by Donald Mead
illustrated by Brianne Hills
"Life in Steam" by Grá Linnaea
illustrated by Ryan Behrens
"The Assignment of Runner ETI" by Fiona Lehn
illustrated by A.R. Stone
"The Candy Store" by Heather McDougal
illustrated by Jamie Luhn
"Risqueman" by Mike Wood
illustrated by Evan Jensen
"Gray Queen Homecoming" by Schon M. Zwakman
illustrated by Tobias A. Fruge
"The Dizzy Bridge" by Krista Hoeppner Leahy
illustrated by Aaron Anderson
"Gone Black" by Mathew S. Rotundo
illustrated by Luke Eidenschink
"The Reflection of Memory" by C.L. Holland
illustrated by Oleksandra Barysheva (Gold Prize Winner)
"After the Final Sunset, Again" by Jordan Lapp
illustrated by Joshua J. Stewart
"The Farthest Born" by Gary Kloster
illustrated by Mark Payton

Twelve Excellent Stories and Twelve Excellent Illustrations

This afternoon I finished reading Writers of the Future Volume XXV. Good job, everyone! I have to say that I am split in mind -- and for a very good reason. Having attended the Writers of the Future XXIV Event and Workshop, Volume XXIV is always going to be a special collection of stories, writers and artists. We did a damned good job. But having been through that, I also have a special affinity to the latest crop, especially after watching the streaming video feed of the WOTF XXV Event. I think we had an exception class of artists in Volume XXIV -- but I also can feel the deep joy of the Volume XXV authors at the illustrations of their own stories. So I'm probably not one to judge the quality of the Volume XXV class of artists -- too biased. (grin)

Short reviews follow this cut... )

So there you have it. The Writers of the Future Volume XXV. But don't take my word for it -- get your own copy. I think you'll be seeing these people again in the future.

Dr. Phil
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Anticipation Over

All the cool kids have been reporting from, and getting back from, Anticipation -- the 67th WorldCon held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Alas, I once again did not go to a WorldCon, even though the thought of running off to Montreal for a weekend sounds great. Missed Montreal. Missed Denver. Missed Yokohama. Missed L.A. Missed Edinburgh (dammit).

Hopefully I will eventually fix this problem of WorldCon attendance as I continue advancing my SF writing career. Of course, WorldCon 68 will be in Melbourne, Australia, for 2-6 September 2010. That might stretch the budget quite a bit unless things happen on the novel front in the next six months (grin), though in theory even if I were teaching in Fall 2010, since one is traveling EAST against the International Date Line, I could travel through on Labor Day and still make the first day of class.

In Montreal the 69th WorldCon was awarded to Renovation in Reno, Nevada, for 17-21 August 2011. Frequently there are very competitive air fares from Michigan to Reno, so this one might be a possibility.

Go South Young Man?

Of course, with 2010 in Australia, I realized that there should be a NASFiC in 2010. In years when WorldCon is away from North American, there is a North American Science Fiction Convention. My second publication, "The Pulse of the Sea", was written for Northwest Passages -- an anthology for the 2005 NASFiC in Seattle, the year WorldCon was in Scotland.

I hadn't heard about a NASFiC for 2010, since Melbourne pretty much is NOT located in North America, so I Googled "nasfic" and found there is/was one bid for Raleigh, North Carolina. Hey, I could do North Carolina. Hell, I might even drive there, and then spend some time with my folks in Greensboro.

Finding out if the bid was accepted, well, both the official WorldCon and NASFiC websites are woefully out of date. A Tip of the Clue Bat to Y'all -- This is 2009. Get with the program and at least keep your websites up to date within the last month. Having them one or more YEARS out of date is not going to impress people. Or get information out. Or help attendance. Just sayin'. *** I am much more willing to be generous to the Raleigh people, seeing as they updated a week before Montreal -- and whether their bid was accepted or not, I bet they're exhausted and need sleep.

Finally, drilling down through Google I found a report from File 770:
Raleigh Wins 2010 NASFiC

Raleigh won the site selection vote for the 2010 North American Science Fiction Convention, withstanding late-arising opposition from a Southern California based bid for Pasadena.

ReConStruction will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 5-8 2010. GoH: Eric Flint. Artist GoH: Brad Foster. Fan GoH: Juanita Coulson. Toastmaster: Toni Weisskopf. Warren Buff and Michael D. Pederson are Co-Chairs.

[Thanks to Voyageur for the story.]

And they link to the Actual 2010 NASFiC webpage:
August 10, 2009

The 10th NASFiC
August 5-8, 2010
Raleigh, NC

Welcome! We're pleased to announce that the 10th Occasional North American Science Fiction Convention will be ReConStruction, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Come join us August 5-8, 2010, at the new Raleigh Convention Center. We'd like to bring together Southern hospitality with Fandom from all over for a NASFiC you won't soon forget. We're got a lot of exciting ideas for the convention, and we'll be detailing them here as the months go by, so stop back in and learn what's new. We've got some great deals worked out with our hotels, and we'll be letting you know soon how the booking for those will work. Also check back in for details on getting involved in our programming, art show, and dealers room. In the meantime, you can find information on our facilities, guests, and registration, go ahead and check us out! We hope to see you in August!

- Warren Buff & Michael D. Pederson, Co-Chairs

Well that's a pleasant addition to the day. Now maybe they'll think about doing an anthology for NASFiC. (grin)

Dr. Phil

*** - In the interest of fairness, as I poked around, I should point out that the WorldCon BIDS webpage is somewhat more up to date. But that doesn't address the two organization's homepages mentioned above, both of which are embarrassingly linked to the Bids page.
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Tangle Girls Reviewed

Emily at Rainbow Reviews not only discusses Tangle Girls, but figures my story "Under Suspicion" is the second best of the lot. Not bad...

"Under Suspicion" by Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon takes us to the 25th century where Ensign Lily Branoch is in charge of a cargo-hold on the medium-attack cruiser Mastodon and encounters Marine lieutenant Daniella Cruz-Ortega. Lily can't take her eyes off Danielle from the moment she first sees the woman, but when there is a possible smuggling scheme afoot and Lily begins to investigate, she is shocked to discover that Daniella may be a part of it. This is the first sci-fi story in the anthology and it is wonderfully written with a fast pace and great characters. There is quite a bit of witty banter between the women and the story drives quickly to the end. There is a lot of detail provided to flesh out the futuristic world but it is never overwhelming or a burden. Overall this is a story of intense attraction with a bit of mystery mixed in making for a great read!

What a lovely review. Not that I spend any time reading my reviews. Acclaim? Glory? An author craves not these things. Master Storyteller Yoda taught me that. (grin)

Overall, the anthology gets 3.5 stars in the review, while "Under Suspicion" rates 4.5 stars.

Tangle Girls is available from Blind Eye Books and Amazon.com.

Dr. Phil


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