example, and Andy Cox from The 3rd Alternative offers us this brilliant
Let your voice be heard!
Dave Gross of Amazing has posted a call for letters of comment. He says:
“Due to the surprising dearth of letters of comment, we’re without a full “Dispatches” for issue 606 and looking into the abyss of the deadline. Help! Send us your thoughts on issue 604, on Amazing Stories in general, or a recent book, movie, comic, or audiobook you’ve enjoyed–or hated.
“You’ll be glad you did, and we’ll be evuh so grateful.
“And you can send those to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include your city & state.”
P.S. Be sure to say you loved those audiobook reviews! ;)
Has anyone seen the new issue of Chronicle (formerly Science Fiction Chronicle)? I’m not sure what the month on the issue is, but it’s got a picture of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson on the cover (and an interview with them inside). Anyway, I was with Gordon at the post office on Friday when it arrived and he looked at it and said that Brian Herbert looks like John C. Reilly. Which wouldn’t necessarily be bad, but what he really looks like is the reanimated corpse of John C. Reilly. Really, it’s quite a ghastly photo, definitely worth checking out.
If anyone can find an image of it for me online, please post it as a comment so everyone can see it. I looked for it, but couldn’t find it (DNA’s Chronicle website has the current issue listed as December 2003). In other DNA news, Warren’s new KISS magazine showed up the other day too, in which at least half of the articles are written by one Warren Lapine. Seemed kind of odd to see a table of contents with so many articles written by the same person. But the magazine overall looks much better than most of the DNA magazines, in terms of its production values.
Here’s that cover image, courtesy of Jon Hansen.
If this cover had word balloons, they would read:
Brian Herbert: "Brains!"
Kevin J. Anderson: "I’m going to kick some ass with my
I’m off to Worldcon tomorrow morning, so if you notice a delay in slush response times or in response to emails, that’s why.
Here are my responses to
Cultural Index. My choices are bold; questions I abstained from
answering have been italicized. Enjoy:
My somewhat scathing review of The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad is now up at SF Weekly.
Let me know what you think.
I happened to catch a bit of America’s Most Wanted tonight, and they were talking about a guy named John Adams. I started to watch the show, to see what else they said about the guy. Some odd similarities emerged.
(1) He claims to write science fiction novels and screenplays. One web site said he claimed to worship the god RAH (others said Ra, the Egyptian sun god). Could RAH mean Robert A. Heinlein?
(2) He was a state trooper in Fairbanks, Alaska. My mom was born in Fairbanks, Alaska.
(3) His arrest warrant for kidnapping and murder was issued on July 31 (1998). My birthday is July 31.
(4) He claims to have studied UFOs. I took an anthropology/critical thinking class in college that was about debunking UFOs (among other paranormal phenomenon).
It was starting to get creepy until I realized his name wasn’t Adams, it was Addis. But still… if I was living in a fantasy novel, that would surely signify something.
Drop by and let them know what you thought of their 1st issue of the 21st Century. Oh, and after you read the October issue, let them know how much you liked my audiobook reviews and clamor to see more from me. :)
Here’s a tip for you slush writers out there:
Don’t indicate that you’ve read the submission guidelines unless you actually follow them.
For example, don’t send our writers’ guidelines flyer back to us with your submission–indicating, one assumes, that you’ve read it–if you’ve printed it on canary-colored paper, didn’t include an SASE, didn’t double space, and didn’t put your name on each page of the manuscript (all of which are clear violations of the writers’ guidelines). It’s just a bad sign all around, and even the most forgiving or optimistic editor can’t help but be discouraged by such a portent. Though it’s not necessarily a condemnation of your writing skills, it certainly doesn’t say much about your reading comprehension.
Okay, so the SASE, the double spacing, the lack of a name on each page… we can chalk those up to carelessness. But what’s the deal with the canary-colored paper? I don’t know why anyone would think that’s a good idea. The only thing I can think of is that he was trying to match our guidelines flyer, which is printed on canary-colored paper. But it doesn’t say “Make your submission look like this flyer” on it anywhere, so it’s not much of an explanation.