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Wednesday 17 May 2000

• ''Sci Fiction,'' the fiction area of online magazine edited by Ellen Datlow, was set to begin May 17 with classic Robert A. Heinlein story ''...And He Built a Crooked House'' plus original novelette ''Freeing the Angels'' by Pat Cadigan and her husband Chris Fowler. Tentative schedule for the next six weeks (originals, unless otherwise noted): May 24, ''The War of the Worlds'' by James P. Blaylock; May 31, classic ''The Ugly Chickens'' by Howard Waldrop and novelette ''Malthusian's Zombie'' by Jeffrey Ford; June 7, ''Chimera'' by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; June 14, classic ''The Pope of the Chimps'' by Robert Silverberg and ''Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977'' by Kim Newman; June 21, ''Dune: Nighttime Shadows on Open Sand'' by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson; June 28, classic ''The Ship Who Sang'' by Anne McCaffrey and ''Winter Quarters'' by Howard Waldrop. The Library of Congress has a new exhibit, ''The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale,'' celebrating the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as part of the Library's own bicentennial. Appreciations of Baum and his works include one from Salman Rushdie, who said he wrote his first story at age 10, after seeing the book's famous 1939 film version. The exhibit is on view through September 23. Admission is free. Calls For Papers Interdisciplinary feminist journal FEMSPEC plans to do a special issue devoted to the work of Octavia E. Butler, and is looking for both a guest-editor and paper proposals. Guest-editor submissions (curriculum vita, writing sample, and paper call for the Butler issue) should go to Elizabeth L. Pandolfo Briggs, c/o FEMSPEC Editorial Office, Dept. of English, Cleveland State Univ., Cleveland OH 44115. Article abstracts (50-100 words) should go to Anne Collins Smith, Dept. of Philosophy, Religion and Classical Studies, Susquehanna Univ., 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove PA 17810-1001; e-mail queries to her at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of California - Riverside, are hosting conference ''Hong Kong 2001: Technology, Identity and Futurity, East and West, in the Emerging Global Village,'' January 4-6 2001, with confirmed guests including Gregory Benford, Scott Bukatman, Istvan Csiscery-Ronay, Jr., Jack Dann, N. Kathleen Hayles, David Pringle, Takayuki Tatsumi, and Janeen Webb. Conference coordinators are Wong Kin Yuen (, George Slusser (, and Gary Westfahl ( Send inquiries and proposals to Westfahl via e-mail or to Gary Westfahl, The Learning Center 052, U.C. Riverside, Riverside CA 92521. Deadline: September 30, 2000. 4/26: Mark, We've put together another cool combination of music and reading at Seeing Ear Theatre. The Jack Womack and Elliott Sharp "Dryco-Dacha Mix" goes up today. I told Womack to read the most lurid passages from his near-future, dystopian books (which he did with relish) and then Elliott, who truly is a world class musician, wove them together with his improvisations as backing. It turned out very nicely, and I'm proud to be the producer on the project. Here is the graphic: The URL is: Sincerely, Tony Daniel Readings Producer Seeing Ear Theatre SCIFI.COM // also... Tuck Milligan, starring alongside Gabriel Byrne on Broadway in Arthur Miller's hit revival "Moon of the Misbegotten" plays the psycophathic villain Marek in the new Seeing Ear Theatre sonic drama "A Dry, Quiet War," on SCIFI.COM. Milligan's character dies a gruesome death in the show's climactic moment. The first exciting part of "A Dry, Quiet War" premieres on April 21, 2000 on the site, with part two appearing April 28th. You can visit the Seeing Ear Theatre site at 4/24: Palimpsest Press Palimpsest Press, a new electronic publisher, is now accepting submissions of novels, novellas, and novelettes of all genres. Palimpsest pays royalties of 60% and will publish in several e-book formats. For more information regarding Palimpsest's publishing philosophy and their guidelines for authors and illustrators, please visit the web site. The James White Award is now open, for the best science fiction short story by a non-professional writer. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges consisting of Morgan Llewelyn, Michael Scott, Michael Carroll, David Pringle and David Langford. The winning story will be published in Interzone.

Entries must be received by August 23, 2000. The competition is open to any non-professional writer anywhere in the world. Each writer may submit a maximum of three stories, none of which have been published before. Stories must be in English and between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. There will be an administration fee of £3/$4 per story entered. Full rules and writers' guidelines are available from the Award administrator, James Bacon at 211 Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, Ireland or from the Award's website at as of May 1 2000.

James White was Ireland's best known science fiction writer. His first published story, ''Assisted Passage'', appeared in New Worlds in 1953. His novels include All Judgement Fled, The Watch Below and The Silent Stars Go By. He's best remembered for his series of stories and novels set on the giant space hospital Sector General. He died from a stroke in August 1999.

• The North Carolina Writers' Workshop will run June 8 - 12, 2000, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Participants include John Kessel, Betty Adcock, Robert Bateman, Jerry Bledsoe, Angela Davis-Gardner, Marcia Douglas, William McCranor Henderson, Steven B. Katz, David Kellogg, Steve Kirk, Tom Lisk, Margaret Maron, Tim McLaurin, Duncan Murrell, Lee Smith, and Nancy Tilly. Tuition is $325, accommodations $150, and scholarships are available. For further information contact:

Robert Bateman, Director
North Carolina Writers' Workshop
Department of English
Box 8105
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105
919.515.4118 /

New Australian Market: Pulp Audience will publish science fiction, fantasy and horror up to a maximum of 10,000 words. Payment is 5c/word for fiction, 3c/word for non-fiction ($AU). No website as yet; the first issue will be out in September. For information contact:

Jamie McGraw - Editor
25 Graves Street
North Mackay
QLD 4740
Ph: (07) 49 577 885

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