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Story Time

The Internet Review of Science Fiction just posted good reviews of two stories by friends, Kris Dikeman's "Nine Sundays in a Row" in Strange Horizons, and "Needle and Thread" by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky from Lone Star Stories #29. "Nine Sundays in a Row" was Kris's second week story at Clarion West 2005, and it's great to see it again.

Lois Tilton wrote this about "Nine Sundays in a Row":
This one shows that you can always make the oldest tale fresh by telling it from a different point of view. The dog's voice is convincingly suited to the setting, and his concerns are convincingly doglike.

And Tilton said this about "Needle and Thread":
Several different fairy tales and legends are combined in this one, with fairly original results.

Go read 'em. You'll thank me.
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The Ohio!

Have fun, kids. I'm off for a few days of R&R in Portsmouth, Ohio, the land of Roy Rogers, Kathleen Battle, and some great flood wall murals.
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The Kraken Awakes!

...There he hath lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once again by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise...

Where did Lego get those tentacles?

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Laptops stolen at Clarion West

Several people have forwarded this news, but just in case you haven't heard, four laptops were stolen Friday at Clarion West while the students were in class downstairs. Here's an update from Neile Graham:

As I'm sure many of you have heard already, someone broke into the house our students are living in and stole four laptops and some personal effects while the students were in class downstairs. I feel terrible for them--some lost work, some lost family photos, some have had to go online and change passwords, etc. It has been a harrowing experience for them--more than just annoying, because a laptop while you're at the workshop is almost a important as a hand. Not only do you write on it and use it to mail your story to Kinko's, but it's also your lifeline to home and your personal support network.

The students are all upset, of course, but trying hard not to let it ruin their time at the workshop, and the community, especially here, is rallying around them with loaners and someone has offered some office supplies, and others have started sending donations to start a replacement fund.

This has really restored my faith in humanity.

If you have an idea about how to help and want to contact us about this, the email is info @ clarionwest . org, and if you want to donate, you can use the paypal button on our site at Please say it's for computer replacement so we can keep the funds separate from our organizational fundraising.

If you want to mail a donation in, our address is on that page, too, and again, please include a note to be clear that the money is for the computer replacement fund.
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Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Bloomsday, one and all!

Have a glass of burgundy with your gorgonzola sandwich, dismiss the agenbite of inwit, and contemplate the "heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit."

Hurrah for Shames Voice.

How I would love to be in Davy Byrne's pub right now.