MABFAN NEWSLETTER # 10 (June 1998)

Michael A. Burstein's "Friends Across the Net" Newsletter

HEADLINE: "In Space, No One Can Hear" Is Now Published


Well, the month of May has come and gone, meaning that it is no longer possible to get copies of the June ANALOG, with my story "Cosmic Corkscrew." (Why the June issue disappears before the month of June is a question for another time.)

However, the July/August 1998 double issue of ANALOG has just hit the stores, and it includes my story "In Space, No One Can Hear." This story is about a Deaf man who helps rescue a stranded spaceship, and the editor's comment on the story is that "'Advantages' and 'disadvantages' are inherently relative terms..." It also has a beautiful Vincent Di Fate illustration of an astronaut hovering outside a spaceship, the Moon in the background. If you want to read the story, be sure to pick up the issue before it disappears.


The September 1998 ANALOG (which is coming out next) will publish my story "Absent Friends," a sequel to my Hugo-nominated novelette, "Broken Symmetry." A lot of people mentioned to me that the first story was so idea-based that it overshadowed the characters. You'll be pleased to hear that the sequel is much more character-based. In this one, Jack Levinson, who lost his friend Daniel Strock in an explosion, travels to the other universe to look for another version of his friend -- and he gets more than he bargained for. I think people will enjoy this one.

I'm also having a collaboration with Stanley Schmidt published in the Worldcon Guest of Honor Book, a story called "The Parallels of Penzance." Three guesses what it's based on...


It's still not too late to vote in the Hugos, and links to all of the nominated novelettes (including "Broken Symmetry") can be found online at And if you're just interested in reading "Broken Symmetry," check out broksym.html.


* Bucconeer, the 56th World Science Fiction Convention (Baltimore, MD, August 5-9, 1998;


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