MABFAN NEWSLETTER # 19 (December 1999)

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


Happy new year to everyone! I'll begin this edition of the newsletter with a round up of the past year's stories. It isn't much, I'm afraid. I only had two stories published in 1999:

Despite this small output for 1999, however, things are already looking up for 2000.

By the way, if any of you are regular readers of ANALOG, don't forget to vote for your favorite stories in their annual poll, the Analytical Laboratory. You can vote from the web if you wish, by going to their webpage at, or you can find details on how to mail in your vote in the January 2000 issue. And anyone who votes is entered in a drawing for a free one-year subscription.


The main purpose of this electronic newsletter, of course, is to remind the readers when another one of my stories is available, as short fiction has the shelf life of lettuce (as one writer I know put it). Therefore, since a regular reader of this missive knows that I have a few stories coming out one after the other, that same reader ought to expect issues of MABFAN Newsletter just as frequently.

The featured new story this time is "The Quantum Teleporter," in the February 2000 ANALOG. My subscription copy, I noticed, came in early December, but the newsstand date is given as December 21, 1999. Therefore, you should be able to find it on the stands now. In this story, I introduce Drew Cutter, an FBI agent, who investigates a very strange locked room murder mystery. The victim, you see, invented a teleportation device, but he was found locked in a room opaque to teleportation. I've already got ideas for future Drew Cutter stories, so with any luck, we'll be seeing him again.




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-- Michael A. Burstein