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

Hello, once again. This month finds Nomi and me heading to New York City for the Nebula Awards Banquet, where I'll be a first-time nominee in the novella category, for "Reality Check." The banquet is on the night of Saturday, May 20; but a more impressive event happens the night before, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on 17th Street. As a tie-in to the Nebula weekend, about eighty science fiction writers will be showing up for a mega-signing. It begins at 7 PM with readings from featured authors, so if you decide to go, you'll want to be there on time. For more information, go to the webpage of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America ( and follow the links to information on the Nebula Awards weekend.


I have one story that has just been released, in the June 2000 issue of ANALOG. "Debunking the Faith Healer" is a collaboration that I wrote along with Lawrence D Weinberg, about a reporter who confronts a rather lucky faith healer in middle America in the year 1955. If the issue isn't in stores right now, it will be soon, so if you're interested, you know what to do.


The next issue of ANALOG will be the large July/August double issue, and I'll have the shortest piece in the whole thing. My story "If Ben Franklin Had Gotten His Way" is running as a filler piece, given that it's only about 60 words long.

And to whet everyone's appetite, there is a rumor out there that sometime later this year, another story of mine will be the inspiration for a magazine cover. I won't say anything more so as not to tempt fate, but if it does happen, you'll be the first to know.


I am very pleased to announce that I have just sold a story titled "Kaddish for the Last Survivor" to ANALOG. This is a story about a topic that is important to me, the problem of remembering the Holocaust when all the survivors have finally passed on. The story was inspired by the book DENYING THE HOLOCAUST by Deborah Lipstadt, and I am pleased to note that Professor Lipstadt gave me permission to open the story with a quotation from her book. I'll be sure to spotlight this story when it appears.



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-- Michael A. Burstein