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


Welcome to the third issue of the MABFAN Newsletter. I haven't had much writing related news to share in the past few months, I'm afraid. I do have one piece of big news I'll share in the next section, but for the most part, the biggest news in my life is that Nomi and I are moving next month to a larger apartment. With luck, once we're entrenched in the new place, I'll have a lot more time to devote to writing.


I've brought this section to the forefront because my biggest news is about awards. First of all, I am pleased to note that "TeleAbsence" (ANALOG, July 1995) has won yet another award, the Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award for Best Short Story of 1995.

The other piece of news is even bigger. For the second year in a row, the members of the World Science Fiction Convention have honored me by nominating me for the John Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This is my last year of eligibility, so whatever happens this Labor Day in San Antonio is it. The Campbell Award is voted upon on the same ballot as the Hugos, and it's not too late to join in time to vote. For more information, you can check out this year's Worldcon web page at, or write to LoneStarCon2, Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755. The cost of a Supporting Membership is $25.

My sincerest thanks to any and all who nominated me for this award.


One sale, a short-short titled "The Cure," to ANALOG. I'll let everyone know when it gets published.


Once again, if anyone cares to know which conventions I will be attending in the near future, here they are:

Readercon 9 (Westborough, MA; July 11-13, 1997)

Rebelcon (Taunton, MA; August 8-10, 1997)

Note that despite the nomination for the Campbell Award, I will not be going to LoneStarCon2. Nomi and I managed to make it to L.A.con III last year, but two remote Worldcons in a row is too much. So if I do win, I've asked Stan Schmidt, editor of ANALOG, to accept the award on my behalf. With luck, he'll be bringing a plaque back from Texas for me...


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-- Michael A. Burstein