MABFAN NEWSLETTER # 32 (March 2002)

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

Hello to all. Nomi and I had a great time seeing people at Arisia and Boskone, and we hope any of you who saw us felt the same. (If not, don't tell us.)

And now the news...

AWARD NEWSI am very pleased to announce that "Kaddish for the Last Survivor" has been nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Although the story was published in 2000, due to a rolling eligibility policy, it managed to make it onto the final ballot this year. The Nebula Award Ceremony is being held in Kansas City on April 27, and I haven't yet decided if I'll be able to go. But I'm still delighted that this story keeps earning recognition.


As I mentioned last time, this year's Worldcon, ConJose, has placed the nominating ballots for the Hugos at their website, If you were a member of last year's Worldcon, the Millennium Philcon, or are a member of ConJose, you can print out the ballot, fill it out with the stories you would like to see nominated for the Hugo, and mail it in. The deadline for this is the end of March.

Needless to say, I have a vested interest in readers of mine participating in the Hugo balloting process. However, even if you're not planning to vote for any of my stories, I still encourage you to check it out. The more people who vote, the more meaningful the results.

And as long as I'm on the subject of Hugos...

I'd like to thank those of you MABFEN who were involved for the gesture of support and encouragement you gave me after I lost the Hugo at the Millennium Philcon last year. You know who you are, and you know what you did. (At least I hope you do. And if you have no idea what this message is about, please ignore it.)


In about two months, Cumberland House will be publishing the anthology IN THE SHADOW OF THE WALL: VIETNAM STORIES THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN edited by Byron R. Tetrick. My collaboration with Mike Resnick, "Reflections in Black Granite," is in this book, and I'm honored to be in the august company of writers such as Joe Haldeman, Michael Swanwick, and Robert J. Sawyer, among others. The book's not available yet, but I suppose you can always pre-order a copy at your local bookstore...


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-- Michael A. Burstein