MABFAN NEWSLETTER # 40 (January 2004)

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

Happy new year to all! I have nothing new coming out this particular month, but there's still news. I have my list of stories from last year, information on our schedule at Arisia, and reminders for those of you who wish to participate in the science fiction awards process. Read on!


In the year 2003, I published three stories:

At this point, "Paying It Forward" is no longer available, but because I feel very strongly about this story, I'm willing to make this offer. If anyone on this list is planning to vote in either of the awards listed in the next section, let me know and I'll either email you an electronic copy of the story or mail you a photocopy of it from the magazine, your choice.


As the new calendar year begins, so does the science fiction awards process. I'd like to take a moment to remind all my regular readers of two awards that you can have a voice in deciding.

Needless to say (but I say it every year), I have a vested interest in readers of mine participating in these two ballots. 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.


To begin with, Nomi and I will be at Arisia (Boston, MA; January 16-18, 2004; more information at later this month, and we've been given a very full schedule. Between the two of us, we're on 17 panels! We overlap on two of those, so we're technically only on 15 panels. For those of you who wish to hear us declaim at Arisia, here's our schedule:

Whew! And please keep in mind that if you want me to autograph something, you'll need to wait until after 5:30 PM or so on Saturday night...

Finally, also keep in mind that we'll be at Boskone (Boston, MA; February 13-15, 2004; more information at and Noreascon 4 (Boston, MA; September 2-6, 2004; more information at; join now to nominate and vote in the Hugo Awards).


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