MABFAN NEWSLETTER # 44 (January 2005)
Michael A. Burstein's "Friends Across the Net" Newsletter
YEAR 2004 ROUNDUP
In 2004 I published two stories:
- "Decisions" (Analog, January/February 2004, short story)
- "Time Ablaze" (Analog, June 2004, novella, cover story)
Nomi and I will be at two upcoming conventions:
We also plan to be at Readercon in early July.
INTERVIEW IN REFLECTION'S EDGE
I am pleased to announce that the new science fiction and fantasy webzine Reflection's Edge is featuring an interview with me as the lead for the second issue. The issue is at http://www.reflectionsedge.com, or you can go directly to the interview at http://www.reflectionsedge.com/imab_sd.html. As the blurb reads: "Six-time Hugo Award nominee Michael A. Burstein gives an exclusive RE interview and discusses his writing style, his Jewish perspective on science fiction, and why he should always listen to his wife."
AWARDS INFO: ANLAB AND HUGO
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.
- The Analytical Laboratory Award, or AnLab, is the award given by the readers of ANALOG magazine for the best work in the previous calendar year. This year, both of the stories listed above are eligible. I encourage any and all regular readers of ANALOG to vote. You can vote by going to their webpage at http://www.analogsf.com/analogreaders_2004.shtml, but please note that the deadline for voting is FEBRUARY 1, 2005, so it's coming up very soon. Note that all voters are entered in a drawing for a one-year subscription to the magazine, so why not vote? You may win ANALOG for a year!
- The Hugo Awards. These awards are given every year by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention -- in short, anyone who chooses to join as a supporting or attending member. The 2005 convention, Interaction, is in Glasgow. Now, you might not be going to Glasgow for the convention, but if you were a member of Noreascon 4, which was held in Boston last year, then you're eligible to participate in the nominating process! (You won't be able to vote on the final ballot, though.) You can also join Interaction by the end of January and become eligible to nominate, as long you send in your money along with your ballot by the end of this month. Otherwise, the nominating ballot is due back by MARCH 11, 2005. If you're interested in finding out more, check out http://www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk/ and http://www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk/hugo.htm. I strongly encourage members of Noreascon 4 to nominate in the Hugo Awards.
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.
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-- Michael A. Burstein