This is a very short issue of the MABFAN Newsletter, but a vital one, as I've always warned people about the ephemeral shelf life of short fiction...
This month two of my stories have been published. The first one, "The Spider in the Hairdo," appears in the Baen Books anthology URBAN NIGHTMARES, edited by Josepha Sherman and Keith DeCandido. The book is an interesting one, in which the editors solicited stories based on urban legends, and I chose the one about, um, the spider in the hairdo. A warning: although the story is science fiction, it's also a horror story with a rather gross ending. I'll put it to you this way, for those of you who know my tastes in fiction: if I hadn't written the story, I don't think I'd want to read it. (But I'm sure I don't speak for the rest of you.) You should be able to find the anthology in the science fiction or fantasy section of your local bookstore; and if you don't see it, ask!
By the way, I've put the opening scene up on my webpage, and I have a link to a page about the rest of the book, if you want to find out more before looking for a copy.
The second story is a short one, "The Cure," in the December 1997 ANALOG (which, given how publishing schedules work, is out right now). This is a two page story which you could probably read right there in the store, but as always, my advice to you is to make sure your collection of Burstein fiction remains complete. Remember that ANALOG is usually on the stand for only about a month, so if you don't pick this issue up soon, it'll be gone by the time you look for it.
Nomi and I will definitely be at Philcon the weekend of November 14-16, in case anyone's interested.
Well, that's it for now. Like I said, a short issue. I'll have more news later on.
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