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Saturday was writers group day (in which yet another “Casket Girls” story was on the griddle) after which, lurking in my mailbox back home, what should I find but the Winter 2015-16 issue of FOCUS (see February 7)?  This is the British Science Fiction Association magazine oriented toward writers, but which also contains, on page 34 as an on-board sticky note alerted me, Poetry Editor Charles Christian’s column “Poetry From the Stars” in which is, as first of seven poems and a sixteen entry “Scifaiku” section, my poem “On the Other Hand.”  “On the Other Hand” is my take on why fay1a marriage between King Kong and femme fatale Fay Wray could never have lasted, and was first published by the BSFA in the August 2015 GRIEVOUS ANGEL.

“On the Other Hand,” incidentally, is also a finalist in this year’s Rhysling Poetry Competition, sponsored by the (US-based) Science Fiction Poetry Association in the “short poems” division (see March 17,  just below), of which more here as it becomes known.  And, as for FOCUS — a nicely put together issue and one I look forward to reading more thoroughly —  as the editors have explained, an actual appearance a month or so after the date on the cover is not that rare a thing.


February 4’s “Super Sunday” posting included, “I received a PDF copy of the poetry pages from the British Science Fiction Association’s magazine VECTOR (see July 5 2012) including my poem ‘California Vamp’ along with a promise that a print copy will be forthcoming.  ‘California Vamp’ was originally published in VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE) and is one of five pieces accepted by Poetry Editor Charles Christian last summer, the others of which may appear in future issues.”  Yesterday the issue arrived and it seems I got at least one detail wrong:  rather than VECTOR, the publication “California Vamp” has found her new home in is the Winter 2012/13 FOCUS, subtitled THE BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION’S MAGAZINE FOR WRITERS.  Isn’t that just like a vamp, to go after the pros!

Be that as it may, the magazine itself looks like a winner (despite any dubious poetic company it might choose to keep :-)).  To quote Guest Editor Keith Brooke:  “In this issue we’ve tried to provide a snapshot of the genre publishing industry and where a writer’s career fits into that.  Or rather, several snapshots . . . fragments . . . a composite, if you like, intended to reflect how publishing is changing and reforming itself and what it is to be a writer in the early part of the 21st century.”  Heady stuff, this.  And lest one think that’s all very nice, but that’s in Britain and this is the US, the article listed first on the cover is by American writer and 1990s F&SF editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Then, moving to publishing, Dark Regions Press has announced a special “Sale For Good” beginning today.  What’s that? you may ask.  Not only are titles being discounted, some quite deeply, but they add that “for every in-stock book you buy we will donate a book to a school, library, military base or other charitable causes (customers are invited to choose where they would like the book(s) donated).  This is our effort to cut down on some back stock and support our local libraries, our men and women in uniform and other charitable causes.  . . . Our goal is to donate 1,000 books or more to the libraries, military bases and schools that we have contacted in regards to donations.  We hope you join us in the effort, and please spread the word on.”  Or, to amplify, “[f]or every in-stock book that a customer orders from the website we will match that with one book donated to a charitable cause; school, library, military base or other (if specified by customer).  Customers are welcome to notify us via the Order Comments section or via e-mail where they would like the books donated.  There is no limit on the amount of books a customer can order until we are out of stock.  Books will not be donated when customers order an item still in preorder phase.”

And so it goes (where have I heard that phrase before?).  As it happens, I have two horses in the Dark Regions stable myself, STRANGE MISTRESSES:  TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE and DARKER LOVES:  TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET, which are now being offered at fifty percent off until, as I understand it, they have received enough orders across the board to result in 1000 or more books being donated, at which point the sale will end.  “Orders are accepted with Visa, Mastercard, Discover card, American Express and PayPal.  Payment via check or money order can be arranged upon query.  We are not processing orders over the phone at this time” and “[f]irst-time customers will receive a 20% off coupon insert with their order for use on the website and a free DRP Bookmark.”

For more information on my on-sale titles press here, while for information on Dark Regions and the sale in general you can press “Home” at the top of that page or, more directly, just press here.

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