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JV
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:32 am:   

Well, that's odd. How'd I make finalist for the Locus Award?

http://www.locusmag.com/2005/News/05_LocusFinalists.html

That's insane. Anyway, congrats to all who are on the list and thanks for voting. I made a concerted effort this year--and for all years in future--to not make any effort to get votes. I didn't even vote in the poll myself.

JeffV
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:51 am:   

Maybe it's because your story is damn good? :-)

Congrats!

JK
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:44 am:   

That's be my guess about it, too, JK...but maybe I'm a wee bit biased.

Anyway, congrats, Jeff, I'm glad to see it!

Deborah
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:57 am:   

I'm not saying I don't like the story. I'm smugly happy with it. :-)

Thanks, guys.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 01:41 pm:   

Apparently, I have a book coming out this month I was unaware of.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1405454180/qid=1119472736/sr=1-28/ref=s r_1_0_28/202-9462809-1935837

Jeff
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 07:11 am:   

Wow. Now that's prolific!
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 09:14 am:   

Cool, you got a book published without even writing it. Maybe you should do this for more books. I wonder, if you can pull this off, will it mean more time for editing?

Besides squid, what other animals will be in this Encyclopedia of the Animals?
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 10:07 am:   

meerkats
lemurs
frogs
toads
giraffes
penguins
platypus
rock hyrax
nutria
wild boar
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 11:49 am:   

llamas
alpacas
pumas
anacondas
anteaters
bandicoots
narsilias
randroons
mandikeets

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minz
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 12:36 pm:   

SLIME MOLDS!!!
(oh, and it's platypi)
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 12:40 pm:   

nope. just one platypus in this encyclopedia. you let more than one in and it's a circus.

But, yes, slime molds.

oliphaunts
ligers
sun bears
moon bears
jaguarundi
pumamundi
grouters
flounders
guinea pigs
ibex
mole rats
polar pigs
chunkmunks


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Ann V
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 01:40 pm:   

chunkmunks????
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 01:48 pm:   

Yes, the chunkmunks of southern delaware. a very particular type of marmot that is half chipmunk and half groundhog, basically. they're called chunkmunks because they look like chipmunks but they are very, very wide.

JeffV
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jv
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 01:53 pm:   

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here's a bad photo of one. still looking for a better one. this one is holding a giant styrofoam peanut for a delawarian promotion of some sort. the fake peanut is about two feet long, for purposes of determining scale.

JeffV

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StephenB
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 01:56 pm:   

And moon bears are a variety of ursids, not comonly known, found on the moon. They are small, about the same size as their South American cousins, and instead of a sun shape, they have a spherical patch of silver fur on their chests.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:00 pm:   

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here's another chunkmunk, although i can't find really good photos for some reason.

no, stephen, a moon bear is not found on the moon any more than a sun bear is found on the sun. a moon bear has a habit of...well, acting like some teenagers hurtling around small towns late at night in vans.

jeffv
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:01 pm:   

i don't think this is the son of new news thread any more...
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StephenB
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:01 pm:   

Don't forget to add,

Kinkajou
Fossa Fossa
Binturong
Aardwolf

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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:02 pm:   

Hmmm. Thinking about editing an anthology of entries on imaginary animals. A modern cryptozoology anthology. Cause I haven't learned my lesion yet.

JeffV
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StephenB
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:02 pm:   

JV: How do you know? Ever been on the moon?:-)
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:03 pm:   

Nice, Stephen!
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:03 pm:   

I've heard there's no air.

I love the Binturong. Tastes great grilled on toast.

JeffV
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StephenB
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:04 pm:   

Hey, that'd be a cool anthology.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 02:07 pm:   

It was Stepan Chapman's idea awhile back--gave it to me free, he did.

JeffV
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Anna Tambour
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 03:51 pm:   

The antechinus could be an entry in both your upcoming Encyclopedia of Animals (congratulations! maybe you wrote it in your sleep), and in your anthology of imaginary same. Few will know that it's real. It's a delightfully aspirational animal (or the opposite) for people who expect to come back as someone or -thing else.
Here's a partial description, from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife site.
"The dusky antechinus, in common with the swamp antechinus, has a remarkable breeding biology. Copulation occurs during a short season in winter. The males, driven to somewhat frenzied sexual activity due to raised testosterone levels compete vigorously for females. Within three weeks, almost all the males in the population are dead. This male die-off is largely brought on by the high stress levels associated with the physiological changes brought on by the breeding period.
The female gives birth after a four week gestation period. Six to eight young are born and carried in the pouch for up to eight weeks. Young are then left in a den before becoming independent at about three months."
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/wildlife/mammals/dantech.html
We often find dead males here. And a live one has taken to hunting moths on our balcony at night.
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des
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 02:27 am:   

Did you know snails are animals. I didn't.

The snail and slug class is itself huge and diverse, and all its members are known collectively as gastropods. The word gastropod is almost funny: It's derived from the classical Greek word gastros meaning stomach, and podos meaning foot. Watching aquarium snails grazing, you may think that "stomach-foot" is a good name for them! The vast majority of gastropods are aquatic animals. In fact, snails and slugs are the only mollusk class found on land. The snails in our backyards should more precisely be called land snails.

My favourite snail: NEMORALIS.
It appears in AS Byatt's novel 'The Whistling Woman':
and here's picture of a nemoralis:
http://www.geocities.com/sarkymite/snails/british/capaea.html

Snails SHOULD be imaginary, even if they're not. An Encyclopaedia Of Would-Be Imaginary Animals seems something worth reading or creating! And in fact leads to concepts of a new fantasy world where everything is real but wants or needs in some way to be imaginary so that they can be written about as fantasy. This is one of the underlying themes of my first novel.
des



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JV
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 06:10 am:   

Well, the chunkmunk can't be included because it's real!
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Ann V
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

Right...
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JV
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

I can't believe my own wife is be-atch slapping me.

JeffV
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Ann V
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 08:12 am:   

Oh, it's real, all right. I saw one last night.
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 09:20 am:   

Yeah, there are enough real animals that are weird without having to make anything up.

Here in Southern Switzerland we have the tigrino, a very small tiger (fully grown 12cm in length) which is practically on the verge of extinction. Apparently in Asia its body parts are considered to be key ingredients in various medicines.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 03:19 pm:   

Okay, to get back on subject...just sold "The Secret Paths of Rajan Khanna" to Omnidawn's forthcoming New Fabulists' anthology, due out in February of 2006 with work from Leena Krohn, Kim Stanley Robinson, and many others.

jeffV
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 08:39 am:   

Congrats! Is it a theme antho?
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JV
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 11:58 am:   

It's just a general antho of New Fabulist work inspired by the Conjunctions antho. I'll be blogging details about it shortly. It's supposed to be the first of a series, and it does have an open reading period, I believe, or will.

I think it has the potential to be a major player in the field. We'll see.

JeffV
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StephenB
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 07:20 pm:   

Sounds good. That antho definitely appeals to me.

I think you're one of the more interesting writers of your generation. So, it'd be nice to see you appear in some of the bigger mags, like Sci-Fiction and F&SF, Jeff. Not all of us can keep up with and afford all the mags and anthos.

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JV
Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2005 - 05:38 am:   

Stephen:

I don't write a lot of short fiction any more. And about half of it is solicited. Not that I write to a theme, but that if somebody actually approaches me and I think the project is interesting, I'm more likely to send whatever I have to them to support it. Sci-Fiction and F&SF don't need my support. I'd say I've sent Sci-Fiction about three stories over the last four years. (One of them was the one Omnidawn just took. LOL!) If I ever start writing more short fiction and submitting it regularly to Sci-Fiction, then I might get in there. As for F&SF, I sent them pretty much everything that's in Secret Life at one point or another and didn't get in, so I gave up for awhile. Now I'm submitting to them again in earnest, so we'll see. It's entirely possible, too, that I just don't fit their tastes and will never appear in either.

So that's the story behind all of that.

JeffV
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StephenB
Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 01:33 am:   

Hmm, ok...
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 06:18 am:   

New review of Veniss.

http://www.chronicles-network.com/books/reviews/4/veniss-underground/

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JV
Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 12:11 pm:   

Google translator leaves something to be desired...

http://216.239.39.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.musik-filme-buecher.d e/item%3Fq%3D0722699%26index%3D0&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2B%2522jeff%2Bvandermeer%25 22%26start%3D500%26num%3D100%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26c2coff%3D1%26sa%3DN%26as_qdr%3D all

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