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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 07:05 pm:   

I've just sent the MSS into the publisher for volume 1 of my Text:UR series of anthologies, The New Book of Masks. Here is the TOC:

Nadia Gregor - Faure, Envenomed, Dictates
Eric Schaller - Monkey Shines
Toiya Kristen Finley - The Avatar of Background Noise
Christine Boyka Kluge - Parchment and Twigs
Sarah Totton - Bluecoat Jack
Terese Svoboda - The Lindberg Baby
Tamar Yellin - Strangers on a Train
Joe Murphy - Bitter Almonds and Absinthe
Christine Boyka Kluge - No Mooing in the Moonlight
Catherine Kasper - The Theater Spectacular
Joshua Cohen - Last Transmission or Man with a Robotic Ermine
Darren Speegle - Peace Rituals
Jay Lake/Ruth Nestvold - Incipit
Lance Olsen - Six Questions for an Alien
E. Sedia - A Play for a Boy and Sock Puppets
Christine Boyka Kluge - Documenting My Abduction
Tom Miller - When the Devil Met Baldrick Beckenbauer
Rikki Ducornet - The Scouring
Brian Evenson - Fugue-State
Jason Erik Lundberg - Most Excellent and Lamentable
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Darren Speegle
Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 07:28 am:   

And a fine list it is.:-) One I'm proud to be part of.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006 - 02:23 pm:   

I'm glad! :-) This anthology is going to be very different from any other anthology out there. People are going to love it or hate it, so I'm bracing myself for some mean, mean reviews, as well as some flattering ones. I don't know how anyone could read this collection of stories and feel ambivalent.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 03:26 pm:   

Here is the preliminary cover for Text:UR - The New Book of Masks:

The New Book of Masks
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:34 pm:   

I want one! I want one! When when when?

OK, I think I need to go lay down.

JK
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 02:07 pm:   

Forrest,
Who's the publisher and when does it come out?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 01:45 pm:   

Forrest,
Thanks-what's AWP?
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Darren
Posted on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 04:28 pm:   

That's what I was wondering, Ellen.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Saturday, July 01, 2006 - 02:51 pm:   

http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/2007awpconf.htm

4,000 attendees. Many of them academics shopping for books for their college courses . . . or just out for a good read.

It absolutely dwarfs World Fantasy. I hear it's a great place to sell books en-masse. Haven't been there myself, but a few friends from the "literary" community tell me it's a huge deal. I won't be there next year (or next), but one of these days . . .
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Darren
Posted on Saturday, July 01, 2006 - 07:08 pm:   

Very cool.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Sunday, July 02, 2006 - 08:42 am:   

Check out their Forums page if you think Nightshade has problems with spammers.

Looking at their Website gave me a great idea for a short film. It would be cheap and easy to make. Just get a science fiction publisher to purchase a table at the conference, then set up a camcorder and record the expressions on people's faces when they find a sci-fi publisher in their midst.

Could be interesting.

Personally, I'll bet that Small Beer and Wheatland presses would do great at the conference.
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Deborah Layne
Posted on Sunday, July 02, 2006 - 01:04 pm:   

And, coincidentally, Gordon, Wheatland Press is thinking about attending.

:-)
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Sunday, July 02, 2006 - 01:19 pm:   

Coincidence? I think not . . .
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Monday, July 03, 2006 - 02:16 pm:   

John Lawson at Raw Dog has told me that he's gotten a great deal of exposure there, that it's the best bang for his buck, so far as cons go.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Monday, July 03, 2006 - 02:18 pm:   

Gordon, I'm curious what responses you think such a table would get at AWP - percentage wise, that is. I'm sure reactions would run the gamut, but do you think that, say, 60% of faces would be aghast, 20% delighted, 20% snooty, or what?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Monday, July 03, 2006 - 05:39 pm:   

Forrest, the beauty of it would be in the variety and the depth of the reactions. There would be the people who see "sci-fi", blink a few times, and then walk past the table. There would be the recurring expressions that look like someone in church sitting behind Mr. Flatulent, there would be the few people whose faces light up after seeing that it's a table for science fiction, and there would be some chatty people who go from table to table, schmoozing up everyone, and if we're lucky we'd get to see the curdled-milk expressions when they realize these nice people are peddling that sci-fi stuff!

Or so I speculate. Actual results would be more interesting, I hope.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 03:19 pm:   

First, there was the book-cover posting. And now, the movie . . . well, a very short movie, but it moves nonetheless . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EoxXwi_vXE

turn up your speakers and enjoy!
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 06:19 pm:   

From Publishers Weekly:

Fantasy fans looking for familiar themes and names among the 20 stories in Aguirre's boldly original anthology will be disappointed. Those who like experimental fiction that's not always readily accessible will be richly rewarded. Highlights include Nadia Gregor's enigmatic "Faure, Envenomed, Dictates," Eric Schaller's hilarious "Monkey Shines," Catherine Kasper's gently satiric "The Theater Spectacular," and Joshua Cohen's breathless, fabulous split-sentence split-thought confession, "Last Transmission or Man with a Robotic Ermine." Aguirre, who won a World Fantasy Award for Leviathan 3 (edited with Jeff VanderMeer), demonstrates once again why he's one of today's more innovative genre editors.
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 03:17 pm:   

Tangent's review:

http://tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1002&Itemid=2 63
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 02:37 pm:   

Booklist reviews Text:UR, The New Book of Masks:

"Aguirre's prolific editing ventures led to a World Fantasy Award for
Leviathan 3 (2002). Judging by the high caliber of the selections in
his latest anthology, another prize may come his way. With diverse and
intriguing themes, ranging from the unique problems of immortal humans
to the fate of an alien who can answer only six questions put by its
earthling hosts, the 20 stories here display remarkable degrees of
creativity and craftsmanship. Many have a conspicuously experimental
flavor, such as Tom Miller's modern fable about the devil infiltrating
humankind to rebuild a temple, "The Fifth Tale: When the Devil Met
Baldrick Beckenbauer," in which a more intriguing story is told by the
lengthy footnotes. Others turn Kafkaesque, such as Brian Evenson's
"Fugue State," describing contemporary society's decline during a
memory-wasting plague. To serve as interludes between longer pieces,
Christina Boyka Kluge contributes three whimsical, one-page prose
poems. Readers looking for speculative fiction that defies
classification as either sf or fantasy will find it in this
captivating volume. Carl Hays"
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Forrest Aguirre
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 02:50 pm:   

Another review, from a place I have not heard of before:

http://geocities.com/craigsbookclub/texturmasks.html

I'm not sure if they like it or not???

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