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Alex
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:53 am:   

"Peter Skilling," the story I wrote for the NYRSF reading last week, is now up on Salon.com -- go to the front page of their tech/business section: http://salon.com/tech/index.html

"For Now It's Eight O'Clock" should show up in a couple of weeks on Strange Horizons.

"Down in the Fog-Shrouded City" will come back to life in Polyphony 4.

Plus the book! I just saw a cover flat when I was in NYC last week. It looks groovy. I would post the cover here but don't know how; if you're dying of curiosity, you can see it on amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0345466969/qid=1077205892//ref=sr_ 8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/103-5296560-2597444?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Also, "Vandoise and the Bone Monster" is on the final ballot for the International Horror Guild Award. Yippee!

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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:38 am:   

Here's the image: one_king_cover

Very cool my friend.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:43 am:   

Ha ha! Look how stupid I look. Apparentally, bitmaps are not a viable file format for this board? I could only save the dumb image as a BMP or ART, and the upload process didn't like either of these.

JK
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Alex
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:43 am:   

Doesn't look like an image to me. You stoned again, Klima?
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:51 am:   

Um no, here: damn computers
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:51 am:   

Hmmm, that's rather small...

JK
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Alex
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:00 am:   

But swanky. And anybody can see it bigger on the Amazon web site (although any ordering should of course be done through your local store).
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Now, what's this crap about it not being available until July? What if I want to read it now?

JK
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Alex
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 03:35 pm:   

Hard cheese, my friend. Wait until July like everyone else. ;)

Found out this morning that ARGOSY is going to do a story of mine, "The Life of Riley," as the novella in an upcoming issue. Pretty good week.
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Alex
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 12:50 pm:   

The story I workshopped at Sycamore Hill last summer, "Volunteers," is slated for SciFiction on July 28.
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Craig LaCasse
Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 12:52 am:   

Just read and appreciated "Peter Skilling" in Fantasy & Science Fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed "Vandoise and the Bone Monster" when it came out, voting for the latter in the Locus Poll; btw, great interview, Alex, in the July issue. I look forward to reading many more of your stories.
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Alex
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 12:12 pm:   

Thanks, Craig. There are more coming...I've got at least one more in Gordon's inventory, a novella due in the spring from Subterranean, and other stuff here and there.
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Some Random Small Press Person
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 05:04 pm:   

Ahem...Alex? Got anything coming out in oh, say, a small press anthology that will be released at the end of August?

:-)

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Alex
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 05:35 pm:   

Is that when it's coming out? I thought it was September.

Yeesh, you Random Small Press People are sensitive. The RSPP refers, of course, to Polyphony 4, which you don't need me to tell you is going to be a fantabulous aggregation of the local talent.

This is what I get for dashing off a quick reply while I'm at work thinking about lunch...

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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 05:40 pm:   

Well, you know, Alex, end of August IS the beginning of September. :-)

Actually, despite my best efforts, it'll be available at WorldCon and I will probably send out author copies even before that.

And Alex's story is called "Down in the Fog-Shrouded City" and it has some of the coolest weirdness I've read in ages...or is weird coolness?

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Alex
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 06:52 am:   

Cool, I can't wait to see it. A new Polyphony is always cause to take the phone off the hook for the day.

I've just landed a story in Lou Anders' next anthology, FutureShocks. My piece is called "Homosexuals Damned, Film at Eleven."
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 08:08 am:   

Thanks, Alex.

I'll have to check out FutureShocks, too.
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David Eland
Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 08:19 am:   

I enjoyed reading "Volunteers". Great (social)science fiction. Keep it coming.

Sorry but I was disappointed by "Peter Skilling". Where "Volunteers" dissected social issues with a scalpel, “Peter Skilling” bludgeoned me with a political baseball bat.

I wonder if "One King, One Solder" is more like the former or the latter?

I’m looking forward to reading more of your short fiction in SCIFICTION and F&SF.

-Dave
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Alex
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 06:46 am:   

Thanks, Dave. If you're worried about ONE KING, rest easy; it's not much of a political book.

And btw, "Peter Skilling" was intended as a bludgeon; there's a time for subtlety and a time for brute force.
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 07:26 am:   

Picked up the new book yesterday; very excited to read it again!

JK
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JV
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 07:55 am:   

Alex:

Congrats! I'm delighted to see you're up for a World Fantasy Award for your Trampoline story. I thought it was really wonderful.

JeffV
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Alex
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 12:55 pm:   

Thanks, Jeff. I'm thrilled; that was one of the stories that I felt kind of parental about, and it's great to see it getting some attention.

Congrats to you, too, for Veniss.

Klima: the book's going to look a little different. I'm guessing at least 50% of it is new from the draft you read. Interested to hear how it strikes you.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 01:17 pm:   

Conga rats Alex
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Alex
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 02:23 pm:   

Thanks, Lucius. When is someone going to come up with a Rattus norvegicus conga-line emoticon?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 02:41 pm:   

Anytime now...:-) See ya in Tempe.
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EDatlow
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 04:03 pm:   

Congratulations Alex!
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Alex
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 05:22 pm:   

Congrats yourself, Ellen. What did you end up with, three? I mean either your books or stories you bought. Way to go.
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John Picacio
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 07:39 pm:   

Congrats, Alex. See you in Tempe, if not Boston later this month. Looking forward to it!
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EDatlow
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 10:31 pm:   

Urm. Actually five :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 03:57 am:   

hey, congrats on the nomination, man. neatness.
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Alex
Posted on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 12:42 pm:   

Right. Five. I knew that.

John, I'll be in Boston for sure, but Tempe is still up in the air. Must lobby wife.

Thanks, Ben--
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JV
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 12:46 pm:   

Alex:

BTW--loved your story in Polyphony 4. Deeply strange and cool. The monkey stuff was great.

JeffV
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Alex
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:14 am:   

Thanks, Jeff. Sometimes you get a monkey in your head, and it just won't leave, you know?
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t.
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:03 pm:   

When I get a case of the brain monkeys, I root around for them with a stick through my ear. Monkeys hate getting poked with sticks.
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Alex
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:28 pm:   

I do this, and the monkeys grab and hold on for dear life. People at work think it's funny.
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t.
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 03:10 pm:   

The heartbreak of brain monkeys is never funny. There should be a foundation for it. And public service ads on the TV.
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 04:53 pm:   

How would we get anything done without our brain monkeys, though?

JeffV
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t.
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:56 pm:   

All I know is this: if it weren't for the brain monkeys, I'd still be welcome at the Olive Garden.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 06:27 am:   

Your brain monkeys were doing you a favor, t.

JeffV

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