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Michael Jasper
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 04:02 am:   

Intracities -- Thirteen Stories Told from Various Stomping Grounds

Table of Contents

(in alphabetical order, by author)

"City Limits," Chris Babson

"Dreams Unfathomable," Jay Caselberg

"Vodka Through a Straw," Peter Hagelslag

"Flow of Time and Water," Rachel Heslin

"Iron Heaven," Jay Lake

"The Lost and Found of Years," Claude Lalumière

"Enlightenment," Jason Lundberg

"Just Like Venice, Only Not," Mary Madewell

"Mom and Pop," Paul E. Martens

"Broken Branches," Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt

"Heat," Mark Siegel

"Where the Centaurs Roam," Jeff Turner

"Restless," Melissa Yuan-Innes

I can't tell you how excited I am about these stories -- the authors have all outdone themselves. For updates about the anthology, keep an eye on the official Intracities page. The anthology will be available for Halloween 2003, at the World Fantasy Convention -- if you're there, keep an eye out for the launch party we have planned at the con along with the editors of Polyphony, as we launch Intracities, Flytrap, and Polyphony 3. Wahoo!
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 04:39 am:   

Mike--
It might be interesting for potential readers to know which cities are being written about -- so perhaps add the repsective city after the author's names?
I know I'm curious!
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 06:18 am:   

Mike:

Great line-up! Now I have to come to DC and get a copy in person!

JK
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Laura Anne
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 06:25 am:   

"It might be interesting for potential readers to know which cities are being written about..."

That information is also a major publicity tool. Name the locations, send press releases to the local newspapers, get a write-up or three. Sheesh, do I have to teach you children _everything_? *grin, rlh*
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 06:31 am:   

My story takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here's an excerpt.
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Jay C
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 06:56 am:   

My story, with no excerpt, takes place in London, natch.

And yeah, nice lineup. You must be pleased, Mike.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 07:57 am:   

Good points, folks -- here's the amended ToC:

"City Limits," Chris Babson (Fuquay, North Carolina, USA)

"Dreams Unfathomable," Jay Caselberg (London, England)

"Vodka Through a Straw," Peter Hagelslag (Novorossiysk, Russia)

"Flow of Time and Water," Rachel Heslin (Big Bear, California, USA)

"Iron Heaven," Jay Lake (Portland, Oregon, USA)

"The Lost and Found of Years," Claude Lalumière (Montreal, Canada)

"Enlightenment," Jason Lundberg (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

"Just Like Venice, Only Not," Mary Madewell (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

"Mom and Pop," Paul E. Martens (Rensselaer, New York, USA)

"Broken Branches," Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt (Oakland, California, USA)

"Heat," Mark Siegel (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

"Where the Centaurs Roam," Jeff Turner (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

"Restless," Melissa Yuan-Innes (Montreal, Canada)

(I'm especially pleased with the story from Russia, which is wonderful, if I say so myself, and I can, cuz I'm the editor!)
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 10:01 am:   

Yeah, I'm glad to see some stories not set in the USA. Though I'm anxious to read them all. It's also a pleasant surprise to see I'm not the only North Carolinian in the ToC.
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Rachel Heslin
Posted on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:36 am:   

Y'know, if you were planning on doing a bigger run, I'd offer to help w/publicity -- releases to local media is a great idea.

(Yeah, I know I'm late -- I'd forgotten about your NightShade board.)
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Mike
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 06:34 am:   

Thanks, Rachel. I'll probably keep the run small, since this is my first attempt at editing/publishing/distributing. 100 to start, maybe 50 more if there's sufficient demand. We can only hope...
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 08:10 am:   

Mike--
I have to say that 100, especially given the low, low price, is probably underestimating the demand.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 11:30 am:   

No kidding, Claude. You know those babies are going to fly off the shelves at WFC, not to mention all the people buying them through the website.
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Mike
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 11:43 am:   

Hmmm... Maybe I'll bump it up to 150 copies...
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 07:02 am:   

Mike,

There's a package in the mail to you as of today. Let me know when it arrives.

JK
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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 07:22 am:   

Cool! John, you're the man!
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 10:53 am:   

Holy shit, you got Frank Wu to do the cover??? Man oh man, this anthology is just going to plain rock the house. You'd definitely better go on the high side (150 copies) with the printing. Everybody at WFC is gonna want a copy. Woo! I mean, Wu!
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Mike
Posted on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 11:01 am:   

Yep, I'm doing 150 as the first run. I've already got 3 dozen accounted for (though that's counting the 14 contrib copies).

Frank's the MAN.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 07:27 am:   

Frank's actually posted the kickass cover art on his website. Wow. I repeat: kickass.
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 07:53 am:   

I second Jason's emotion!
That is indeed one great cover!
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Jon Hansen
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 08:23 am:   

That *is* pretty fabulous.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 08:28 am:   

Yeah, I'm really pumped up about it. It'll look even better life-size.
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 11:08 am:   

LOVELY cover art!
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GabrielM
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 05:05 pm:   

I like it. Seems to have an Hernandez Bros feel to it....
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 09:35 pm:   

Frank is an amazing artist. His artwork for my e-book floored me, and he doesn't disappoint with the IntraCities cover!

(Hey, Mike, we only casually know each other from the Rumor Mill. Or at least, I know you...)
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Michael Jasper
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 06:38 am:   

Thanks, folks, and I hope Frank sees this! I need to point him this way.

GabrielM -- I think the girl on the right-hand border is a dead ringer for something by the Hernandez Bros. Good call.

Jamie -- I hope you've had luck with the story you subbed for the antho -- I liked it.

And Nicholas -- thanks! How's YOUR publication coming?
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 07:48 am:   

Content-wise, we're more or less set to go, though we could do with more poetry; however, we've stalled a bit due to our webmaster being busy with various other things. We ought to launch by the end of the month, god-equivalent willing! Thanks for asking.:-) Hope your anthology does as well as it deserves to (which, I'm sure, is very well indeed).
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 10:22 am:   

Thanks, Mike. It's currently sitting in a pile somewhere at On Spec. (I hope -- my last sub to them disappeared somewhere in the Vast Canadian Wilderness.)

It looks like a pretty kickin' line-up, even if I'm not in it. :P Are there gonna be any copies left by the time its actual release date rolls around?
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 03:10 pm:   

Jamie:
The longer it takes to hear from On Spec, the higher the chances of being accepted.
That's what their website says, and my own experience bears that out.
My first sale to them (Njàbò) took eight months between submission and acceptance, and my current sub has been there since February (so I'm hopeful). On the other hand, the one time I sent something that was rejected, I heard back within a few weeks.
So this long wait may be a good thing.
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Mike
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 03:58 pm:   

I dunno -- I sent them a story in February and haven't heard back from them, so I've pretty much given up. Maybe I should query... In any case, that's a bit long to leave folks waiting.
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 07:37 pm:   

Oh, it's not a long wait yet, unfortunately -- just about a month. :-) But I queried after 8 months on my last submission, and they'd never heard of it.
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Mary
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 05:59 pm:   

I'm such a retard. This whole time I've been calling the antho IntriCACIES. I wondered what that had to do with cities.

What a bozo.
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Mary
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 06:00 pm:   

Cover looks great, btw.
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Mike
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 07:01 am:   

Thanks Mary! Glad you like the cover, hope you like the (new) title. :-)
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 02:27 pm:   

Speaking of the cover.... I met Frank Wu at Worldcon this past weekend. What a great guy. (Not a mention a fab artist.)
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 03:44 pm:   

Ah, he finally found you! Good. I had to coach him on how to pronounce your name ("No, not 'clod.'")

He's a terrific fellow, that Frank. And a tremendous artist.
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Mike
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 06:28 am:   

Yeah, Frank rocks. Wu-hoo!
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2003 - 08:32 am:   

Just sent the PDFs of the cover and the contents to a local copying company, so if all goes well, I should have copies of INTRACITIES by next WEEK!!!

Yahooo!!!

If I get real ambitious, I may start mailing off people who pre-ordered the antho, as well as copies to potential reviewers.

Or I may just wait, depending on my energy levels, which right now are quite LOW.

But damn, I'm super-pleased with how it has turned out. Huge thanks to John Teehan who came in at the last minute to get me out of a major layout logjam.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:57 am:   

Got 150 copies of INTRACITIES in a box next to me.

Damn but they look great.

If you pre-ordered, I may start sending copies out as early as this weekend, if possible. And contrib's copies as well. Contributors first, of course.

Wahoo!
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 11:13 am:   

Wahoo! Can't wait to see it, man!
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Peter Hagelslag
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 03:00 pm:   

Can't wait either, Mike, although I actually must.

In any case, I hope you sell them all at WFC, and need to print another 150 after that. Thanks again for giving me my first international sale.

A little question for the writers on this board: were you also so excited at your first story appearing in print? Me, I'm still pinching myself regularly to assure it's true.

I'm at a loss for words to express how much I'm looking forward to receiving my Intracities copy.

Peter

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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:31 am:   

Actually, Peter, I think the real excitement point came at the actual sale. That was real floating material. Getting the physical contrib copies was exciting, but nothing beats that first letter.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 08:48 am:   

The acceptance is always the biggest moment of excitement, just because the ratio of rejections to acceptances is so damn high.

But seeing a story in print is another emotion. More of a pride thing than the rush of the acceptance.

But in either case, it's really really addictive.
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Laura Anne
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 08:59 am:   

There's also often such a long wait from acceptance to publication that you get to have a whole new rush of "I did that!"

Or, sometimes, "I did that?"

Me, I like the check part the best. *grin*
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Mary
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 10:20 am:   

That is So. Frickin'. Cool.

I'll enjoy spending the next check, this first one went in a frame and is on my office wall. Was going to just photocopy it, but, didn't. Oh, btw Mike, you can cancel that one if you'd like. ;-)
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 02:00 pm:   

So that's why my account wasn't balancing!!! Mary! You're killin' me! ;)

I have my first two acceptance letters framed and on my office wall myself. Even made $100 on my second one. Spent ALL of it on books.

Seeing something you wrote all those weeks (or months, or years) later for the first time in print is exactly how Laura Anne describes it -- you're like "Cool!" hopefully, or "Doh!" if you see that typo that snuck in.

Mostly, for me, it's a mix of bewilderment, bliss, and boosted ego.
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Peter Hagelslag
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 06:06 pm:   

I have very mixed feelings about my first acceptance email--it wasn't yours, Mike--because the publisher that accepted my story, saying they would come back to me after the anthology was filled, went bankrupt two months later.

Of course, the story was released (and is doing the rounds), but when your acceptance email arrived, Mike, I was both very happy and a little skeptical.

However, the prompt and professional replies to my emails, and the way you kept us all informed both here and on your website did give me a lot of confidence that "Intracities" would really take off.

Simply because my first acceptance didn't equal an actual appearance in print, I'm so thrilled with this.

FWIW, Peter
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 07:49 pm:   

Thanks Peter, and have faith -- I've got the copies of the antho right here in my office. Just have to find a way to get a copy to you in Russia.

No problem! We'll figure out a way.
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 07:29 pm:   

Mike:
Just got INTRACITIES in the mail today. It looks great!
I'm very proud to be included in this attractive chapbook brainchild of yours!
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 10:26 pm:   

Claude, The Lost and Found of Years is one great damn story. I flipped through my copy, not wanting to read it because my hands were smudgy, but your first line caught me totally off guard and I resolved to put up with a few fingerprints in order to finish it.

Hats off.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 04:59 am:   

Thanks, Claude! And I ditto what Mary sez. :-)
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 12:08 pm:   

Mary:
Thanks! Your words about "The Lost and Found of Years" are very, very appreciated.
Don't know when I'll have time to read INTRACITIES ... soon I hope. The reviewing thing eats up a lot of reading time...
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 12:20 pm:   

Hey Mike, have you sent a copy to Gavin Grant and Kelly Link yet? They're editing all the fantasy stuff for YBF&H next year, and Intracities would certainly be something they'd consider.
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Mike
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 12:40 pm:   

Yep, copies were sent to all the year's best editors, including a PDF sent to Jonathan Strahan at the last minute to the Land Down Under.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 01:26 pm:   

Groovy.
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Michael Jasper
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 07:20 am:   

This isn't a review, but three INTRACITIES stories were listed on Super-Reader AndyHat's list of Recommended Reading for 2003 -- Rachel Heslin's "Flow of Time and Water," Claude's "Lost and Found of Years," and Tim and Heather's "Broken Branches."

Congratulations, folks!!!

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Chris Dodson
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 10:14 pm:   

Holy crap, he reads a lot! I thought I was a voracious reader, but this guy's got me beat by a country mile. And those are just the recommended stories! I can only dream of being able to read that much one day . . .

Best,
Chris Dodson
Visit my New and Improved Blog at:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/loveboatcaptain/
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 07:20 am:   

Yeah, Andyhat's the man, man. I'm lucky to read a novel in a MONTH, much less keep up with Asimov's, Sci Fiction, Strange Horizons, etc. It's cool that he keeps track of all his reading. Guy has good taste. :-)
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 07:09 am:   

My Intracities story didn't make the list, but my two stories in Four Seasons in One Day did. Woo!

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