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JeffV
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 06:46 am:   

Congrats, Stepan, on getting into Hartwell's and Cramer's year's best fantasy!
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Sunday, March 02, 2003 - 07:46 pm:   

Thank you, Commander.

Your esteemed spouse deserves some of the credit.

That's a reference to Ann VanderMeer, editress of The Silver Web, for it was she who published my short story "The Comedian", which I believe will be featured in the next edition of the Hartwell Cramer anthology Year's Best Fantasy.

It will be nice to have a piece in a mass market paperback for a change.

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Michael Cisco
Posted on Sunday, March 02, 2003 - 11:28 pm:   

!!!!
Now that's a spicy meatball!
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 10:43 pm:   

Thank you, Michael.
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jeff ford
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 11:08 pm:   

Stepan: Congratulations!! I haven't seen "The Comedian," but "State Secrets..." might have been my favorite piece of short fiction of 03. Please, keep em coming.

Best,

Jeff
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jeff ford
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 11:29 pm:   

Stepan: Make that 02 and not might have been but was.

Jeff
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Forrest
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 03:38 pm:   

Congrats, Cap'n Cephalopod! I really enjoyed "The Comedian" - then again, I really enjoyed "State Secrets . . . " as well. And when the genius of your Leviathan 4 story is revealed . . . well, let's just say there might be an apocalypse.

Forrest
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 08:33 pm:   

Thank you, Jeff, and thank you, Forrest.

Hey, Jeff, I should congratulate you on your recent Nebula nominations.

Yes, I'm an active member of SFWA, and I receive the fabulous SFWA Bulletin. The Bulletin was really exciting thirty years ago. Letter after letter of writers lambasting each other. The current Bulletin is tame and tepid indeed.

I got nominated for a Nebula once, but then I was disqualified because the story was published in Canada, not the USA. When Damon Knight named it the Science Fiction Writers of AMERICA, that was exactly what he meant.
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JeffV
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 04:38 pm:   

Stepan:

This from Realms of Fantasy, a review by Paul Witcover. They loved Leviathan 3 and said this about your novella:

Two of the stories in particular, Chapman's "State Secrets of Aphasia" and Ford's "The Weight of Words" are exceptionally fine and should be considered strong contenders for best-of-the-year anthologies and awards.

Chapman, whose novel The Troika won the Philip K. Dick award in 1998, is a stunningly inventive writer. Here, with a node to Edward Lear and a tip of the hat to Lewis Carroll, he sets forth the desperate struggle of Empress Alba of the ectoids--"weightless luminous stick figures who built on vapor, slept on fog, and lived in architectural drawings"--against the Black Glacier, a mysterious and malevolent entity that is spreading like a swiftly metastasizing cancer throughout the kingdom of Aphasia. What at first reads like a delightful piece of whimsy spun on a ticklish froth of inspired language soon begins to metamorphose before your astonished eyes into something darker and more serious, yet without losing its witty, effervescent tone. A remarkable performance
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 05:10 pm:   

Not that this has anything to do with awards and such, but I just read your Millionaire review in Rain Taxi. Well done! I shall have to get a copy now.

Contemplating a drinky crow tatoo . . . even though I don't do tatoos.
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JeffV
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 05:14 pm:   

Yeah--that was a great review, Stepan. I've got his sock monkey stuff, which is great.

Great review of Dark Property, Forrest! And congrats on getting into Exquisite Corpse!

JeffV
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2003 - 04:21 am:   

Hi, Jeff. Hi, Forrest. Finally a little activity on this board.

Jeff: Thanks for the heads-up on the Realms of Fantasy/ Leviathan 3 review. I missed that.

Forrest: Glad you liked the Millionaire review. I enjoyed your Evenson review as well.

Just got Main Street Rag #8-l in the mail today. It features my piece "The History of the World", which is a composite of three short-shorts and reads exactly like a comment on "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

I'm mailing off photocopies to both of you. (I'm addressing Jeff and Forrest again.)

Looking forward to the physical manifestation of Album Zutique One.
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Forrest
Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2003 - 02:23 pm:   

Thanks twice, Jeff. And thanks twice to you as well, Stepan.

I'll look for the photocopies in the mail - I love getting packages from you. Always informative, educational, and entertaining. Every man should have this opportunity.

But then you'd be broke.
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Jeffrey Thomas
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 04:40 pm:   

Here's one such "every man": I enjoyed *my* photocopies, Stepan...the cartoons, as always, and I LOVED "Fat Nate's Master Plan." My favorite line: "But even a blind pill bug can fire a machine gun." Duh! Tell me something I DON'T know. (CONGRATS on YEAR' BEST!!!)
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 04:43 pm:   

Thanks, Jeffrey.

It was good to see you at ReaderCon. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to socialize. Cons go by so fast.

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