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Hello, I'm new here. I'll be checking out the FAQ, of course, but if there's anything I should know about, please feel free to drop a line.

Got here by way of bOING-bOING...wonder how many others did as well?



“Whoever has the better grip wins.”

Brazen Hearts, Fresh, On Sticks: Chapter One

Chick Lit takes a critical hit. Josie is your typical young goblin, selling freshly grilled human hearts outside the mall, trying to survive her ruthless family, and pining after that dreamy hobgoblin who just stomped into town. Each week (ha) in this podcast, she describes part of her story to you, another human whose heart she will soon be selling on a stick.

An Alternative Ending to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (Susanna Clark)

An Alternate Ending to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell

Author’s note: In my opinion the book didn’t really need an alternative ending, so I only changed it a bit. The tone became a bit lighter and the ending more movie-like: wrapped up, tight. I don’t really prefer either ending, so others will have to make that judgment. By the way: if you haven’t read the book this ending will be incomprehensible.

Tales From The Sword And Scroll Tavern - Sven's Tale

I think I may need to expand the ending some. Opinions?

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Some members of the Kindred had been contemplating emigration since before I was born. Some sought a less technology dominated life, others, my parents included, wanted their children to grow up somewhere where being religious . . . being a true theist, not just paying lip service to ancient rites . . . wasn't regarded as being backwards and primitive.

Tales From The Sword And Scroll Tavern - Prologue

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I'd docked at the spaceport on Sweets' Northern Continent, and, upon making inquiries, discovered that the nearest bar that both served real alcohol and had an interesting clientele was The Sword and Scroll Tavern, in Lus Ville proper . . . a tiny little town, probably called a village almost anywhere else.

Ace in the Hole

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For my first post here, my first and so far only paid submission. Published on a coffee can! You'd have to know me to know how appropriate that is.

Ace in the Hole
Bill Rogers

"It's a stupid custom," Memtok said.

I shrugged and picked up the cards again. "Even on a planet with two suns, Michaelmas comes only once a year. Besides, I like to see how my slaves think."

She snorted. "You only play against three. How can that tell you how four hundred slaves think?"

History of the Prayer Accelerators, Pt 3

As discussed previously, the energy contained by the Prayer Accelerators reached such high levels that elaborate safety measures were required, including automatic power shutdown of any chamber that might be opened during operation. Indeed, as Accelerator doors were similar to bank vault doors, they required several minutes to even open. As a result, it was actually impossible to be exposed to or see a chamber in operation.

Untitled Zombie Movie - Roadkill

This is my favorite scene from a zombie movie script I've been working on for a couple years. The characters are
1. GUY DOWAN, on the run after losing his more competent comrade to a zombie/creature/thing. I'm imagining him as kind of a combination of Edward Norton in Fight Club and a straight Jon Stewart (if you can imagine such a thing).
2. STEVE THE DRIVER, who first appears in this scene. He is named after Steve Buscemi, who would be my first choice to play the character.
3. BLEARGH, a zombie named for his single line in a previous scene.

ISBN Explained

I was noticing the edition for Hyperion (my favorite book) listed in the biblio section is no longer in print, and the isbn is wrong.

Here is the ISBN for the currently in print Mass Market edition:
# ISBN-10: 0553283685
# ISBN-13: 978-0553283686

The Hardback first edition, no longer in print, is:
# ISBN-10: 0385249497
# ISBN-13: 978-0385249492

This brought up the question, when listing books would we list the currently in print edition, or the original printed edition even if its no longer in print, or both (but this could be up to 5 or 6 versions)?

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