Sunday, June 04, 2006

Some SF/F Stuff To Sweeten Your Sunday

The SCIENCE FICTION POETRY ASSOCIATION (SFPA), which I just joined today, is featuring a poem by Gregory "Timescape" Benford at their site. A bit of an homage to Isaac Asimov and a few other great writers and the genre itself, but mostly Isaac. Here's a snippet, but go to the site to read it in its entirety:

"I’ll die with my books on,
he said, "and be gone."
And the other dreamers:
crisp Heinlein, folksy Simak,
crusty Jack Williamson, wise Silverberg,
ever-young Clarke, even Fred Pohl in his rational rigor--
all wrote of passing like sunrise rays
through the cold nitrogen lens to see
landscapes beyond our gray reality.


from ISAAC FROM THE OUTSIDE

If you write speculative poetry, you'll want to visit the SFPA site and click on the information for their contest. No entry fee. Modest cash prizes. And, hey, metered and rhyming or free and blank versy fun for all.

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A new venture in quality SF/F short fiction began with this month of June: JIM BAEN'S UNIVERSE.

Unlike TSR or DKA, this is a secular online magazine that requires subscription payments for you to read the full stories and essays. But the names of the contributors (current and to come) is a who's who of young and old writers of SF: Gene Wolfe, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Catherine Asaro, Sarah Zettel, Julie Czerneda, Alan Dean Foster, John Barnes,etc.

Here's why I believe you should go and support this endeavor TODAY:

1. Short fiction is not currently thriving in the SF/F world, and it matters in developing new voices.

2. The magazine aims to pay BETTER than all other markets out there for SF/F writers. Supporting this magazine supports writers financially.

3. The magazine aims to feature new writers. All you "new" writers interested in SF/F should check out this new entry into the market. (And note #2 above!)

A six-issue subscription to Jim Baen's Universe is $30.00.


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Heads up to LaShawn Barber --she whose blog inspired this previous Mirathon post on the gospel--for a link to Harry Potter and the War On Terror.

The article touches on various books and films, not just Harry Potter ones, including an obscure bit of Democratic propaganda where Mommy the Democrat outgoodies the Repubs, the Narnia stories, HOOT (the movie), and LOTR:

The Fellowship of the Ring has no talk about trying to understand Saruman’s unhappy childhood as a way of exonerating his evil acts. Even Boromir’s manifest unhappiness is not an excuse for the envy in his heart – something he himself recognizes at the end, when he sacrifices himself to save the Fellowship. The two subsequent movies in the Ring Trilogy ( The Two Towers and The Return of the King) keep up the same steady drumbeat: honor, loyalty, steadfastness, and the recognition that evil cannot be destroyed with half measures.


But yes, it does dwell for some paragraphs on HP, including this:

I don’t pretend to know what J.K. Rowling was thinking when she wrote Order of the Phoenix, but I can’t help but see in this post-9/11 book a perfect analogy to the situation the West faces today, in the real world, in its War against Islamofascism. Some of us, like Harry, know that we have seen evil, acknowledge its existence, and are prepared to fight it. But just as Harry must deal with a government Ministry bound and determined to explain away or ignore the evil in its midst, we too face an anti-War movement that endlessly ignores, explains away, and excuses the most vile acts of terror and human degradation.


If you doubt that "Islamofascism" is a real, global threat, then you need to visit Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch. And when you're done there, visit here. And for Christians, head here and here and here. Scroll, read, and be very afraid. Then pray and support and, above all, trust the Judge of All The Earth, whose wrath will fall on the unrighteous who oppress His own.

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TONIGHT AT 10PM IN THE DKA CHAT ROOM, THE WINNER OF DKA'S SHORT STORY CONTEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED. JOIN THE STAFF TO FIND OUT WHAT FINE STORIES MADE THE CUT FOR WINNER, RUNNER-UP, AND HONORABLE MENTIONS.

I, Madame Mirathon, already know, natch, but I ain't telling.

3 comments:

Meg said...

Anybody we know???

Mirtika said...

Well, if you hang around the Faith in Fiction boards, you may recognize the Winner and Runner-Up:
Chris Mikesell won and Jane LeBak came in after him.

Mir

Meg said...

Congrats, Chris and Jane. Way to go!