Sime~Gen Perspectives Newsletter

MAY 2007

Contents:
*MEDIAWEST CON REPORT -- JEAN LORRAH
*SIMECENTER NEWS
*TWO NEW WEBSITES OF INTEREST
*BORDERLANDS UPDATE
*NEW REVIEWS
*REREADABLE BOOKS
*NEW ITEMS FROM ARTISTS AND AUTHORS AT CAFE PRESS
*HELP WANTED
*PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
*AVAILABLE RELEASES
*SITES TO REMEMBER
*SUBSCRIPTION AND CONTACT INFORMATION

**COPYRIGHT NOTICE**

***** MEDIAWEST CON REPORT BY JEAN LORRAH

When Susan (Ross Moore) and I drove up to the convention hotel Thursday night (May 24), the first thing we noticed was the three parking areas nearest the hotel taped off as temporary handicapped parking. We thought there must have been a conference for handicapped people ahead of us. Instead, it turned out that the special parking was for members of MediaWestCon.

And that is strongly related to the graying of fandom.

All through the con are people in wheelchairs, people on scooters, people carrying tanks of oxygen--but they are HERE. They're participating and enjoying themselves, not sitting home and watching life pass them by.

One of the panels I was on yesterday was "Over 40 and Still in Fandom--Is it Time to Get a Life?" The answer, of course, was a rousing "No!" We talked about how fandom is family to many of us, and I talked about how I turned my fannish interests into scholarly papers to boost my academic career.

Equally interesting but more depressing was the panel on mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation) in fan writing, as of course only we old grouches attended to complain about how sloppy and inaccurate fan writing (and the writing of younger people in general) has become over the years. The funniest thing was a line _attributed_ to George Bush as an undergraduate (_some_ poor undergraduate shlub really wrote it, but whether it was actually George Bush is another matter). "She stood there with lacerates running down her face."

Huh?

If you think about the student looking up "tears" in a thesaurus, you will realize what happened: he looked at the _wrong_ "tears," the verb meaning "to rip" instead of the noun "clear excretion from the eye." But how could a college student not notice that he was looking at verbs rather than nouns, or that the meanings of the other potential synonyms didn't make sense?

It's funny--but it is also sad.

I was also on a bunch of panels from the bottom of my list of choices, about TV shows that I watch, but haven't seriously studied (except Buffy).

My cat Dudley was with us again, and had an even better time than last year being petted and fussed over. He loves to party hop in the evenings, and this morning he is absolutely hung over, having overdosed on sheer worship last night.

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RELAY FOR LIFE--Defeat Cancer in Our Lifetime

If you do not have a local team, please feel welcome to donate through Jean's team , which is made up completely of cancer survivors.

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****** SIMECENTER NEWS ******

SimeCenter proudly announces the FINAL installment of:

     Savage Empire (by Jean Lorrah)
     Chapter 8: A New Outlook
     - not an ending, but a beginning

The accompanying artwork is:

     Alien and Therapist (by G.B. Chew)
     - it makes sense if you back off

These compelling works were contributed in support of the American Cancer Society and their "Relay for LIfe" (a celebration of survivors!) Events are taking place all the time...more than 3 million participants nationwide. Find one near you.

Or, you can donate to the group in Jean Lorrah's home town, where she is an active participant. The link is http://www.acsevents.org/relay/ky/calloway/jeanlorrah.

When you donate to this worthy organization, be sure to tell them you were referred by SimeCenter.

UPCOMING in Simecenter: a 'brag' page honoring all the authors who have donated stories to SimeCenter, with links to their own webpages, and also to their "affiliations" (like BroadUniverse, Clarion, and SFWA).

Send your comments, questions, etc.--about the site, the stories and art...whatever--to the address below.

In Service to Unity,
Kaires Tevesu [If you write to me, mention 'SimeCenter' in the subject. This EMail address gets a lot of spam.]

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****** TWO NEW WEBSITES OF INTEREST

They may not be completely ready for "prime time" -- and please report quirks of operation, but two new sites of interest are now available.

Ed Wilson's work on the Supervolcano (which has given the Simegen list some wonderful discussions) may be found at http://www.simegen.com/school/worldbuilding/supervolcano/.

You will also find Winston Howlett's SAVAGE EMPIRE fanzine WULFSTONE (from 1989) online.

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******BORDERLANDS UPDATE

The latest group of episodes of Borderlands, the S~G collaborative fiction scenario, has just been made available at the usual place.

This part is called "Physicians Across Borders," and focuses on Sosu Cristal of the Hannard's Ford Sime Center, who becomes the center of attention (or bone of contention) for healers from both Territories. Another plot thread encompasses the further adventures of Nick and Katsura as they return to civilization, or what passes for civilization in New Washington Territory. Finally, Senator Tsibola and his nephew Craig try to work out their differences, and wind up trying to get some very unusual help from two unexpected sources.

We also have the usual sidebars the Sat'htine sewing circle, some tourists from out-T get help from a homeboy, a Gen with an unusual profession visits the HFSC, plus a two-parter about PPling, the poet/barista from the Moonbean Cafe.

Any other readers out there are welcome to comment by e-mail to us. We're planning to take a new turn, soon, and would like to hear from our readers about who they'd like to see more of and what kinds of situations they like us to present.

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******NEW REVIEWS

AN INMATE'S DAUGHTER by Jan Walker

HUNTING WITH THE WOLF by Romona Hilliger

ONE FOOT FORWARD by Rose Middleton

WHITE LIGHTNING ROAD by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.

BANGKOK LAWS by Jim Michael Hansen

OLD TOWN by Bill Vernon

THE COMPLETE BEING: FINDING AND LOVING THE REAL YOU by Tami Brady

PROOF EVIDENT by John Dicke

EGYPTIAN DAYS by Jennifer Mueller

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******REREADABLE BOOKS

ReReadable Books Column Updated to November

04-29-2007 -You can now find the books to be reviewed for ReReadable Books all the way through November 2007.

http://www.simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/2007/ is the index for 2007.

Columns will be posted after publication in The Monthly Aspectarian both on paper and on their website, lightworks.com. You may stay informed on updates by subscribing to rereadable-l@simegen.com at http://www.simegen.com/archives/ .

****** ******NEW ITEMS FROM ARTISTS AND AUTHORS AT CAFE PRESS

A SIME~GEN postage stamp is now available to order on cafe press. It can be used just as you would use a a regular postage stamp. Be the first on YOUR block to have them!

We've got a new page for Cafe Press items from our artists and authors. Now you can get t-shirts, greeting cards, clocks, mugs, and other great stuff with work from your favorite artists. You can even buy books about Nessie, the Orange Forest Rabbit and The Reluctant Spy that aren't available anywhere else.

http://simegen.com/marketplace/cafepress/ is a direct link to all our items and merchandise stores. Use of this page will give the domain extra income.

If there is an item that you wish to see that isn't offered, just write Lois at lois@lochness-monster.com and she'll get it ready for you to order.

Think about magnificent, hand-crafted Starred-Cross Jewelry for your holiday giving:

The image comes in four designs:
- silver & enamel brooch *
- silver & gold brooch
- silver & gold outline pendant
- small silver pin
(The first three are 1-1/2" square; the pin is about half that size.)

* Enamel can be almost any color - think Householding colors! How do you describe the color you want? Try http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_colornames.asp.

Follow the link to the artist's own page for ordering. The artist who created these items apologizes for not replying to some early queries.

Apparently, the 'Shopping Cart' was sending notices to an obsolete mailbox, and he didn't receive them until very recently.

He says the page still has some problems, but at least the notification works, and ordered items will be created and shipped within a few days, by First Class mail.

Any questions or comments go to Kaires Tevesu (Please mention 'starred-cross jewelry' in the subject line, because that address gets a _lot_ of spam.)

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******HELP WANTED

The spotlights section of Simegen.com currently needs interviewers, spotlight posting personnel, an assistant spotlights gatemaster, and a keygifts store manager. We are also requesting an Assistant Reviews Co-coordinator - duties include covering when other staff are unable to perform tasks. We are almost finished revamping our reviews section and expect activity to be at a constant high level. We're looking for a versatile quick learner able to put in some time daily. Pluses are: A good command of the English language (syntax, grammar, punctuation, in that order), some computer experience or ability to learn, and an interest in books. Direct all inquiries to simegen@simegen.com.

Individuals to take over, or assist with the SIMECENTER Site -- It isn't at all hard, but a bit time-consuming...and very rewarding ("meeting" these marvelous authors and artists, if only via EMail and their websites). Please write me, Kaires Tevesu if you are interested.

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******PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

We have had to withdraw the entire Sime~Gen project from Meisha Merlin for a wide range of reasons. They missed several deadlines for publication of TO KISS OR TO KILL and showed no signs of intention to get it out any time in the foreseeable future. That stalled everything else. It was very disappointing.

So we are now actively in search of another publisher.

THE UNITY TRILOGY should continue to be available for some time -- they have the right to dispose of all stock in the Meisha Merlin warehouse.

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******AVAILABLE RELEASES

~ the Omnibus reprint of Jean Lorrah's SAVAGE EMPIRE: DARK MOON RISING -- is #1 in the reprint program.

~ Trade Paperback edition of DREAMSPY from BenBella Books and you can order on Amazon and some other places.

Read the comments here.

~ SAVAGE EMPIRE: PROPHECIES is #2 in Jean Lorrah's and Winston Howlett's omnibus reprint of the Savage Empire series.

Still Available in Trade Paperback, SIME~GEN: THE UNITY TRILOGY

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***** Sites to Remember *****

Author spotlights

Chats

Romance articles

Reviews of books by Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Reviews

Shopping

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