Monday, December 24, 2007

Bulletins & Other News: Dec. 24, 2007

Are We Alone? - New Episode available: "Science Detectives"
Some detectives don't look for fingerprints or interrogate suspects to unravel mysteries. Instead, they're dressed in white coats, and armed with DNA probes and star maps. These are the science detectives: researchers who have found innovative ways to use science to solve puzzles that no one else can.

Find out how a biologist helped international police pinpoint elephant poaching in Africa. Also, astronomers who can decipher when and where Vincent van Gogh painted his famous nighttime works by examining the position of the stars. And, how some archeologists and paleontologists willingly deal with some very old dung to learn secrets of the distant past.

* Samuel K. Wasser - Professor of conservation biology, University of Washington
* Jacob Berkowitz - Author of "Jurassic Poop"
* Russell L. Doescher - Physicist and astronomer, Texas State University
* James Oberg - Rocket scientist and media consultant

You can listen to the new episode at:

Dusk Before the Dawn - Listed on SF Signals First Novels Christmas Gift List
"SF Signal list my novel Dusk Before the Dawn on their list of Christmas Gifts of First Novels from First Time Authors. A great list featuring seven novels with the reviews from SF Signal.~ Larry"

Guest review at SF Signal
"Those wonderful gents in their typing machines at SF Signal invited me to guest review the novel 2012: The War for Souls by Whitley Strieber. Give it a read, and check out their SF Tidbits, Reviews, Tubebits and Mind Meld series. Theirs is the top group SciFi Blog in the verse, and it entertains me greatly (this is where my son and I guffawed all night at the Mr. T World of Warcraft commercials) ~ Larry"

Lincoln Crisler, Author - Free Holiday Horror From Lincoln Crisler & Horror Library
Here is the link to the story:

News worth reposting:

Donna Barr - Benefit for Bill Mantlo

Donna sent in this notice from David Lasky regarding a benefit for ROM writer/co-creator Bill Mantlo:
"If you're interested, a watercolor painting of mine, depicting the Marvel Comics hero "ROM" is up for bid on Ebay right now. (To be specific, it's a scene from ROM #33, from 1982.) All money raised will go to ROM writer/co-creator Bill Mantlo, who was severely injured in the 90's and requires constant medical care. This is part of a ROM art exhibit now on display at the Floating World Comics Gallery in Portland, OR. The gallery has ROM art by other artists on Ebay too." Click here to view the items on Ebay.

Brian Knight - Writerly Advice - Random Humbugs To Round Off The Year
"I'm in a bubble-bursting mood today, but I'm not sure that's really a bad thing. Some bubbles need bursting. Most of these little lumps of coal are meant for the newbies in this crazy business, who need every bit of advice they can get, and who also need a good bubble bursting every now and then to keep them honest.
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Tony Eldridge - Have You Written A Book You Would Like Me To Help Promote?
"I have met so many great authors on My Space. One of the things I do to help authors get the news out about their books is to post a link to their site on my web site at That can help get your site and book into the search engines. If you would like me to list your site, let me know. Give me the site you want me to promote and the name of your book. I will also update my My Space profile with My Space Authors. I am just starting to do this, so if you don't see your book in my profile page, let me know and I will add it. Also, I would appreciate it if you take a peek at my book video an let me know what you think of it. You can find it on my profile page. Happy writing everyone!"

Jonathan Fesmire
- Eleven
The first eleven episodes of Tamshi's Imp are now live at Podiobooks.Com! The latest went up yesterday. Did Tamshi survive the avalanche? (Well, probably... but you'll have to listen to it to know for sure.) I'll be posting the next episode of my fantasy epic next week. (Remember, if you want to read the entire book instead, you can get it from links here.)

Tom Tancin - Detective Lindsey Scott Fans Group
"I created a MySpace Group for Detective Lindsey Scott Fans. It is the easiest way for me to discuss the novels with everyone. You can post a topic, respond to a topic, talk about characters, killer motivation, plot, etc. and I will join in anytime I can. It means that I can spend a few hours here and there responding and discussing the novels with eveyrone who takes part in it. Plus, we can even discuss upcoming novels and you can make predictions with each other about what will happen in the novels before they hit the market. Here is the link to the group:

I am sending some invitations but you can add yourself and it will be quicker. Let's make this an interactive, fun, up to date group. I need your help with this one! Invite your friends to join. Thanks ~ Tom"

Jenna Black - Home Vampire Hunters Game--code word posted!
"If you'd like to hunt vampires from the safety and comfort of your own home, stop by my Fun Stuff page and play the Home Vampire Hunters Game.

Each week, I post a report of a "vampire attack." If you have a game card that matches the description of the attacker, you could be eligible to win the weekly prize. The more cards you collect, the better your chances of winning! And don't forget the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate that will be awarded on April 29--the release date for Hungers of the Heart, the fourth book in my Guardians of the Night series!

If you don't have any game cards yet, don't despair! Every Sunday, I post a code word on the Fun Stuff page. Send me an email with that code word, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win one of three electronic game cards. This week's code word is up on the website now, so go take a look!"

DJ Burnham - New Sci-fi short story free to read
You can read DJ Burnham's short story "The Shard of Gahzbrid" at:

Also check out the first collection of DJ Burnham's short stories (6 of which are new and previously unpublished). All of the profits from the sale of the book will go to WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature). Here's the URL:

Writers Together - New Feature...You may be surprised...
"New Feature up on Writers Together. It's the first Comic Book feature. Please take a moment to read through it. Its focus is on a comic book created by a thirteen year old boy. HUGS and Thank you all ~ Cindy"

Jen (Greybon) - New Blog Post: Happy Holidays!
FYI, new Hodgepodge post: Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful day! ~ Jen (Greybon) | Hodgepodge | Sonechki Corner's | | On Facebook

Dark Horse Comics - The End League Trailer
"Check out the trailer for the upcoming Dark Horse series The End League! A thematic merging of The Lord of the Rings and Watchmen, The End League follows a cast of the last remaining supermen and women as they embark on a desperate and perilous journey through a world dominated by evil, in hopes of locating the one remaining artifact that can save humanity--the Hammer of Thor. Click here to check it out!"

Grendel Contest on Dark
"In honor of Matt Wagner's newly released mini-series, Grendel: Behold the Devil (written and drawn by Wagner), we're throwing a contest. Enter to win and you may be walking away with one of these great Grendel prize pack. Click here to enter!"

Willie Meikle - New story in Murky Depths magazine
"I have a new story, Phantom Payment, out now in Murky Depths magazine. Murky Depths is a hybrid comic/magazine, featuring top quality speculative fiction with sprinklings of horror and fantasy that push the boundaries of science fiction. Each story is complimented with its own unique artwork. Alongside the straight prose is cutting edge graphic stories. Articles across the genres and mixed disciplines add authority, humour and maybe a little controversy. Can you afford to pass on this?" Here are the links to the Murky Depths MySpace profile, and website.

13Human Souls - Pass this bloody present along to your friends!
"It's that time again, a new edition of 13Human Souls: Horror E-zine. I changed the release date for this month to bring it a little closer to Christmas since this is the Christmas Present Edition. December 23rd hop, crawl drag your trailing entrails over to:
So stop by and get your presents. Don't forget to sign the guestbook to leave your comments on the stories and poems, the authors love to read them.
Happy Holidays Everyone! ~ Brandon Layng, Editor / 13Human Souls: Horror E-zine"

Tor Books - Releasing 1/2 from Tor Books
Here's what's releasing 01/02/2008:
New Podcast: Spider Robinson on Variable Star, Pt1
New podcast posted today: "Spider Robinson discusses writing Variable Star, Part 1" | | | Facebook Group |

PLANET LOVECRAFT - Planet Lovecraft #1 available now!
"What a long, strange trip it's been... Over the past several months I've been acting as Art Director for an illustrated horror magazine called Planet Lovecraft - and it's finally available for purchase! Head on over to and pick up a copy - heck, pick up TWO copies, your mom will want one too - and check out the comix, articles and interviews. It's 56 pages of black and white, Lovecraftian horror!"

The Edge of Propinquity - Volume 24, December 2007
You can look over the Edge at:

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