Inhuman Swill : March 2005

Not an April Fool's Day joke! Despite Laura's absence from the team, I know some of you wanted to be kept updated on when the Gotham Girls Roller Derby season would start. April 1st, as it turns out. And where is it, you ask?

from All bouts are held at Skate Key, 220 E. 138th Street in the Bronx. Take the 4/5 one stop out of Manhattan to 138th Street/Grand Concourse.

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW! $12 advance/$15 at the door. VIP and season ticket rates also available!

I'm not sure we'll be able to make that first game, but you'll see us there cheering at some point during the season.

Well, what do you know again! This just in from the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series mailing list:

The New York Review of Science Fiction and the South Street Seaport Museum Present

The Eighth of February Writer's Group Redux
Barbara Krasnoff — William Shunn — Ian Randal Strock
Monday, April 4th, 7 o'clock

Previously, on NYRSFr...

You may recall that in January, we featured readers from the writer's group known as The Eighth of February, but decided at the last minute to spread out the seven writers over two evenings. Here then, is part two, hosted and guest-curated by Bill Shunn.

The 8TH OF FEBRUARY GROUP is a private writing workshop specializing in science fiction and fantasy which meets monthly in Manhattan. It is named for Jules Verne, the genre pioneer who was born on that date in 1828. The workshop was founded by Robert J. Howe and William Shunn, both 1985 graduates of the Clarion Workshop, and has just celebrated its first anniversary.

BARBARA KRASNOFF's stories have appeared in the magazines Amazing Stories, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Descant, and in the anthologies Memories & Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction and Such a Pretty Face. Most recently, her story "Hearts and Minds" appeared in the December issue of Weird Tales.

WILLIAM SHUNN is co-founder of the 8th of February Group. His short fiction has appeared in Salon, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, Vanshing Acts, and elsewhere. He was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2002 and honored by the Association for Mormon Letters in 2004. His "Ice Queen" is cover story for the current issue of the Canadian fiction magazine Storyteller.

IAN RANDAL STROCK is a writer and editor. Most of his fiction has appeared in Analog (for which he's won two AnLab Awards), with his nonfiction appearing everywhere from Absolute Magnitude to Games to the New York Times. As an editor, he served six years as associate editor of Analog and Asimov's, and founded and published Artemis Magazine. He is currently News Editor of Chronicle: SF, Fantasy, & Horror's Monthly Trade Journal.

As always, admission is free, but we suggest a $5 donation.

Monday, 4/4/5
Doors open at 6:30

The South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery
213 Water Street (near Beekman)

By Subway
Take 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M to Fulton Street; A and C to
Broadway-Nassau. Walk east on Fulton Street to Water Street

By Bus
Take M15 (South Ferry-bound) down Second Ave. to Fulton Street

By Car
From the West Side: take West Street southbound. Follow signs to FDR
Drive Take underpass, keep right­use Exit 1 at end of underpass. Turn
right on South Street, six blocks.
From the East Side, take FDR Drive south to Exit 3 onto South Street
Proceed about 1 mile.


The New York Review of Science Fiction is celebrating its 16th Year
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New York Review of Science Fiction
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Hope to see you there!


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The cry "'Freebird'!" undemystified by the online WSJ.

One runs across the most interesting things when one gives in to the temptation of Googling oneself. There's the listing in the Library of Congress's online archive:

There's the Rutgers class in "Science Fiction, Technology, and Society" where I'm on the syllabus:

Then of course there's the ever-amusing discussion of my reconversion to Mormonism, the rumors of which have been greatly exaggerated:

Dog switch

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We took Ella to a new groomer yesterday, where we traded the puppy in for an adult Wheaten terrier:


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I was contacted yesterday by David Gallagher, a New York Times business editor, about a story he was doing on how a security lapse at the site led to many names, postal addresses, and email addresses of subscribers being exposed online, including his.

He wanted to know, since the email address I'd used was obviously "tagged" (i.e., configured to be recognizable if it ended up being sold to a spammer), if I'd actually received any spam at that address. Funnily enough, the only spam I'd gotten as a result of the security lapse was from a New York Times business editor.

The story ran today here. (Or here, if you're not a registered user.) None of my droll wit was quoted.

The Gates are gone, but I have a few more pictures to share. A week and a half ago a group of us met (or attempted to meet) at the Met's rooftop garden to view The Gates from above. The view was not nearly as spectacular as we'd been led to expect, but we admired the marketing campaign that got so many extra visitors out to the museum.

Anyway, the eight "new" shots are from February 20, from atop and within the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Can you pick out the one that's not actually of The Gates?)

Yo, dude, you're the reason why I care.

You know most people do something productive with their free time rather than tare down harmless beliefs. Though this email wont change your mind on the circumstance, you should probably state what you believe before knocking others. Or have you not found the reason for your being? all I have seen from reading Your "Ivie League", is your taste for finding fault. well, good job! do you need a pat on the back? or how bout a Gold Star? Well Sir good day, and i'm not telling you to go to hell. I'm just saying while your there send a post card.

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