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Worldcon Party – CLEVELAND!


Sunday, August 19, 2018, the unofficial Cleveland Worldcon 76 Party will be held at the Bottlehouse Brewing Company on Cleveland’s east side from 4pm til midnight.

This is the unofficial Cleveland Worldcon 76 Party in Cleveland, Ohio. If you couldn’t make it to Worldcon 76 in San Jose, but don’t want to miss out on all the great Science Fiction conversation and room parties, then this FREE event is your ticket. We plan to cram a week’s worth of Science Fiction into one evening! We only ask that you indulge in the bar to keep our generous hosts happy!

4pm – 6pm ish – Panel-led discussions of this year’s Hugo nominees followed by a group discussion of science fiction to read and view and science fiction to AVOID.
6pm-ish – onward – PARTY Discuss scifi and fantasy, play games, eat drink and be merry!

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Shimmer Magazine Closing


After 13 years, the November 2018 issue of Shimmer Magazine will be the last. They say:

For thirteen years, we’ve been haunted by stories of longing beyond loss, of love beyond death, of beauty beyond heartbreak. Now we’re writing our own story of exquisite endings and pain and joy. It’s time. We’re gutted and relieved and weepy and laughing and eager to see what comes next.

We are incredibly thankful to all the people who have made Shimmer a success over the years: our hard-working staff of volunteers, the luminous authors and artists who contributed their work, the readers who’ve supported us, and the entire SFF community, who welcomed a team of naive upstarts and helped shape who we became.

Read more at their website. to Accept Novella Submissions

Tor-dot-com-Banner is publishing novellas of between 20,000 to 40,000 words and editors Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen stand buy to receive your submissions. They are especially interested in work from underrepresented populations. They say:

This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines, we also encourage you to take a look at our existing list to get a sense of the work our current authors are producing and Publishing’s vision and tastes. Good luck—we look forward to reading your work.

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Butterflies on Barbed Wire – by Marie Vibbert

dataA 4000-ish word story from local author Marie Vibbert has popped up at Vibbert has twenty-ish short stories published, a dozen poems and a few comics. You can learn more about her here.

The story begins:

          Damien goes to the front of the shop, a room papered in tattoo designs grouped in large chunks – animals to the left, tribal designs to the right, lettering and fonts all along the top, and in-between things squeezed here and there. Up high on one wall where children won’t be able to get to it is a flap that says “This tattoo is free” covering a shot of a guy’s dick with a tiger on it. It’s been up there since before Damien was born and no one has ever taken them up on the offer. He doesn’t know if the tat was done in this shop or is one of those pictures passed around and around the internet.

An older woman stands eyeing the flap dubiously. She has a leather briefcase hugged to her chest like school books, and this makes her seem younger, but he can see the grey under her red hair dye. “Can I help you?” Damien asks.

She smiles a sales rep smile. As she turns he sees an animated LED tattoo, a lizard crawling around and around her right wrist. “I see you don’t yet carry Flexi-Print.”

“No ma’am,” Damien says. “We’re just a tattoo shop.”

“Flexi-Print is the state of body art today. You’re behind the times.”

Damien points to the “No Solicitors” sign. “I’d sure love to talk, ma’am, but I’ve got a customer.” The comforting buzz of Grandpa’s tattooing in the room behind makes him obviously a liar.

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