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last day to buy KGB raffle tickets!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to purchase raffle tickets to support the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar. There are lots of great prizes; you may have missed some of the last-minute additions so check it out again and spend one dollar or twenty to own some truly unique items. The random drawing for winners is at midnight.

Don’t forget: one of the prizes is a face-to-face critique with my writing group, Altered Fluid, which includes published novelists and short story writers and editors with multiple Hugo and Nebula award nominations. And, uh, me. You can’t afford to pass up an opportunity like this. I’m looking forward to reading your story!

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I present you with my interpretation of the Enterprise‘s faceoff against a giant asteroid in Star Trek‘s “The Paradise Syndrome.” Where’s Captain Kirk through all this excitement? On the planet “Amerind” with amnesia, cosplaying as a god/American Indian medicine chief named “Kirok.”

This episode reminded me of the famous Adventures of Superman episode “Panic in the Sky,” in which Superman loses his memory after colliding with an asteroid. It was remade on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as “All Shook Up,” one of my favorite episodes because Ma Kent pushes Clark off a balcony to help him remember how to fly. What is it with asteroids and amnesia? (I’m sure some people would like to forget those asteroid disaster films Armageddon and Deep Impact.)

He'll remember this on Mother's Day

review of “My Father’s Eyes”

Jo-Anne Odell of Tangent Online had some positive things to say about my SF story “My Father’s Eyes” in Sybil’s Garage No. 7:

I thought this a well-written story.  It reveals its plot right up front, which I appreciate, and it’s a good length, not carrying things too far.

Check out the full review of the issue here. If you’re interested in reading the magazine, you can order a print or electronic copy from Senses Five Press.

From Vulcan, with Love

Our review of “The Enterprise Incident” (in which there is an incident involving the Enterprise)  is up over at The Viewscreen. This is a stand out episode of Star Trek, especially for the third season, which sadly isn’t going to offer many more hours that approach the quality of D.C. Fontana’s superb script. There’s a little bit of everything in this one for even the most discerning viewers, including espionage, culture clashes, tense space battles, and skimpy skirts. If you’re curious how Spock ends up in this sexy woman’s quarters, how Captain Kirk dies and comes back to life as a Romulan, and how Enterprise gets back its groove, please click on over and check it out.

If you haven’t seen “The Enterprise Incident” before, it’s worth checking out. You can watch it online for free at the CBS website in its classic form or with shiny remastered special effects.

support the KGB

The monthly KGB Fantastic Fiction readings are a staple of the New York City SF scene, which has featured authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville and others. Attendance is free, but running it isn’t–hosts Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel must buy drinks and dinner for their esteemed guests. Last year they organized a raffle to support the series, and since it was such a success, they’re doing it again: beginning tonight at midnight (EST), in fact.

This year’s raffle offers many and varied prizes, including a keyboard from Neil Gaiman, a wormhole from physicist Michio Kaku, critiques on short story and novel queries, and much more–all generously donated by well-known authors, agents, editors, and artists. (My writing group, Altered Fluid, is offering a short story critique.) Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at www.kgbfantasticfiction.org from October 11, 2010 through midnight EST on October 25, 2010. Please read the press release and rules here and go here to view the complete list of fantastic prizes and purchase raffle tickets.