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  "The Big One" tied for 3rd place in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact's "Analytical Laboratory" (Anlab) reader vote for stories appearing in 1997. First Place was "Already in Heaven" by Brian Plante. A tie between "On the Application of Quantum Probability Tunneling to Improve Manufacturability of Printed Circuit Board Designs: A Case Study," by Rick Cook and Peter L. Manly, and "Waiting for the Riddlers," by Charles Sheffied earned 2nd place. Jeffery D. Kooistra's story, "Last Exit Before the Final Frontier" tied for 3rd.

Brian Hopkins and I sold "In the Days Still Left" to Bending the Landscape: Horror which is scheduled to be released some time in 1999. (6/8/98)

"The Love of Falmoth" is now available in Odyssey. (8/12/98)

I received my contributor copies of Realms of Fantasy with "Home" in it. The magazine should be on the stands after August 31. (8/17/98)

Sold "The Gift" to Adventures in Sword and Sorcery. (9/17/98)

"The Big One," which appeared in the Sept. '97 Analog, has made the preliminary Nebula ballot. (9/24/98)

Sold "That He Might Yet Find the Unknown" to Odyssey. (9/25/98)

Sold "Eight Words," which originally appeared in Pulphouse, to the reprint anthology, Cemetery Sonata. (9/29/98)

Sold "The Diorama" to TransVersions #11. (10/12/98)

Sold "The Hounds of Winter," co-written with Brian Hopkins to Realms of Fantasy. (10/17/98)

Locus Online printed a nice summary of "Home" in their review of the Oct. Realms of Fantasy. The review can be found at the October archive page (10/18/98)

"O Tannenbaum" is now available in Weird Tales, Fall '98 issue. (10/28/98)

"The Death Dwarves" is now available in Talebones #13, Fall '98 (10/30/98)

Sold "Two in the Multiverse" to The Third Alternative. Tentatively scheduled for issue #19, March '99. (11/04/98)

I learned "The Big One" was reprinted in the Greek edition of Asimov's in November of '97. The table of contents for the edition is available at http://www.altfactor.gr/magazine/asimov/iss2.html Also I am listed in a Greek bibilographic web site complete with a picture. This link takes you to the index page. Click on "V" and then my name. http://www.altfactor.gr/authors/index.html It's odd to see myself spoken about in a completely unreadable alphabet. (12/02/98)

I have agreed to review short fiction for Tangent Magazine. (12/02/98)

The February '99 contributor copies of Analog arrived today with my short story, "Nor a Lender Be." (12/07/98)

Sold "Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille" to Quantum. (12/14/98)

"Miss Hathaway's Spider" was reviewed at the new Tangent Online web site: http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/tale11.htm

"For the Love of Falmoth" was reviewed at the new Tangent Online web site: http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/ody05.htm

The preliminary Nebula ballot is now available on line at http://www.sfwa.org/News/NEBPRE98.htm Preliminary ballots will be mailed to SFWA members in January. "The Big One" is one of 18 on the ballot. (1/7/98)

"Happy Ending" has been reviewed at Tangent Online at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/rof9808.htm (1/8/99)

"Home" has been reviewed at Tangent Online at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/rof9810.htm (1/8/99)

"The Death Dwarves" has been reviewed at Tangent Online at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/tale13.htm (1/8/99)

"Nor a Lender Be" received a glowing review in the February Analog from the SF Site. The review is posted at http://www.sfsite.com/fiction/reviews/an2-99.htm (1/25/99)

"Landscapes" has been reprinted in the Star**Anthology, Dec./Jan. 98/99 issue through Promart Press. (1/26/99)

My reviews of The Urbanite and Lore are now available at Tangent Online #3. (1/29/99)

"O Tannenbaum" in Weird Tales received a wonderful review from Andy Duncan at the Tangent Online web site at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/wt314.htm (1/29/99)

"The Gift" is now available in the Feb. '99 issue of Adventures of Sword and Sorcery (2/8/99).

Mark R. Kelly in the February Locus listed me as a "New Writer of Note" in his the '98 summary of short fiction. (2/9/99)

"Floaters" received an honorable mention in the Soft SF Writer's Association Best of Soft SF Contest for 1998. (2/19/99)

The final Nebula ballot is now available at http://www.sfwa.org/news/nebnom98.htm (2/24/99)

I received a contributor's copy of Altair #3 that contains my story, "Voices." (2/26/99)

I received a contributor's copy of Cemetery Sonata that contains a reprint of "Eight Words." (3/18/99)

The AussieCon Three Hugo Committee informed me that I am on the final ballot for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (4/18/99).

Sold short story, "Ark Ascension" to Analog. (5/11/99).

I attended CONduit in Salt Lake City the weekend of May 22. GOH was Terry Brooks, who was entertaining and urbane. I also had the opportunity to meet several Utah area writers, including Dave Wolverton, M. Shayne Bell, Ken Rand (again), Lee Allred and others. CONduit is an exceptionally well run, smaller con. Well worth the time. (5/28/99)

In the meantime, school ended yesterday, and I'm now a full time writer again instead of a teacher/writer. (5/28/99)

My review of Night Terrors #7 is posted at Tangent Online. (6/6/99)

Tangent Online has reviewed "Voices" in Altair #3 (6/18/99)

Writer Scott Nicholson has posted an interview of me at his web site, The Haunted Computer, at http://users.boone.net/nicholson/ghostwr6.htm (6/19/99)

"The Love of Falmoth," that appeared in Odyssey. Issue #5, 1998, has been listed by Gardner Dozois as an Honorable Mention story in the 16th edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction. (6/19/99)

I received my contributor copies of The Third Alternative with my story,"Two in the Multiverse." (6/30/99)

A busy mail week: I proofed the galley for "Ark Ascension" for Analog, and received payment for "Road Decoy" in Space and Time. (7/3/99)

The Canadian magazine, On Spec, bought "A Real Myth in an Imaginary Time." (7/6/99)

My review of Aboriginal #59/60 is available at Tangent On Line at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/abo59.htm (7/14/99)

Sold short story, "The Comeback" to Analog. (7/16/99)

Sold short story, "Catching Rays," in the upcoming Stardust science/science fiction text book. Julie Czerneda, editor. (8/4/99)

My review of the July/August Analog is available at Tangent On Line at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/an9908.htm (8/11/99)

"The Hounds of Winter," a co-written story with Brian Hopkins, published in the August '99 Realms of Fantasy, has been reviewed at Tangent On Line at http://www.sfsite.com/tangent/mags/rof9908.htm (8/11/99)

I received both contributor copies of Weird Tales with "Shark Attack: a Love Story," and Quantum with "Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille." (8/27/99)

I returned from AussieCon III in Melbourne, having met many of my Australian correspondants and made new friends. Nalo Hopinson, the author of The Brown Girl in the Ring, received this year's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. (9/07/99)

Odyssey has truly folded. "That He Might Yet Find the Unknown," which was the lead story in the next issue is now searching for a home. (9/07/99)

Weird Tales bought a Christmas story, "Christmas Stalking," from me. (9/13/99)

Talebones bought a short story, "Howl Above the Din." It's scheduled for issue #18, Winter '00. (10/13/99)

I went to MileHiCon in Denver over the weekend. Served on several panels, met numerous interesting people, and generally had a great time. (10/24/99)

Altair bought a short story, "That He Might Yet Find the Unknown." It's scheduled for the August, 2000 issue. (10/24/99)

The Blindside.Net Reader's poll voted "The Hounds of Winter," the co-written story Brian A. Hopkins and I did that appeared in Realms of Fantasy, as the best pro-story for the three-month period of July-September. The results are available by clicking on the apostrophe at http://blindside.net/poll/ (10/25/99)

I received my contributor copies of the December Analog with my short story, "Ark Ascension," within. (10/27/99)

On Spec sent contributor copies of the issue with "A Real Myth in an Imaginary Time." (11/1/99)

The web-zine, Millennium Science Fiction and Fantasy bought my short story, "The Christmas Story." This is a Christmas themed hat trick since I also have Christmas stories in Analog and Weird Tales. (11/7/99)

Payment for "The Christmas Story" came from Millennium Science Fiction and Fantasy and the news that the story will be posted in December. It will also be included in the winter print edition of the magazine (11/19/99)

I received contributor copies of Transversions with my short story, "The Diorama." (11/30/99)

Millennium Science Fiction and Fantasy, a web-zine, has posted my short story, "The Christmas Story," in their December issue. (12/5/99)

Analog has posted a voting form for this year's AnLab, the annual readers' poll of favorite stories at http://www.sfsite.com/analog/0001/anlab.htm Anyone with an e-mail address can vote for the awards. Deadline for votes is February 1, '00. (12/6/99)

"Ark Ascension" that appeared in the December, '99 Analog has received a Nebula recommendation (12/7/99)

"Nor a Lender Be" that appeared in the February, '99 Analog has made the preliminary Nebula ballot. (12/7/99)

I've designed a web page resource for the high school teacher interested in teaching H.G. Wells The Time Machine. The URL is http://www.sff.net/people/james.van.pelt/wells/teachwells.htm (1/23/00)

"Nor a Lender Be," from the February, '99 Analog is available on line for reading at http://www.analogsf.com/neb2000/noralender.html (1/26/00)

I've just finished Teenfinity, a webzine of my students' fiction from Fruita Monument High School. Their stories and the assignment that produced them are available at http://www.sff.net/people/james.van.pelt/teenfinity/index.htm (2/5/00)

Analog: Science Fiction and Fact bought my short story, "Friday, After the Game." (2/14/00)

I received contributor copies of the April issue of Analog with "The Comeback" included. The story, unfortunately, contains a baseball trivia error that I committed. I don't even want to think about the letters I'll get on this one. (2/22/00)

Altair magazine bought "One in a Thousand" for their on-line collection of stories. (3/3/00)

I will be taking part in an Asimov's on-line chat about SF and Baseball May 23 @ 9:00 PM EST with Rick Wilber, Michael Bishop, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, and Edo van Belcom. See the Asimov's home page for information on how to log in to the chat. (3/10/00)

Asimov's bought my short story, "The Safety of the Herd." (3/13/00)

 "One in a Thousand" is now available on line at Altair. (3/15/00)

 The horror anthology, After Shocks, with my story, "Parallel Highways," will be available at the World Horror Convention in May. It's being published as a trade hardcover with a 1,500 copy print run. (3/22/00)

"Saturn Ring Blues" won Honorable Mention in the 1999 Best of the Soft SF Contest. Results posted at http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Den/5752/index.html (3/22/00)

The anthology, Dark Terrors 5, bought "Savannah is Six." This book is scheduled to appear both as a trade hardback, and a year later as a paperback. (3/27/00)

The new science text series that illustrates science lessons with science fiction stories The Wonder Zone, has a website now. The Stardust edition of the series includes my story, "Catching Rays." (3/30/00)

I sold a short story, "Saturn Ring Blues," to On Spec. (4/1/00)

I sold a short story, "Resurrection," to Analog: Science Fiction and Fact. This story takes place in the same universe as "Ark Ascension." (4/8/00)

I sold a fantasy short story with a hint of a crime, "Once They Were Monarchs," to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. (4/11/00)

 I sold a short story, "The Saint From Abdijan" to editor Brian Hopkins of Lone Wolf Press for Extremes: Darkest Africa. (4/30/00)

"Parallel Highways" is now available in the Aftershocks anthology from fREAK pRESS. Ordering info. (5/15/00)

I took part in an Asimov's on-line chat about SF and Baseball May 23 @ 9:00 PM EST with Rick Wilber, Michael Bishop, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, and Edo van Belcom. (5/23/00)

"Shark Attack: a Love Story," has been listed as an Honorable Mention in Datlow and Windling's 13th edition of Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. (6/01/00)

Analog: Science Fiction and Fact bought my short story, "What Weena Knew." (8/23/00)

Received contributor copies of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine containing "Once They Were Monarchs." This is the December, '00 issue. (10/10/00)

The Third Alternative bought my short story,"Working Pushout." Editor Andy Cox tentatively has scheduled the story for issue #26. (10/19/00)

My short story, "Savannah is Six," is in the new Dark Terrors 5 anthology (paperback and hardbound) which is available through http://www.amazon.co.uk/. The cover says "Featuring terrifying new stories by . . . Ramsey Campbell, Richard Christian Matheson, Peter Straub and 22 other masters of the macabre." I'm now, officially, in the UK at least, a master of the macabre <g>. (11/05/00)

On Spec bought my short story, "Nothing is Normal." (11/13/00)

On Spec also bought my short story, "Father's Dragon." A rare, two-sale day. (11/13/00)

The SF-Site has reviewed "Friday, After the Game," in the mid-November issue. The review is at http://www.sfsite.com/11b/an93.htm (11/16/00)

Ellen Datlow has said that she's planning on putting "Parallel Highways" in the Honorable Mention list of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Follow the link for ording info for the After Shocks anthology.

The January issue of Analog: Science Fiction and Fact is out, containing my short story, "Resurrection." Available at better news stands everywhere! (11/19/00)

I received a contributor copy of Altair: Special Issue #6-7, with my short story, "That He Might Yet Find the Unknown." (11/30/00)

The February, 2001 Realms of Fantasy is out with my novelette, "Night Sweats." The story dropped part of a line from the first page to the second. The missing text from the top of page 52 is "In 1945 her grandfather worked a job on Hiroshima's outskirts, excavating defense bunkers, " (12/14/00)

The 2001 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer Ballot is now on line. The Nominating Deadline is March 31. (1/6/01)

Analog's Anlab reader's poll for favorite stories in Analog in 2000 is now available. I had two short stories there last year: "Friday, After the Game," and "The Comeback." Anyone can vote for the awards. You do not need to be a subscriber. (1/6/01)

Talebones #20, fall 2000 issue came out today with the following review of Aftershocks: "While there were decent stories by Christa Faust, Nancy Holder, Brian Hodge, and Jak Koke, many of the stories failed to move me (pun intended) The best story of the bunch by far was James Van Pelt's 'Parallel Highways.'" (1/8/01)

My short story, "The Infodict," earned a second place in The Best of Soft SF Contest, 2000. (1/10/01)

Asimov's bought my short story, "The Infodict." (1/14/01)

"What Weena Knew," a short story with a new look at H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, will be available in the April edition of Analog distributed at the end of February. (2/3/01)

"Parallel Highways" has received five recommendations for the Horror Writers' Association Stoker award. HWA members are eligible to nominate for this prestigious horror writers' recognition. You can read this story by clicking on its title. (2/3/01)

Locus Magazine favorably reviewed Dark Terrors 5, and singled out (among others) for praise my story, "Savannah is Six." (2/7/01)

I received contributor copies of the April Analog with "What Weena Knew" within. They did a biolog of me in the issue also (2/17/01)

The SFF.NET anthology, Bones of the World bought my short story, "The Last Age Should Show Your Heart." (3/9/01)

The table of contents for the Bones of the World anthology is now available. (3/25/01)

Analog bought my novelette, "Perceptual Set." (3/31/01)

Editor John Pelan reports that Del Rey has accepted the Children of Cthulhu anthology for a hardcover, January of 2002 release. This anthology contains my story, "The Invisible Empire." (3/31/01)

Bending the Landscape: Horror has been released by Overlook Press. This anthology contains Brian Hopkins and my co-written story, "In the Days Still Left." (3/31/01)

Speculations bought and printed my article on rejection entitled, "How Many Times Do You Have to be Told No?" If you write, check out The Rumor Mill. (4/02/01)

My novelette, "Night Sweats," in Realm of Fantasy made the "Recommended Stories This Month" in the April Locus. The other authors are darned good company: Daniel Abraham, Stephen Baxter, Paul Di Filippo, Harlan Ellison, Jeffrey Ford, James Sallis, Lucius Shepard, Bruce Sterling and Michael Thomas. (4/03/01)

Realms of Fantasy bought my short story, "The Stars Underfoot," and tentatively scheduled it for the October, '01 issue. (4/10/01)

"Deathlehem," which was tentatively accepted for Black Gate, was unaccepted and will not be appearing in the magazine, darn it. Evidently there were numerous authors in the same position. It's a long story why. (4/15/01)

Tangent Online has posted a review of the April issue of Analog that included my story, "What Weena Knew." The review concluded with the line: "I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see this low-key little gem in someone's Best SF collection next year if flashier pieces don't edge it out." (4/24/01)

I received a contributor copy of the spring, 2001 On Spec with my story, "Saturn Ring Blues." The story has a beautiful interior illustration by Canadian artist, James Beveridge. (5/9/01)

Talebones has bought my story, "The Yard God," for issue #22, where it will be the lead story. (5/21/01)

I will be one of the guests in the Sept. 11 Asimov's on line chats on the topic of "Back to School." More info, including the link to it, as it becomes available. (5/25/01)

The contributor's copies of the August Realms of Fantasy arrived today with my short story, "The Stars Underfoot." The story was purchased in April. This is an extraordinary turnaround to publication. (5/29/01)

The new British webzine, Eternal Night, interviewed me for their first issue. The article is posted at http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/chronicle/c2/vanpeltjames.html (6/8/01)

I've added David Gerrold's and Robert Silverberg's new books on writing, Worlds of Wonder and Science Fiction 101 to the "Books About Writing that are Worth Reading" list. (6/12/01)

The August Asimov's is now being advertised at their web site. They have posted part of my short story, "The Infodict," on the web site as a teaser for the issue. Good interior art too. (6/19/01)

I received contributor copies of the August Asimov's today with my story, "The Infodict," within. Available at better periodical outlets soon. (6/25/01)

Tangent On Line has favorably (mostly) reviewed two of my stories, "The Stars Underfoot," in the August Realms of Fantasy, which Christopher East called "a sweet and subtle story," and "Saturn Ring Blues" in the spring On Spec. To read the reviews immediately you need to pay a modest subscription fee, or you can wait three weeks for them to be free. (6/25/01)

Tangent On Line has added a search function to the web site. If you hit the "search reviews" button, then search for "Van Pelt," you will be given a list of 16 different reviews of my work. (6/25/01)

The entire 10,000 word text of "Night Sweats" from the February issue of Realms of Fantasy is available at SCIFINOW.COM. (6/27/01)

TTA Press, the home of The Third Alternative, has set up 35 message boards devoted to specific authors, editors and general discussion. One of the boards is for discussion of my work, at James Van Pelt's Message Board. (7/23/01)

Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction has listed "Friday After the Game," from the Oct., '00 Analog as an honorable mention story. (8/17/01)

Datlow and Windling's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror have listed "Savannah is Six," "Parallel Highways" and "Road Decoy" from Dark Terrors 5, Aftershocks, and Space and Time #91, '00, as honorable mention stories. (8/17/01)

Click here to see Frank Wu's illustration for "The Yardgod" in the upcoming Talebones magazine. (8/17/01)

Strange Horizons, a SF e-zine, will run Mark Hoover's interview with me in either the Nov. 5th or Dec. 3rd edition. (8/22/01)

The Bones of the World SFF.NET anthology will be available at Worldcon in Philadelphia. (8/22/01)

The online zine, Chirascuro, will run my story, "Deathlehem." issue #11: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words (ChiZine), which will go live on January 1st, 2002 and will run until March 31st, 2002. (9/4/01)

"The Yard God" is now available in the latest Talebones, #22. Also, "That Last Age Should Show Your Heart" is available in The Bones of the World anthology (10/6/01)

On Spec, fall 2001 is now available with my short story, "Father's Dragon." (10/15/01)

Gardner Dozois at Asimov's bought my short story, "The Last of the O-Forms." (10/15/01)

The Children of Chtulhu anthology is now available at Amazon.com containing my short story, "The Invisible Empire." (10/25/01)

Mark Hoover's interview of me is now available at Strange Horizons. Leave a message on their comments board if you'd like! (11/6/01)

Tangent On Line has favorably reviewed "Father's Dragon" that recently appeared in On Spec. (11/6/01)

The January Asimov's arrived with my short story, "Safety of the Herd," and it should be available at your favorite newstand soon. (11/8/01)

I received a contributor copy of The Third Alternative with the short story, "Working Pushout," within. (11/8/01)

Sold a short story, "The Miracle at Ramah," to Dragons, Knights and Angels: the Magazine of Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction. (11/5/03)

Asimov's bought "Echoing" and has tentatively scheduled it for December '04 (it's a Christmas-themed story) (10/22/03)

"The Long Way Home" is now available in the Sept. Asimov's. (7/29/03)

"Sacrifice" is now available in Paradox #2. (7/29/03)

"The Pair-a-Duce, Comet Casino, All-Sol Pker Championship" is now available in Talebones #26. (7/29/03) Read the story! Click on "Preview" at the top of the page, and then "Fiction" to the left.

"A Flock of Birds" is now available in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction. (7/06/03)

"Origin of the Species" is now available in David Hartwell's The Year's Best Fantasy 3. (7/06/03)

Asimov's bought my short story, "The Ice Cream Man." (5/8/03)

"The Boy Behind the Gate" has been selected for inclusion in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 16. (3/14/03)

"Origin of the Species" has been selected for inclusion in David Hartwell's The Year's Best Fantasy (3/5/03)

"A Flock of Birds" has been selected for inclusion in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction anthology. (1/30/03)

The new magazine, Paradox, bought my short story, "Sacrifice," (12/5/02)

My column, "The Day Job," debuted in the British short fiction review magazine, The Fix. (12/10/02)

Talebones bought "The Pair -a-Duce, Comet Casino, All-Sol Poker Championship." (11/29/02)

Asimov's bought my short story, "The Long Way Home." (9/28/02)

The WorldCon Hugo committee listed the top vote-getting authors and works that did not make the Hugo final ballot as "honorable mention." "The Infodict" was honorably mentioned in the short story category (9/16/02)

The new British magazine, 3SF, bought my short story, "Notes From the Field." (8/20/02)

Locus magazine favorably reviewed "Far From the Emerald Isle" from the Sept. Analog, calling it the strongest story in the issue, and "Its Hour Come Round" from Talebones, putting it on the "Recommended Reading" list for the month. Also, "The Infodict" finished 21st in the Locus poll of best short stories in 2001. (8/14/02)

Bluejack.com wrote a great review of "Its Hour Come Round" in the latest Talebones. See the review (8/11/02)

 

 

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