Intriguing Links to Fabulous People and Places...
The World Wide Web is truly a magical place! Here are some incredible people that I've met on the Net, and of course, some old friends that are "webbed"...
- Vadim Akselrod -- fellow Russian-speaker and USSR expatriate, computer pro, Unix/VAX god, reading party man, and an all-around fun dude!
- Reverend Nice -- the lead guitarist and mastermind behind the band Deep Switch, UK expatriate, rock-n-rolling, tech supporting, screenwriting, wild and crazy musician kind of most excellent dude!
- Stella Bloom (Thompson) and David Bloom -- Stella is a friend who surpassed my passion for Chinese by actually majoring in it -- a wonderful friend since college!
- Jeremy Frank -- fellow SCC consultant, fencer, pottery god, gamer, reading party dude, Halona Retreat bud!
- Samuel Goldstein -- artist, poet, philosopher, Mad (Computer) Scientist, "Meander"-er, fellow Jethro Tull lover!
- Sarah Liberman -- also known as Sairuh Emilius, a fabulous Orca, consulting goddess, lover of exotic cuisine, and an otherwise incredible woman!
- Marilyn Tower Oliver -- prolific author of four books for young adults (Natural Crafts, Gangs: Trouble in the Street, Drugs: Should they be legalized, Prison Issues), and has written over 200 articles for regional and national publications. Oh, and Marilyn's daughter Lauren Oliver happens to be one of my best friends!
- Murray Williams -- compu-god, stats pro extraordinaire, Star Trek and Babylon 5 lover, my favorite "merman," and crazy all-around fun dude and best bud!
- Pomona College -- My Alma Mater! Chirp! Go, Sagehens! Class of 1988!
- Wendi Hansen-Gabor -- Wendipoo is an all-around best friend -- I'd say more, but get a web page, dammit! *grin*
- Lauren Oliver -- Laurnie Loo and I have attended the same jr. high, high school, and college, and we are still not sick of each other -- my wonderful longtime friend!
- Diana Perry-Elby -- a wonderful friend who shares my love of MZB's Darkover books, and in fact collaborated with me on the story "A Dance For Darkover" that appeared in LERONI OF DARKOVER, DAW Books, 1991.
- Janice Sakata-Samuelson -- a fabulous dear friend since college, and a fellow Frankie Fanatic!
Writer Friends and SF-Fantasy and Genre Links:
- James A. Bailey -- Otherwise known as Jimbo, is a marvelous talented new writer and online buddy, a fellow IRC chatter, and a secret master of diplomatic finesse! He is also maintains The Market List, a wonderful online writers resource! And yes, he has just made his first sale to THE AGE OF REASON anthology!
- C. J. Cherryh -- of all the speculative fiction writers that I've read and loved, three have most significantly influenced my mindset and my writing -- C. J. Cherryh, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Tanith Lee. I've had the pleasure of finally meeting C. J. Cherryh at the Fantasy Worlds '95 convention in Berkeley, and she is just as gracious in person as she is brilliant in her writing. Take a look at her Web Page!
- Ron Collins -- talented and persistent writer of SF and fantasy, published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Dragon, Radius, and a number of other places. Be sure to visit Ron's beautifully-designed page, and compare his progress on the Novel Dare!
- Ardis Evans -- In addition to being Melisa Michaels' sister, Ardis, also known as Queen of the Cosmos, was a great fan, a writer, and a beloved person. My greatest regret is that I didn't get to know her better. In Memoriam, 1941-1998.
- Jane S. Fancher -- I met Jane at Fantasy Worlds '95, and had the pleasure and wacky fun of being on a panel with her, where our discussion topic was "women's mythos." Jane has a great outgoing personality, and she happens to be an excellent writer and artist. Jane's intricate fantasy novel RING OF LIGHTNING had my vote for the '96 Nebula Award! If you haven't read it already, you'll be in for a rare treat, especially if you enjoy the DARKOVER fiction of Marion Zimmer Bradley. Read it now, or I'll send nasty gremlins after you, via your modem line :-) She has completed the sequel, RING OF INTRIGUE, available now, and is working on the third volume in this trilogy....
- Nicola Griffith -- incredible writer of feminist and lesbian SF and fantasy. Nicola's intense exotic novella "Yaguara" is on the final Nebula Award ballot! She is also the co-editor of the BENDING THE LANDSCAPE lesbian/gay speculative fiction anthologies.
- Dale Hoover -- Dale is a talented writer of horror novels, a wacky woman, and a marvelous Werecat. Ever been bitten by your kitty? Then take heed, and take a look inside Dale's fascinating page in order to find out what can happen to you too....
- Inspired.Us -- Inspirational living blog, maintained by yours truly.
- Mary Soon Lee -- great published writer of SF and fantasy, whose powerful short story "Ebb Tide" made the Nebula Award Preliminary Ballot.... Mary also runs the Pittsburgh Worldwrights, a writer's workshop, and is the perfect example of a truly persistent achiever! Check her place for a number of markets and advice for writers. If you've ever been obsessed by your mailbox, this is a must-see!
- The Unofficial Tanith Lee Page -- Laura M. Quilter (who also runs the Feminist Utopia page below) has compiled a wonderful collection of information about Tanith Lee, the British fantasy, SF, and horror writer whose sublime writing had inspired me! Fellow Lee worshippers, dive in!
- David Marusek -- David is a talented and subtle writer of speculative fiction, who's taking the SF world by storm! His powerful novella "We Were Out Of Our Minds With Joy" made the Preliminary Nebula Ballot. Take a look at his fascinating page....
- Terry McGarry -- Terry is a Celtic musical goddess in addition to being a fantastic writer published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Take a look at Terry's world!
- Melisa C. Michaels' Amethysm -- Melisa is a wonderfully intelligent and fun person, and a talented published writer of SF novels (Skyrider series) and mystery novels, and she is also the Father of Amethysm, a fascinating new "religion!" Melisa's most recent intense novel COLD IRON is a fascinating new take on elves as sociopathic creatures of strange charisma....
- Syne Mitchell -- talented writer of fantasy and SF published in many Marion Zimmer Bradley anthologies, Web-Java-HTML goddess, and a brilliant all-around person.... Want to learn how to make a web page? Look inside her marvelous place!
- Modean Moon -- Modean is a wonderfully gifted author of numerous romance and paranormal novels, and a classy lady! Look for A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET, her latest novel, and you will find a dark intense romantic mystery!
- Francesca Myman -- published writer of fantasy and SF (exquisite story in Marion Zimmer Bradley's SWORD AND SORCERESS X), an incredible artist, singer, actress, theater person, costumer, playwright, designer, occult woman of mystery and Shakespeare.... Francesca is a true "Rennaissance Woman!"
- Patricia Duffy Novak -- great writer of fantasy and SF, published in numerous places, including anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Patricia also happens to be a college professor! Look for her fantasy novel GODFIRE to be published soon... Look inside for some great writers advice and agent information.
- Lisa Silverthorne Purvis -- a wonderful enthusiastic writer of SF and fantasy, published in numerous SWORD AND SORCERESS anthologies, 101 Wicked Little Witch Stories, BENDING THE LANDSCAPE, Galaxy, and a host of others. Lisa has written several novels and is often involved in a crazy novel writing dare with Ron Collins, another excellent and persistent writer, and onetime member of the "Fishers 5" writers workshop. She also keeps a page called Watermarks (it used to be called Triumphs and Tribulations) which is a wonderful writer's diary. Check it out!
- Alan Rodgers -- Alan is a bestselling horror novelist, winner of the Stoker Award, and a World Fantasy Award Finalist, not to mention a wonderful guy and my literary agent!
- Kurt Roth -- Kurt is a gifted writer, an illustrator, an all around Musical Weenie... He is also the author of some of the best reviews at Tangent and interviews at Speculations, and a humorous fellow CHAT devotee. Kurt's story "The Gest of Sir Brandiles," is appearing in the anthology THE CHRONICLES OF THE ROUND TABLE, Robinson (UK), July 1997. Check out his fascinating place....
- Diana Rowland -- Diana is a talented persistent writer, and a recent graduate of Clarion West '98 where she kept a fascinating journal. Check out her writing-related pages, and you'll be inspired to write too! Diana has just made her first sale to THE AGE OF REASON anthology.
- William Sanders -- William Sanders is a top-notch author of numerous science fiction, fantasy and mystery books, including THE BALLAD OF BILLY BADASS AND THE ROSE OF TURKESTAN and SMOKE which reflect the uniqueness of his Cherokee background.
- Brook West and Julia West -- Brook and Julia are two of the nicest writer folks from Utah I've met! Julia won the Grand Prize in the Writers of the Future Contest, and Brook is the current Nebula Awards Report (NAR) Editor for SFWA. Visit their individual home pages for a wealth of writing advice and information....
- Paul Witcover -- is a new writer, a genius in my opinion, on par with Gene Wolfe, and far surpassing Jonathan Lethem. Paul's first novel of intricate baroque complexity, a thing of verbal lace and beautiful grotesques, a slipstream science fantasy, WAKING BEAUTY, affected my mind and soul.... If there is any speculative fiction work you plan to read this year, please read this one! Visit Paul's space....
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine -- Excellent professional fantasy magazine edited by MZB herself. This is a great place to break into print! (My story "The Balance" was in issue 9.)
- Pulp Eternity -- New magazine of speculative fiction on the edge, edited by Steve Algieri. My story "Amarantea" will appear in Issue #4, The Price of Magic.
- Talebones -- Classy semi-pro magazine of science fiction and dark fantasy, edited by Patrick J. Swenson. My story "Mount Dragon" will appear in Issue #14.
- Maelstrom SF -- New sharp-looking small-press magazine of speculative fiction, edited by Dave L. Felts. My story "Sailing The Eye Of Sun" appeared in Issue #2, and also, a first for me -- my own artwork illustrates this story! In the same issue, I also have artwork illustrating Ken Rand's story.
- Avesta Blues Publishing (formerly Angelus Press) -- Exciting new small press specializing in the best of cross-genre fiction, edited by Dawn Albright. My novelette "The Slaying Of Winter" will appear in the anthology DIMENSIONS OF MADNESS, due in February 1998.
- Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Utopia -- an impressive and thorough gathering of information on women writing in the speculative fiction genre....
- People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) -- Visionary organization for promoting Animal Rights world wide. Animals are the last legal victims of our cosmopolitan consciousness! STOP and THINK of their position in this world. And now, OPEN your eyes. Remember, once upon a time, human slavery was legal, and women had no right to vote -- shocking to us, now, unthinkable? And yet, our current treatment, understanding, and attitude toward animals and their role on this planet are at the same unthinkable anachronistic stage. I am a proud member of PETA and a vegetarian for over 10 years.
- Animal Rights Resource Site -- If you are at all curious about the Animal Rights Movement, and would like to learn more about why people like myself are involved in it, here's an all-encompassing place to start!
- Other Interesting WWW Sites related to Animal Rights -- This is a sub-page of the site above, rich with links to other places dealing with Animal Rights, Vegetarianism, and the Environment. This place is incredible! I just had to include it separately, so that you don't miss it when you view the Resource Site above.
- More Animal Rights Links -- Okay, you notice I am fixated on this same subject.... Why? Why, do you think?
Arts and Literature:
- Francesco Franceschi's PC Art Page -- Frank is a talented Italian artist specializing in computer graphic art. Take a look at his beautiful images of rich jewel hues and intensity.... And don't forget to see his cat Petronius! (alternate page here)
- Steven Duplij's Multicultural Page -- A fun mixture of physics, arts, and literary endeavors....
- Herspace, Women's Literary Links -- Literary links for readers and writers, ad infinitum....
- Jane Austen Page -- Dive into Jane's world!
And here's some of my favorite Web search engines:
- Google -- my favorite!
- Alta Vista -- my other favorite! Finds key words...
- HotBot (Inktomi search engine) -- Also finds key words...
- Yahoo! -- I'm registered in Yahoo -- are you? Searches URLs, a most comprehensive index of Web Pages.
- ALL-IN-ONE Search Page -- If you're really in the mood to SEARCH...