Howdy Monster Hunters, Space Cowboys, and Sailors of the Seven Seas,

I’ve got a bunch of news to report. Some good, some bad, some Inexplicable.

The good news was received today. Just received word that my story, “The Red Heart of Dolfar” has been officially accepted by Christopher Heath for his upcoming anthology Artifacts & Relics, Extreme Sorcery. As I wrote back in August, I had my fingers crossed about getting into this book. Word came out last summer that I was on the short list but there were 17 stories on the list and only 10 of them were going to make it on the final Table of Contents. Well, congratulations to me, I’m in! There were some really good writers on the short list who didn’t make the final cut, and Mr. Heath said the selection process was “painstaking.” I can imagine.

The other authors who will be in the book are all top notch, including:

Fred C. Adams
Colleen Anderson
James Beaman
Joe Bonadonna
Steve Goble
Jonah Lissner
David C. Smith
Bill Ward
David J. West

It’s cool to be included. Check out the Heathen Oracle website for upcoming news on the antho.

This will make up for the apparent collapse of Rob Santa’s Ricasso Press which was going to publish the Through Blood and Iron anthology. Rob had accepted my submission and the project lingered for two years with promises that the book would be published. But then one fine day Rob disappeared, the Ricasso Press website went down and hopes of a book appearing one day disappeared went down with it. This is life. I’ve already submitted my heroic fantasy adventure tale to another publication.

On a happier note, SF.Reader Forum has finally returned to the net. After a several month absence, the David Felts-run site is back up with a ton of new features, that seem to be aimed at providing forum members more opportunities to get the word out about things they are working on and to have more social media-type interaction with each other and with readers. Check it out at .

On a less happier note, Raygun made it official and announced it is closing shop. The Overlords explained in a lengthy farewell notice that the bottom line is they just weren’t making money. They said the publication never achieved enough traffic to put them in the black and they never got the critical recognition they were looking for.

It’s a bit surprising to me that it didn’t succeed, what with some of the bigger names they attracted to their pages. But what is really staggering is that the Overlords left a place on the page containing their farewell notice for fans to comment and bid RGR adieu. The notice has been up a week and there are only two commenters who say they regret the loss!

In this age of so-called social media, where everyone comes together to support each other, where is the love for Raygun Revival? I had my differences with the way the publication was being managed under its new ownership that forced me to step away and move on, but it’s bad news when space opera writers lose one of their venues. Its even worse when a ship sinks and doesn’t even leave an oil slick. It’s inexplicable.