#141 SPACE & TIME MAGAZINE DELAY

UPDATE! The #141 issue of Space & Time magazine is postponed until this September to be combined in a Summer/Autumn issue. There will be no Winter issue. There are a few reasons this decision was made, the majority of them pandemic related.

The S&T staff has been amazing throughout this difficult time. Throughout 2020 and 2021 they have kept up. Because of it, we’ve been able to release dozens of new stories, poems and illustrations into the world in spite of it all. Collectively, we’ve had sick staff. We’ve lost loved ones, gained new family members and changed houses, and even countries.

Through out all of this, they have come through. And they do this as volunteers. Anything the magazine makes goes back into paying authors, poets and artists. The S&T family is like no other group of people I have known.

Beginning with 2022, Space & Time will continue with two issues per year. There will be a Spring/Summer #142 issue in April and a Summer/Fall #143 issue in October. We are still selecting more fiction, and then all the poetry and fiction we have purchased so far will be in this next issue. More fiction selections will be picked for the final issue of 2021.

Given the nature of what we’ve all just been through, and what looks like a repeat experience, we are buckling in. Our focus is on our speculative community of creatives and readers. Times have been weird. Times have been tough. Good thing we are both tough and weird.

Behind the scenes, we have been re-evaluating 2020 and what we all missed the most during that time: connecting with each other and having the opportunities to to continue working as artists. We’ve been thinking of ways we can fill that need beyond the Zoom calls. We are still working on things but we hope to be engaging in a whole new way very soon.

But rest assured, the magazine isn’t going anywhere. Space & Time has survived since 1966 and will continue for decades to come. Anything that was created from a high schooler and a mimeograph machine can be classified as undead, and therefore immortal. Space & Time is both, all of the above and more. There will be another update with announcements soon, but for now, I need to get back to work. I still have a magazine to finish.

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IRON WRITER VOTING IS OPEN

Iron Writer submissions are now closed and the voting is open. Four writers wrote four flash fiction stories inspired by four prompts, pictured below. Stop by the website, read their work and vote for your favorite. One vote per piece per IP address, so if you like more than one you can vote for more than one… but only once. The four stories are:

And I Will Pray No More BY JAY WILBURN

Glamours All the Way Down BY LARK CERULEAN

The Descent BY BRIANT LASLO

Tangled Up in Meditation Blues BY DAVID CLEAR

The four prompts for Iron Writer July 2021

We also had some of the Iron Writers from June join us for a reading which you can watch here. Reading was K.R. Segriff, Alina Maciuca, Barbara Krasnoff, Briant Laslo and Naching Kassa. K.R. Segriff was our Iron Writer for June.

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SOFT DEADLINES NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE VELLA

Remember my paranormal book about a blue Aussie incubus named Duncan and his accidental conjuring? Soft Deadlines is finally live in Kindle Vella now and Amazon is giving away free credits to read chapters. You can go find Soft Deadlines on Amazon Kindle Vella here.

Naomi is a woman waking up to realize life is passing her by. Duncan is a six foot tall blue incubus trying to get some rest. He finds it with Naomi, and possibly something more. If only they can get his ex-lover to leave them alone. It’s hard to hide from a jealous succubus. A continuation of the short story “Soft Deadlines” first published in Trickster’s Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins 2019.

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GOING TO CAMP NECON

I’ll be poking around Camp Necon (aka Camp V-Con) all weekend starting with Making Your Word(s) Count: The Best Short Fiction of the Pandemic kaffeeklatsche beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST.

Camp V-Con is FREE to all Campers who are already registered for Necon 40 (now being held July 21st to 24th, 2022). Registration for all other Campers IS NOW OPEN HERE. The cost is $25.00 for the virtual weekend.

Entertainment blocks will be every evening beginning tonight, kaffeeklatsches on Friday afternoon (7/16), panels all day Saturday (7/17), and a slate of special offerings for Sunday morning (7/18). See the official Camp V-Con programming schedule here.

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IRON WRITERS READ JUNE 2021

Competitors from our the Iron Writer competition for June 2021 read their flash fiction pieces today. Fly Me to the Moon by K.R. Segriff won with the most reader votes. Also reading was Alina Maciuca, Barbara Krasnoff, Briant Laslo and Naching Kassa. The competition for July 2021 is still open tonight until midnight at Ironwriters.com.

You can read along with the stories here:

Iron Writer 2021 Fly Me to the Moon BY K.R. SEGRIFF

Let Me Sing Forever More BY BARBARA KRASNOFF

Universal Truths BY BRIANT LASLO

Along for the Ride BY NACHING KASSA

A Home to Miss BY ALINA MACIUCA

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VIRTUAL VISIT TO WOODCREST UNIVERSITY

As part of my virtual explorations, I recently toured Woodcrest University—a non-accredited residential and roleplay region. Offering a full range of educational experiences, the classes are real and taught by knowledgeable professionals. During my visit, I sat in on Professor Daragan Cabeza·de·Vaca’s Art & Design class during a lecture about Art Nouveau through Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt. You can read all about my virtual experience in the story I did for the SL Enquirer here.

Looking for a degree you can pin on your real world wall? There are quite a few virtual accredited universities you can visit from your own desk including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and the Geneva School of Business – University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. In all, there are over 150 accredited educational institutions with a virtual presence. I’m working on a news story about them right now.

For now, here are a few photos of my trip to Woodlawn University so you can see what it’s like for yourself. Special thanks to Professor Dara and the faculty at Woodcrest for the hospitality!

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I GOT MAIL: GALLIMAUFRY BY BRUCE BOSTON

Back in April I read Bruce Boston’s new story collection Gallimaufry. Of course, the gallimaufry is either “a confused jumble or medley of things” or “a dish made from diced or minced meat, especially a hash or ragout.” Today I found a signed copy waiting in the mail. You can find Gallimaufry on Amazon here.

You can follow Boston on Facebook for current news, poems old and new, and occasional humor. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/bruce.boston.50. You can also find him online at bruceboston.com. Read an interview on Bruce Boston I did back in April 2021 here: NOT THE USUAL INTERVIEW: BRUCE BOSTON

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SOFT DEADLINES ON KINDLE VELLA THIS MONTH

I just got the announcement that Soft Deadlines will be available to read in serialized episodes on KDP’s new Kindle Vella platform this month. I was claiming this is my first paranormal romance but it was pointed out that End of Mae, is a paranormal romance, lite on the romance. I’ll share links to Soft Deadlines as soon as Vella goes live.

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Naomi is a woman waking up to realize life is passing her by. Duncan is a six foot tall blue incubus trying to get some rest. He finds it with Naomi, and possibly something more. If only they can get his ex-lover to leave them alone. It’s hard to hide from a jealous succubus. A continuation of my short story “Soft Deadlines” (published in Trickster’s Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins 2019).

Excerpt: Within minutes, she was kneeling at the feet of an incubus. He was stunning, nearly six feet tall with glistening skin the color of midnight sapphire. A lustrous sheen accented his sharply cut structure. From the tips of his horns to the bottoms of his cloven hooves, he was a tight, nastily hung dream. She struggled to her feet, almost teetered out of the circle. Naomi realized she was panting.

“So, hello…” She felt self conscious in the presence of this dusky god… er… being. “How do we do this? Do we have to stay in the circle? Is this a one time off or…?”

Ryan Aussie Smith reads excerpt from Soft Deadlines

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BLESS THE PAGE TURNERS

Statue haiku… statue-ku… stat-ku? These are the thoughts that keep me awake at night. This is my first statue-ku for a fun side project I’m working on. In case you can’t read it in the photo, the haiku is a tribute to the most important person in any writer’s world—the reader. So, if you are one of my readers, thank you. This golden statue is for you. 😊😊😊

Bless the page turners—
in a world without readers
writers don’t exist.

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JUNE 2021 IRON WRITERS READ

Competitors from our the Iron Writer competition for June 2021 read their flash fiction pieces next Wednesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. CST. Fly Me to the Moon by K.R. Segriff won with the most reader votes. Also reading will be Alina Maciuca, Barbara Krasnoff, Jay Wilburn, Briant Laslo and Naching Kassa.

Who will be Iron Writer JULY 2021? Submissions are open at ironwriters.com.

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