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Monthly archive January, 2013

St. Valentine’s Short Short Competition – Match #5

#37 – “Selece batted the dart away…” by Scarlet vs. #28 – “Time Will Tell” by Whitnee Abriel

St. Valentine’s Short Short Competition – Match #4

#38 – “Pouring over the newly acquired map…” by Karen Collins vs. #27 – “Nuts and Bolts of the Heart” by GoldfishGal

St. Valentine’s Short Short Competition – Match #3

#39 – “First came Cappadocia…” by Katherine Duckett vs. #26 – “I Love You…” by Tom O’Carmody

St. Valentine’s Short Short Competition – Match #2

#40 – “On That Day” by Caleb Gillombardo vs. #25 – “Submerged” by Empress Annde

St. Valentine’s Short Short Competition – Match #1

And so we start the voting, using a single-elimination bracket, seeded based on when the stories were submitted. Early submitters benefit a little in that the will face fewer challengers. On the other hand, later stories may get read more often, so maybe they will have the advantage. We shall see… each match will last...
IBM Predicts Steampunk to Go Mainstream by 2014

IBM Predicts Steampunk to Go Mainstream by 2014

Steampunk is about to bulldoze its way into the mainstream, according to Dr. Trevor Davis, a consumer reports expert at IBM. And he has data to back that up. IBM has a system called the Social Sentiment Index, which collects and analyzes comments and mentions from across social media to discover and study trends. This...
Steven Utley, 1948 - 2013

Steven Utley, 1948 – 2013

Another early Steampunk writer has left us. Steven Utley passed away from stage four cancer on January 12. Utley was not as well known as some authors, in part because he focused on short stories and poems, rather than novels. In a world where all too many readers measure the appeal of a book by...