Friday, July 10, 2009

Sime~Gen Perspectives Newsletter - March 2009

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WESTERCON is now FIESTACON this year.

FiestaCon is scheduled for July 2-5, 2009 and will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel in Tempe, Arizona. Westercon is a science fiction / fantasy convention held annually in the western half of North America or in Hawaii. Our panels cover a broad array of topics, both traditional and contemporary, with special emphasis on Literature, Science and Art. Please visit our website for more info:

Jacqueline Lichtenberg has accepted an invitation to be a speaker. There may be a Sime~Gen party.


Donna Halper has created a wonderful tribute to Majel Barrett Roddenberry who played Nurse Chapel on Star Trek, and went on to marry the producer, Gene Roddenberry. She also played the computer voice for the Enterprise and many other major contributions -- read here:
and visit our entire Star Trek section
where you will find many classic Star Trek fan fiction pieces and more information on the connections between Sime~Gen and Star Trek.

****** SIMECENTER NEWS ******
This month's story is by a talented author who is also announcing the availability of her second novel, GRIFFIN'S SHADOW.
THE INTERVIEW, by Leslie Ann Moore
- history is written by the winners
The accompanying artwork is:
WIND DANCING, by Michael Cox
- a faraway secret place
These works were both submitted in support of an important organization for writers:
Clarion Writers Workshop
teaching science fiction and fantasy writing since 1968.

GRIFFIN'S SHADOW, just released this month, has been endorsed by both Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal. The first book, GRIFFIN'S DAUGHTER, won the Benjamin Franklin award for best first novel. Impressive!
Send your comments, questions, etc.--about the site, the stories and art...whatever--to the address below. [Mention 'SimeCenter' in the subject so I'll know it isn't spam.]
In Service to Unity,
Kaires Tevesu



TENTH ANNIVERSARY SALE! During 2009 we are offering any of the advertising packages at for four months for the price of three,
or eight months for the price of six. Ad packages must be reserved by December 15, 2009, for ads to begin any time up to June, 30, 2010. Lock in this low price by contacting and putting down a 25% deposit, remainder due at the time the ad is posted. Limit of two ad packages per advertiser.Use code SGNL to claim your bargain ad package.

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ReReadable Books Reviews by Jacqueline Lichtenberg posted for January and
February 2009
February includes a review of "The Book of Names" which someone mentioned at
the Annual Chat.
Some of you may be interested in my posts on Tuesdays at the co-blog
Tuesday, February 17th's entry points to a number of blogs and forums where I've been involved in discussions of writing, and comments on Linnea Sinclair's latest novel.


It's the tenth anniversary of Sime~Gen Inc. and We will be celebrating all year long--and we need your contributions to the festivities.
Please send your ideas for ways to celebrate to But please remember that our small staff is already overburdened, so we need easy to implement ideas, not projects for our staff to put in even more hours of work than they already do. If you would like to implement your idea for us--YAY!


When you enter the imagination of L. H. Young, you begin a fascinating ride, whether you are traveling the time stream with witches, finding love the stuff of legends with her wonderful vampires, traipsing across the universe with her Sci-fi, or going to school with four unusual teenagers born with the ability to heal by touch.
Don’t forget that she even writes for the imagination of the very young as seen in The Christmas Kitten.

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Blatant commercial to keep on the air.
If you buy from Amazon using one of our search boxes at the bottoms of many of our pages, or find what you're looking for in our a-stores, we get a few cents to pay the bandwidth bills.
Our Amazon stores (we recommend buying directly from Amazon itself, not one of their onboard retailers unless you know the retailer very well -- we get paid the same, but have found better customer service with shipments). -- NEW STORE created to hold gift items specially useful to writers, both in writing and in just finding the TIME to write.
Also we now have Google ads on our main entry pages -- and they pay nicely when someone finds what they want via one of those ads. But don't click just to click -- click something that looks like what you really want.

******COAL FOR CHRISTMAS**********

COAL FOR CHRISTMAS by Lois Wickstrom and Jean Lorrah reached the semi-finals in the Fade-In Writers Network competition:
It would be great to win one of these contests, but even making the semi-finals is a minor credential in our quest to sell our scripts to Hollywood.
Coal for Christmas has not won any contests yet, but it is currently under consideration at one major studio and two independent production companies. What that means is that after reading our logline and synopsis, they have asked for and are reading our script. BTW, multiple submissions are not only the norm, but are virtually REQUIRED in Hollywood. We have had to learn a whole new set of rules, very different from the rules for book publishing.

Jean will be at the 30th Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, March 18-22.
A charter member of the organization, Jean is attending for the 30th time! She will appear on a panel of people who have been with the IAFA from its early days, as well as a panel on vampires organized by Margaret Carter. Finally, she will read from POP-UP KIDS, a script she has written with Lois Wickstrom. Imagine if a group of tweenage kids discovered the secret of teleportation.


Keybooks, the book store for writers needing inspiration and ideas, and KeyGifts, the store full of gifts for hard working writers have been redesigned and restocked with new items. - for books and DVD's - for items of use to writers

****** BORDERLANDS UPDATE ***********

Time for another catch-up Part in the ongoing Borderlands soap opera. This is the first Part in which Flora Raynor actively participated.
The title is "The Rising Generation," and there's no single dominant plot thread, but there is a common theme to most of the episodes: a baby is conceived, some children get changeover training, a Companion gets a visit from his first cousin twice removed. We also see a new young donor, a budding criminal, and a young Sectuib who's found a new way of life.
Some of these characters are new, some are familiar. Read about them
all at
And give us feedback! The more feedback, the better we like it! (Sneak peek: the next Part is called "Till Death Do Us Part," and it's not about death.)


As Coordinator of our Reviews Department, I ask for your help. With the current upsurge in e-book publishing that is sweeping the Internet, we daily receive an increasing number of books to review. Yet, in counterpoint, we have a shortage of reviewers, and many of our reviews staff are several books behind.We are eagerly and actively seeking new people to review for us. As with all of Sime~Gen, our reviewers are volunteers. When they write a review, it is posted
with their byline, and they get to keep the review copy of the books they have read and reviewed.
For more information on our Reviewers Agreement, visit:
Please help us by passing this information along to anyone you know who might want to join our happy band. If interested, they can e-mail me at or send a note expressing their interest to Jean at
Midge Baker
Reviews Coordinator


Anyone shopping Amazon who wants to contribute to without it costing them a cent, please start by using any of the Amazon Search boxes on our pages. Our top page has three really handy ones near the bottom.
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A SIME~GEN postage stamp is now available to order on cafe press. It can be used just as you would use a regular postage stamp. Be the first on YOUR block to have them!
We've got a new page for Cafe Press items from our artists and authors. Now you can get t-shirts, greeting cards, clocks, mugs, and other great stuff with work from your favorite artists. You can even buy books about Nessie, the Orange Forest Rabbit and The Reluctant Spy that aren't available anywhere else. is a direct link to all our items and merchandise stores. Use of this page will give the domain extra income. If there is an item that you wish to see that isn't offered, just write Lois at and she'll get it ready for you to order.

******HELP WANTED*****

The spotlights section of currently needs interviewers, spotlight posting personnel, an assistant spotlights gatemaster, and a keygifts store manager. We are also requesting an Assistant Reviews Co-coordinator - duties include covering when other staff are unable to perform tasks. We are almost finished revamping our reviews section and expect activity to be at a constant high level. We're looking for a versatile quick learner able to put in some time
daily. Pluses are: A good command of the English language (syntax, grammar, punctuation, in that order), some computer experience or ability to learn, and an interest in books. Direct all inquiries to
Individuals to take over, or assist with the SIMECENTER Site -- It isn't at all hard, but a bit time-consuming...and very rewarding ("meeting" these marvelous authors and artists, if only via E-Mail and their websites.) Please write me, Kaires Tevesu, if you are interested.

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We have had to withdraw the entire Sime~Gen project from Meisha Merlin for a wide range of reasons. They missed several deadlines for publication of TO KISS OR TO KILL and showed no signs of intention to get it out any time in the foreseeable future. That stalled everything else. It was very disappointing. So we are now actively in search of another publisher.
THE UNITY TRILOGY should continue to be available for some time -- they have the right to dispose of all stock in the Meisha Merlin warehouse.

******AVAILABLE RELEASES***********

~ the Omnibus reprint of Jean Lorrah's SAVAGE EMPIRE: DARK MOON RISING -- is #1 in the reprint program.
~ Trade Paperback edition of DREAMSPY from BenBella Books and you can order on Amazon and some other places
Read the comments here:
~ SAVAGE EMPIRE: PROPHECIES is #2 in Jean Lorrah's and Winston Howlett's omnibus reprint of the Savage Empire series.
Still Available in Trade Paperback, SIME~GEN: THE UNITY TRILOGY

***** Sites to Remember *****

Author spotlights:
Romance articles:
Reviews of books by Jacqueline Lichtenberg:
Sound files of Jacqueline Lichtenberg pronouncing Sime~Gen vocabulary words can be found at
To sign up for classes, go to
To volunteer, go to
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