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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
2:49 pm
Blue Seraph kickstarter
I noticed on Facebook that the producers (and former Gaylaxicon guests of honor) of Judas Kiss have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to purchase a camera for use in their next projects. The plan is tomake two movies this year. The Dark Place will feature Sean Lockhart and Timo Descamps in a mystery-thriller with a mutant power twist.

Click here to find out more!
Friday, September 28th, 2012
9:47 pm
B5 news
Sad news. Michael O'Hare, who played Captain Jeffery Sinclair, the first commander of Babylon 5 and who later became the prophet Valen, founder of the Rangers, has passed away, according to J Michael Straczynski.
Thursday, August 30th, 2012
1:56 pm
Moderating submissions
In an effort to stem an ever-increasing tide of spambot accounts and spam posts, all new posts will be submitted for moderator approval first. Also, if you come across any spam comments to your posts, please let us know before deleting it so we can ban the user from the community.

Don't worry, we'll get to your submissions as quickly as we can, but I just wanted everyone to know. Thanks!
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
2:06 pm
43 years ago a bunch of queers decided they were tired of being harassed, denigrated and abused and stood up for themselves. 3 days of riots ensued, and the country was suddenly forced to see them as people. We have the queens, dykes, leather men, and drag queens of that night, as well as those brave individuals who worked for decades before them, to thank for laying the groundwork of the progress we've attained today. The fight continues every day, but I for one look back proudly on what they did for me and thank them for it.


Current Mood: proud
Friday, June 8th, 2012
1:19 pm
Friday, April 29th, 2011
12:30 am
Joanna Russ

Just heard that Joanna Russ is in bad shape. I hope she pulls through, but it doesn't sound good. She was one of the first authors to take slashfic seriously, and gave it some academic credence back when it was just Kirk/Spock.
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
12:19 am
Heavy Ink comics controversy

If anyone out there buys their comics from Heavy Ink, an online comics retailer, I offer that you might want to reconsider, as the president, Travis Corcoran, seems to think shooting members of Congress isn't such a bad idea (to quote, "1 down, 534 to go," in reference to the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left 6 people dead and critically injured U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the intended target of the attack, being the first of the 535 members of Congress).

Needless to say there's been some significant buzz, including Paul Cornell asking readers not to buy his books from the site, and Nick Spencer specifically requesting that Corcoran stop stocking his books.

There's also been a lot of hemming and hawing from Corcoran - in a long, rambling diatribe he outlines his political views, and although at one point he says, "No, I do not endorse shooting at politicians in 2011," he seems to think an armed revolution is just over the horizon (i.e., shooting at politicians sometime in the future would be acceptable); on his Twitter account he says, "I don't incite the killing of any politicians; that would be illegal. I merely think that it's morally legitimate."

Although I hope I included enough links to pertinent information so that someone could make up their own mind about this, I'm posting this because I think this guy is a tremendous douchebag that deserves all the bad karma he can get. Is he entitled to his opinion? Of course, and he's equally entitled to spread it all over the internet if he so desires. I don't think, however, that hateful rhetoric like this should be rewarded, so I'm equally free to spread that opinion all over the internet myself.

Current Mood: concerned
Friday, August 6th, 2010
8:55 am
Subscription drive
On Tor.com: a nice review of Wilde Stories 2010, which I edited.

Lethe's sales are great but our cash flow remains less than ideal. One reason is because we've had to send out far more galleys and review copies to sites and jurors for awards. One award requested 6 books for 14 jurors rushed out. And bookstores, feeling the poor economy, have been slow in paying us.

We're just finished the mid-year royalty reports. I want to start paying people, so to help with our cash flow I'm offering a special deal on subscriptions to Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction

Even if you're not gay, chances are (hell, I assume so if you're getting this email) you know someone who'd enjoy reading new stories of gay-themed fantasy, horror and science-fiction. Not to mention reviews, gossip, interviews and essays. Authors we've published include Hal Duncan, Tanith Lee, Jeff Mann and Alex Jeffers. And you could always donate a subscription to a gay youth or community center. Or a library.

You can see past issues here.

So here's the deal:

$40 - 4 issues, starting with either the Summer or Fall 2010 issue (your choice). That's a $12 savings off the cover price!

$50 - the 4 issues above plus a free copy of any Lethe Press title. I recommend a copy of Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories -- this has been a real success for us with a starred review in Booklist.

Diana Comet

$75 - a 2 yr subscription plus a free copy of any Lethe Press title.

Domestic USA or foreign, it doesn't make a difference!

Icarus 5

I'm hoping to add 50 new subscribers. That's my goal for this special which will last until September 1st.

Current subscribers, you can add another year to your subscription for only $35!

Lethe authors, if you want to get a subscription, email me for a special offer.

You can send us a check or Paypal us the funds:

Subscription options

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
9:51 am
Fred Phelps at ComicCon
"They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them today at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi and...kittens? "

Superheroes vs Westboro
Saturday, June 19th, 2010
12:11 pm
Gay werewolves, Alex Jeffers, and a bit of Dionysus...
I'm at the office today... both day job work and Lethe Press demands. One such is:

Icarus #5

C'mon, doesn't it look pretty? And lonely? Why don't you click on the button below and buy an issue and give these boys a good home? At the very least, take a gander at the issue and see how awesome the featured writers are...

And if you use the DADGRAD coupon code at check-out there's a 25% savings! That means you can afford a cupcake to eat while you read the magazine! Or a tin of deluxe tuna if you happen to be Daulton.
Monday, June 7th, 2010
11:39 am
Wilde Stories 2010

Like your gay fantasy & horror digital? You can get the e-book edition of the newest Wilde Stories for under $5!

Just use our nifty coupon code: GA44U

Click here to preview and purchase

Where else are you going to find fiction by Laird Barron, Richard Bowes, Tom Cardamone, Liz Hand, and others, under one cover?!
Monday, May 24th, 2010
1:31 pm
Bisexuality Research Survey Study/ Need Participants

Hello! My name is Melanie Brewster, and I am a graduate student at the University of Florida.  I am conducting a study about the life experiences of bisexual individuals.  It is my hope that with this study, I can contribute to the understanding of the experiences of bisexual individuals.  Your participation is essential to achieving this goal, so I hope that you will take part in my study.


In order to participate, you must be bisexual, currently living in North America, and be 18 years of age or older.  If you would like to participate in my study, please click on the link below and you will be directed to the online survey:




Thank you very much in advance for your time!  Please feel free to pass on this link to other people who might be eligible. We hope to represent the experiences of a diverse group of bisexual people, so please feel free to encourage bisexual people of different racial, ethnic, gender, age, and other backgrounds to participate.


If you have any question about this study, please contact Melanie Brewster (e-mail: melanie.brewster@gmail.com), doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, or project supervisor Bonnie Moradi, Ph.D. (e-mail: moradib@ufl.edu), Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Florida. This research has been approved by the University of Florida Institutional Review Board (UFIRB#2010-U-246).

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
1:42 pm
Call for Volunteers for new Gaylactic Web Committee
I am currently recruiting volunteers for the Gaylactic Network Web Committee.

The goal of this team is to review and decide on a new social web solution for the Network, with a goal of launching the new site sometime this summer.

Currently we are looking at both extension solutions for our current website, using something like JomSocial, and at hosted solutions like Ning.com.

If you have any experience, interest, and available time to commit to helping to improve the Gaylactic Network's social web presence, please contact me asap.

Andrew Bertke
Web Administrator
Gaylactic Network

P.S. We also need content contributors for our new site.
Monday, April 5th, 2010
12:58 pm
The spring issue of Icarus just released!
I'm pleased to announce that Icarus 4 (Spring 2010) just released.

Our fourth issue features an amazing story by Sandra McDonald - "Diana Comet and the Lonesome Cowboy" - as well as a romantic yet hairy tale by Warren Rochelle, melancholy in print from J.A. Deveaux and a chilling short short story by L.A. Fields. Tom Cardamone interviews the great Geoff Ryman. If you ever considered starting a queer sci-fi club in your area, then the Gaylactic Network's key man, Wayne Wilkening, offers some simple advice. And, of course, there's are usual plethora of gossip and reviews.

Friday, November 6th, 2009
9:40 am
Though the 2009 editions have just released, I am hard at work compiling for next year's volumes.

The TOC-in progress for Best Gay Stories 2010:

"In History's Vicinity" by Richard Bowes, appearing in the blog Mumpsimus (June 28, 2009)
"Theater Bug" by Jameson Currier, appearing in Haunted Heart and Other Tales (Lethe Press)
"Auntie Mame" by Lewis DeSimone, appearing My Diva (ed. by Michael Montlack).
"So Long Anita Bryant And Thanks for Everything!" © by Sean Meriwether, appearing The Silent Hustler (Lethe Press).
"Metropolitan" by Marshall Moore, appearing in Ignavia 3:1
"Two Sides of the Boy" by Phillip Tang, appearing in Chroma 9
"Crack Smokin' Grandpa" by Lee Thomas, appearing in Under the Bed, Out of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press)

The TOC-in progress for Wilde Stories 2010:

"Lots" by Marc Andreottola, appearing in Ganymede 5
"Strappado" by Laird Barron, appearing in Poe (ed. by Ellen Datlow)
"I Needs Must Part the Policeman Said" by Richard Bowes, appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Dec 2009
"Death in Amsterdam" by Jameson Currier, appearing in Haunted Heart and Other Tales (Lethe Press)
"Tio Gilbert and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts" by Ben Francisco, appearing in Realms of Fantasy, Oct 2009
"The Far Shore" by Elizabeth Hand, appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2009
"Ne Que Von Desir" by Tanith Lee writing as Judas Garbah, appearing in Icarus 3.
"Barbaric Splendor" by Simon Sheppard, appearing in Time Well Bent (Lethe Press

I listed the stories alphabetically by author. Deciding on their order is the last step.

I'm seeing a pattern of names (Bowes, Currier, Thomas), but then these are writers who habitually write quality gay-themed stories. That said, I'm really excited to share the work of authors like Francisco and Tang, who I had not read before.

Of course, I'm still on the hunt for more stories for both books - if you have read something exceptional and want to recommend it, please drop me an email.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
5:26 pm
Gaylaxicon Photos
My few photos of Gaylaxicon 2009 can be found here.

(Cross-posted with my personal LJ)
Friday, October 9th, 2009
12:38 pm
12:21 am
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
9:05 am
Gaylaxicon 2009
If you're coming to Minneapolis for Gaylaxicon 2009, the weather is going to be very Minnesotan. You'll have a good chance to see sun, rain, and possibly the first snow flakes of the season. Expect daytime highs of 40-50 degrees fondly Fahrenheit with lows at night hovering around freezing. (The weather channel is forecasting a high for the weekend of 43 on Saturday.)
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
8:42 am
Two early registration memberships available for Gaylaxicon 2009
Charles -- chazzer3332000 at yahoo or Frank -- frank__leonard at yahoo (that's a double-underline). Please contact Charles or Frank for more information.
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