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January 23rd, 2008

02:12 am
Hey, look!


Not that I've got a whole lot to edit here, but damn it feels good to get something done. I've redone the scene where my protag comes home and finds her dog eaten by a praying mantis, so there's a whole lot more immediacy and emotion to it, rather than a dry retelling of the event.

I knew there was something wrong with that scene. Sometimes it just takes me until 2am to decompress long enough to figure out what I need to do. This is a vast improvement.

Now if I could just figure out what's next. And the science behind it. That'd be peachy.

04:16 pm


Announcing the 2nd annual Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest!

Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen.


Please read carefully, because we have made a few changes from last year's contest requirements.

  • Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned exploration.
  • No entry fee. But please only submit one story...your best one!
  • All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or characters from another person's works will not be considered.
  • E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .rtf attachments to the above e-mail address.
  • Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.
  • Please include the following in the body of your email: The title of the work, the author's name, address and telephone number, and an approximate word-count. The manuscript should be an RTF attachment, in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author's name MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.
  • 2007 Grand Prize Winner not eligible again. (Sorry Mike)
  • 2007 Second and Third place winners are still eligible.
  • Deadline: 1 April 2008.


    Moon bases
    Mars colonies
    orbital habitats
    space elevators
    asteroid mining
    artificial intelligence
    realistic spacecraft


  • Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad
  • Star Wars type galactic empires, UFO abductions.


    Judging will be by Baen Books senior editor Hank Davis and Jim Baen's Universe editors Eric Flint and Mike Resnick.


    The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published in a future issue of Jim Baen's Universe* and paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals. The author will also receive a specially designed award, free entry into the 2008 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society ($45 level) and a prize package containing various Baen Books, Jim Baen's Universe and National Space Society merchandise.

    SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive a year's membership in the National Space Society ($45 level), and a prize package containing various Baen Books, Jim Baen's Universe and National Space Society merchandise.
    Winners will be announced and notified no later than May 5, 2008. (only the winners will be notified) The winners will be honored at the 2008 International Space Development Conference, in Washington D.C., May 29-June 1, 2008. (though we would prefer the winner attend the conference, it is not required.)

    (* Note: Publication details will be worked out between winner and JBU. In the unlikely event that none of the stories qualify for professional publication, a cash prize, of an amount determined by contest organizers, may be substituted in lieu of publication.)

    Baen Books Website