Free Volume of Stories Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos

dragon reads ebook final mergedEditor von Dimpleheimer explains his latest volume:

All of the short stories from Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vols 1-7 are included here, along with five new stories.

At the end of the book, I listed all the short fiction from these volumes by magazine and editor. I thought that may help people nominate for Best Editor.

I’ll have an all novelette volume, with a few new novelettes, ready in a week or two.

These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).

The links lead to a Google storage drive.

This ebook contains 88 science fiction and fantasy short stories published in 1940 that have fallen into the public domain and may be eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugo Awards.

READ MORE, including Table of Contents


Art of Garthiness #8

I get the impression a lot of fan-eds have resolved to get their zines pubbed on schedule this year. There has been a deluge of new issues! (Also a reminder that I have WARP to pub–deadline for submissions Jan 30.)

Garth is a long-time MonSFFriend. Always interesting stuff to be found in his perzine, Art of Garthiness.

In this issue, starting page 11, he writes about copyright law, about which MonSFFen have had spirited discussions.  And it is especially pertinent now because of the Axanar case. Recently Melinda Snodgrass wrote on fb that if CBS shuts down Axanar, then it must shut down ALL fan productions. “Am I disappointed? Of course. Having met Walter I would love to have written for him, but it’s not to be. Look, I don’t blame the network or the studio. Bottom line the intellectual property that is Star Trek belongs to them. They have an obligation and a right to protect their asset.”

OBIR #4 is published

R. Graeme Cameron has a different kind of TARDIS. His has more time on the inside than on the outside.  In this issue of OBIR he attempts an explanation of how this works. I have my doubts. –CPL

Download issue #4 of OBIR.

Issue # 4 has 40 reviews, including the three novels ‘The Black Bottle Man,’ ‘Goddess Gambit,’ and ‘Signal to Noise.’ Also an interview with ‘The Graeme’ by Lynda Williams, an essay on the H.P. Lovecraft controversy, and two guest reviews by Gregg Chamberlain.

Plus an announcement on plans to start up a semi-pro SF fiction zine which will pay 1 cent a word for stories 3,000 words or less. See POLAR YITES! Magazine for info.

Launch of a new semi-pro SF fiction magazine

 Posted on Facebook by Richard Graeme Cameron

by Just in case you were wondering, I may indeed be crazy.

After an inspiring luncheon conversation with Lynda Williams. President of SF Canada, I’ve decided to launch a semi-pro SF fiction magazine circa January 2017. Semi-pro because it will pay less than SFWA rates, but at 1 cent a word (for stories 3,000 words or less) it will still be a paying market.

Contributors will be paid on acceptance prior to publication. I want to put together a “Proof of Concept” demo issue sometime soon, so I am currently open to story submissions and poetry submissions. However my finances are not yet in order, so for this demo one-time-situation payment will have to be deferred till later in the year. But if you’re willing to trust me…

What will make the zine unique is that I want at least 2 to 3 stories per issue to be first sales for beginning authors. Consequently unpublished writers submitting stories will only be in competition with each other and not with pros.

How am I going to pull this off? I have a clever business plan, not least the proposed title of the zine: POLAR YITES! (Long story. Don’t ask.) Going to be different, that’s for sure.

To find out more, and to learn how to submit, check out


One way that MonSFFA keeps in touch with other fans is through fanzines. Most are readily available thanks to Jim Burns over at so there is no longer any point to maintaining our “trading post” page.  However, we do hear directly from some fan-eds and these I will start passing on to our membership through our website.

Recently, we heard from File 770 (Mike Glyer) and Alexiad ( Joe Major).

Guy Lillian wrote a review of WARP 93, with high praise for Keith’s cover, The Doctor and his Companion in Zine Dump 36.

Keith was also featured in File 770’s Pixel Scroll.

Keith did two great covers for last year. I think a fan artist award would look good on his shelf.  : -)




NASA suspends InSight mission to Mars

Unable to fix a leak with the mission’s main science instrument in time to make the 2016 launch window, NASA must wait two years to try again.
“The JPL and CNES teams and their partners have made a heroic effort to prepare the InSight instrument, but have run out of time given the celestial mechanics of a launch to Mars,” said JPL Director Charles Elachi. “It is more important to do it right than take an unacceptable risk.”
Read more from Sky and Telescope.
Or if you are really, really into Mars missions, pop over to the NASA site.

File 770 # 165

You have undoubtedly noticed my frequent references to File 770.  This is a great source for stories related to our interests.  It is edited by Mike Glyer.  As a blog, File 770 has a significant presence on the web:  I started subscribing a couple of years back.

I highly recommend reading the fanzine version of File 770 # 165. Great stories, and lots of fan art by such notables as Taral Wayne, Alan White, Brad Foster, Steve Stiles, Teddy Harvia.

Fabulously funny cover page!



Another New Year’s Eve tradition — ring out the year with the fanzine version of File 770.

Click here — File 770 #165, [5MB PDF file]

With a cover by Steve Stiles, the issue features these original articles:

  • One Month a Grand Master by Larry Niven and John Hertz
  • The Rotsler Winners: Personal Musings by Taral Wayne
  • John Hertz’s Westercon Notebook, a report of the 2014 convention
  • Red Letter Days, Taral Wayne muses about the calendar

Plus reprints of three popular articles:

  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E by James H. Burns
  • My Father, And The Brontosaurus by James H. Burns
  • Viewing The Remains of Bradbury’s House by John King Tarpinian

Best SF movies of 2015?

The 11 Sci-Fi Films That Defined 2015–Written by Brian Merchant, posted on Motherboard,

I had written a whole lot about this list of movies, but gremlins sneaked into the post, and I’m too discouraged about it to start over again. However, YOU can post YOUR thoughts about the SFF films of 2015. Do you agree or disagree with the choice of movies, or the ordering of them?



Eligibility lists for the Aurora Award

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy association which presents the Prix Aurora Awards has just announced the opening of the eligibility lists for works published in 2015.

You do not have to be a member to add items to the lists, which can be consulted here.  You will notice a new category: best dramatic presentation. The eligibility requirements are here.

Because the Canvention is being hosted this year by When Words Collide, August 13, the nominating period is shorter than it was last year.  You need to purchase your membership to CSFFA before nominating. The Voter’s Package will be available for download soon after the close of nominations which happens March 19. This package is fabulous, and more than worth the cost of the 10$ membership.

Several members of MonSFFA fit the eligibility requirement in various categories, I hope you will consider adding them to the lists and then if you think the members deserving, nominate them.

Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association