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Via Sydney Somers’ blog:

25.07.08 – Again, I first want to apologize for having to take a publisher grievance public. Unfortunately New Concepts Publishing isn’t leaving me much of a choice. They have released another unfinished partial of mine, One Dark Knight, as part of a round robin anthology I did not authorize. I want to be clear that there is no clause in my contracts that gives NCP the legal right to finish my work or have any other author infringe on my copyrighted material. Yes, NCP knows is aware there is no clause as the owner admitted to that in a previous e-mail to me.

I can’t pretend to understand why they went ahead with both releases knowing this, but I once again ask my readers not to buy this book. I had hoped to see this matter resolved through the formal complaint process with the RWA, but at this time it appears as if NCP plans to disregard the complaint sent on my behalf. Also, it seems I’m now on moderation on the NCP reader loop and am unable to post to let readers know about this new development.

How these people are still in business, I’ll never know.

Thanks to you-know-who for the heads up

Hey it happens.

The ticking off was in response to one of my pet peeves about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Here’s an excerpt from the e-mail:

At Genesis 9:3, 4, God made his view on blood’s sanctity clear when He said: “Flesh with its soul—its blood—you must not eat.” Later, this directive repeats at Acts 15: 28, 29: “Keep abstaining from…blood…If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you!”

In accord with these commands, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a sincere desire for the best medical treatment. That includes transfusion alternatives offered by more than 100,000 doctors worldwide. These alternatives, unlike transfusion, don’t carry the risk of blood born pathogens, AIDS and HIV, Hepatitis C and B, or death that results from receiving incompatible blood.

Yeah, thanks for that love. I feel much more enlightened now.

By the way, is it me, or does 100,000 doctors who offer transfusion alternatives sound like a relatively low number?

I still hate organised religion like Amy Winehouse hates make-up remover.

Short stories round up—some available free online, some part of anthologies. (Alphabetical by title)

Nota bene: I very rarely read anthologies in one sitting, particularly because I often buy them for one author/story, and have no curiosity about the others. My choice of stories to review, therefore, has nothing whatsoever to say about the quality of the other stories. After all, I haven’t read them. (more…)