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Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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More stories soon. Until then, “fans are Slans” interant archon Claude Degler:

In the weeekly sheets the Cosmic Circle program reached full form: Don Rogers [his pseudonym] answered a positive “Yes!” to the old question, “Are fans slans?” He proposed to contact cosmic-minded mutants everywhere, using radio prograns and other publicity to this end.

The most noticable characteristic of the publications was that they were the worst-looking legible fanzines ever published: abounding strikeovers; paragraphs nonexistent; edges of the stencil crowded, no spacing after periods; misspellings; overuse of caps, quotation marks, and underlines; wandering, unplanned sentences; countless simple gramatical errors like “can and has went” source

“We have created a fannationalism, a United World Fandom. Someday soon we will have our own apartment building, then our own land, our own city of Cosmen, schools, teachers, radio programme — later; our own laws, country perhaps! Our children shall inherit not only this earth — but this universe! Today we carry 22 states, tomorrow, nine planets! We can and will help to make a better world of the future — have influence and be an active force in the furtherance of scientific democracy in the post-war world! — attempt to conquer space travel and see another world — in our own lifetimes — while we of the council are alive! Our children will carry on this organization after we are gone — The Cosmic Circle now exists for all eternity.”

And his brother, with whom he had once tried to dig a hole to hell, killed their mother and then himself. . . . after which, Claude more or less disappeared, for good, save for a few apocryphal sightings.

“If you take an incident of severe, traumatic emotion, and wake yourself up every hour and a half, and think about it, go through it in your mind, and fall back asleep while you’re doing that, it takes about two weeks, for a severe incident, before it fades.” -Van Vogt


Rationality and dream. “Science-driven” fiction and cosmic circles.

“science fiction is concerned with the power of rationality” and “He retains faith in the principles of Dianetics, and is still president of the Californian Association of Dianetic Auditors.” (source, 1980)

Thu, March 26 2009 » Fiction

One Response

  1. Kristin March 27 2009 @ 7:14 pm

    I have read this twice and still have no idea what it is about. Is my brain completely mush after 4 days of performance appraisals forms or is this really confusing?

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