Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Another Anthology Call from Moi

While the current anthology that I was editing, "SF Waxes Philosophical", undergoes preparation to be published in November, I have been commissioned to do another anthology.

Mohammad Aurangzeb Ahmad is a freelance writer and doctoral student in Computer Science. He created and maintains what is probably the most extensive resource on the subject of "Islam and SF" - Muslims Writing Science Fiction.

He has asked me to co-edit an anthology of SF stories that feature Islam or at least one Muslim character in a positive light. He feels that at these times when Islam and Muslims are being negatively stereotyped, an anthology of this kind would be a good idea. And I agree.

So here is the call:

Theme: As above.

Genre: SF or fantasy. No horror, please.

Length: Any

Reprints: Okay.

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Deadline: January 31, 2008

Rights: One time anthology rights

Send submissions as .doc or .rtf attachments to

Payment: Oh yes! This time, the authors will be paid, though the payment will be nominal - 1 cent per word, with a minimum of $10 and maximum of $40 + a contributor's copy. The payment will be upon publication.

Meanwhile, call for the other anthology that I was planning, i.e. on the theme of communication barriers, will probably go out in a couple of weeks.

Hoo boy! Am I going to be busy!

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Yesterday was the last day of fasting. Today, I celebrate Eid.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Election Day

Provincial election day, here. And something funny happened to me. I just found out that some hacker somehow managed to use my email address to send emails to the local candidates. Thank God, the emails sent in my name are decent enough. Nevertheless, I will try to inform the candidates that that email was not from me.