Monday, May 25, 2009

for andrew

After multiple, extended gaming sessions lasting into the wee hours of the morning...




Our next LitCrit session is on May 30th, Saturday, 2PM at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Robinsons Galleria.

Here are the readings:

See you there.


Monday, May 18, 2009


Nine dream laptops are up for grabs for the people with the most sign ups in by July 20, 2009.  All you need to do to get a free laptop is to sign up and get your friends to sign up.  Go and check it out!


Friday, May 15, 2009

call for submissions - philippine speculative fiction V

Editors Nikki Alfar and Vin Simbulan are now accepting submissions of short fiction pieces for consideration for the anthology "PHILIPPINE SPECULATIVE FICTION V".

Speculative fiction is the literature of wonder that spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror and magic realism or falls into the cracks in-between.

1. Only works of speculative fiction will be considered for publication. As works of the imagination, the theme is open and free.

2. Stories must cater to an adult sensibility. However, if you have a Young Adult story that is particularly well-written, send it in.

3. Stories must be written in English.

4. Stories must be authored by Filipinos or those of Philippine ancestry.

5. Preference will be given to original unpublished stories, but previously published stories will also be considered. In the case of previously published material, kindly include the title of the publishing entity and the publication date. Kindly state also in your cover letter that you have the permission, if necessary, from the original publishing entity to republish your work.

6. First time authors are welcome to submit. In the first four volumes, we had a  good mix of established and new authors. Good stories trump literary credentials anytime.

7. No multiple submissions. Each author may submit only one story for consideration.

8. Each story’s word count must be no fewer than 1,500 words and no more than 7,500 words.

9. All submissions must be in Rich Text Format (.rtf – save the document as .rft on your word processor) and attached to an email to this address: Submissions received in any other format will be deleted, unread.

10. The subject of your email must read: PSF5 Submission: (title) (word count); where (title) is replaced by the title of your short story, without the parentheses, and (word count) is the word count of your story, without the parentheses. For example – PSF5 Submission: Meeting Makiling 4500.

11. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your name, brief bio, contact information, previous publications (if any). Introduce yourself.

12. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009. After that date, final choices will be made and letters of acceptance or regret sent out via email. Target publishing date is February 2010.

14. Compensation for selected stories will be 2 contributor’s copies of the published anthology as well as a share in aggregrate royalties.

Kindly help spread the word. Feel free to cut and paste or link to this on your blogs or e-groups.


Nikki Alfar

Vin Simbulan

Dean Francis Alfar


Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Everyone is invited to join us for an afternoon of stories on Saturday, May 16, 2PM at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Robinsons Galleria.  Here are the readings - just follow the links and read up.

A Buyers Guide to the Maps of Antarctica by Catherynne Valente
(Clarkesworld Magazine)

Boojum by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
(from the anthology "Fast Ships, Black Sails" edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Lily Glass by Veronica Schanoes
(Strange Horizons)

See you Saturday!