A couple of items of good news:

For the first time, one of my stories has placed in the Analog readers’ poll:  “Rejiggering the Thingamajig” tied for third place in the short story category with “Shame” by Mike Reznick and Lezli Robyn, behind “Red Letter Day” by Kristine Katherine Rusch and “Happy Are the Bunyips” by Carl Frederick.  My fellow Utah writer Brad R. Torgerson took first place in the novelette category with his story “Outbound,” of which I happen to own the first autographed copy. And first place in the novella category went to my friend Richard A. Lovett and his co-author Mark Niemann-Ross for “Phantom Sense.”

Also for the first time, I’ve been accepted to the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, after applying for several years and not getting in.  Basically, it’s a one-week intensive course in astronomy for writers.  And making the news even better is the fact that one of my Odyssey classmates, William T. Vandemark, also made it in.

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