Site update: ANTHRO #9!
Quentin 'Cubist' Long here with a most welcome sign of the new year: ANTHRO #9 is online for your reading pleasure! What with the holidays and all, we've got a bit less new material than usual. Even so, we think you're going to like this issue's lineup, from the cover -- Ursula Vernon's excellently sleazy DJINNSELLER -- on down.
Item: ANTHRO's Library has a new wing: The YARF! reviews. Yes, that's the legendary printed furzine, YARF!, whose reviewer was our own Fred Patten. With Mr. Patten's active cooperation, we are presenting every one of the reviews he wrote for YARF!; we've started with all the reviews from YARF! #s 1 through 10, and we will add a minimum of ten more YARF-columns' worth of reviews with each new issue of ANTHRO until we've got all 70 of Mr. Patten's review columns. "Hold it," some of you are saying. "What do you mean, '70'? YARF!'s latest issue was #69!" Well, that's true -- but Mr. Patten wrote some reviews for the never-printed YARF! #70, and we're going to present that previously unseen column here in ANTHRO! Item: THE HUMAN MEMOIRS, by G. Howell. This novel, about a man who accidentally crosses over into a parallel world where humans never evolved sentience -- but cats *did* -- was ANTHRO's first complete serial. And now, it's the second paperback book from ANTHRO Press! USD $19.99 buys you more than 580 pages of pure furry goodness, and there's only one place on the Web you can get it: [ http://www.lulu.com/content/541536 ].
Item: ART CONTEST! We're still looking for graphics to accompany our serials THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL and RUNNING WILD. These serials are read by thousands of people every month, so you can be sure that your art *will* be seen and appreciated! So: Surf on over to TSAT [ http://tsat.transform.to ]; read the existing chapters of THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL and/or RUNNING WILD, as you prefer; create illustrations for at least one of those chapters; and when you're done, send your illustrations to ANTHRO. We'll evalute every one of your submissions, and we'll incorporate the best of the bunch into the serials. Note that there's no innate limit on how many illustrations we use; if we get 2, or 3, or 5, really good pictures for one chapter, well, that chapter will have 2, or 3, or 5, really good pictures! So get cracking, eh?
Item: Now that Christmas past, and the New Year's hangover is a memory, we'd like to remind you that ANTHRO can use your financial support. Donations are welcome, and so are subscriptions. An ANTHRO subscription amounts to less than a penny a day -- about one Big Mac sandwich over the course of a year -- so if you enjoy ANTHRO at least as much as a hamburger, please subscribe. Or, if you like, consider buying some of the furry books we recommend; we've made arrangements with four online booksellers (Alibris, Amazon.Com, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's Bookstore), and no matter which you choose to do business with, a small percentage of the money you spend will go to ANTHRO, so that we can actually *pay* the writers and artists who make ANTHRO possible. Or you could get one of our t-shirts, posters, stickers, or other fine products which display the art of ANTHRO; 75% of the profits from selling these things goes directly to the artists, while the remaining 25% goes to ANTHRO. Does that sound like a deal to you?
ITEM: We've got a whole issue full of stuff here! In specific:
= STORIES =
RUNNING WILD, Day 1: With a Single Step, by Duncan Cougar & Quentin Long (illustrated by... you?) Second chapter in this TBP serial. "The time has come," the Puma said, "to talk of many things..."
The fifth installment of A TALE OF SAND AND ICE, the Metamor Keep serial by Charles Matthias: In which a *most* unwelcome surprise interrupts our heroes’ flight
DREAM OF ME, by Kris Schnee (illustrated by Cubist): Do robots dream of electric otters?
THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL, by The TBPRR Collective (illustrated by... you?): Chapter 1 of this TBP serial. The plot thickens, and more bad karma is distributed...
= COMICS =
ZEBRA GIRL, by Joe England: Floating eyeballs, sinking hopes.
CASTLE HORSETOOTH, by Oren Otter & Eala Dubh: And life goes on… or does it?
= POETRY =
CAT AND RABBIT, by Slyford T. Rabbit (illustrated by Cubist): Another love that dare not speak its name?
= COLUMNS =
THROuGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, by Michael W. Bard: Why can’t furs and mundanes mix?
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, by Phil Geusz: The things we love to do -- and make.
REALITY SOUNDBITES, by Keith Morrison: A proper foundation for world-building.
THE RED KING'S DREAM, by guest columnist Quentin Long: Revealing the secrets of Jubatus.
= REVIEWS =
SEEN WHILE PROWLING, by Fred Patten: The CFO's founder reviews IRON RABBIT, by Bill Holbrook; MAINFRAME: BEGINNINGS & MAINFRAME: A MATTER OF TRANSFER, by Simba Wiltz; TIMOTHY; or, NOTES OF AN ABJECT REPTILE, by Verlyn Klinkenborg; URCHIN OF THE RIDING STARS & URCHIN AND THE HEARTSTONE, by M. I. McAllister; THE CHALLENGE OF THE ROSE, by Fara Shimbo; and WINDRUSHER & WINDRUSHER AND THE CAVE OF THO-HOTH, by Victor DiGenti
= EDITORIALS =
FROM THE EDITOR'S MAW, by Quentin Long: How to know when you've *ended* a story.