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Storm stole our patio umbrella
—text from a friend

KeyCon in Winnipeg, Manitoba met in the real world for the first time since the pandemic. However, they maintained one room for online events. The panellists met by Zoom and appeared on a large screen. Of course, people could also attend those ones online, by invitation.

I had a reading (late morning) and one panel (early evening). I planned to read the first chapter of The Con, as I've done many times before, and a key section of "Space Comprimari" (included in Live Nude Aliens), which would be a first-time reading.

A storm hit locally, one of those roaring, windy rainstorms that hit the Great Lakes Basin and turn streets into rapid shallow rivers and knock down century-old trees. Sirens wailed on the wind. Our power went out. I called to indicate that I would likely be a no-show.

It took the better part of the day before our power returned. I cannot really…

Mickey 7
by Edward Ashton
St. Martin's Press, 2022


Mickey 7 is a far-future science fiction / adventure novel, a fast-moving dark comedy centered around a clever, if not especially original, theme.

Mickey is an expendable, a human that has had their physical and metal state scanned and uploaded so that they can be cloned and reload their personality and memories. In exchange for this functional immortality,…

laying on my bed with the erratic sounds of guerilla toss flooding over me
withdrawal felt like coming up on acid at first, not so bad
a tingling in my hands and mouth
a tensing of my body
that taste in my mouth and the feeling creeping up my throat
a slow heat behind my face
textures grew sharp and grimy in my taut vision
(i could see the handprints on the wall, white on white slicked in oil and matte with grime)
but that feeling came with it, grown fundamental as…

News for Noders

SciFiQuest 3022 is ongoing.

May 1: May day.

May 4: May the Fourth be with you!

May 8: Happy birthday E2D2!

May 9: Mother's day in the USA.

May 10: Happy birthday BIII!

May 30: Memorial Day in the USA.


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April 1: As of April 2022, E2 will be transitioning to Esperanto. This will be the last month we accept posts in English.

April 1: LieQuest 2022 starts; join in for a chance to win millions worth of fabulous prizes!!

April 12: Yuri's Night

April 22: Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 23: Saint George's Day.

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!

April 30: SciFiQuest 3022: Aliens and Ogres and Elves, Oh My! starts as the month dies.


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March 14th: Pi day.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!

Get ready for LieQuest 2022, starting April 1st!


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February 2: Happy birthday Auspice!

February 2: Happy birthday npecom!

February 5: Happy birthday wertperch!

February 7: Last day to vote on the Tell Me a Story Quest!

February 15: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18: Happy birthday mjijm!

February 29: Happy birthday Browncoat!


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January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: The Tell Me A Story quest begins!

January 16: National Nothing Day.

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 30: Happy Birthday O-Swirl!


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