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Site Awards

In the interest of preserving my original site’s history, I’ll be adding my old site awards.

Rudolf's Wander Homepage Award - Gold

Rudolf's Wander Homepage Award - Gold

Rudolf’s Wander Homepage Award – Gold

“Great site…”
Award Sites! Rated 3.0
UWSAG Rated 1+
WebsAwards Rated 1.0
Awarded: Feb. 28, 2006


Site Awards

In the interest of preserving my original site’s history, I’ll be adding my old site awards.

Advanced Web Design Award - Silver

Advanced Web Design Award - Silver

Advanced Web Design Award – Silver

“Well thought out, very pleasant to look at, and serves a  definite purpose. It is compelling to its viewers, has informative content, originality, excellent design, and leaves in its visitor’s mind the image of a quality site.”
Award Sites! Rated 3.5
WebsAwards Rated 1.0
Awarded: Apr. 30, 2006

Richard Lyon

A sad announcement….

Richard Lyon passed away. Here’s the link to the posting on SFWA:

Among other things, Richard was a long-time member of the crit group I moderate, originally in association with and still hosted by SFReader.

Parts 5 & 6 of “The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” now available at ResAliens

The Purple Light District” and “Space Cadet” are now up at Residential Aliens.

Part 4 of “The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” up at Residential Aliens

Thanks for the Little Things” has been posted at ResAliens.

Part 3 of “The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” now available at Residential Aliens

Check out “The Effects of Traitorous Neighbors” posted on today’s Residential Aliens.

Part 2 of “The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” now available at Residential Aliens

Here’s a teaser:

The Universal Need for Seatbelts

Dear Diary:

Again I must appeal to your wisdom for truly, you are the only one who understands me.

You recall, of course, the aliens who crashed in the strand of pink dogwoods, thereby destroying a fair number of heirloom trees as well as the rows of peonies that took me the better part of the fall (three years past) to plant. Having ruined the garden, my breakfast, and a poem of historic importance, and having left in search of the world’s leaders, I (justifiably, wouldn’t you agree?) determined that said aliens had abandoned said craft. Alternatively, I might take it as compensation for my losses and inconvenience. Regardless, the wreckage was mine…”

You can read the rest of the story at Residential Aliens.

Part 1 of “The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” now available at Resdiential Aliens

Here’s an excerpt:

Ode to Bacon and Eggs

Dear Diary:

This morning I was going to write to you the poem I composed in my sleep, about a sumptuous breakfast of bacon and eggs. You would have loved it, I’m sure: my lavish attention to detail, my dry wit and melancholy, my clever cadence. Yet now it seems so futile.

The aliens had no regard for it when they landed beside the patio, digging a trench of WWI proportions through the strand of pink dogwoods and burning the peonies to the ground with the ship’s foul exhaust. I ignored the crash, of course. I was occupied fashioning a culinary masterwork in order to verify my poetic visions. But the aliens had no respect for the rituals of breakfast or poetry or any other ritual, for that matter…”

You can read the rest at today’s ResAliens. The schedule for the 6-part short to appear at Residential Aliens:

The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French by SC Bryce (2650 words)
#08.28a ~ Ode to Bacon and Eggs (Posted Nov 17)
#08.28b ~ The Universal Need for Seatbelts (Posted Nov 18)
#08.28c ~ The Effects of Traitorous Neighbors (Posted Nov 19)
#08.28d ~ Thanks for the Little Things (Posted Nov 20)
#08.28e ~ The Purple Light District & Space Cadet (Posted Nov 21)

+ Hillary Sorensen-French has made first contact. Which is quite inconvenient given that the aliens’ arrival interrupts a sumptuous breakfast of bacon and eggs! But no fear, Hillary will make the best of a difficult situation. These fun and humorous journal entries – one posted each day this week – will provide the reader with some light-hearted chuckles to brighten the day. Enjoy!”

Emergency announcement from

This just in from SFcrowsnest…

Emergency announcement from please help

Hi all,

Stephen here, in the rather ridiculous situation of having to write to you and all of’s others readers to ask for your help.

Yesterday afternoon, a minute after posting an update to the two FaceBook groups I founded, the Magazine FaceBook group at (for the magazine), and the Rule Jackelia FaceBook group (for readers of my novels) at, FaceBook sent me an automated message to say this was spamming and immediately cancelled my account.

An hour after that I started being flooded by personal complaints from members of the Magazine FaceBook group saying that the group now had someone called ‘Tore Heimstad’ installed as administrator (not appointed as admin by me, I assure you!) who was using the Magazine FaceBook group’ admin ‘message all’ function to send out a spam via FaceBook to our sci-fi magazine’s thousands of readers that began ‘Hey guys. if u think that u look good and if u have CONFIDENCE, then join our pageant group on eupee .’ (don’t ask, groan).

I can only presume that this breech of our FaceBook group is a major hack of the recently upgraded FaceBook system, but I am currently in the ridiculous situation of not even being able to contact my own FaceBook friends to inform them of this terrible situation, with my account now being cancelled.

I have repeatedly been contacting FaceBook’s staff e-mails since yesterday (Friday 15th November 2008) and as of twelve hours later have received nothing but canned autoresponders in return.


If you are a FaceBook user, please note, the Magazine FaceBook group has been hijacked. As of yesterday, any messages sent by it are NOT from staff or myself and should be treated as hostile – e.g. potentially containing or leading to scams, malware, compromised web pages and the like.

Please post news of this on your FaceBook profile and let all of your own FaceBook friends know as a matter of urgency.

Secondly, if you run a blog or zine, please spread news that the Magazine FaceBook group at has been hijacked by hostiles and refer them to this warning which is now prominently linked from our own home page and can be found at – I will keep this page updated with developments and any explanation/apology from FaceBook as and when (or if) I get it.

So far only the Magazine FaceBook group at has been hijacked, but seeing it was myself that was singled out by FaceBook hackers, I would suggest also treating any messages from my Rule Jackelia FaceBook group at and my personal Stephen Hunt FaceBook account at as being fatally compromised, as I’m certainly not in control of these two accounts either anymore.


On a personal note, this is grief I really don’t need at the moment.

I’m in the midst of finishing my fourth fantasy novel for HarperCollins, provisionally entitled The Fires of Jago, and am also working furiously with HarperCollins on the February 2009 launch of my third title in the Jackelian sequence, The Rise of the Iron Moon. These are both big calls on my time, and I could do without crisis management of someone else’s technical failings – something that was only intended to provide a bit of extra community for my loyal readers.

As fans of my novels know, I came to the social networking ‘revolution’ a good few years after everyone else, taking the rather curmudgeonly view that it was all a big time-suck and could only be a distraction to my writing. And hey, I was one of pioneers of the Internet, and all this new-fangled web 2.0 stuff was just a cunning ploy to squeeze more money out of gullible venture capitalists etc, right? After being barraged by requests to join various social networks by readers of my novels and friends, however, I belatedly decided to bow to the inevitable and signed up with FaceBook.

I did this in the face of strong and continual opposition from my dear friend and’s own editor, Geoff Willmetts, who has always refused to join social networks, citing all the usual security concerns you hear trumpeted in the media – they’re a den of identity thieves, you’ll find yourself ripped off, mortgages being taken out in your name by ID creeps etc.

I wrote those views off as being unduly influenced by media hysteria and joined FaceBook anyway. So here my first apology – to Geoff. You were right, old chum. I was wrong. Humble pie eaten. I’ll be sticking to the first rule of web-mastering that has always stood me in good stead with – if you don’t code it yourself, don’t trust it (it’s a variation on the old adage: if you want something done properly, do it yourself). No more FaceBook for me.

My second apology is to the members of the Magazine FaceBook group – you should really be getting it from the staff at FaceBook, but I suspect we’ll all be waiting a long time for that one. Sorry for you getting rubbish e-mails from the mysterious FaceBook group hijacker, Tore Heimstad. And Tore, or whoever you really are, all I have to pass onto you is an old Circlist saying much favoured in the Kingdom of Jackals – what goes around, comes around. Sooner or later, Tore, you’ll be getting yours.

And lastly, a word to the ghosts of my fellow fantasy authors at HarperCollins, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, in whose shadow I always inexpertly stumble; guys, you don’t know how lucky you were to have been writing your novels in an age when Bebo was a sound you would only hear gurgled from inside a pram, and a FaceBook was a school jotter that someone had inked with ‘Kilroy Was Here’.

Yours, deeply frustrated and angry


“The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” to appear in Residential Aliens

Residential Aliens

Residential Aliens

Just got word from editor Lyn Perry that my story “The Diary of Hillary Sorensen-French” (written in as six brief diary entries) will be reprinted next week in Residential Aliens. A new entry will appear each day, Monday through Friday, with a double-dose on Friday.

Woo hoo! Thanks, Lyn!