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[DEC. 13, 2005]  WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A variety of authors have come together to help raise money for hurricane survivors through "Writers for Relief: An Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of Katrina" (ISBN 1-4116-582-2). All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the American Red Cross for Katrina relief.

Edited and conceived by Davey Beauchamp, the Agency 32 and Mister Adventure author, the anthology contains fiction by short story author Eugie Foster; Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov's Science Fiction and editor of "Year's Best Science Fiction" collections; and many other talented writers, including Brian W. Aldiss, author of "Helliconia Trilogy"; Stephen Euin Cobb, "Bones Burnt Black"; Larry Niven, "RingWorld" and "Draco Tavern"; Nancy Kress, "Probability" and "Beggars" trilogies; Joe Haldeman, "Forever War" and "Worlds Trilogy"; Glenda Finkelstein, "The Edge of the Universe"; and Tony Ruggiero, "Team of Darkness."


Glenda Boozer has been writing bits and pieces for about 35 years but hasn't published other than a couple of poems.

She teaches online classes at Kaplan University, the University of Phoenix Online and Axia College. Her degrees are in mathematics and operations research.

She says that in case it makes any difference, the day on which her story is based took place in Baton Rouge

Cathy Chandler, a native of the Gulf Coast, lives in Mobile, Ala., with husband Dennis, a dog and a cat. She spent 4 1/2 years in college earning a degree she doesn't use, but she had a good time doing it. When not traveling to the middle of nowhere on a regular basis, she enjoys reading, collecting television shows, drumming and tormenting weaker minds with her sharp wit and intellect

Stephen Euin Cobb, author of "Bones Burnt Black" and "Plague at Redhook," has been actively promoting his novels at various cons in the Southeast for several years.

He has been a bank teller, a construction worker in a nuclear facility, a computer programmer and a long-haul truck driver. Two of his novels were written on a notebook computer while in the sleeper of his 18-wheeled "big rig." These two novels have the distinction of having been written in every state in the union except Hawaii, Alaska, North Dakota and Vermont.

As a child he showed a special talent in art. Drawing during the wrong classes got him in trouble a few times, but when he was a teenager he won a scholarship to study at the world famous Art Institute of Chicago -- not once, but twice. He felt honored and a little overwhelmed to be taking art classes in the same building that housed paintings by Rembrandt, van Gogh and Renoir.

Despite the attention it brought him, however, art was not his true passion -- that was science. Even when very young, long before he learned to read, he had his mother read him books, especially books about dinosaurs. A decade before he learned the word, he dreamed of being a paleontologist.

Later -- thanks to daily reruns of "Star Trek" as well as NASA's widely televised lunar landings and a few dozen secondhand science fiction books -- he developed a lifelong fascination with astronomy. He considers himself to have become an amateur astronomer at the age of 13, when, on a cold fall night in 1968, he propped his father's little 30-power spotting telescope on the hood of the family Buick and found his first planet. It was the ringed planet, Saturn. "It looked cold and pale and very small," he says, "but it was clearly another world -- an alien world."

During the ensuing years he has enjoyed many other interests: chemistry, psychology, theoretical physics, computer programming, the Internet and the list goes on; but he has always returned to astronomy like an old friend. He sees it as foundational to all other sciences since they all exist within its huge bounds.

For sample chapters of "Bones Burnt Black" and to follow the author's ongoing book promotion adventures in both pictures and words, visit

Gardner Dozois was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine for almost 20 years, and under his editorship, it won the Locus Award as Best Magazine for an unprecedented 15 years in a row. He also edits the annual anthology series "The Year's Best Science Fiction," now up to its 22nd collection, and the series has won the Locus Award for Best Anthology 16 times -- more than any other anthology series in history. He's won the Hugo Award 15 times as the year's best editor; won the Locus Award 30 times, including an unprecedented 16 times in a row as best editor; and has won the Nebula Award twice for his own short fiction.

He is the author or editor of more than a hundred books, the most recent of which are "The Best of the Best: Twenty Years of The Year's Best Science Fiction," "Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition," a reissue of his novel "Strangers," and a new collection of his own short fiction, "Morning Child and Other Stories." He has been called both "the most imaginative editor in science fiction," by The Village Voice, and "one of the finest writers of short fiction in SF's history," by Locus Online.

Born in Salem, Mass., he has now lived for 34 years in Philadelphia, Pa.

Richy Ferrell lives in Atlanta. He is an illustrator and retoucher at LandMind Studios, a high-end retouching studio, based in Detroit, that mainly services the automotive advertising industry.

Glenda C. Finkelstein is a passionate, award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction, incorporating her love of history and exploration into the tapestry of her work. She loves hiking, white-water rafting and swimming. She is also a trained musician and enjoys singing. She is first and foremost a woman of faith and family and lives in rural Florida with her husband, children and two precocious cats.

Eugie Foster is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, winner of the Phobos Award, and has an master's degree in developmental psychology. She shares her writing space in metro Atlanta, Ga., with her husband, Matthew, and has been seen occasionally with a brown-and-white skunk named Hobkin trotting at her heels. When asked about her unusual companion, her reply is inevitably, "He likes broccoli."

Her fiction runs the gamut from children's folk tales to science fiction to erotic horror. She has sold over 60 stories, and her publication credits include tales in Realms of Fantasy, The Third Alternative, Cicada, Paradox, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Brigham-Young's Leading Edge, Cricket and the anthology "Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown," edited by Orson Scott Card. Her works have been translated into French, Hungarian, Polish and Greek. She is also the managing editor and a fiction reviewer for the four-time Hugo-nominated publication Tangent. For her complete bibliography and current updates, visit

Joe Haldeman's earliest memory is of New Orleans. He and his brother were in costume for the first Mardi Gras after the end of World War II -- the future author, dressed as Mickey Mouse, being pulled in a little red wagon by his brother, dressed as Donald Duck.

He sold his first story in 1969, while he was still in the Army, post-Vietnam, and has been a constant writer ever since, with a little time off for teaching. He's written about two dozen novels and five collections of short stories and poetry, and his work appears in about 20 languages, including Klingon, which he suspects will generate letters he won't want to answer.

Since 1983, he and his wife, Gay, have spent the fall semester in Cambridge, Mass., teaching at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Writing and Humanistic Studies.

His novels "The Forever War" and "Forever Peace" won both the Nebula and Hugo awards; "Forever Peace" also won the John W. Campbell Award, the first such "triple crown" since Pohl's "Gateway," 22 years earlier. He has won several other Nebulas and Hugos and three times the Rhysling Award for science fiction poetry, as well as the World Fantasy Award. His latest novel, "Camouflage," won the James Tiptree Award for gender exploration.

He also paints and plays guitar, doing both as a devoted amateur, and bicycles whenever the weather allows. He and his wife recently bicycled across America -- 3,050 miles -- from Florida to California. When he can, he seeks out dark skies for his 12-inch telescope.

Anthony R. Karnowski, born in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains, has studied English and jazz performance at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He lives in a small town outside Knoxville with his wife, Leslie, and their three dogs: Ender, Petra and Arya.

Nancy Kress is the author of 24 books, most recently the science fiction novels "Crossfire" and "Crucible," from Tor, and a book on writing fiction, "Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint," published by Writers Digest Books. She has won three Nebulas, a Hugo and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the last for her novel "Probability Space." She also writes a column for Writers Digest Magazine and frequently teaches fiction writing. She lives in Rochester, N.Y., with a spoiled and high-strung toy poodle.

Tony Ruggiero has been publishing fiction since 1998. His science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories and novels have appeared in both print and electronic media.

His published novels include:

"Team of Darkness" -- The U.S. military has developed a new weapon to be added to its arsenal -- the creatures known as vampires. Ruggiero uses his naval experience to write this dark fantasy thriller about vampires being used by the Navy Seals. Groundbreaking and fast-paced, the novel is a characteristic mixture of the vampire lore of Anne Rice and the clandestine secrets of the military found in Tom Clancy novels.

"Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply." -- Aliens, Satanic creatures and other alternate life forms have gathered together to make a stand for literary fairness. Move over pesky human… a change is coming. An anthology of short stories where the center character is not human, the collection includes the award-winning story "Lucky Lucifer's Car Emporium," as well as "Electronic Bliss," "Invasion or Subversion," and "Going up?"

Ruggiero is also a contributing author to "The Fantasy Writers' Companion," from Dragon Moon Press. The volume picks up where "The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy" leaves off. "The Fantasy Writers' Companion" takes on more advanced topics of writing, such as incorporating horror, incorporating mystery, developing a story in your favorite RPG universe and exploring alternative cultures for world building. His contribution is a chapter on the effective use of horror in fantasy.

Coming in 2006 from Dragon Moon Press, Ruggiero's longtime favorite of space opera adventure debuts in a two-book series: 1. "Alien Deception: Nothing is as it appears… nothing." Your whole life, you think you understand who and what you are, and then one day you learn that it is all a lie. So what do you do? You have lunch with the leading candidate for president of the United States -- you and your alien friends. 2. "Alien Revelation: Death has many meanings." For some death is an end, while for others it is a beginning. Yet, for one human-alien hybrid, it is a way to have one final chance to try and save his home, Earth, a son he has never seen and find an enemy that just won't stay dead.

Ruggiero retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001 after 23 years of service. He and his family currently reside in Suffolk, Va. While continuing to write, he teaches at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va. Visit his Web page at

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Earl Newton is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. At 24, he already has a nationally recognized short film and several feature screenplays to his name. He currently lives in Pensacola, Fla., where he's finishing his bachelor's degree at the University of West Florida and his fourth screenplay. You can follow his exploits at E-mail:

Larry Niven: The Niven file

Born April 30, 1938, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Waldemar Van Cott Niven and Lucy Estelle Doheny Niven (now Washington.)

Raised in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hawthorne Public School, Beverly Hills; Cate School, Carpinteria.

California Institute of Technology, September 1956 to February 1958. Flunked out after discovering a bookstore jammed with used science fiction magazines.

Honest employment: gas station attendant, summer 1960.

Graduated from Washburn University, Kansas, June 1962 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a minor in psychology. Half the university was scattered to the winds by a tornado a month after he left. They later gave him an honorary doctorate in letters.

First story publication: "The Coldest Place", Worlds of If, December 1964.

Met Marilyn Joyce Wisowaty at the Nycon World Science Fiction Convention, 1967. Married Sept. 6, 1969. No children. They reside in Chatsworth, Calif.

He has written fiction at every length, speculative articles, speeches for high schools and colleges and conventions, television scripts, political action in support of the conquest of space, graphic novels, and a couple of comic book universes. He has collaborated with a wide variety of writers.

His interests: science fiction conventions; role-playing games, live and computer; AAAS meetings and other gatherings of people at the cutting edges of science; comics; filk singing; yoga and other approaches to longevity; hiking and racquetball; saving civilization and making a little money; moving mankind into space by any means, but particularly by making space endeavors attractive to commercial interests.

In 1980 Jerry Pournelle talked Niven and his wife into hosting a gathering of the top minds in the space industry in an attempt to write a space program for the Reagan government, with goals, timetables and costs. The Citizens Advisory Council for a National Space Policy met four times during the Reagan administration, and twice since, for harrowing three-day weekends. Attendees have included spacecraft designers, businessmen, NASA personnel, astronauts and lawyers. Adding science fiction writers turns out to be stunningly effective, he says: "We can translate! We can force these guys to speak English."

He reports that they have had some effect on the space program. The Space Defense Initiative, or Star Wars, was drafted at his home in Tarzana. In 1993 he watched the DC-X1 fly. It was a toy version of a single-stage ground-to-orbit spacecraft, and the Citizens Advisory Council generated it. The design lost out to the current Skunk Works X-33, but the council caused the revival of the X Program itself.

Niven grew up with dogs: keeshonds, the breed his mother raised and shaped for 60 years. He lives with a cat and borrows dogs to hike with. He has a passing acquaintance with raccoons and ferrets. "Associating with nonhumans has certainly gained me insight into alien intelligences," he says.

He has written on computers since 1978.

Awards: Hugos -- science fiction achievement awards -- for "Neutron Star", 1966; "RingWorld," 1970; "Inconstant Moon", 1971; "The Hole Man", 1974; and "The Borderland of Sol," 1975. Nebula for Best Novel: "RingWorld," 1970. Ditmars, for Best International Science Fiction, Australian, for "RingWorld," 1972, and "Protector," 1974. Japanese awards for "RingWorld" and "Inconstant Moon," both 1979. Inkpot, 1979, from the San Diego Comic Convention.

On the stands: "Scatterbrain," a retrospective anthology

Forthcoming: "Burning Tower," with Jerry Pournelle; "Creation Myth," with Brenda Cooper; "RingWorld's Child," "The Draco Tavern," 21 ultra-short stories.

Other work clamors to be written, "as if I had the time," he says. Greg Benford has challenged him to return to short stories, and he has done that.

Jolie Simmons was born under an auspicious sign on Long Island, in June of 1967. Guilty of an eclectic background, she writes, designs, photographs, illustrates, prints, sings -- and reads everything she can get her hands on. Having written her first poem at the age of 4, she has been writing all her life and has published a fair amount of poetry and short dark fiction, most notably in Gravity and Stillwaters Journal. She has performed her poetry at readings all over Atlanta, Ga., both solo and with The Usual Suspects, and has had a hand in several anthologies with Fahrenheit 452 Press, Newton's Baby Private Press and the Dark River Writers.

The latest in a long tradition of late bloomers, she plans to live a long life, as it may take a while for her to find time for everything. She hopes to be catching a nap sometime soon.

To check out her visual work, see her portfolios at

Joshua Smith is a student in political science and history at Troy University in Troy, Ala. He has been featured on CNN and Fox News for his work with the Democratic Party, and currently works as producer for Southern Ronin Productions. Currently, he is writing a feature-length script titled "Working at Love," with many more scripts in early development. E-mail:

Toni Stauffer lives near Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and children. Her stories have appeared in Small Bites, Flashshot: Year One, Cyberpulp's Halloween Anthology 3.0 and Nevermore.

Daniel Waller was born in Rome, N.Y.; however, he calls Auburn, Ala., his home. He has performed as a stage actor for many years with such groups as Seaside Repertory Theatre, The Layman Theatre and the Interborough Repertory Theatre of New York. He also held a principal position with the Ayolowa West African Dance Company. His passion for writing began at 17 years of age, when he discovered poetry. E-mail:

Debbora A. Wiles describes her career as a three-headed dragon. She has been published in almost every writing market there is. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer, freelance writer for national magazines, has co-written scripts for "Star Trek," has written stage plays, and done pieces for television and radio. Her books include the children's book "The Adventures of HB and Prize" and many science fiction novelettes that have appeared in national magazines such as Watercolor Dreams, The Alchemy and Lavender. Her current books include "The Secrets of Best Sellers: A Workshop" and "Touch Healing for Plants, Animals and People." Her full-length paranormal science fiction romance novel "The Soul Bonder" is currently being marketed.

She is also an award-winning watercolor artist who has done illustrations, maps and art for many books and magazines, like Avon books, Serendipity magazine, Goldfish Society of America and Realities Escape magazine. Her fat little dragonfly paintings are a popular item at science fiction and fantasy convention art shows, and she has sold prints all over the world on eBay. Her dragonflies are currently being auditioned for two full-length children's animated films in Hollywood.

When she is not doing writing or art, she works as publisher and editor at Integrity Tech Publishing (, where she publishes and promotes writers online and in CD format. Her greatest delight and passion is appearing at science fiction and fantasy conventions, where she teaches young writers and artists how to get their work published and where she also teaches basic metaphysics in the esoteric arts.

She lives in Florida with her husband, Jack, to whom she has been happily married for 34 years. She loves to hear from readers. E-mail her at

Davey Beauchamp is an author who has no idea what he is doing at any given moment, as he is being pulled in numerous directions at once. He graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in English, with emphasis in creative and professional writing. While there, he learned he could write, and write effectively, stirring emotions in his readers. However, he learned nothing about the industry itself, especially in regard to getting published, and in the end he had to teach himself. He has made mistakes along the way, but he has also learned a great deal by breaking the rules and being himself, which stands him apart from other writers. With that being said, he still wouldn't recommend his approach to everyone because it has hurt him as much as help him.

After college, he did write a book that was published, but he considers it his college horror film because it was that bad. Next he published the first book in his Agency 32 series, "Agency 32: The Chelten Affair."

The next book in the series will be released by a brand-new publisher who understands the energy and excitement the author possesses. In addition, he has been writing original audio dramas based on "Amazing Pulp Adventures, Starring Mister Adventure," a young adult novel which is being shopped around at this time. The audio dramas are being produced by Outcast Media. Just recently, he was tapped to write various horror screenplays for both film and TV.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, he knew that he had to do something to help. If you are reading this, you hold that endeavor in your hands.

When he isn't writing or attending conventions promoting his books and just having an amazingly fun time, he works as a mild-mannered librarian in Wilmington, N.C.

To find out more about his projects and audio works, check out Livejournal user name JackZodiac or

Brian W. Aldiss has been writing and publishing for over 50 years and remains productive. This year, for instance, he has had two books published.

"I am not into self-promotion," he says. "My main happiness lies with my neighbors in Oxford, including a beloved lady; and in my family, which now includes grandchildren. I have received many awards, including being elected a Grand Master of Science Fiction, and the queen's award of an O.B.E. for 'services to literature.'"

Grateful though he is for such recognition, he says it is wise to recall a verse from the Bhagavad Gita:

"Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward. Work not for a reward: but never cease to do thy work."

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