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Thursday, September 21, 2006
  Challenger #24

Greg Benford, c/o Challenger
Mike Resnick, c/o Challenger
Toni Weisskopf Reinhardt, c/o Challenger

Sheryl Birkhead
Gaithersburg MD USA

Randy Cleary
Madison AL USA

Alexis Gilliland
Arlington VA USA

Craig Hilton
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Trinlay Khadro
Brown Deer WI USA

Richard Lynch
Gaithersburg MD USA

Joseph Major
Louisville KY USA

Don Markstein
Phoenix AZ USA

Scott Patri
Cumberland BC Canada

Ruth M. Shields
Jackson MS USA

Taral Wayne
Toronto ON Canada
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Our great friend, frequent Challenger contributon, and Melbourne host Craig Hilton is both doctor and cartoonist, and as "Jenner" is doing a comic strip called "Doc Rat" at
http://www.docrat.com.au. Check same out.

Joe Green, NASA pro and Rosy's father, has been gratified by the fan response to his article on John W. Campbell, which ran in our last issue -- but even more so by the cheers from his fellow professionals: "Our Five Days of JWC JR." is being reprinted in the SFWA Bulletin. Joe's trying to get the editors to mention Challenger in the credits.

Joe Major's book on Heinlein is out and available through him, and his cool alternate history of Manfred von Richtofen is at a prominent SF publisher. I'm reading it on line, and it's choice.

Those of you who see this Chall before the Worldcon, or at it, be sure to find us and say hey, and be sure to pick up a copy of The Antipodal Route, our DUFF report detailing our trip downunder in 2003. All profit from such sales go to the Down Under Fan Fund. If you're reading this after the convention, contact me for the price and buy one! It's a good cause.

Monday, September 18, 2006
  Visitors and Visited
Rosy and I spent the first week of June on a long drive through Texas, Louisiana and Florida. In New Orleans we paused to visit the Symphony Book Fair with its #1 patron, John Guidry, shown inspecting wares beneath a table.

We had just come from Texas A&M University, where I had just left a sub-stantial piece of my life: 36 years’ worth of SFPA – my collection of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance. I donated 21 boxes of mailings to Professor Hal Hall, at left with me, and below, with la belle, in the heart of the university library’s marvelous SF collection. That’s a near-complete set of Weird Tales by Rosy’s shoulder. Elsewhere in the magnificent stacks, manuscripts from George R.R. Martin and Michael Moorcock, the voluminous notes of SaM Moscowitz, and acres of other goodies. My SFPAs could not be in a better locale. I did Professor Hall another small favor – clued him in to the real identity of Analog writer “Winston P. Sanders”. Never heard of him? Try jumbling the letters in his name. You’ll get “P[oul]. Anderson’s twins”.


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