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And the mystery contributor to the next issue of Mythic Delirium is....

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Neil Gaiman.

I am so proud to have a new and original poem from Neil on board for our outsized 10th anniversary issue. Called "Conjunctions," it's a darkly surreal lyric centered around an image that's both comical and disturbing, a wonderfully strange edition to our largest, weirdest issue ever.

(Click here for the full press release and for pre-ordering information.)

And, with this piece finally in place, I can at last share with y'all the full table of contents for Mythic Delirium 20, due to hit the mailboxes of subscribers in April:


Myths and Delusions • Editorial • 3
Conjunctions • Neil Gaiman • 5
Zeitgeber • Sonya Taaffe • 7
The Glass Girl • Amy Mackiewicz • 9
Journeying • Adrienne J. Odasso • 10
Soldier’s Daughter • Kacey Grannis • 11
Beauty Sleep • Erin Hoffman • 12
Hoyle’s Baking Instructions • F.J. Bergmann • 13
The Birthplace of Homer • Darrell Schweitzer • 14
The King of Thulé — A Ballad • Eric Martin • 15
Hellawes • Georgette Perry • 16
swansong • Catherine Knutsson • 18
Klabautermann • J. C. Runolfson • 19
In the Astronaut Asylum • Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson • 21
Millennial Mass • G.O. Clark • 27
From Dr. Owen’s Obit • Rolli • 28
From Dr. Owen’s Journal (Unpublished) • Rolli • 29
The Next Station • David T. Manning • 30
Last Gift From the Eldest • Danny Adams • 31
Genesis • Holly Dworken Cooley • 32
Apple Jack Tangles the Maidy Lac with a Red, Red Ribbon • Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica Paige Wick • 34
Lake Vostok • Deborah P Kolodji • 36
Major Players • Anselm Brocki • 37
What If I Were Secretly the Phoenix? • Darrell Schweitzer • 38
Myth • Kim Malinowski • 39
Lavoisier’s Final Proof • Stephen Malin • 40


Interior art by Tim Mullins, 4, 6; Paula Friedlander, 9, 35;
Daniel Trout, 17, 33; Don Eaves and Terrence Mollendor, 20.


Cover art and design by Tim Mullins


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On March 3rd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
And I'm a lucky editor! :-D
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC), livia_llewellyn commented:
And you've passed out again, right? Well, I suppose it's called for... :D

HOLY SHIT! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!
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On March 3rd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
That's what I said when the poem arrived. Not "Congrats"...
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC), hooks_and_books commented:
NIFTYKEENOPEACHYCOOL!!!!

I'm super excited, Mike. That's great news, even if you held off telling us for so long, you sadist.
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
You have no idea how hard it was to do that. This was in the works way before that silly Nebula thing...
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC), stillnotbored commented:
That is indeed the coolest issue ever. *g*

Wooooo and Yay!!

Can't wait to read all of it.
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC), thehornedgod commented:
And this Neil Gaiman bloke on top of those other talented folks? Impressive.
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC), snowy_owlet commented:
Lookit you, Mr. Fancy Pants!
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On March 3rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
But of course!
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC), stephenhsegal commented:
Mike, that's absolutely fantastic -- looking forward to the big anniversary!
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Me too!
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC), asakiyume commented:
Marvelous! But I have to say, he's in very, very worthy company--they may be happy to share a TOC with him, but he, too, should be happy to share a TOC with such a stellar collection of poets.

Very glad I have a subscription!

Quite a coup--congratulations!
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Hey, it was a great issue to begin with, I'd like to think. But when opportunity knocks, man, sometimes you gotta answer!
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC), sovay commented:
Yeah, this issue is going to rock.
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On March 3rd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
In my opinion, it already does!
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On March 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC), sovay replied:
In my opinion, it already does!

Good for you who have already read it!

: P
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On March 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
I guess it is an unfair advantage.
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On March 3rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC), ajodasso commented:
I can only say how exciting this is in so many places, but again - it's really phenomenal. I can't wait to read the whole thing!
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On March 3rd, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC), seajules commented:
Dude, lookit that TOC. Awesome!
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On March 3rd, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC), zhai commented:
Holy crap! (I'm sure this is sounding redundant, but what can you do?) That is amazing.

Can you dish on how it happened? Did you ask him for something?

I am a particular fan of his poetry, and it's great just to have the opportunity to see something new from him, much less right here! But his style is such a perfect fit for the magazine. Outstanding news!
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On March 3rd, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
It's a long story, and I don't mind telling it in full but don't have a wide time window at the moment. A short version: I first got in touch with him five years ago, asked if he'd be interested in contributing. He told me he was and to keep reminding him every few months. Fast forward to the weekend of the debut of Coraline 3-D, another reminder sent, and whadya know? :-D
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On March 3rd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC), sboydtaylor commented:
Congratulations!
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On March 3rd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC), desayunoencama commented:
Very cool!

Neil wrote a poem for one of my anthos (THE FORTUNE TELLER) many moons ago.

He's a great formalist.
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On March 3rd, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
He's a class act, that's for sure.

This one is free verse.
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On March 3rd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC), mikailborg commented:
Have to say, I still think the Nebula thing is cooler. 'Cause, after all, I know you, and I have only read Gaiman.

On the other hand, that still leaves plenty of room for this to be exceedingly cool.

Congratulations!
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On March 3rd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Hee. I follow that. But, believe it or not, I can't say I get all fanboy over the chance to work with myself: I do that all the time, it's nothing to write home about. ;-p Besides, who knows if I'll actually win the Nebula?

But getting a chance to work with Neil, on the other hand...

Having both come together at once has made for an interesting couple of weeks, I'll tell you that.
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On March 3rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC), gwynnega commented:
Awesome!!!
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On March 3rd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC), tithenai commented:
WOOHOO! Man, I'd try to find some way to comment on the vast excitement n'all, but -- you know. ; ) You totally know.
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On March 3rd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Thank you for reminding me to send a reminder! :-D
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On March 3rd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC), charlesatan commented:
Congrats!
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On March 3rd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
I kept tellin' ya!
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On March 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Patience, Grasshopper! This editor needs a little writing time too...
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On March 4th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC), ericmarin commented:
Awesome news!
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On March 4th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC), southernweirdo commented:
Very cool...

I know quite a few of the other authors on the table of contents will be pleased to be in such company. It really looks like a great line-up.

Congrats!
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On March 4th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC), dkolodji commented:
I'm very delighted to be included in the TOC and frankly, totally cannot wait to read it. Where's that forward-only time machine from geoffrey_landis's Rhysling-award winning poem when you need it? I'd zap myself forward to that day it arrives in my mailbox.

Or are you going to hand-deliver it?

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On March 4th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC), norilana commented:
WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
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