Friday, June 6, 2014

Lichtenberg’s Sime-Gen Universe | Arizona Jewish Life Magazine

Lichtenberg’s Sime-Gen Universe | Arizona Jewish Life Magazine

Tha't's an article on Sime~Gen that appeared in a local paper.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Videogame

Folks:

The videogame company that has Sime~Gen under contract to create a cinematic RPG has just released a different game, a simple arcade game which is available for free download.




Monday, April 7, 2014

FLURF™ - LET'S PLAY BETA!



This new little game is from the same company that is working on a Sime~Gen RPG videogame (cinematic realism in the graphics for that).  This little game is just plain FUN. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

First video trailer for AMBROV X - taking Sime~Gen Into Space

Meet Aharon Cagle and the AMBROV X dev team, see clips of the environment and characters.

Click to see the trailer -- go to the facebook page to see other fans' comments.  

Like the Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ambrovx

Or get the Newsletter at:
http://ambrovx.com

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ambrov X - the RPG Videogame you've been waiting for

Announcing Ambrov X!


Thank you Project Unity Subscribers! (if you're not subscribed yet, go to
our Ambrov X Newsletter SignUp: http://ambrovx.us7.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=3d9d8789cea68597a937e84d6&id=5921b27e81

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We are pleased to announce to our Sime~Gen: Project Unity subscribers the official title of our game: Ambrov X: A Sime~Gen® Roleplaying Game! Because of your long time loyalty to "Project Unity" you are the FIRST to know! It is our humble "Thank You" to you.

Today, July 1st, we are launching AmbrovX.com as well as all of our social media channels from Facebook to YouTube. Over the course of the next 8 weeks we will be revealing details about the game from story to game design to art. And on, September 3rd we will reveal all as we launch our Kickstarter Campaign!

Once again, Welcome and Thank You again from the depths of our Selyn reserves!

Unto X Forever!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sime~Gen New Year's Chat 2013

NEW YEAR'S CHAT INFORMATION
FROM OUR CHATROOM CREATORS AND MODERATORS
The annual Sime~Gen New Year's online chat will be held on January 1st 2013, US date. The chat consists of two components. The first is the business side of Sime Gen, including announcements of upcoming projects, and the second is the general chat where the authors and fans chat about whatever topics come up, ranging from Sime Gen to the weather in your part of the world.

If you are interested in finding out what had been happening, and what is lined up for the Sime~Gen Universe, or you want to join in on the fun in the general chat, join us at: http://www.elizasart.com/IRC/phpfreechat-1.3/index.php

When... 
The time given is "US Mountain time". To check your times see
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

A very brief conversion of a few of the places as Jacqueline found for me. It is impossible to put all times in the Events 'Time and Date' section. (to be sure, please check your area's time.)

(MST) USA 2:00:00 PM - Tuesday, 1 January 2013
( PST ) USA 1.00.00PM - Tuesday, 1 January 2013
(Central ) USA 3PM Tuesday, 1 January 2013
(Eastern) USA 4 PM Tuesday, 1 January 2013
(EST ) (Australia – Brisbane Queensland) 7:00:00 AM - Wednesday, 2 January 2013 (others in Australia can calculate their times from this)
For more information on how to change nicks (nicknames) and how to join channels please see the Sime~Gen Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/121838917889519/ or if you are not on facebook you can email Zoe Farris on slognoth @ hotmail.com (no spaces)

Logs of previous annual New Year's Chats:
http://www.simegen.com/sgfandom/chats/

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sime~Gen in Paper, Kindle, Audiobook




A few years ago, Wildside Press came to Jean Lorrah and I asking for reprint rights to our backlist.  Wildside picked up the entire Sime~Gen series that Jean and I collaborate on and own together. 


We had barely finished doing the formatting work on all 12 extant Sime~Gen novels than a fellow who knew Jean's work via a connection to her University job as a Professor of English came to us wanting game rights to her novels.  We didn't have exactly what he wanted, but pointed him to some of the unpublished Sime~Gen work posted online, and it hinted at what he wanted.


For the last 6 months or so, we've been working to create the Sime~Gen galactic civilization, and meanwhile the novels have begun to appear in audiobook from audible.com which is a handy format many of his game development  crew prefer -- because it's hands-and-eyes free and allows for multitasking. 


Amazon's cross indexing is a mess, what with all the used copies for sale (cheap), so for reference, I'm going to list the Sime~Gen novels in publication order with links to the various formats of the new editions. 


You don't need to read them before playing the game because the game will include whatever background you would want to play in this universe's interstellar era. 


The novels were published in an order that has little to do with the chronology of history in the Sime~Gen universe.  For that chronology consult:


http://simegen.com/CHRONO1.html


Sime~Gen Universe Novels:


House of Zeor.


    Wildside Press, Borgo, 2011, paperback, e-book


    Audible.com, 2012


New Paperback:




Kindle:




Audible.com

http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B007JX14EM


Unto Zeor, Forever (won the Galaxy Award)


        Wildside Press, Borgo, paperback, e-book 2011


          audible.com, 2012


New Paperback:





Kindle:





audible.com

http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00AHI6XI8


First Channel, by Jean Lorrah and Jacqueline Lichtenberg.


        Wildside Press, 2011, paperback, e-book


New Paperback:





Kindle:




audible.com (?)



Mahogany Trinrose.

       Wildside Press, 2011, paperback, and e-book


New Paperback:




Kindle:




audible.com (?)



Channel's Destiny, by Jean Lorrah and Jacqueline Lichtenberg.


        Wildside Press, 2011 paperback, e-book


New Paperback:





Kindle:




audible.com (?)


RenSime,


   Wildside Press, Borgo, 2011 paperback, e-book


    audible.com, 2012


New Paperback:




Kindle:




audible.com  

 http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00AKNDHNE



Zelerod's Doom by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah


    Wildside Press, Borgo, 2011, paperback, e-book


 New Paperback




Kindle:




audible.com (?)



Ambrov Keon by Jean Lorrah (in Lichtenberg's series but not a collaboration)


        Wildside Press, Borgo, 2011, paperback, e-book


New Paperback:




Kindle:




audible.com (?)


To Kiss Or To Kill  Sime~Gen Book 11 by Jean Lorrah,


      Wildside Press, Borgo, 2011, paperback, e-book


       audible.com, 2012


 New Paperback:




Kindle:




audible.com

http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00AJWTWQC


The Story Untold and other Sime~Gen stories, Sime~Gen Book 10 by Jean Lorrah,


      Wildside Press 2010, paperback, e-book


      audible.com, 2012


New paperback - printed 2-sided, with PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE on the flip side of THE STORY UNTOLD:






Kindle: (just The Story Untold)




audible.com (just The Story Untold)

http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00AI1DY6S


Personal Recognizance Sime~Gen Book 9, by Jacqueline Lichtenberg,


      Wildside Press, Borgo, 2010, paperback, e-book


      audible.com, 2012


New Paperback




Kindle: (just Personal Recognizance)


audible.com (just Personal Recognizance)

http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B007L5CRQW



The Farris Channel Sime~Gen Book 12 by Jacqueline Lichtenberg


      Wildside Press, Borgo, 2012, paperback, e-book               


New Paperback:




Kindle:




audible.com (?)


There's a more complete bibliography with early editions and foreign editions listed at

http://www.simegen.com/bios/jlbio.html


Jacqueline Lichtenberg

http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ad.
The evil overlord Tashtalon has reigned over Somerlie over 500 years. Then
strange events point Gill to a way to defeat Tashtalon…a magical weapon: the
Sword of Queens. To prevent its use, Tashtalon decreed that any woman wielding a
sword will be put to death…and he enforces that law savagely. Can Gill summon
the courage to find the sword and use it before Tashtalon kills her? Sword of
Queens by Joan Marie Verba: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0098SC634
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Unto Zeor, Forever audiobook release

Unto Zeor, Forever was just released in audible.com edition
http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00AHI6XI8  

It is the 3rd of the 12 to be released in audiobook, and several more are in the hopper.

Those of My Blood is now in Kindle, and I was just told that Dreamspy (the sequel) is on the home stretch for e-book/new paper release.

You'll find all my books and Jean Lorrah's books in our Amazon store -- from there you can use the ISBN to find it on whatever store you prefer (B&N or wherever)

http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20

Join the Sime~Gen Group on Facebook for up to the minute news on more Sime~Gen. 

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sime~Gen at Worldcon


Aharon Cagle, Creative Director at Loreful, is creating Sime~Gen:Project Unity, a role-playing game for iOS and Android, launching in 2014.  This will propel Sime~Gen into the Galaxy. 

Sign up for NEWSLETTER for information on Project Unity at http://simegengame.com

And there's a good chance you can meet Aharon at ChiCon7 -- see http://worldcon.org for information on Worldcon.   The convention is in Chicago over Labor Day weekend.  See us there!


Here's the panel schedule for Jean Lorrah and Jacqueline Lichtenberg.  Check at the con for updates.
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JEAN:  Thu Aug 30 4:00:pm    Thu Aug 30 4:30:pm    Reading: Jean Lorrah
Dusable   
Jean Lorrah

JL Fri Aug 31 12:00:pm    Fri Aug 31 1:30:pm    Mobile Phones are the Future
Addams    We were promised flying cars and undersea homes. What we got was the internet and mobile computing.

The future is all around us and is amazing.
Bill Willingham Espana Sheriff Jacqueline Lichtenberg Peadar O Guilin RonO

JL Fri Aug 31 3:00:pm    Fri Aug 31 4:30:pm    Autograph Session 5
Riverside center Exhibition Hall   
Geoff Ryman Hugh Howey Jacqueline Carey Jacqueline Lichtenberg Mike Flynn Nnedi Okorafor Vylar Kaftan

JL/JEAN - Friday 8PM Sime~Gen Party

JL/JEAN - SUNDAY 10:30 RADIO INTERVIEW

JL Sun Sep 2 12:00:pm    Sun Sep 2 1:30:pm    The Future Evolution of the Short Story
Columbus EF    What role is the short story playing in reading lives today? It used to be a proving ground in SF, is that still true? Why/not? What are our favorite venues for short stories lately? What\'s the right price point for short stories? Electronic or print? Anthology or single sale? This would be a great panel for lots of audience participation.
Barbara Galler-Smith Ellen Datlow Jacqueline Lichtenberg Marie Bilodeau Mike Rimar

JEAN at noon:
Sun Sep 2 12:00:pm    Sun Sep 2 1:30:pm     Autograph Session 13
Riverside center Exhibition Hall   
Bradley P. Beaulieu Dave Creek Jan Bogstad Jane Frank Jean Lorrah Michael Cassutt Richard Gilliam Susan Forest

JL Sun Sep 2 3:00:pm    Sun Sep 2 4:30:pm    Stalking the Elusive Story Idea
Gold Coast    What is creativity? Can it be taught? Is it possible to generate story ideas on demand? A
discussion of the practical aspects of inspiration, brainstorming, and the search for material, from the perspective of the working writer.
Alec Nevala-Lee Connie Willis Jacqueline Lichtenberg Jay Lake Vylar Kaftan

JL Sun Sep 2 4:30:pm    Sun Sep 2 5:00:pm    Reading: Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Gold Coast   
Jacqueline Lichtenberg

--------------

On Sunday Jean and Jacqueline will be on this web radio interview.

PWRTALK is the network with the best experts and programming that provides a conduit for voices not otherwise heard in this noisy techno and digitalized world. In the first 6 months of 2012, PWRTALK received 1 million new listeners. In the first 2 weeks of July, PWRTALK received another 1/4 million new listeners. For WebTV and audio interviews, please contact Lillian Cauldwell at 734-827-9407 or email pwrtalknetwork@gmail.com.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ad.
The evil overlord Tashtalon has reigned over Somerlie over 500 years. Then
strange events point Gill to a way to defeat Tashtalon…a magical weapon: the
Sword of Queens. To prevent its use, Tashtalon decreed that any woman wielding a
sword will be put to death…and he enforces that law savagely. Can Gill summon
the courage to find the sword and use it before Tashtalon kills her? Sword of
Queens by Joan Marie Verba: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0098SC634
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Friday, July 20, 2012

PDF flyers for 12 Sime~Gen Novels

The PRESS ROOM page for 2012 has been updated.  You can now download and/or print PDF flyers that Zoe made for each of the Sime~Gen novels.  Scroll down the right-hand column of this page to find the links. http://www.simegen.com/press/flyers/presskits/2012kit/

12 in 2012 -- not bad! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Review Column Posted and Reprints Coming

Folks:

My Monthly Aspectarian Review column now has a list of books to be reviewed through November 2012.

The columns available to read on simegen.com now include July 2012, which starts with a strange and interesting book titled, Interview With A Jewish Vampire.

You'll find the index to all 2012 at:
http://www.simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/2012/

REPRINTS IN PROGRESS:

Those of My Blood and its companion volume, Dreamspy, two Vampire Romance novels from St. Martin's Press in Hardcover had the collector's price escalating above $500 a copy until BenBella re-issued them in paperback.  But they sold out, so now Borgo Press has picked them up and will soon provide both paper and e-book editions at much more reasonable prices. 

Here are the Amazon pages for these books,







And you will also find the new editions listed on our Amazon bookstore (though the new editions will be available everywhere and in almost all e-book formats sans DRM)

http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20 

And here is a comment from a reader who accidentally found the Vampire anthology Vampire's Dilemma on Amazon.

"I saw the book "Vampire's Dilemma" on Amazon.com and because it had your name on it I had to have it.  I first stumbled upon the Sime-Gen books at the library near my work, then lost them for a long time, and started gathering them (and Those of My Blood, etc.) again.  I really enjoy reading them.  I also recently (2006 I think) discovered fanfiction and it gave me a whole new outlook on life beyond just voraciously reading.  I'm not saying I was nearly as good as some of the fanfiction writers, but good enough that people read what I wrote.  What a feeling!  Some of the other fanfiction writers were better than the ones out there in the bookstores, in my opinion.  I still read them faithfully.  It kills me that they're so slow with their updates!  I may not be as good, but I am consistent!  I started out with anime fanfiction, but eventually graduated & now post on fictionpress.  I don't mean to go on and on, because except for posting, I've never really "joined" anything on any of the sites.  I was just so pleasantly surprised when I read the authors' notes in "Vampire's Dilemma" that they did the same things in pretty much the same ways as I did--and went on from there!  There are so many good stories (and a lot of not so good ones, but even those can draw you in--if the story's captivating enough, you can overlook the bad writing!)  So I just wanted to share that I think it's wonderful that you recognize fanfiction writing and on-line writing in general.  Looking forward to more!  Eve"

That is:

 http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20/detail/1434440915 


Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Buying a Knit Tit




Last time I mentioned buying a knit tit on Ebay. 


http://www.ebay.com/itm/360378520023


It arrived quickly. It was well made, attractive and much too big.  It stuck out over 3 inches from my chest.  My real one is less than 2 inches.  It was also firm.  I cut a slit in the bottom and pulled out over 80% of the stuffing. Then I sewed it back up again.


This knit tit is now a great prosthetic. It’s soft enough to wear during exercise.  Seriously, doing pushups with a silicone prosthetic feels weird and unbalanced. There’s that hard thing hitting the floor before the rest of me is down. The knit tit squishes down just like a real one, so exercising feels normal.


Even more importantly, the knit tit is soft enough to hug somebody without jarring them.  
A silicone prosthetic feels like something hard between me and my huggee.


I decided I needed more so I could always have a clean one. I ordered them in different colors so I could tell which ones need washing.  Polly, the former midwife who knits them, wrote that she thought I had ordered different colors to go with my outfits.  I wear opaque bras, so that’s not an issue.  I told Polly, I may decide to take one out to show other women at cancer support meetings, but otherwise, only my husband and I will see them.


I also told Polly about the over stuffing. She said she usually makes them for classes on breast feeding, where the extra stuffing makes them easier to hold.  I told her I have enough stuffing from the one she already sent that I could stuff 3 more for my personal use.  She happily offered to send me 3 knit tits without stuffing and without the bottom sewn closed. She even gave me free shipping on the unstuffed ones.  She said to tell future prosthetic customers to mention that they want the stuffing packed separately from the knit tit, so they can decide how full they want it. So, if you’re ordering, be sure to mention you want the knit tit for a prosthetic.


I haven’t washed one yet, so I don’t know how long they take to dry, but I’m sure it’s not like a quick-dry sock.  I’ve been wearing it with a nursing pad between me and the knit tit.  So far I’ve only needed to wash the nursing pad.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

June 2012 Updates



Vampire's Dilemma has picked up a couple of very nice reviews, and of course since there are 9 stories in this anthology, there's a lot more to say about it.  Which was your favorite story?

Being the editor, I couldn't "review" Vampire's Dilemma, but my Review Column Re-Readable Books is now posted through June 2012, with the books to be reviewed posted through November 1012 at:
http://www.simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/2012/ 

As of June, 2012, it appears that both Jean Lorrah and I will be on the program at ChiCon7
http://www.chicon.org/  for details on the convention.  Fans are planning a Sime~Gen Party marking the release of the 12th Sime~Gen Volume in early 2012.  Keep current on plans by joining the Sime~Gen Group on Facebook. 

 

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

THE VAMPIRE'S DILEMMA, an anthology of vampire stories edited by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah, is now available.



Jacqueline and Jean have both been invited to participate in a shared-world anthology, WORLD OF THE SILVER MOON, which is the brainchild of John Betancourt. Jean's story idea, "Who Thicks Man's Blood with Cold?" has been accepted, while Jacqueline is working on her submission.

To see these updates develop in incremental stages join:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/121838917889519/

Or you can subscribe to this blog by email, and various other means. If there's a "means" of subscribing missing, please drop a note here so we can fix that.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

House of Zeor Audiobook Edition Now Available

House of Zeor, Sime~Gen #1, by Jacqueline Lichtenberg is now available on Amazon and Audible.com-- on sale now at the reduced price of $17.46

http://www.amazon.com/House-Zeor-Sime~Gen-Book-1/dp/B007K9OQWW/  

It is read by Michael Spence, an actor who has been a long-time Sime~Gen fan.  On audible.com you can hear a sample before buying, but I couldn't figure out how to do that when clicking through from Amazon to the buy page. 


Friday, February 24, 2012

New Sime~Gen Fanfic Coming to simegen.com


BORDERLANDS - Co-operative fanfic in the Sime~Gen Universe by a variety of (really marvelous, talented and skilled) writers is alive and well and about to GROW. I just gave the ftp keys to update the section simegen.com/sgfandom/fans/bev to Bev who has a backlog of items to post that need (of course) editing because they were created essentially "freehand" -- if you haven't discovered or kept up with Borderlands, now is the time to catch up because here comes more in this ongoing saga about a complex and unique town on, well, The Border.

 http://simegen.com/sgfandom/fans/bev/ 

That's the entry top page and from there you can cruise down into the episode list and catch up.

People from the Founding 400 who sponsored production of The Farris Channel have now been mailed and emailed notification that the book is available.

Several have turned up on the Sime~Gen Group on Facebook and noted that since their copies of the series novels had worn out, they bought full sets of the ebook versions.

That is one marvelous advantage to ebooks - you can reread them without wearing out the binding.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Progress Reports

Michael Spence has finished the recording of House of Zeor for audible.com audiobooks, and it is being compiled from the huge chapter files to a single file you can just listen to.

Here's what I wrote on the SIMEGEN Group on Facebook:

I've got the front matter, Chap 1 complete, most of Chap 2 which didn't upload totally, all of Chap 3 -- GOSHWOW. Spence has captured the characters, his reading is the best I've ever found in an Audiobook (not my usual venue, but I've listened to some to review them). You have no idea how BORING this book is after all these years and all these editions (well, Karen L. MacLeod does almost), but I listened to Spence with an idiotic grin on my face, pumping my fist in the air, and squelching shrieks of joy in order not to miss the next gorgeous WORDS which I could almost chant with him but didn't want to spoil a moment of it. You haven't read this book until you've heard this guy read it! It'll be a few weeks until they get it compiled and distributed. Save up to buy it because audiobooks are expensive, but that's for a reason!!! (a good one).

Meanwhile, Kaires is this weekend taking flyers for THE FARRIS CHANNEL and other Sime~Gen novels to a Mensa gathering. These are the flyers Zoe Farris made (in Australia!).

Kaires also updated the page where you can buy Sime~Gen Jewelry.

Sime~Gen Marketplace - Starred-Cross Jewelry

I have retrieved the rights to my Vampire novels, THOSE OF MY BLOOD and DREAMSPY, and made a deal with Borgo Press to reissue them as e-book and a new paper edition. That will be a few months in the making.

My next release will be the Vampire anthology (without any stories by me or Jean Lorrah) - VAMPIRE'S DILEMMA edited by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah, in ebook and paper from Wildside Press.

To see these updates develop in incremental stages join:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/121838917889519/

Or you can subscribe to this blog by email, and various other means. If there's a "means" of subscribing missing, please drop a note here so we can fix that.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 original publication, The Farris Channel by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (maybe my longest novel to date) is now available in Paper and E-book (Kindle, Nook, etc, etc).  That makes 12 volumes in Sime~Gen, and you can find them in this handy Kindle "store" then find links anywhere.  http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20 -- one universe, all genres from Action Adventure and Paranormal Romance to Medical Drama. We plan to have a Sime~Gen Novel in each genre. 




Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Farris Channel available in paper edition

Folks:

The Amazon page for the 12th Sime~Gen book, The Farris Channel, just went live, so I expect the paper editions will be available everywhere now.  Ebook very soon - in most all popular formats.



Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com




Sunday, January 15, 2012

ReReadable Books Review Column Updated

My Review Column, ReReadable Books, has been updated.  It is paid for by the New Age magazine, The Monthly Aspectarian, and is published on paper by them, then posted to their website (lightworks.com) and the column is then archived at http://simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/

Columns are posted and indexed back to 1993.

The archive has been updated, completing postings for 2011 with the posting of the review columns for October, November and December.

You'll find an index of all the books reviewed for 2011 with links for each month's column here:
http://www.simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/2011/

Also the first column for 2012 has been posted, along with books to be reviewed up through May 2012, and that index page is:
http://www.simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/2012/

The index pages have links to each book's Amazon page for handy reference.  

We also now have a set of handy "share" buttons at the top of each page along with the year-date index.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

THE FARRIS CHANNEL - coming soon!

I have just been given the full cover of THE FARRIS CHANNEL, Sime~Gen Book 12.

It is now in the process of being made available Print On Demand -- it's a long book, so the trade paperback will be expensive.  It's printed on acid free paper with a very sturdy binding.  The e-book edition is likewise moving into the hopper and will appear within a few days, we expect.

You will find this available at all the best online outlets, with the e-book in your favorite format.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com


Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 Annual New Year's Chat

Over the Christmas weekend, DUSHAU is available for free on Kindle only
http://www.amazon.com/Dushau-The-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B002OSXNM8/
Karen MacLeod, Zoe Farris, and Eliza got together and organized the following web-accessible chatroom for our annual NEW YEAR'S CHAT.
All you need is a browser and you can watch the chat, and talk and vote awards for contributions to Sime~Gen.  You do not need to be a facebook member to attend this chat. 
 Here's the announcement from the SIMEGEN Group on Facebook.com
Sime Gen New Year's Chat

When Sunday, 1 January 2012
Time 14:00 until 17:00 (The finishing time may change)

The time given is "US Mountain time". To check your times see
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

A very brief conversion of a few of the places as Jacqueline found for me. It is impossible to put all times in the Events 'Time and Date' section. (to be sure, please check your area's time.)

(MST) USA 2:00:00 PM - Sunday, 1 January 2012
( PST ) USA 1.00.00PM - Sunday, 1 January 2012
(Central ) USA 3PM Sunday, 1 January 2012
(Eastern) USA 4 PM Sunday, 1 January 2012
(EST ) (Australia – Brisbane Queensland) 7:00:00 AM - Monday, 2 January 2012 (others in Australia can calculate their times from this)

Description

To Join the New Year’s Chat

http://www.elizasart.com/IRC/phpfreechat-1.3/
When you arrive you will be in the ‘My Room’ room.

You will receive a guest nick (nickname) eg; guest 398

2. At the bottom of the white chat screen enter /nick ‘yournick’ ( EG; /nick ZoeFarris)

And there you are, in the chat.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

So what is Sime~Gen?

Soon we will have directions for attending the Sime~Gen New Year's Chat online, and will post them here and on the Sime~Gen Group on Facebook.

Meanwhile, I found the following exchange on a Facebook Chat on the Sime~Gen Group and asked permission to post it here.

This is just absolutely classic.  A new person comes along, hears everyone offhandedly referring to Sime~Gen and just asks so What Is Sime~Gen?  So here are some well known readers trying to explain it to a widely-read reader who has never heard of Sime~Gen.   

"Azure Boone" is a writer I met on Google+, and Eliza is a reader, fan-writer, of Sime~Gen as well as a tech and an artist. Zoe likewise is a writer, fan-writer and Sime~Gen reader.  Zoe and Eliza live in Australia, and Azure is in the USA.  Zoe started the Facebook Group for Sime~Gen.  This is a casual chat log. 

Azure Boone
hello
any body here?
Eliza Leahy
Hello
Azure Boone
oh hey!
Eliza Leahy
no, only me
:)
Azure Boone
i was wondering what sime gen is
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Hi
Eliza Leahy
I don't count, but you can talk to me anyway if you like
Azure Boone
oh hello
of course you COUNT
you're a woman?
Deirdre Moira Murphy
You mean you only spell?
Eliza Leahy
simegen is a series of books - about the future of mankind when it has mutated into two types - simes and gens
Azure Boone
ohhhh what are simes?
Eliza Leahy
simes need seyln to live - gens produce selyn
however, in taking the seyln from the gens, the simes usually "kill" them
simes have tentacles on their arms, 4 handling tentacles per arm, and two "laterals" which are for the transfer of seyln
Azure Boone
okay, so, is this a theory that is supported by this entire group? And stories are written around the concept?
Deirdre Moira Murphy
It started with books
The group is fans of the stories
Azure Boone
ohhhh, I see
Eliza Leahy
The universe was written by JL - Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah
Azure Boone
totally cool
so they created a world and this is like fan fic?
Eliza Leahy
you will have to get some of the books :)
there are 11 published books
and one on the way
and a LOT of fan stories
Azure Boone
like a baby
Eliza Leahy
yes, and the birth seems to be pretty hard! lol
Deirdre Moira Murphy
There is both fanfic and fic by the original authors.
Azure Boone
so cool, I see. Is it like Star Trek in vehicle delivery?
Eliza Leahy
scroll down the simegen page a bit and you will see a portrait I did of a sime friend of ours


Azure Boone
Or more like Star Wars...
Eliza Leahy
I'm not sure I see the distinction between ST and SW?
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Does someone here have a website link for Azure?
Azure Boone
LOL, maybe there isn't, except in a Force
Eliza Leahy
www.simegen.com
Azure Boone
that was easy, I'll book mark it
Eliza Leahy
there is also fanfiction on www.fictionbank.com and secretpens.org
www.secretpens.org
Azure Boone
so sime and gen are like... two different species from two different planets?
Eliza Leahy
no, mutations of humans
both are human and can breed
Azure Boone
ohhhhhhhhhh coool
Eliza Leahy
all from earth
no one knows how the mutation started, although there is speculation
Deirdre Moira Murphy
No, the human race on this planet mutates into one species, where some people are simes, and some are gens
Azure Boone
they can't see it at a genetic level?
Eliza Leahy
the further mutation is a channel - who can take seyln from a gen without killing them and give it to a sime - otherwise they would run out of gens
Deirdre Moira Murphy
And like male and female, any set of parents can have sime kids, gen kids, or some of each
Zoe Farris
Hello all
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Though two simes will have more sime kids, on average, and two gens will have more gen kids, on average.
Azure Boone
is one superior over the other?
Eliza Leahy
Now that Zoe Farris is on, I'll leave. I have gingerbread men to make ;)
yes - Gens are superior
Azure Boone
lol
Eliza Leahy
MWHAHAHAaaaaaa!!!!!!
Azure Boone
thanks gall
I mean gal!
do all agree that Gens are superior?
Zoe Farris
ahh the delusions of Companions
Eliza Leahy
All the gens do....
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Whether one is superior is a matter of opinion--just like which is superior, male or female?
Eliza Leahy
females
Zoe Farris
lol
Eliza Leahy
so female gens are AMAZING!
oh yeah, I was leaving.... heehee
Azure Boone
lol
female ANYTHING are amazing
Zoe Farris
Gens superior, well that is debateble
I agree females are, but I am sure any males here will not.
Eliza Leahy
Farris's are a further mutation - they whine a lot
Zoe Farris
What you find is that alot of fans identify either Sime or Gen, and then either Channel, renSime or Companion (Gen who can serve Channels) or ordinary Gen
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Multitudinous allergies will do that to a person.
Eliza Leahy
I'll leave you in the hands of the whiny Farris and Deirdre :)
Azure Boone
oh, is that supposed to be like PMS?
thanks for the heads up, lol
Zoe Farris
Thank you Eliza
Azure Boone
yes, Eliza, thanks
Zoe Farris
Maybe PTS Pre Transfer Syndrome. ;)
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Farris is a family name, and also ...kind of like redheads. Rare and flashy, and (metaphorically) easily sunburnt.
Azure Boone
lol
Zoe Farris
that is a great analogy
Azure Boone
so everything is basically the same in a fun way
well, maybe not fun, just different
Zoe Farris
So, Azure, have you read anything yet
Azure Boone
No, I haven't, I'm completely a nooooob
Zoe Farris
of Sime Gen I mean
cool
Azure Boone
right, knew that's what you meant, lol
Zoe Farris
Deirdre?
Azure Boone
i have my work cut out for me, or my fun
Zoe Farris
I'd say fun
Azure Boone
I imagine so
Zoe Farris
of cource we will be waiting to find out how you identify, if you do. :)
Deirdre Moira Murphy
It's been years since I read any of the fan fiction, but I read House of Zeor before it had a sequel.
Azure Boone
i know, I can't wait to JUDGE
is that a secret reason we read? To JUDGE?
Deirdre Moira Murphy
No, I read to escape into somebody else's problems! LOL
Zoe Farris
yes that was my fav and it was the first one in Australia
i found the stories were a wonderful analogy to my life and still do
it is a wonderful universe
Azure Boone
I think we want to figure out the problem
Deirdre Moira Murphy
I should either go to bed or work on my next Torn World story (different shared world)
Azure Boone
gives us some control
is that a neighboring planet to the Sime Gen
Deirdre Moira Murphy
No, a completely different world.
Zoe Farris
lol Sime Gen is here on earth.
Azure Boone
i KNOW, I'm keeping up
Zoe Farris
lol ok
Deirdre Moira Murphy
I got sucked in to Torn World writing entries to worldbuilding contests before it went public.
Azure Boone
i was wondering if it was a neighboring planet to earth, lol
and it just demanded existence
Zoe Farris
The fun thing Azure is which is going to be your first book. It is like transfer, the first one sets the standard and is considered the best (for some fans)
Azure Boone
which one should I read first, number one, right?
Deirdre Moira Murphy
I think my favorite might be Mahogany Trinrose, but I wouldn't reccommend reading it first.
Zoe Farris
it is hard to say. For a newbie House of Zeor is good because it is from the Gen POV. but others would say otherwise
Azure Boone
wait, isn't there an order
Zoe Farris
You could also read them in chronological order which would mean First Channel would be the start
Azure Boone
okay, typing that down
Zoe Farris
there is published order and chrono order
Azure Boone
hmm, I'll ask Jacqueline
Zoe Farris
after havnig read them several times each as they came out I now start from the first in chrono order
Azure Boone
the birthing mother
Zoe Farris
I am on To Kiss or To Kill now
Eliza Leahy
ok, gingerbread simes and gens are in the oven
no, you are reading 4+ now ;)
Azure Boone
lol
which is 4?
Zoe Farris
cool i will be expecting tentacles on mine
Unto Zeor Forever,?
Eliza Leahy
four plus - it's a fan story
ignore me
Zoe Farris
oh i see
Azure Boone
who's doing that?
Eliza Leahy
who is doing what?
Azure Boone
umm what you said, Eliza
who is doing fan fic
Deirdre Moira Murphy
Azure, I hope you enjoy them, whatever order you read them in!
Eliza Leahy
lots of people, but 4+ is one of mine that Zoe is reading
Azure Boone
I'm sure we don't have this vast audience because they're not awesome
ohhhhhhh, lmbo
and he's supposed to be reading
Zoe Farris
http://www.simegen.com/CHRONO1.html
Eliza Leahy
Zoe Farris is my Channel - I'm her Companion, we live in Brisbane, Australia, where are you?
Azure Boone
The Gens grew selfish
Zoe Farris
that is the cronological table which includes where the new ones fit in and some fan stories too I think
Azure Boone
tsk tsk
Eliza Leahy
that's the simes perspective naturally
Azure Boone
oh, then who wrote that link, a sime?
Zoe Farris
That is the very first part of First Channel
Azure Boone
who wrote the link Zoe gave?
Zoe Farris
It is the prologue to First Channel, the first in chrono order by Jean
Azure Boone
So God spoke that
Eliza Leahy
pfth
Azure Boone
lol, well? The author?
Zoe Farris
lol Eliza. It is legend
Eliza Leahy
yes, one of the authors
yum, gingerbread :)
Azure Boone
okay, I need to read, is that prologue an explanation of the story/universe or is it part of the actual story
Eliza Leahy
gingerbread with tentacles
Zoe Farris
IN the Universe no one knows what happened to cause the mutation, and anything said is mere speculation from either Simes or Gens, such as archeologists
Eliza Leahy
no, it's just a legend from back in time explaining why simes kill
Azure Boone
okay, so, this is just something that is believed to be true in the storyworld, not necessarily the author explaining how the story world actually "is"
Eliza Leahy
you can buy the books in electronic format now
Zoe - give the URL for buying them
yes, that is correct
Azure Boone
i need to, i need one of those READERS
Zoe Farris
yes, Azure, it is legend within the world.
Eliza Leahy
you can get a program for your computer that does it
Zoe Farris
i will find the link brb'
Azure Boone
i know, i'm just hating the idea of lobbing my computer around
Tim Lieder
Kindle has all the better titles. And it's better at getting the money to the authors. And you can also buy She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror on it.
Azure Boone
but it does have a LIGHT
LOL, I know that story, who did that?
Zoe Farris
here is a bit of humour about being Sime I wrote years ago. http://www.simegen.com/sgfandom/Sime/index.html
and here is the link to the electronic published books. http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20
I have them on my kindle for iphone.
Azure Boone
wow, thanks

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Smart Pop Books — Power of Becoming

Smart Pop Books — Power of Becoming

Jean Lorrah and I have essays in 2 of these books, 7 Seasons of Buffy and 5 Seasons of Angel, both about the TV shows.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Leonard Nimoy Has Attended His Last Star Trek Convention - CinemaBlend.com

Leonard Nimoy Has Attended His Last Star Trek Convention - CinemaBlend.com

That link leads to an article about Leonard Nimoy retiring at age 80. I saw William Shatner on TV recently touting a new book and an album, and he's now 80, too.

Still waiting for news on THE FARRIS CHANNEL release, while my first audiobook release, MOLT BROTHER, is working it's way to the public.

HOUSE OF ZEOR is being recorded in audiobook, and there may be more to come.

Work continues on moving the simegen.com domain to a new server situation and starting the redesign.

Join the SIME GEN Group on Facebook for late-breaking news on availability, and a lively Q&A on Sime~Gen background.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Farris Channel - #12 in the Sime~Gen Series from Wildside Press

Folks:

The Farris Channel - the story of the founding of the House of Zeor, is not quite yet available, but I have just sent Wildside the OK on the final-final typo-scrubbed manuscript.

Karen McCleod and Kaires both did very productive run-throughs of this manuscript, but I'm certain you will find more typos if you read closely.

The book will be available in paper and e-book (Kindle, Nook, and a wide variety of formats). 
Let us know when you see it appear.

You can see 11 of the 12 volumes plus other works by Jean Lorrah and/or Jacqueline Lichtenberg on this Amazon Store then find them handily on your favorite outlet.

http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20

Monday, August 1, 2011

ReReadable Books Updated

The newsletter is lagging our news - by a lot.

ReReadable Books is now updated through July 2011.  Click the month link on the left and read the columns.

http://www.simegen.com/reviews/rereadablebooks/2011/
If you've been following breaking news on the SIMEGEN Group on Facebook, you've seen the following developments.

All the Sime~Gen novels are now in new paper and a new, wide variety of ebook formats including Kindle and Nook.  Three new volumes are likewise available, and a 4th, the long-awaited Farris Channel (story of the founding of the House of Zeor) is in copyediting.  These Wildside Press editions are numbered in order of publication but each volume contains the chronological order.

Find all of them in this handy Amazon store or easily look them up by title on other retailers.

http://astore.amazon.com/simegen-20

House of Zeor, the first published Sime~Gen novel, is now being recorded in an audiobook edition.  Follow the Facebook SimeGen Group, watch the store, or this newsletter space for availability.

Molt Brother by Jacqueline Lichtenberg is also being recorded for audiobook release.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
http://jacquelinelichtenberg.com
Blogging Tuesdays at http://aliendjinnromancesblogspot.com 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

alien romances: New Sime-Gen Books

alien romances: New Sime-Gen Books

That link leads to a commentary by Margaret Carter, an accomplished writer whom some of you may know from the Sime~Gen Listserv which now functions via the facebook SimeGen Group.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Another New Sime~Gen Novel

NEW! NEW! NEW!


The latest Sime~Gen release is TO KISS OR TO KILL by Jean Lorrah.

Jonmair's destiny was death. Baird Axton made her want to live.

This is the book the fans asked for: it's about the heroism of ordinary Simes and Gens that made Unity possible. There are no Farrises or Tigues in this book, and the only channel with a major role (a supporting character) uses his dual system for playing shiltpron, not transferring selyn.



The main characters are a renSime, Baird Axton, and a Gen, Jonmair. Sold into the Pens by her own parents when she establishes as a Gen, Jonmair expects to die providing one more month of life for a Sime. But while she is waiting in the Pen, Unity is declared and Baird rescues her from the Last Kill.

Baird's family owns The Post, the largest entertainment establishment in Norlea, and there Jonmair works while she struggles to figure out what to do with the life she never expected to have. While Baird and Jonmair are the main story, Zhag and Tonyo, whom you met in The Story Untold, are supporting characters also trying to figure out a whole new way of life.

These books are currently available in Kindle, but paper versions will become available in the near future.