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For now, we have only included a few of our favorite links on the web. Later on, we would like to include some of your sites, if you link them to us (yes, we are that selfish --- find out here how you can link to us!). Also, if you think that some other sites should be listed here, tell us about them, too. (Maybe we can get them to link to us... Boy, can we even think of anything but marketing the site?)

Write to chris@gushemal.com, and give Chris something to do, for a change. :-)


Fantasy and Role-Playing Magazines:

Transfinite Publications: They have four -- count them, 4 -- magazines lined up that meet your every role-playing and fantasy-lovin' needs. Five bucks for excellently published PDF magazines (of 35,000 words each), they're worth every cent.
Dearest to our hearts is Lemurian Dreams, a magazine devoted to fantasy stories (with some RPG background information). After all, as fantasy writers ourselves, we wish all the contributors to this fine magazine the best of luck. And they're all great, especially those who write the Gushémal stories in ----
Eh. Awright, that's us. And, yes you can read some new stories exclusively published in Lemurian Dreams there. So shell out the money, okay?
The Almanac is concerned with RPG background materials, providing some new points to think about, how to improve your campaign, or where and how to start a fun new one. Take a look at the index, and you'll see there's loads of good ideas to check out here.
Almanac One is now available -- and it's worth the five dollars. You can buy it here!
If you're looking for adventure modules, give Royal Griffon a try. Essentially, it's one adventure with a good deal of information wrapped around it. Although primarily geared for D20 (if you don't know what kind of RPG that is, please DO pester Chris about it!), it's also usable for other platforms.
Finally, there's Concept Horizons. It's half the size (and price) of the other zines and makes full use of the adaptability of the D20 system to more than fantasy adventures. While the Almanack covers the traditional areas, Concept Horizons expands into all the various other genres one can role-play in, with no apparent limits.

NOTE: Transfinite is just starting up. While Almanac has just started this July (2003) the others will gradually follow suit. You can be sure we'll keep you abreast of Lemurian Dreams (for the obvious selfish reasons), but since we're quite certain to take a look at the other mags, you might hear more about them, too.

General Resources:

www.computercrowsnest.com - The most visited sf & fantasy site in Europe
A neat site that has a lot to offer. I stumbled across it as a Sci Fi Weekly Site of the Week -- always worth checking out. To be honest I haven't dug too deeply into the contents of this site, just skimmed it and uncovered a wonderful search engine specifically geared for sf & fantasy.
(It also offers Tim Lynch's reviews of Star Trek episodes, commonly well thought out analyses that nonetheless make me grind my teeth more often -- because I darn well liked an episode he's chewing out! All right, I don't agree often with Mr. Lynch, but I surely like to read his view. That's what opinions are about.)
So there is quite a lot, and I'll be spending a little time around there, to find out more...

www.baen.com/library - The Free Library of Baen Books
This is great! 
The publisher of Baen Books, Jim Baen, along with the "First Librarian" Eric Flint, has decided in early 2001 to put a number of his regular titles -- most of them still available in bookshops and via Amazon -- on-line for free. Incredible in these days of the mega-corporations eliminating any chance of freebies on the web, but true.
The reasoning is simple: Any given author can decide on his or her own whether and which titles to put in the library, but never more than six titles. Especially in the case of a series, only the first two titles are posted. 
That means a reader who hasn't heard of that author can sample the writer's work for free and decide whether to go out and buy a hardcopy. The reader knows whether the author is worth the six or seven bucks for the book -- the biggest obstacle for any little known writer is removed. (And let's not forget, there are also a couple of big leaguers around whose work people haven't bought. In my case, that's folks like David Weber or David Drake. I've shied away from their books, simply because they tend to put out multi-volume series. Lately I haven't read quite as much as I used to...)
Interestingly enough, Eric Flint has written several essays on the topic of copyright and the sense of distributing free samples (in this case, complete novels) as a marketing tools. In one of them, Flint even releases numbers of the sales of one of his novels -- which went up after the book was available for free. It's extremely unlikely that sales go up at all -- but to have that when you can read the book for free, it points to a connection.
I'd also like to give you my take on free samples, whether those are books or music: In the olden days, I used to raid the local library every other week or so; I used to tape songs on the radio; I used to borrow (and lend) books, tapes, and the like from (to) friends. Where's the big difference to getting something on-line? That there isn't a loss of quality anymore? 
Okay, that's one point. It doesn't really matter, though. On the one hand, I think it's nice to know that the creator of something I enjoy is rewarded (monetarily). On the other, I'm a packrat who wants to have the wonderful original package -- e.g. a book, with a cover to enjoy, a book which I treat as a treasure (and that will look like it's been never read even after the fifth time I've read it.) I want that, and even though I'm a bit extreme about maintaining mint condition, I'm not that alone.
Okay, rant's over. Happy reading! (And do come back. Our stories are for free, too, remember? Haven't we hooked you yet?) 

www.britannica.com
The Encyclopedia Britannica has migrated in its entirety to the worldwide web, and here it provides a very good resource for any kind of knowledge you might desire. We've been checking it out now and then for information, and it's been a pretty good resource.
UPDATE in December 2001: Whoops, it's been a while since I've last been on the site, and it's apparently now been turned into a pay-site. You have to be a subscriber to get the full size articles -- otherwise you get the first two or three sentences. Usually that's quite sufficent, but it does take a lot of the appeal off this site.

- Project Gutenberg
The Project Gutenberg is an effort to turn virtually every book into an electronic resource -- an e-text, and thus easily available to everybody interested. Of course they have to respect copyright (wherefore most of the texts on this site and its mirrors are rather old).
I've found highly interesting texts on this page, some of which I've used for research. Overall, there's a vast library to be searched, and I always wish I had the time to read it all. It is also updated rather frequently, through the work of volunteers for the cause. In other words, there's a good reason for checking out the site every now and then and see what's new.

www.pantheon.org - The Encyclopedia Mythica
A rich resource on the Greek and Roman gods in particular, but also with plenty of information on deities from various other cultures, such as Norse gods. There's a genealogy of the Greek gods, for instance, and most of the folkloric tales about these deities. (Some of them get pretty gory; the old Greeks had a nasty streak...)

www.yourdictionary.com - A Meta-site for dictionaries to nearly all the languages on Earth
If you were ever curious about other languages and wanted to translate a word into an obscure African dialect, you'll get lucky at this site! Trust me, I've spent hours just surfing through the site - and being boggled at just how many languages there are! It's fun!

www.odinscastle.org - A Meta-site for all kinds of fantasy-oriented information
This is one monster of a site, folks. From the beginning of time through the Middle Ages to nearly the current day, here's where you'll find links to intriguing and informative texts. For instance, there is information on the stone age, but also on the nomadic tribes of Asia, as well as a great deal of information on, say, the Romans. Odin's Castle is a marvelous resource - and, yes, in case you're wondering, we've paid one or the other visit to it while creating Gushémal...

www.nasa.gov - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Okay, so this isn't exactly a fantasy-oriented resource. There's still plenty to see here and to find out about the current state of exploration.

Fun Sites

Worship the Comic! --- Sluggy Freelance
Ever wondered whether there was a cartoon out there devoted to the science fiction and fantasy fan? Not to mention those of us who crave demented, anarchical fun with lots of bullets, bombs, bunnies and bo---- uhhh, other things starting with "b"...
Well, there is one cartoon available on the web in daily installments. Since August of 1997, Pete Abrams has been publishing a newspaper-style comic strip called "Sluggy Freelance". Every single day there has been a new strip on-line, and the sunday episodes are larger and in full color. It's one h*** of a nifty comic, and you should head over to the Church of Sluggites -- i.e. www.sluggy.com -- right away to worship the comic!
What, still here? All right, so what's the comic about? Actually it's about a cute little talking mini-lop bunny named Bun-bun, the sweetest pet you could imagine -- provided you have filled that switchblade-wielding, mean-spirited killing machine with a whole bottle of 151 rum first. Otherwise you'd better just have your last will ready and filed (unless you carry gifts of Baywatch tapes, signed by the entire cast).
Okay, so you might think that the stars are Riff, inventor extra-ordinaire (such as the famous flux agilator which opens windows to other dimensions), and Torg, web-designer (a.k.a. "Nerd-Boy") with an alien secretary. But just because they travel to (slightly changed) familiar science fiction worlds, travel back in time, fight demons and vampires --- does that really compare with the starring power of Bun-bun? (KA-click)
Then, of course, there's Zoë, college student, neighbor, and the local babe-that-doesn't-die (and if that Pete-guy should get funny ideas about killing her, I'd get real mad -- Bun-bun-style). She may not be getting quite as much fun as the guys, but she is the mythical Stormbreaker (and by now has the shotgun pretty much figured out, too!)
Okay, guys, now finally click on over to the site, check out the VIEWER GUIDE and ENJOY!!!

www.trektoday.com - The best source for daily news about STAR TREK
Did we mention that we are incurable Trek addicts? Well, one of us is, anyway. (Unfortunately for Chris, Marc has already infected him. Medical information: The addiction to STAR TREK can spread via videotapes of the Original Series.) So, the daily haven to find out what's new in the world of Captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Archer is right here at trektoday - perfectly coupled with the largest STAR TREK forum on the web at www.trekbbs.com. If you like STAR TREK, give it a try! You might find me, Marc, lurking around in the background somewhere.

www.slipstreamnews.com - The best source for daily news about ANDROMEDA
Uh-huh, I would be remiss not to mention this site (actually a sister site of trektoday, and also coupled with a forum at www.slipstreambbs.com). After having finally seen ANDROMEDA, I've fallen in love with the show. (And infecting Chris with that virus actually was easier than with STAR TREK!) It's a beautiful show with wonderfully screwy characters and some great writing. Yes, some of the first season episodes were rather choppy and imperfect, but that's to be expected from the first season of any show. ANDROMEDA looks like it's gonna be a winner, and I'm planning to be around for the ride through the slipstream.
One other splendid feature of the slipstreambbs is that the actual real-life writers and producers of the TV show frequently post on that board. Now that's messing with one's mind to actually see the people responsible for the show respond to the fans. (One of these days, I probably ought to sign up at that board...)

www.slashwrestling.com - The absolutely best source for recaps of Professional Wrestling shows
Both Marc and Chris are religiously devoted to checking out this site at least twice a week to read the regular and very much in-depth recaps of Raw and Smackdown!, the WWF shows in the US. (For one thing because both of us live in Germany and therefore have no way of actually seeing the programs...) 
CRZ is the best, providing more than just the results but also the speeches and promos, with a bit of his own running commentary. A great way to find out what happened at the shows and almost as good as having seen it yourself! 

www.stormwrestling.com - The Official Homepage of Professional Wrestler Lance Storm
Ehh, well, yes. Right, that's pro wrestling. So we watch it, okay? (Even though neither of us is from Calgary, Alberta, CA-NA-DA...)
Currently in the ranks of the WCW, Lance Storm is one of the best wrestlers in the business who may be getting the shove to main event these days. Few guys have deserved a push as much as this guy who knows when to let others shine (and boy, he's managed to lose believably against some suckers - now that's the sign of greatness).
If you care about sports entertainment, you really should give Lance's site a look and read his weekly commentaries. They cover a wide range, from memories of his time on the road to aspects of the business (viewed from inside) and general comments on the industry. They're an informative read, and quite aside, they give you a decent insight into a wrestler who's more than the heel he portrays on television.
(I'm looking forward to his autobiography he is writing these days. For one thing, there are lots of stories he has to tell - and for another, Lance really writes the book himself, without the need of a ghostwriter. Aside from him, there's only the one and only Mick Foley - a.k.a. Cactus Jack/Mankind - who's managed this.)
Now, if we can be serious for a minute? All rise for the playing of the Canadian national anthem!

Moonsault - A great German website devoted to professional wrestling
No doubt they're great - because they are featuring a regular column from our very own Marc Wyman. It's in German, sure - and Marc is still wondering how nobody noticed his ring (eh, writing in German) rust. If you're interested in wrestling - and happen to understand this language - check out the Time to feed the Shark column for commentary on sports entertainment.
Never forget: "Mick Foley is God -- and he works for Satan!"