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Though writing in the glow of the computer screen doesn’t have the literary authenticity of scribbling by candlelight, inspiration can be found on the Internet. John S. Bowers, manager of technical services at George Washington University’s Computer Information and Resource Center, jump-started his creativity by joining an online writing group. One of the group’s assignments was to write a story called “The Business of Woman Is Magic”; this topic coincidentally matched three Indianapolis editors’ planned anthology, The Magic Within (WorldEdge Press, 202 pp., $9.95 paper). Bowers’ story—retitled “Just for Women Who Sing the Blues”—was chosen for the book, whose 24 experimental tales range from sci-fi to folksy. Aspiring cybernovelists can contact Bowers’ former group at writersvm1.nodak.edu.