Futurismic, Writing

A Few Writing & Editing Notes

June 25, 2009

Evidently this past Tuesday was National Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Day.  I guess this is a new thing, so I didn’t know about it to celebrate…although, strictly by coincidence, I swung by the bookstore on the way to work to grab a glimpse at The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois.

Initially I told myself I mainly wanted to see how well Futurismic had fared in 2008, in the eyes of Mr. Dozois.  Sadly, we warranted little more than half a sentence in the online section of the summary, but four of our ten stories made the honorable mention list:

•    “Uxo, Bomb Dog” by Eliot Fintushel
•    “Maquech” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
•    “Solitude Ripples from the Past” by David Reagan
•    “Willpower” by Jason Stoddard

Congrats, folks!  I was thinking a few more of our stories were deserving of a nod, but I guess forty percent of our total output for the year isn’t too bad — and heck, if every story made it, the list wouldn’t have much of a point, would it?  (I mean, beyond convincing writers to buy the book to see their name in print…see below.)  Incidentally, I’m not counting the mistaken inclusion of “The Rivers of Eden” by Jay Lake & Ruth Nestvold, which must have snuck in from an old file…that one was published in 2005!

Happily, my Cosmos story “Frame of Mind” also made the honorable mention list.  A minor distinction to be sure, but for me, an elusive one, so pardon me while I feel briefly cheerful about actually being mentioned in something.  Woot!

I told myself I wouldn’t buy it just because my story was noted…so I bought it thinking that, down the road, I will review it for this blog.  🙂

Meanwhile, in more forward-looking news, I’m hammering away at the opening scenes of two new stories at the moment.  So far it’s like chiseling through a cement block, and I don’t have solid titles for either one — which for me is a serious stumbling block — but at least some new projects are taking shape.

Happy Belated National Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Day!

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