Woe! I received an email today from Phataxis saying that they are on hiatus and will be ceasing publication for a while. In the hard world of struggling SF magazines that might be quite a while. I hope not. It's a great little magazine with real quality stories. (They didn't buy any of mine, a … Continue reading Phantaxis no more?
The word amateur is misunderstood nowadays to mean someone not very good. Amateur! It's a term of contempt. But the word derives from the Latin verb Amo - love. (Amo, amas, amat, amamis, amatis, amant is just about the only thing I remember from Latin class long ago). Whether they are amateur book reviewers like … Continue reading Amateurs do it for love
My review of The Martian Wave 2017, an anthology of space exploration tales from Nomadic Delirium Press was just posted on SFcrowsnest. Read it here. The book can be bought direct from the publisher and other sources here or from Smashwords here if you want to give me an ipsy-wipsy teenee-weenie affiliate fee. I already have … Continue reading The Martian Wave
I was banging out my 2000 words for Nanowrimo yesterday and began wondering wistfully, not for the first time, if it was possible to make a living as a short story writer. It isn't unless your name is Stephen King. I'm not a natural novelist and start to get a bit bored after 20,000 words. … Continue reading Caitlin R. Kiernan
Just for balance. My story 'Pee Pees' was rejected by Phantaxis magazine, an excellent production of Canadian SF that I have reviewed on SFcrowsnest. Naturally, the best way for a magazine to succeed is by printing the best stories and rejecting all the others, especially mine. I don't hold it against them. It really is … Continue reading And Rejection makes you feel bad.
I sold some books to Ziffit the other day. They don't give you a fortune but it's easy, fast and reliable. They turned down the following as not really having any value: Elasticity the Best of the Elastic Press edited by Andrew Hook Far Orbit edited by Bascomb James - stories in the Grand Tradition … Continue reading On the Popularity of Short Stories
Kirby 100: 100 Top Creator’s Celebrate Jack Kirby’s Greatest Work. This book does what it says. One hundred professional comic artists and animators pick their favourite piece of Kirby art and write a short piece - or sometimes a long one - on why they like his work and how he influenced them. A must-have … Continue reading Jack Kirby 100