Thursday, February 9, 2012

My UK Konnection

Let this be a lesson to you boys-n-girls.  Never give up.

Two years ago I completed what I believed to be a top-notch science fiction story . . . one of my best.  The story actually circled the world, and was rejected by magazines on the east and west coasts in the U.S., by a Canadian publication, by an Australian magazine, and by points in between before finally being accepted last week by the top Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine in the U.K.  (Thanks, Adam!)

But before the acceptance, I knew better.  I didn't listen to the rejection letters . . . I just kept working on the story, perfecting it, and sending it out again.

And then, either in a fit of dementia or in the delirium of reading a story written by an American guy with a strange last name, the English editor of London decided this one was worthy of appearing in his pages.  (Thanks again, Adam!)

What I most appreciate about the publication of this story (in addition to the exposure to a larger readership) is that I now have enough in the science fiction genre to create a collection in book form.  Now the only question is:  is there a publisher out there willing to accept that?

I wonder . . . if I roamed the halls of New York publishers yelling, "KHANNNN!!!" would anyone notice?

And just in case anyone out there is interested in seeing some of my other available science fiction/fantasy stories, here's a breakdown of some of my still-remaining backlog.  And there are more, always, on the way.

"Triple's Blog"--a story about a futuristic society where people must pay for conversation instead of sex.

"The Scribe"--a tale reciting the joys of discovering language, and the old men who teach the young how to embrace the lost art of writing.

"The Law of Zupiter"--wild, galaxy-sprawling, eon-encompassing saga about a 900-year-old lawyer who saves a civilization from extinction.

"The Snow League"--a return to the ice age

"Redshift"--a scientist's take on everything from the extinction of the dinosaur to a human colony on Mars . . . with consequences.

"Up in Jacky's Treehouse"--one of the scariest tales I've ever written.

"The Man Upstairs"--a little boy encounters a guest from beyond and receives him as his friend to fill the gap left by his distant father.

Anybody interested in seeing these???

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