Eleven hours in, forty-nine isn’t that bad. I’m even OK with this being the last time I’ll have a birthday in the forties. Last year, I spent my birthday at the Hugo Awards in London with my dad (which I was very pleased to be able to share with him). This year, I’m happily at home with my family.
No presents necessary, but if you feel compelled to do something, buy yourself a subscription to Clarkesworld and/or Forever or make a pledge on Patreon. If I only accomplish one thing this year, I’d like it to be the ability to quit my day job and become a full-time editor. Each of those helps in some way.
Just remembered to update the sign in my cubicle at the day job.
Every month it reminds me:
- I’m lucky to be alive
- I hoped to be working FT on editing/publishing by now. Try harder.
Speaking of trying harder, we’re currently running a Patron drive. This morning, we had 225 supporters at Patreon. Our goal is 250 by the end of the month.
Care to recommend some science fiction novellas published in the last 15 years?
Exactly one year ago today, I became a cyborg. The mechanical-me hasn’t had to rescue meat-me and everything is operating according to standard specifications. I’ve successfully resisted all the urges to rise up and conquer humanity. I haven’t assimilated or upgraded anyone. There’s plenty of time for that later.
After I announced that Clarkesworld was no longer eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo, someone emailed me to find out who I’d like to see replace us on the ballot. At first, I thought I’d just direct them to the Semiprozine Directory and relax a bit, but while looking over the list I realized that I had strong feelings about wanting a foreign market, particularly Interzone, making the cut this year.
Since it’s a UK publication, it’s always been a bit of a challenge to get their nice full-color print editions here, but they do have ebook editions for sale on Weightless Books and Amazon. Weightless even has PDFs for people who don’t like traditional ebooks. You can also order print copies direct from TTA Press on the Interzone website.
Interzone has been nominated for Best Semiprozine over twenty-five times and won in 1995. The current editor, Andy Cox, has yet to win. This year, they have a good chance of being nominees. With Worldcon in London, it stands to reason that more attendees than normal will be familiar and fond of their work. Check them out and decide for yourself.
If it’s not to your taste, check out some of the other magazines from outside the US (Albedo One, Andromeda Spaceways, Aurealis, Black Static, Neo-Opsis, On-Spec, etc.) and see if one of them would be a good fit. It’s past time to put some more of the world into this aspect of Worldcon.