Every few years, I go through the stories that I’ve written and have failed to sell, and ultimately retire them. Since I’ve been doing this, I’ve gone through a few rounds of this, and each round represents a generation of my stories. Each round, also, I like to thing, represents a better and better set of stories.
This time, I figure why waste them. Therefore, I have put together a page where you can read the 6 stories that I am finally retiring. You can access the page here:
Four of the six stories have already been posted. I’m a little to tired to finish the other two tonight. I posted them on the blog so that people reading the stories could, if they wished, use the “Comments” feature to comment on the stories.
This batch of six stories includes my all-time personal favorite to-date: “The Last S.F. Writer”. But I warn you: only a seasoned s.f. reader will get all of the references, so I added a comment to the story to point out the references I made. The batch also includes “Wake Me When We Get There,” which from a sales point of view, is the one that I came closest with in this round. It is probably the most “marketable” story I have written to-date, although it’s not my favorite.
These stories accumulated a total of 24 rejection slips over a period spanning spring of 2002 through late 2005.
So, have at it, and let me know if you enjoy them, or if you don’t, what you don’t like about them. I’m always looking for ways to improve.
And there will be a new generation of stories. I am working hard on a novella, “Graveyard Shift,” which I’ve mentioned here from time-to-time. After that, I’ve got a few more stories to get out of me in short order.