“Beggars in Spain”

In the 1930s, it was still possible to read every piece of published science fiction.  It hasn’t been that way in a long, long time.  You could read science fiction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and still not keep up with it all.  There is always new stuff coming out, for instance, […]

Readercon, Part 2

Saturday was my second and final day at Readercon, and it was just as good as the first day. I attended several session today, including a fascinating one on rewrites and revisions. The panel included (among others) Michael Swanwick and James Patrick Kelly. I attended a couple of readings as well. The first reading was […]

Marsbound, part 1

I finished part 1 of joe_haldeman‘s new serialized novel, Marsbound this evening. It’s always fun when ANALOG runs serials (the last one I read was Robert J. Sawyer’s Rollback), but there is also an element of frustration to having to wait 25 days or so for the next issue to come out with the second […]

And speaking of reading…

…I’m 120 pages through the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, well into the B’s and still very much enjoying what I am reading. Of course, 120 pages is just a hair under 10% of the total, but it still adds up to 120,000 words, or more than your average novel’s worth of reading.

Why read an encylopedia?

Perhaps there is an advantage after all (aside from sheer pleasure) of reading a tome such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. As I mentioned earlier, Ed Schubert sent back my story “Wake Me When We Get There” because he’d published a similar story a few issues back. The story is about an astronaut who […]

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

I bought the The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2nd edition) on in November 1993, when it first came out. It retailed for $75 and I got it for 10% off. It’s a passive massive book, 1,200 pages of fine print and totaling more than 1.3 million words. I mentioned it earlier today. I was browsing […]

Rejection and revisions

I got out of the office later than I wanted to this evening and finished up “Sanctuary” on the train ride home. It’s a great story and I’d recommend it to anyone who is a science fiction fan, and anyone is a fan of good storytelling. When I arrived home, I had several pieces of […]