As announced earlier, this blog will host an open space once a month (well, more or less) to field questions and encourage discussion among my readers, and this is the week. All the standard rules apply — no profanity, no sales pitches, no trolling, no rudeness, no long screeds proclaiming the infallible truth of fill in the blank — but since there’s no topic, nothing is off topic.
Two announcements before we get to the discussion. I think many of my readers are aware that Founders House, the publishing firm that has produced the four After Oil anthologies of deindustrial SF produced by contests here, also publishes a very lively quarterly SF and fantasy magazine, MYTHIC, which features deindustrial SF along with much else. (I’ve had a couple of stories published in it, including a new one, “Caught To The Death,” in the latest issue; check it out.) There’s now a Kickstarter campaign under way to raise funds to expand and improve the magazine, and offer professional rates to its authors. There are giveaways for contributors, of course. Details? Check it out here.
In related news, we’re in the last week of the current short story competition, the Old Solar System Writing Contest. Zendexor and I have already received some really first-rate stories, enough to make an anthology, but there’s still room for a few more. If you’ve got something half-completed, fire up that word processor; the due date for entries is January 30; if you’ve got something well under way by then, contact us using the address reached via the link above and let us know, and there’s some potential for wiggle room.
With that said, have at it…