Same as last year’s year-end issue, it looks like a very late December (say… 30? 31?) publication date for issue #7. About two months later than I’d have liked, but it’s been worth the wait. Here are the cut-and-paste mostly unformatted contents:
Gearaffes Angi Shearstone
# The Gearaffe Who Didn’t Tick D. K. Thompson illustrated by Angi Shearstone
# Fish Eyes Natania Barron illustrated by Brigid Ashwood
# Complications of the Flesh Jason Erik Lundberg illustrated by Jason Strutz
# Inseperables’ War Stephanie Ricker illustrated by Jason Strutz
# When Dreams Wake Jason K. Chapman illustrated by Indrapramit Das
# Friday Nite at the A&W J. P. Trostle illustrated by Gabriel Dunston
# Letting Go Damon Shaw illustrated by Gabriel Dunston
# The Fall Queen Alexandra Seidel; One Hundred Years in the Wood Daniel A. Rabuzzi; increments lemuel harik; A Fembot’s Quantum Love Deborah Walker; Night Patrol Athena Andreadis; Laurels Mari Ness
31 The Long Lives of Heroes
# Into the Hinterlands David Drake and John Lambshead = Interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones; Essays by Toni Weisskopf, Mark L. Van Name, and John Lambshead
# The Children of the Sky Vernor Vinge = Review and Interview by Paul Kincaid
# The Master Trilogy C. S. Friedman = Review and Interview by Dan Campbell
# Circle Tide Rebecca K. Rowe = Review and Interview by C. D. Covington
# Panverse Three Dario Ciriello = Review and Interview by Rich Horton
# Zoo City Lauren Beukes = Interview by Preston Grassmann
# Never Knew Another J. M. McDermott = Essay by John H. Stevens
# X-Minus One = Article by Peter Wood
# Reviews = The Clockwork Rocket Greg Egan by Paul Kincaid; The Goblin Corps Ari Marmell by Joseph Giddings; The Postmortal Drew Magary by J. P. Wickwire; The Rift Walker Clay and Susan Griffith by Natania Barron; Briarpatch Tim Pratt by Dustin Monk; Mr. Fox Helen Oyeyemi by Larry Nolen; Osama Lavie Tidhar by Paul Kincaid; The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow and Context Cory Doctorow by Nick Mamatas
If you e-mail a submission to email@example.com effective now, you’ll get the following auto reply:
Thank you for sending a story to Bull Spec, but we are currently closed to fiction submissions, as of 1 AM EST, Friday December 9, 2011. We may not have updated the website or notified Duotrope or Ralan’s, etc. but as we need to focus on reading and responding to the stories we have, we are returning this one unread. We hope to re-open to fiction submissions on Friday, January 13, 2012, but may remain closed longer depending on our reading progress. Thanks again for considering Bull Spec with a story, and we hope to hear from you again in future.
If this is a query and it was erroneously detected as a story submission (for example, if it included an attachment) please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org without an attachment with your query; if all else fails, please contact email@example.com directly and I’ll sort things out.
Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, Publisher
Natania Barron and Eric Gregory, Fiction Editors
Sarah Rogers, Associate Fiction Editor
Whew! We have a lot of reading to do over the next month, and I can’t thank Sarah enough for her coming aboard as one of our first readers. I also can’t thank all of the writers enough for all the submissions we get to settle in and read — I’m looking forward to it.
It’s been nearly a month: no Bull Spec #7; no December newsletter; hardly anybody has gotten their Kickstarter gear in hand yet; etc. So, some bursts into the static:
- Yup, issue #7 is late. Still at least a week before it will be in a printable state. Very sorry to everyone concerned, not the least of which Candlemark & Gleam and Pyr, whose advertisements help make the issue possible, and whom I told it would be out mid last month. Still, some good news: Bull Spec has a real, legitimate designer now: Gabriel Dunston. His layouts are crisp and much more inventive than mine, though retaining the overall 2-column design and readability. The cover is coming along in most excellent fashion, with Angi Shearstone’s illustration of D. K. Thompson’s story, with Jeremy Zerfoss coming in to put the final cover design together. Thanks to new reviews editor Alex Ward, the reviews and interviews are being copy edited into shape. I’m quite proud of the stories in what is my next-to-last issue as fiction editor.
- The December newsletter is coming soon. There’s a new event just around the corner, Hillary Jordan reads & signs her new novel When She Woke at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books on Monday, December 5th at 7 pm. Also, there’ll be a full list of the local and regional author books I know about coming in 2012. A few January events are still to be finalized, but I’ll give you what info I have.
- I did get all the Kickstarter “surveys” out and have been gathering them in, ordering books as needed, and I think now that we have a final pendant count we will get those underway. T-shirts to be ordered ASAP now that pretty much everybody has gotten back to me on size and style.
- Natania Barron’s Pilgrim of the Sky is *in stock* at both Amazon.com and BN.com — that probably means that you can order it from pretty much any bookstore you’d like to, though it’s not in the IndieBound website catalog so it might be more of a special order.
- On the front of “getting some things done, cutting some things for later” I was going to finally put together a post covering the several writing (and reading) groups I know about, but I think that will wait for January.
- A couple of really nice Bull Spec news bits: SF Site reviews issue #6 very favorably and SF Signal’s year-end mind meld mentions M. David Blake’s “Absinthe Fish” as a story “which perfectly fulfills my criteria for “mind-blowing fiction.”
- When I get around to it, I’ll be closing Bull Spec to fiction submissions for the rest of the year.