Well, there’s really no hiding it, or “smoothing” it out this time. Issue #7 is no longer the “Winter 2011-12″ issue; it’s the “Spring 2012″ issue. I want to offer (again) my apologies to my patient readers, my forgiving advertisers, and my contributors that their works, planned for 2011, are now coming in early 2012 instead. Additionally, an apology to the “2011 year in review” editors who essentially wasted their time considering these stories for 2011, some of which I also included in my yearly Pushcart Prize nominations, spots which should have gone to poems and essays and stories actually published in 2011. It is what it is. Issue #7 will be out as soon as we can finish it (which includes some rework on the cover; sorry JZ for yet another bother on that score) and we’ll hope to have issue #8 out in May.
I thought I had learned my lesson with issue #4, which while it did come out in late (late!) December 2010, ended up creating a lot of confusion as the print copies didn’t arrive until mid-January, for some reviewers late January. Apparently not. Well, we’ll keep learning and keep trying, and thanks for sticking with us.
Well, it’s time to pack up magazines and the crate that has become the traveling road show for “the year in local sf” and head to illogiCon, this weekend (Friday through Sunday, Jan 13-15) in Raleigh. I don’t have any panels today, but I’m moderating an “Ethics in SF” panel tomorrow (Saturday) with Joe Haldeman, John Kessel, Kij Johnson, and Gray Rinehart, and two panels on Sunday: one on the year’s best in sf, the other on local authors. I think I’m ready. Congrats to Warren Buff and company on putting together programming that ranges from the writerly (craft, publishing, career, etc.) to the readerly (readings, discussions) to other media (comics, films, games) to, well, all the rest of the craziness that is fandom, all the while keeping the con very affordable at $20 pre-registered, $30 at the door for the whole weekend, with single day registrations as well. I’m looking forward to seeing friends from far away (JM McDermott!) and further out in NC (Ada! Davey!) and an absolutely massive list of local writers, readers, fans, and friends. See you there?
First, the holiday book guide acts as a very good stand-in for repeating a lot of the book-related suggestions — no, seriously, go there and look at the long list of books which were published by local and regional authors this year, and see if one or more of them doesn’t remind you of one of your favorite reads this year, ranging from the Best Novel category (The Rift Walker, Out of the Waters, Pilgrim of the Sky, The Lost Gate, Miserere, Never Knew Another, Briarpatch, Germline, The Sworn, on and on…) or Best Related Work (here I might suggest Journal of a UFO Investigator, if it’s not considered science fiction proper, or How to Write Magical Words or even The Fiasco Companion) or Best Graphic Story (TURF completed its mini-series last year, and there was the stand-alone Laddertop, as well as the first trade edition of the first several issues of The Order of Dagonet), along with checking out the editors and cover artists for those novels for the Best Editor – Long Form (David Hartwell for Out of the Waters, Lou Anders for The Rift Walker, and others) and Best Artist – Professional (such as Chris McGrath for The Rift Walker cover) categories.
In the Best Editor – Short Form category, Mark Van Name edited the urban fantasy anthology The Wild Side, and John Kessel (along with James Patrick Kelly, of course!) edited the anthology Kafkaesque. Additionally, Natania Barron and Jaym Gates edited the first Crossed Genres quarterly, which included Greenville author Ada Milenkovic Brown’s execellent “Nadirah Sends Her Love”. You can also see on that book guide the editors for some of the anthologies where local and regional authored Short Stories were published, such as Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities), Jonathan Strahan (for several anthologies which included local and regional authors), John Joseph Adams (for selecting Eric Gregory’s “The Harrowers” for Lightspeed Magazine and its year one anthology) and Joe R. Lansdale, among others.
- Greenville’s Ada Milenkovic Brown, “Nadirah Sends Her Love”, Crossed Genres
- Asheville’s Alexandra Duncan, “Rampion”, F&SF (novella)
- Jason Erik Lundberg, “Kopi Luwak”, Red Dot Irreal
- James Maxey, Burn Baby Burn (novel)
- Mur Lafferty, “1963: The Argument Against Louis Pasteur”, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities
- John Kessel, “Clean”, Asimov’s (novelette)
- Mark L. Van Name, “The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan” in The Wild Side (novelette)
- Richard Butner, “Through the Uprights”, Electric Velocipede (very long, but still a short story)
- Lewis Shiner, “A Box of Thunder”, Strange Horizons
- Kij Johnson: “Story Kit” in Eclipse Four; and “Bridging the Mist” in Asimov’s (novella)
- Gwendolyn Clare: “Perfect Lies” in Clarkesworld; “A Claw from the Western Paradise” in Triangulation: Last Contact; “Ashes on the Water” in Asimov’s; and “Iron Oxide Red” in Daily Science Fiction
- Dan Campbell, “Where Sea and Sky Kiss”, Daily Science Fiction
- Ryan Jones, “Return to Earth”, Stupefying Stories
- Rich Matrunick: “The Pale Farmer” in Every Day Fiction, May 3rd, 2011; “Stranded (with Pork Chop)”: Electric Spec, Volume 6, Issue 3; “From Alexandra to Amberglow” in Ray Gun Revival, Volume 2, Issue 8; “Prophecy Negotiations” in Space Squid, Issue 10; and “Other Sister” in Stupefying Stories
- Joseph Giddings: “Lifestealer” in Ray Gun Revival; and “Goliath” in The Fringe Magazine
- Peter Wood, “Future Imperfect” in Ray Gun Revival
- M. David Blake, “When the Pupil is Ready”, The Drink Tank #300
- Gina Massel-Castater, “Careless of the Night”, The Wild Side
- Eric Gregory, “The Harrowers”, Lightspeed Magazine
- Natania Barron, “Pushing Paper in Hartleigh” in Subversion
- Gray Rinehart: “The Tower” in Crossed Genres; and Therapeutic Mathematics and The Physics of Curve Balls in Analog
- Stuart Jaffe, “Little Girl with Pink Ribbons”, In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk
- Erik Bundy, “The Turtle Wore Mascara”, Electric Spec
Nearly lastly, all of the non-fiction contributors to Bull Spec, from Paul Kincaid to Richard Dansky and many others (see those tables of contents) are eligible in the Fan Writer category.
Lastly, Bull Spec is itself eligible in the Semiprozine category, along with many wonderful “not too big, but we pay you something” magazines.
(And if you are a local or regional writer or Bull Spec alumni and/or you know of something I missed, please post a comment! Thanks!)