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by vanaaron
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5399

Re: Battle of the Books

Kyle, I agree that Card's recent work isn't as powerful as some of his earlier stuff, but it's still pretty darn good.

Then again, I'm reading the start of Gamers now and it's pretty darn good too . . .
by vanaaron
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5399

Battle of the Books

I write book reviews for Fantastic Reviews , but lately I've been writing many fewer reviews, while publishers and authors keep sending us more and more books. So what do you do when you're getting more review copies than you can possibly read? Make them fight to the death! Over at the Fantastic Rev...
by vanaaron
Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Thanks, All!

Madison, it's not on-line. It's an anthology available in trade paperback and Kindle editions.
by vanaaron
Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

My story "The Truth About Mother" is finally available in the Arcane anthology , edited by Nathan Shumate. This is a horror/hardboiled mystery/political satire piece, which is not exactly a big sub-genre right now, but thankfully Nathan Shumate has weird tastes. This is my fifth story publ...
by vanaaron
Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Thanks! As to the weirdness quotient, when I was writing this I feared it wouldn't sell anywhere because it was not weird enough for Bizarro but too weird for anyone else. Meghan, every last person in my writing group tried to talk me out of that first sentence, but I had a hunch a Bizarro editor mi...
by vanaaron
Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

I have a new flash piece called "The Burbles" up at The Dream People . This was my first attempt at writing Bizarro fiction, so I'm very pleased to have it appear at The Dream People , which is a respected Bizarro publication. Among other good stuff, the issue I'm in also includes a story ...
by vanaaron
Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Alex!
by vanaaron
Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Thanks for the positive feedback on "Random Fire," everyone! That's a great table of contents, Steve. Congratulations! Vanaaron-read your story. Nice Job! And wow what an emotional story. I was holding my breath at the end. All the science stuff at the beginning was hard for me to follow. ...
by vanaaron
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Grayson Morris wrote:I really liked it, Aaron -- though the structural gimmick did throw me at first. When I figured it out, I thought it was perfect for the story. Made a two-dimensional medium three-dimensional, so to speak.
Thanks, I appreciate that! I hope the story didn't hit too close to home for you. wotf014
by vanaaron
Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

My story Random Fire is now up at Abyss & Apex. This one has an odd structural gimmick to it, so I am anxious to see if people notice that and what they think of it if they do.
by vanaaron
Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Brad's in Analog AGAIN...
Replies: 160
Views: 73270

Re: Brad's in Analog AGAIN...

Great work, Brad! I'm doing my part to spread the word.
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2660
Views: 501544

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Michael!

I also remember The High Crusade fondly.
by vanaaron
Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2660
Views: 501544

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Yeah, come to think about it, Q2 wasn't bad either. wotf013
by vanaaron
Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2660
Views: 501544

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

No offense at all -- I was just kidding with you. Yes, "The Dualist" is mine, but I rather doubt it would have been a winner in the 4th Quarter. "Maddy Dune," "Unreachable Voices," "Medic!" and "The Sundial" are some of the highlights of this year's ...
by vanaaron
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2660
Views: 501544

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Vanaaron, I remember reading the press release for the Q4 2010 winners where K.D. Wentworth said, "The finalist stories were exceptionally good this quarter." I immediately thought, Why did I have to make finalist in that quarter? I'm hoping that my next entry will have the serendipity to...
by vanaaron
Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2660
Views: 501544

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, James! Congratulations on making finalist in Q4 2010. It's worth noting that the winning stories from that quarter were exceptionally strong.
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

OK, that clarifies it. Ultimately, we don't disagree.

What a weak flamewar.
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

If you do that, I'll come watch. In the meantime, I've also added it to my Netflix instant queue. I note, however, that Netflix says the average user rating is 3.4, but the best guess for me is 2.3, which is about as great a disparity as I've seen.
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:52 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

But the closest we can come to assessing the requirements of the market as a whole is to see what the market hooses, and then try to analyze why they chose that. If we start with a preconception that it's not quality because we say so, we make it harder to understand the market's definition of qual...
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

No, no, if I see it, then I'll have to argue the point!
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Fine, but I own the scale for films. It's Hudson Hawk all the way, baby!

You may be right . . . I haven't seen it. wotf011
by vanaaron
Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

Excuse me if I misunderstand your point, but I find it strange that people are assuming a book is of poor quality without reading it. And how do we decide what is quality and not quality? I prefer to take the stance that there is something in every book to enjoy and different things speak to differ...
by vanaaron
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

Annie, I certainly never suggested that we shouldn't try to emulate good writers. I was responding to Scott's concern that by reading poorly written prose, bad habits could seep into his own writing. I've heard a number of successful authors say that they learned a lot by reading bad stuff (e.g. rea...
by vanaaron
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time
Replies: 79
Views: 28972

Re: NPR's "Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books" of all time

Scott, I can't comment specifically on The Da Vinci Code , as it's one of the books I deliberately haven't read, so as to avoid having to argue with people who like it ( Twilight is in the same category). But in general, you can learn a lot by reading bad fiction. Seeing mistakes that other authors ...
by vanaaron
Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Yes, I was absolutely delighted with Freddie's illustration for my story. His vision of the alien species was much better than anything I had conceived in my head, and he brought out a lot of details from the story in that one picture. His is one of the illustrations that's even more striking in the...
by vanaaron
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Thanks, Brad!
by vanaaron
Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

Thanks, everyone! Patty, it's true A&A can take quite a while, but only if they like your stuff, so you just need to write crappier stories. I had a previous submission there rejected in 15 days. :wink: Scott, thanks very much for the kind words about "The Dualist." So as you were read...
by vanaaron
Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

I just sold a story called "Random Fire" to Abyss & Apex . This story has a bit of a gimmick to it, such that it could only be published on-line. Abyss & Apex requested a series of three rewrites before buying it, which was a little exasperating, but the story improved significantl...
by vanaaron
Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 863272

Re: Success!

My story "The Hanged Poet" is now up at Intergalactic Medicine Show. This is my first pro sale outside of winning Writers of the Future, so two down, one to go before joining SFWA. :-) This story was my non-winning finalist for Q4 2009, so I hope ya'll like it. You can read the first two ...
by vanaaron
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Audio Books
Replies: 5
Views: 2568

Re: Audio Books

Neil Gaiman is great on audio. I recommend The Graveyard Book, narrated by the author, and Anansi Boys, narrated by Lenworth Henry, whose voice Gaiman says he had in mind while writing the book.

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