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Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby FictionMuse » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:36 am

"Along with the Stellar Guild series of books I started editing earlier in
2012, I began editing an e-zine called Galaxy's Edge this
month (published by the same guy who published the Stellar
Guild series). First issue comes out in March, and it'll be
bi-monthly.

It's the same princple as the Stellar Guild, in that I agreed
to edit both only if I could create the format, which would
showcase newer and/or lesser-known writers. With Stellar Guild,
a superstar -- Kevin Anderson, Mercedes Lackey,, Bob Silverberg,
Harry Turtledove, Larry Niven, Nancy Kress, Eric Flint, (blush) me --
teams up with a protege of our own choosing. First 4 books are
out and doing well, so I think it'll be around for awhile.

With the magazine, it's half new and half reprint. The reprints
are my names I can put on the cover to sell it -- first
issue has Rob Sawyer, Jack McDevitt, Kij Johnson, James Patrick
Kelly, and me -- while the new stories are by names that won't
sell the magazine but are every bit as good as the names that
will."

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:36 am

I saw those from a post Brad made on FB. Given Mike's previous statements about slush piles, I doubt he'll be opening up Galaxy's Edge. After all these years, he knows enough people to just ask for stories. I could be wrong, and do hope I'm wrong, but that would be my take on it. Brad might enlighten us.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Alex Kane » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:25 am

ThomasKCarpenter wrote:I saw those from a post Brad made on FB. Given Mike's previous statements about slush piles, I doubt he'll be opening up Galaxy's Edge. After all these years, he knows enough people to just ask for stories. I could be wrong, and do hope I'm wrong, but that would be my take on it. Brad might enlighten us.

Read somewhere that he'll open a slush pile "only when we can afford to pay slush readers." Which is an admirable condition, I think--staff should get paid for that kind of thing when possible.
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Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:36 am

Alex Kane wrote:
ThomasKCarpenter wrote:I saw those from a post Brad made on FB. Given Mike's previous statements about slush piles, I doubt he'll be opening up Galaxy's Edge. After all these years, he knows enough people to just ask for stories. I could be wrong, and do hope I'm wrong, but that would be my take on it. Brad might enlighten us.

Read somewhere that he'll open a slush pile "only when we can afford to pay slush readers." Which is an admirable condition, I think--staff should get paid for that kind of thing when possible.


That would make sense. Reading slush can be mind-numbing. However, when "one of those stories" pops out of the pile, you feel like a gold miner who's hit the mother-load.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Brad R. Torgersen » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:04 am

Stellar Guild and Galaxy's Edge are not necessarily "markets" in the sense that they'll take unsolicited material. If Mike wants material from you for either of these, he will ask. If he doesn't ask . . .

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:07 am

I'm editing this magazine for something less than minimum wage, solely to get new and unknown writers into print. I simply cannot read the thousand slush stories a month that they have at Asimov's, and that Eric Flint and I had at Jim Baen's Universe. When the publisher can pay slush readers, rest assured we'll get them.

In the meantime, I've already bought a number of first and second stories for the first two issues of Galaxy's Edge.
If it'll comfort anyone, I bought over 40 first stories for my anthologies in the 1990s -- more than the three digests combined -- and never edited an anthology that wasn't invite-only.

As for the Stellar Guild books, the editor (me) doesn't choose the proteges who share cover credit with the superstars;
the superstars themselves do.

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Postby Mike Resnick » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:31 pm

A member of the Forum here e-mailed me about the previous post, saying that it was an obvious contradiction to state that I had bought all those first stories for invite-only anthologies, that clearly a previously-unpublished writer, let alone 40 of them, would never get invited. This was my answer:

1. They were recommended to me by Nancy Kress and other workshop leaders

2. I'd heard about them from friends I trusted

3. They would approach me and ask how to get invited. I told them to send me what they thought was
their very best story, and if it passed muster they'd go on my "to invite" list

4. I'd seen some of their fiction in fanzines or online

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby DavidK » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:25 am

Mike,

do you trust any of my friends wotf007...

sighs, I don't have any. Woops (sounds better than asking what's your email address)

Did I just write that? It's hot here at 44 degrees C!
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Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:58 pm

DavidK wrote:Mike,

do you trust any of my friends wotf007...

sighs, I don't have any. Woops (sounds better than asking what's your email address)

Did I just write that? It's hot here at 44 degrees C!



I kinda thought the same. wotf007

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:28 pm

The magazine is now "live" online at

http://www.galaxysedge.com/

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Postby s_c_baker » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:42 pm

Mike Resnick wrote:The magazine is now "live" online at

http://www.galaxysedge.com/

-- Mike

Some good stuff in there! "Just a Second" stood its ground quite well.

By the way, I notice that the magazine seems to be plain ol' HTML. Have you considered using something less time-consuming?
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby E.CaimanSands » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:22 am

Mike, you've reprinted one of my all time favourite stories in there, by the only fella who I rank as high as yourself.

James Patrick Kelly, author of "Think Like a Dinosaur". wotf024
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:05 pm

>By the way, I notice that the magazine seems to be plain ol' HTML. Have you considered using something less time-consuming?<


I'm just the editor, not the designer. I am also a computer semi-literate who wouldn't know
HTML if it bit me.

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:11 pm

Just turned in issue #2. Got some nice stuff, including a story by one of this year's WotF winners, one by a prior winner, plus some non-entitles like Silverberg, Lackey, Rusch, Gerrold, and Malzberg. Plus a brand-new story by Ken Liu. And a real coup: a story that's been lost and buried in a college magazine for 83 years, by one of the field's all-time greats.

Look for it on May 1, which gives you a couple of days to read it before the Derby.

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby gower21 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:11 pm

I may be biased, but issue #2 sounds pretty awesome.

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Edited to correct grammar mistake. Thank you, Stewart. bias=noun, biased=adj. Steep learning curve on this writing thing.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby s_c_baker » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:30 am

Mike Resnick wrote:I'm just the editor, not the designer. I am also a computer semi-literate who wouldn't know
HTML if it bit me.

Mike

Trust me, Mike, it's better that way. wotf001

(HTML means everything is done manually. There are several ways you could automate the process, and make the web updating take less time, which is why I asked initially.)
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:35 am

Correction: There are several ways someone else can automate the process. There is absolutely
no way that I can.

I''m just the editor.

Honest.

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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:15 am

Mike Resnick wrote:Correction: There are several ways someone else can automate the process. There is absolutely
no way that I can.

I''m just the editor.

Honest.

-- Mike

I meant 'you' in the general sense--mea culpa. wotf007
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:18 am

Well, then, we in the specific sense are just the editor. wotf008
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Postby geoedwar » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:18 pm

I discovered Mike Resnick about a month or so ago and here he is on this forum. I have Dunesteef podcasts cued up and ready to listen to.

Glad to hear that there are new markets.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:18 pm

Thrilled to be discovered. I had no idea I was lost.

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Postby E.CaimanSands » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:56 am

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:27 am

I admire your demonstrtation of understatement.

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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Ishmael » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:17 am

Mike Resnick wrote:Thrilled to be discovered. I had no idea I was lost.


Uh oh! Ominous. Isn't this what the Hawaiian chief said to James Cook just before .... (passage deleted for excessive violence)
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:44 am

Just fired the science writer from Issue #1 -- he was given to me, not chosen by me -- and contracted for the next year's worth of science columns from a Nebula-winning former Worldcon Guest of Honor. And picked up a story from a WotF winner for either issue 3 or 4, depend on space needs.

And on the other editing front, we now have Stellar Guild novels in press from Nancy Kress, Larry Niven,
and Eric Flint (and their proteges), to go with the already-published ones by Mercedes Lackey, Kevin
J. Anderson, Harry Turtledove, and Robert Silverberg (and their proteges). I'll be doing the next one
with one of -my- proteges.

By the way, there was some idiotic brouhaha over on the Galaxy's Edge web site with Google stating that
it was filled with malware. I don't know if it was an error on their part, or some childish prank by a hacker,
but there was never any malware or danger to computers, and Google took down the warning last night.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby s_c_baker » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:08 am

It was probably an advertisement, Mike. Sometimes, untrustworthy or compromised flash ads sneak through Google's quality check net (I notice you have a few ad spots from Google).

This sort of thing happens pretty often, unfortunately. Equally unfortunately, the only way to really fix it is to manually approve every single ad from Google, and to only use it from content providers you know on a personal basis, and who can explicitly confirm that their ad is okay, which almost defeats the point of using Google to serve up ads in the first place...

And even that's not a foolproof fix, as the ads are sometimes compromised through no fault of the content provider.

Sucks when it happens though, that's for sure.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby geoedwar » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:30 pm

Isn't that ironic? Google putting ads up then warning people against visiting a website? Yahoo actually warned me against Clarkesworldmagazine.com and Lewrockwell.com. They both were displaying the same ads.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:05 pm

Been meaning to say this for a while.

I know I have seen Galaxy's Edge--the web site that is, now I have to read some of the stories since you are involved.
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Re: Mike Resnick launches 2 new markets

Postby Mike Resnick » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:47 pm

Yeah, reading it is even better than looking at the site. :-)
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