Things Received March 31 (Not April Fool’s Day): Night Lights; Contract, Proof Copy for Everywhere Stories, Vol. 2
There it was in the mailbox yesterday afternoon, a mystery package from CreateSpace. With trembling fingers, one tore the box open and . . . yes . . . there it was! From an original acceptance in November 2014, a little delayed, from one of three anthologies now combined into one, my science fiction story, “The Needle-Heat Gun” (see February 22 2016; November 6, 7 2014). The anthology, to give its full title, NIGHT LIGHTS, AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT FICTION: FIRST CONTACT, CONSPIRACY, AND SPACE OPERA from Geminid Press, more on which can be found by clicking here.
My story is in the “Space Opera” section for reasons apparent, I think, when one reads it, a tale no more serious than it needs to be. And it’s second from last in the anthology proper, the last spot usually good to be in since it’s one the readers will remember but in this case taken by a shorter story that had to be there — one with greater-than-natural implications — and thus nicely positioned in its own right.
Then the second item, the edited proof from Clifford Garstang of Press 53 for “The Wellmaster’s Daughter,” originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE in November 1991, along with the contract. The book for this one, to give its full title, EVERYWHERE STORIES VOLUME II: MORE SHORT FICTION FROM A SMALL PLANET (cf. February 29, below), scheduled to be published in November this year.