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No that’s not Harvest Moons but, rather, my story “Moons of Saturn,” originally published in Algis Budrys’s TOMORROW for July 1993 as well as in my collection THE TEARS OF ISIS, tentatively accepted by PULP LITERATURE pending decision on which issue to put it in (cf. November 19).  PULP LITERATURE is a Canadian quarterly founded in 2013, so named (to paraphrase Wikipedia) to reflect a taste for “great storytelling in genre fiction,” with reference to such magazines as FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, ANALOG, and ELLERY QUEEN.

So today the word came from Acquisitions Editor Genevieve Wynand:  I hope this finds you well.  I am so pleased to let you know that we have placed “Moons of Saturn” in Issue 28, Autumn 2020.  Could you send along a three- to five-line bio to include with the story?  I will be preparing the contract shortly, so if you could also email your current address that would be great, as well.  Thus closure of a sort, the “tentative” now erased from the “acceptance.”  As for the story, “Moons of Saturn” is a fanciful tale of the Voyager space probe missions past Saturn in the 1980s as watched on TV by a highly imaginative woman and her devoted lover.

More as it becomes known.

It was a bit of a star-crossed submission.  “Moons of Saturn” was originally published in Algis Budrys’s TOMORROW in July 1993 as well as reprinted in THE TEARS OF ISIS.  Fast forward to this year and, following a second read, it had been rejected by PULP LITERATURE on January 7, though as sometimes will happen with an explanation that it just didn’t fit in with a particular issue.  In any event one doesn’t just send something right back again — except that I did, on June 20, having misread (or somehow skipped over) its previous trip on the story’s log!

So I did what one does in such situations:  the following day I sent an email with my apologies, asking that it be considered withdrawn.   And so life went on.  Except a bit over four months later an email came saying “Moons” had advanced to a second reading.

So you know what comes next.  Today an email arrived from Assistant Editor Genevieve Wynand:   Thank you for your submission.  I am pleased to offer you a tentative acceptance for ‘Moons of Saturn’ to be published in 2020 (specific issue to be determined).  I thoroughly enjoyed your story and look forward to sharing it with our readers!

So . . . closure of a sort.   It’s not unknown that a story not right for one issue will fit exactly right for another.  But what, exactly, does a “tentative”acceptance mean?  So, roll with the motion, I sent a “thank you” email back but added the question of when we would know for sure.  And so it is thus far (the “tentative,” after all, may just mean pending signing a contract, which usually won’t come until at least a little while after).

As for the story, “Moons of Saturn,” here’s the description that had been asked for with the submission:  A man and a highly imaginative woman watch extensive TV coverage of the Voyager missions past Saturn while the woman grows progressively more ill.  More to be revealed here as it becomes known.




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