I have the honor of being published today on DailyScienceFiction.com. I’m thrilled that they accepted my short story, “Buried in Sand.” You can read it here.
The editors at DSF asked for author notes about the story. You can read those at the bottom of the post. I thought this was a lot of fun to include and was grateful for the opportunity to share a few thoughts. I hope you enjoy them as well. (The Flash symbol will make sense if you read them. :-)
Read on! Write on!
I prepared the following list of links for my presentation at the 2014 Breathe Conference today. If you’re interested in finding a few publishers to send your genre fiction to, check out these links. -AR
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine — http://www.asimovs.com/info/guidelines.shtml
Clarkesworld Magazine– http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
DailyScienceFiction.com — http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
EveryWritersResource.com, their list of the Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines — http://www.everywritersresource.com/topsciencefictionmagazines.html
Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine — https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
Lightspeed Magazine: Science Fiction and Fantasy — http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/about/guidelines/
Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show — http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=submissions
Tor.com — http://www.tor.com/page/submissions-guidelines
Mystery / Crime
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — http://www.themysteryplace.com/eqmm/guidelines/
New Mystery Reader.com — http://www.newmysteryreader.com/submissions.htm
Writer Online, list of top 10 mystery market — http://www.shroudmagazine.com/info.html
The Midnight Diner — http://www.themidnightdiner.com/submit-your-work/
Nightmare Magazine — http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/about/guidelines/
Psuedopod — http://pseudopod.org/guidelines/
Shroud Magazine — http://www.shroudmagazine.com/info.html
Tales to Terrify — http://talestoterrify.com/submission-guidelines/
Horror Factor, a list of different markets for horror fiction — http://horror.fictionfactor.com/fiction.html
Write Michigan Short Story Contest — http://www.writemichigan.org/
I recently finished reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It’s the first of his novels that I’ve read (and it has been on my ‘to-read’ list for ages). It is Card’s break out book, winning both the Hugo and the Nebula awards. He has since published a series of books featuring the character “Ender” (a nickname for Andrew) as well as a number of other series.
Ender’s Game is part Harry Potter, part Hunger Games, and part Tron. Though, it’s fair to say that all of those stories borrowed from Ender rather than the other way around. The earliest copyright date listed in my edition is 1977, so Card’s book preceded the stories I just listed by more than a few years.
Ender Wiggin lives in a future earth in which families are allowed to have only two children a piece. Third children, like Ender, are permissible only by the government, and only if they need them as soldiers. Ender is a social outcast (a “third,” which is a bad thing) but unusually brilliant. At a young age he’s taken by the government to Battle School and trained as a soldier. The human race had faced near extinction against the Buggers (a giant insect-like race that wanted to invade the planet) in recent history. Though the Buggers were defeated there is still a threat that they might one day return. The government is therefore proactive in its search for new military leaders and Ender is one of their best candidates.
Most of the book takes place in the Battle School. We see Ender grow up a few years while he’s there. He experiences some of the normal “coming of age” trials that you might expect, but it’s all set against the backdrop of a boot camp-like military school for kids. Unlike The Hunger Games these kids aren’t fighting to their deaths. They use video games and a simulation room for their practice battles. (This room is something like the Star Trek “holo deck” or the “Danger Room” from X-Men comic books.) I was glad it wasn’t a book about kids killing other kids. (That was one thing about the The Hunger Games that just didn’t sit well with me.)