Monday, May 27, 2013
Jerry was the second editor to ever publish a story of mine, SPPAM, in Dec. 2003 (Jayme Blaschke published the first two). SPPAM was a crucial story in my development as a fiction writer, because when Gardner Dozois at Asimov's rejected it, he sent me a hand-written note, saying "this is better than 99 of what is in the slush pile. So keep trying, because you have the ability to succeed."
I gave it to Jerry, who later (2006) included it in The First Bewildering Stories Anthology - which is where this art is from.
I later included it in "Texas & Other Planets".
I've had 16 stories published in Bewildering over the years; one - "I Got You" - was a honorable mention in the "Year's Best Science Fiction" in 2005.
I'm sorry that Jerry passed away, but there's a of of people who miss him, and that is a great legacy for any man.
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