Friday, August 09, 2013

Congrats to Buzzy Mag

I was pleased to see that the SFWA has approved Buzzy Mag as one of its qualifying pro markets for membership purposes. Although fewer and fewer writers belong to the SFWA because of the unpleasant way the stuffed shirts of political correctness have been attacking dissidents (Read: People who believe in God and/or America), it's still a benchmark for denoting publications who pay well (at least a nickel a word) and treat their authors professionally.

Over the years, I've had a couple of cases where I had an original story published in the first issue of a magazine, but my story "The Centurion and the Rainman" was the first story published by Buzzy Mag in March 2012. It is being reprinted in my upcoming collection coming out from Fantastic Books, "The Clock Struck None".

With this certification for Buzzy Mag, "Rainman" retroactively becomes my fifth professional-level sale under those SFWA guidelines, the previous stories being "A Rocket for the Republic" in Asimov's, "The Witch of Waxahachie" in Jim Baen's Universe, and "Great White Ship" and "Double Exposure", both in Daily Science Fiction. Although I've had almost 80 publications in ten years, I'll sell to any small market and my stuff is a bit old-fashioned and traditional for the leading magazines today

Daily Science Fiction was approved as a qualifying market in the fall of 2011, and as soon as it was, I presented my contract for "Great White Ship" to the SFWA, which at the time was my third pro level short story sale, which entitled me to upgrade my membership to Active (full). So I suppose that qualifies as a first, also.

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"It’s possible that you haven’t run into the stories of Lou Antonelli. Since 2003, he’s been publishing delightful short tales of alternate history all over the nooks and crannies of the SF world. Thanks to Fantastic Books, we now have 28 of these little gems in one place. "Many of Antonelli’s stories have an unexpected twist ending. And many of them are what he calls “secret history” stories, which aren’t exactly alternate history—they’re set in our familiar history, but there’s always some element that contemporary observers missed. " -

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A better path develops for a distraught man in “Double Exposure” by Lou Antonelli (debut 6/11 and reviewed by Frank D). Jake is about to end it all. He has been trying to keep his high maintenance wife happy for decades and has needed to embezzle to satisfy her spending habits. Now, on the verge of indictment and abandoned by his spouse, he buys a gun. Before he pulls the trigger, he spies a Kodak one-day photo hut. Curious, he pulls up to the window. They are holding pictures of him and his last girlfriend from 30 years before. The package is a lot thicker than it should be. Double Exposure” is listed as an Alternative History story but I would classify it as a Magical Realism tale. It is set as a second chance tale, a look into a life that should have been. The author is inspired by his memories of the old photo huts (I remember them) and of their disappearance. A cool idea (photos of another life), one that I could imagine would make for a great anthology.

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- James Hanzelka, Diabolical Plots

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