I will always be grateful to Gardner Dozois for encouraging me and giving me invaluable writing advice when I was just starting to write spec fic back in 2003 and 2004, and ultimately accepting my first pro sale, "A Rocket for the Republic", which was published in Asimov's Science Fiction in Sept. 2005.
That was the only story of mine he ever accepted, because it was the last he ever accepted before he retired in April 2004. I will always be proud of the fact that mine was the last story he bought before leaving Asimov's after 19 years.
The story of our interaction was documented in "Letters From Gardner" in 2015, which I always thought didn't get a fair break because it was on the Sad Puppy slate for the Hugos and fell under the Anti-Puppy Purge that year - the ramifications of which are still being felt.
I met him in person three times: In 2003 at Philcon in Philadelphia, in 2011 at the Nebula Awards Weekend in Washington. D.C. and in 2013 at the WorldCon in San Antonio. He was easy to approach, friendly, and enthusiastic. It's no wonder he was so well-loved.
Friday was the deadline for anyone to file for the Board of Directors of the SFWA. Current President Cat Rambo is not running for re-elect...
If you are planning to go to LibertyCon this year, here is my schedule: Fri 04:00PM The Planetary Anthology Roundtable Fri 05:00PM Openin...
I have some surplus copies of anthologies I have participated in
Patricia and I will be gone Friday and Saturday to the North and East Texas Press Association's annual convention in Granbury, Texas. Th...