I’m often aware that I spend way too much web space on self-promotion here. Which is why I’m happy to shine the spotlight on others when I can. Today I’d like to direct you to the story, “The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel, recently posted on the Lightspeed Magazine website. Matt’s in my writing group and we critiqued this story in the group. It started out as a great story, but Matt’s revisions took it into extraordinary territory. I think it might be the best thing he’s written (so far). I’m truly impressed by the power he managed to imbue into it. I would encourage everyone to read it if you haven’t already and please, if you’re part of the science fiction and fantasy community, don’t forget this story come awards season. It’s just that good.
I thought that I would take some time here to talk about all of my talented friends and the great work that they’re doing in the world of fiction.
First up, is E.C. Myers. Most of the people reading this probably know Eugene and know that he’s one of the hardest working writers around. And recently that hard work has paid off. He recently sold his YA book, Fair Coin, to Pyr and as someone who’s read the manuscript, I’m telling you that you’ll be wanting to read it when it comes out. It’s smart and fun and surprising and I can’t wait to see it turn up on bookshelves. Hell, I’m hoping that it will end up as a movie.
Eugene is also a short story writer and his story in Sybil’s Garage #7, “My Father’s Eyes”, has rightly been singled out by reviewers as one of the stand-out stories. SF Site said of it, “This was one of the most moving, and in an unforced way original, stories in the collection — my joint favourite with M.K. Hobson’s ‘Kid Despair in Love.’” Matt Kressel, Editor of Sybil’s Garage, recently made the issue available as a free download, but only for the next 2 weeks or so. You can download a PDF copy here.
Eugene is going to be leaving those of us in NY soon, but for a good reason – he recently got engaged as well. Eugene’s one of the kindest and most generous people I know and he will be missed, but I wish him and his fiancee (hi, Carrie) all the best.