CORRECTION: In this episode we incorrectly report that Abyss and Apex has closed as a publication. Indeed, Abyss and Apex is simply closed to fiction submissions at this time, but plans to reopen in August. Thanks to Steven for pointing us in the right direction! In the meantime, go over to Abyss and Apex, read some of their excellent fiction, and then give them a few bucks, if you can, so they can keep paying their authors.
What felt like an unbearable hiatus is over, and AISFP is back! I don’t yet have an idea what the new production schedule will look like, but regular episodes are here. My sincere thanks to everyone who supported us through emails, blog comments, and donations. Your kindness and well-wishes meant a great deal during a time of stress and uncertainty.
Enough of the mushy stuff, on to the show! Greg Van Eekhout joins us to discuss his first published novel, Norse Code. You may remember that Greg was our first Out of the Slush guest last year when the ink was still wet on his novel contract. Now he’s here to tell us about his passion for Norse mythology, being nominated for a Nebula Award, using short fiction to develop the skills needed as a novelist, and how he survived losing his editor when Norse Code was still in production
Publishing New: Realms of Fantasy is back, and it couldn’t have returned at a better time with several short fiction magazines calling it quits this year. This launches another debate over the viability of short fiction magazines, and we solicit your feedback. Do you read magazines? Do you enjoy short fiction? Why or not? Give us a call at 206-350-5029
After our conversation with Greg, we let you know a little bit about what we’ve been up to, including Sam’s new cat and Shaun’s new locale. We also recommend some excellent summer reading, with Sam giving special emphasis to Graceling, by Kristin Cashore