August 18, 2014

Story Sale

Posted in Writing tagged at 8:11 am by Van Aaron Hughes

I’m delighted to report that my novelette “The Body Pirate” has sold to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

F&SF has been one of the top magazines in the field since 1949, so it is a great honor to appear again in its pages. This is my 10th story sale, 5th sale to a professional market, and 2nd sale to F&SF, all numbers I never would have expected to reach when I started this writing thing.

“The Body Pirate” is my weirdest piece yet, with formatting oddities and lots of invented pronouns, so I’m very happy editor Gordon Van Gelder was willing to take a chance on it. I expect the story will appear in an issue early in 2015.

February 25, 2013

Story Published

Posted in Writing tagged at 2:28 pm by Van Aaron Hughes

F&SF Mar-Apr 2013The March/April 2013 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has been spotted in the wild (specifically, at the newsstand of my favorite place to shop for new books, The Tattered Cover in Denver). This issue contains my story “The Long View,” alongside stories by such major authors as Naomi Kritzer, Sean McMullen, Deborah J. Ross (aka Deborah Wheeler), Albert E. Cowdrey (who has two stories in this issue, one under a pseudonym), among others. On a sad note, two of the authors in this issue passed away before seeing their stories appear in print — rest in peace, Mark Bourne and Steven Utley.

F&SF is one of the three most important print magazines for science fiction and fantasy, along with Analog and Asimov’s. While “The Long View” is my seventh published story, it marks my first appearance in one of the big three magazines, so a very special occasion to me.

“The Long View” is a science fiction piece, set on the first insterstellar spaceship. The story begins:

What makes a person decide to desert everyone she knows and leave the whole world behind?
My name is Emzara Ghali-Gordon, and the first time I did it was easy.

If you happen to get a chance to read “The Long View,” by all means let me know what you think. Even if you don’t like it, I’m excited just to know that people are reading something I wrote.

July 23, 2012

Story Sale

Posted in Writing tagged at 9:12 pm by Van Aaron Hughes

To all my friends, family, and writing colleagues who have had to listen to me whine about my streak of rejections this year, I offer a hearty Gilda Radner-style, NEVER MIND!

Today my story “The Long View” was accepted by Gordon Van Gelder for publication in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction!

This is my seventh sale to date, but of all the others, only the Writers of the Future win even comes close to this.  I remember reading Isaac Asimov in F&SF as a little kid.  Being in F&SF means that some library somewhere is going to bind up a book with my story in it and put it in the same bookcase as “Flowers for Algernon”!

I am a little excited.