SF Year Past, SF Year Future

Well, we’re coming to the end of another year, and what a difficult and sad one it has been. My sympathies go out to all those who have suffered loss, whether it be loved ones, their own health, in personal finances or opportunities that would normally have come their way. We can only hope that 2022 will finally look up for all of us and we can get past the dark clouds of Covid.

So in this now traditional end of year review, I will concentrate on good things, in the hope they bring smiles to your faces.

One science fiction highlight for me has been having a short story published in the Best of British Science Fiction 2020 anthology. When I saw Donna had replied to my submission, I automatically thought it was another rejection. I had to reread the message I don’t know how many times before its news actually sunk in.

Another science fiction highlight was gaining a Silver Honourable Mention from the Writers of the Future contest. (That is on top of being awarded an Honourable Mention this year.). The Silver is particularly pleasing in the sense that writing that story flowed easily from fingertips to the screen – it was one of those stories that really came together very quickly. It gives me confidence that I will one day be able write write good fiction like a pro.

This past year has seen four of my short stories being published…

  1. Bat Crazy, Kraxon Magazine, May, Online
  2. Etaerio, Fission #1, available on British Science Fiction Association website for members only
  3. Charlie’s Fireworks, 365tomorrows, September, Online
  4. A Liking for Lichen, Kraxon Magazine, December,  Online

A slightly above average year for me story-wise. However with not one, not TWO , but THREE stories already accepted for publication next year, I have hopes that 2022 will turn out to be a better year! Interestingly, they have all been sold to American markets – all new to me!

As to what science fiction will be like next year. I strongly suspect and hope the publishing industry will continue to recover from the ravages of the pandemic. It won’t recover to the position it was before the pandemic hit. For one thing, the use of science to reduce the deaths and make people well again has given it a good reputation and makes people interested to find out more. Science fiction is a means to help fulfil that curiosity. For another, I detect people are fed up with the long-running tropes that are heavily biasing science fiction towards fantasy. They want a change, and the message will start getting through to the publishers.

Have a glorious fun holiday season and wishing everyone a happier new year than the current one!

C.A.T. here – I’ll be back – mmrrrroooowwww!

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