April 19th, 2010


Into The Abyss (and Apex)

A Sale!

It actually took a while to develop, but I am pleased to report that my 9300 word short story "Hail to the Victors" is slated for the 4th Quarter 2010 issue of Abyss & Apex -- Editor Wendy S. Delmater says that's technically October. Abyss & Apex is an online magazine, but they do print "Best of..." anthologies and they are supported by donations.

"Hail to the Victors" is a standalone story not set in my usual 29th century universe. A tale of a small surviving military unit crossing a devastated continent on a colony world in the endgame to a war of attrition against invading aliens. (whew)

Anyway, I'm pleased that this story has found a home. Did one needed rewrite of the ending, which has certainly changed from the first version I wrote four years ago, and I think it works now. Funny how sometimes a story's start or finish doesn't quite fit with the rest of a story. This is where readers and editors come in to poke fingers at the rough spots and give me something I then go fly with. (grin)

And it doesn't hurt that Abyss & Apex gets reviewed and is well considered. (double-grin)

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