They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
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659 Days

659 day returned manuscript from Artemis. No, that's not a typo -- this is a pre-Clarion 2004 submission. I sent "A Man in the Moon" to Ian Randall Strock, editor of Artemis, on 3 May 2004 and got a rejection back on 10 May 2004. Pretty fast. Then I sent "The Moons of Mercury" on 21 May 2004, about a week before WisCon and two weeks before the 2004 Clarion workshop. Nine months later, I sent a query letter 12 February 2005 and never got a response. In June 2005, the Artemis website said they were "on hiatus" and I logged the submission as a NO CALL and went on with my life. (grin)

So today I went by my P.O. Box and pulled out one of my usual manuscript return envelopes. Odd that someone had blacked out the return address I had filled out on my mailing label, so I didn't know who it was from until I opened the envelope, only to find my manuscript and original cover letter with no note, letter or comment. There was no postmark on the envelope. (I am so tired of the USPS not putting a postmark on First-Class and Priority Mail out of the New York City metroplex. I thought the big hype of Homeland Security was No Envelope or Package Left Behind.) Guess Artemis is out of business and someone was cleaning house.

from Ralan's Dead Markets listing:
# Aremis [sic] - was 2-3 issues/year print; sf (fic/nonfic). Paid: 3-5¢/word. Ian Randal Strock, Editor. DoD: 08Nov05

from the Artemis website:
Artemis Magazine is currently on hiatus while we seek additional funding. We've left most of the magazine's web site up for historical reference, and to remind ourselves and you of what the magazine was and what we hope it will again be.

If you're an angel interested in funding the magazine, please contact Ian Randal Strock at irs at lrcpubs dot com.

Artemis Magazine was published quarterly by LRC Publications, Inc. We published an even mix of science and fiction in a full-sized (8.5" x 11"), glossy, full-color format. The science covered the gamut of anything our readers will need to know to build, get to, or live in a Moon base. The fiction was near-term, near-Earth, hard science fiction. We published fact and fiction by some of the biggest names, and art you're sure to love. The most recent issue (Winter 2003), for instance, featured memories of the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew including a piece by Spider Robinson, as well as information about Columbia's potential successors competing for the X-Prize. We also had a review of the International Space Development Conference, and a piece on "Solid State Biology". Our fiction included wonderful stories by Jerry Oltion, Edward M. Lerner, and John C. Bunnell's "The Pirates of Capella", as well as first-time author Cat Darensbourg. We also featured Daniel M. Kimmel's "Rewind" column, this time discussing "The Mystery of The Woman in the Moon", and Allen M. Steele's latest "Farthest Notion", this one about "Shepard's Balls".

Sigh. An interesting market... gone.

Anyway, 659 days is a "record" for me, even though I still will never know if Ian ever read my story or might've bought it if his magazine had continued.

Dr. Phil

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