Just over a year ago, Shimmer turned pro. Why? Because the new owners of Weird Tales made a series of missteps, and we felt that the best way to respond was to become even better ourselves. We believed that Shimmer had always been excellent; and now it was time to raise the bar for ourselves. With the generous support of Mary Robinette Kowal, we were able to do that, and now provide a strong professional home for the kind of intelligent, innovative speculative fiction that we loved at Weird Tales.
Amazing things happened after that. The speculative fiction community was incredibly supportive. Our sales soared, as did submissions.
And a guy named Patrick Rothfuss offered to contribute some more money. We knew exactly what we wanted to do with the money: hire Ann VanderMeer to guest edit our 18th issue. What better way for us to honor Ann for her excellent work?
Check out the table of contents:
In the Broken City, by Ben Peek
Atomic Age by Rachel Marsten
Psychopomp, by Ramsey Shehadeh
The Story of Anna Walden, by Christine Schirr
Anuta Fragment’s Private Eyes, by Ben Godby
Unclaimed, by Annalee Newitz
Fragments from the Notes of a Dead Mycologist, by Jeff VanderMeer
The Street of the Green Elephant, by Dustin Monk
This issue will be available in early 2014.
For those of you who keep track of these things, 'In the Broken City' is a new Red Sun story. For those of you who don't, it is a story about doctors, a man who doesn't like his leg, the woman he meets, and the man with wooden hands he meets after, all of it beneath the red sun. Around the time that Shimmer is published, Dead Americans will follow with the previous Red Sun stories, and maybe, who knows, there'll be another (I have one I wrote at the start of the year I've been sitting on, trying to decide what I think about it). Either way, for those of you who dig the stories will have a nice little set of them early next year.
In the meantime, it is back to work on Innocence, after a week in which I went back and tweaked characterisation, dialogue, and narrative to properly fit into the events taking place. I have a new appreciation for the time it takes authors to write two hundred and fifty, three hundred thousand word novels. Those huge things must take forever to bring into line.