Who is Mike Resnick? Here’s an excerpt from his Wikipedia biography: Mike Resnick, is an American science fiction author. He was executive editor of Jim Baen’s Universe. “A native of Chicago, Resnick attended the University of Chicago from 1959 to … Continue reading →
Welcome to the web site. I’ve posted more than 900 photos of writers, fans, conventions, our safaris, our champion collies (most of whom bore science fictional names), and convention masquerades. (Please excuse the censor bars, but there was a lot … Continue reading →
Here’s a nice review of the first book in my current “Weird Western” series. — Mike The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale by Mike Resnick Cover Artist: Seamus Gallagher Review by Drew Bittner, SFRevu Review Thomas Edison and Ned Buntline have transformed the … Continue reading →
I’m pleased to announce that I just concluded negotiations with Russell Morrissey of EN Publishing, and Santiago is going to be a role-playing game, utilizing all the characters in the book and its sequel (The Return of Santiago) and all the … Continue reading →
Here’s the cover to THE DOCTOR AND THE KID, a sequel to THE BUNTLINE SPECIAL, which will come out from Pyr this December. The cover art is by Seamus Gallagher, who also did 6 wonderful b&w interiors, same as for … Continue reading →
(by Mike Resnick, for Challenger) Back in the days when Carol and I were breeding and exhibiting collies — for the record, we had 23 champions, most of them named after science fiction stories and characters — we encountered some … Continue reading →
This originally appeared in Adventure Tales #1 There have been a lot of theories advanced as to why Edgar Rice Burroughs remains a popular author a century after he first broke into print, when dozens of Pulitzer and Nobel winners … Continue reading →
The notion began some years back, when Hugo winner Maureen McHugh invented the term “Mike’s Writer Children” to describe the couple of dozen young writers I’d helped, collaborated with, and assigned stories for my anthologies (eight of whom eventually made … Continue reading →
This is Vincent diFate’s cover art to Win Some, Lose Some, my Chicon 7 Guest of Honor book, to be published by Isfic Press. The book will contain all 30 of my Hugo-nominated stories – 5 winners, 24 losers, 1 … Continue reading →
NOTE: Every year I write a Worldcon Diary for Challenger, a multiple Hugo nominee. Now that it has reached all its subscribers, I got editor Guy Lillian’s permission to run it here as well, since this was a very special Worldcon for me.
Chicon 7 Diary, 2012
Sunday, August 26: We drove up to Chicago from Cincinnati through five separate and distinct rainstorms, and finally arrived in late afternoon. The committee had given us a lovely suite on the 14th floor of the Hyatt (and the hotel had added a wonderful gift basket filled with goodies). We were directly (by maybe ten to twenty floors) below all those lovely party suites that were in constant use once the convention started.
We unpacked, went down to the main floor, and took a cab to our favorite Greek restaurant, the Greek Islands. This was the original, on Halsted Street, and little more than half the price of the branch that’s about two blocks from the Windycon hotel in the western suburbs. Wonderful meal, as always — mine never varies: saganaki, pastitsio, and dolmades — and then we returned to the hotel, where Carol finished unpacking and I set off to learn my way around the four subterranean levels where all the programming would take place. Continue reading →
Collaborator Lou Berger and I just sold a short story, “A Beautiful Friendship”, to Fiction River. Lou thus becomes my 49th short fiction collaborator, to go along with novel collaborators George Alec Effinger, Jack L. Chalker, and Jack McDevitt.
NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 141, Spring, 1999.
MIKE: The first four truly influential short story editors in the field were John Campbell, Anthony Boucher, Horace Gold, and Mike Moorcock. I don’t think there’s any serious debate on this point. Oh, you might want to name Hugo Gernsback, too, but his importance was as an innovator and publisher, certainly not as an editor.
It wasn’t all that difficult to define what Campbell wanted. The best exemplar was Robert A. Heinlein, of course, but Asimov, de Camp, the Kuttners, all practiced the rigorous extrapolation Campbell demanded, and most of them could push a noun up against a verb with some skill. Not as beautifully as Sturgeon, who remains Campbell’s outstanding exception, but good enough to please the editor and the readership.
Boucher (and, to be sure, his partner McComas) brought the story of literary ambition to the field. It didn’t much matter if it was science fiction or fantasy; if it was written as well as it could be written, then Boucher was a receptive market. And with Unknown long dead, his magazine has remained the best fantasy market for the past 49 years. Continue reading →
As most of you know, I had the privilege and the pleasure of being the Worldcon’s Guest of Honor last year. Below is first part of my GOH speech in three YouTube segments of roughly 15 minutes each. Watch them in sequence. And sorry about the brightness and the sound — these were recorded by someone in the audience using a digital device. There was no line-in mic input. You’ll have to turn the sound up a bit to hear them correctly. The actual speech went a little over 70 minutes, and we’ll try to post the rest of it in the coming weeks, against the day that YouTube lets us post the entire unbroken speech. .
SPECIAL NOTE: Barry Malzberg and I have been writing The Resnick/Malzberg Dialogues for the quarterly SFWA Bulletin for more than 15 years. (We just handed in our 62nd.) And now that we’ve run through 60+ Ask Bwana columns (though I’ll add a new one whenever we get enough questions), we’ll be running these Dialogues every week or two. Some may be a bit out of date, and if they are I’ll put in a little comment or two alerting you to the fact, but they should prove reasonably useful. A number of them were collected by McFarland as The Business of Science Fiction, and made the 2011 Hugo ballot.
I think what accounts for the continuing popularity of the Dialogues is that Barry and I have an aggregate of 95 years in the field, we’ve produced well over 200 books between us, we’ve edited anthologies and magazines — and while we remain good friends, I think just about the only thing we’ve ever agreed upon is that God outdid Himself when He made Sophia Loren. So you’ll usually agree with one of us and disagree with the other, and at least that’ll put the little gray cells in motion.
NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 140, Winter, 1998.
MIKE: Today’s subject is the specialty press. They’ve been with us since the 1940s, and indeed discovered science fiction a few years ahead of Doubleday and Ballantine. There was Arkham House, which is still around, and Fantasy Press, and Gnome Press, and over the years there have been literally hundreds of specialty publishers. Some, like Phantasia Press and Underwood-Miller and Axolotl Press and Donald M. Grant, managed to put out a lot of titles; some published just one or two and then vanished. But they have always been an integral part of the science fiction field, so it seems that perhaps we should consider their advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading →
The original 59 Ask Bwana columns ran in Speculations and were reprinted here over the past year and a half, with updates where required. This is the four all-new Ask Bwana column answering questions that arrived while the originals were running.
QUESTION: Mike, do you think there are more new writers or fewer new writers trying to break into science fiction, now, versus when you were breaking in, and is it easier or harder now, versus then?
ANSWER: I have no meaningful statistics, but it seems to me that since there are more people, there are more new writers trying to break in. Will more manage to do it? That’s problematical. Back in the early 1950s there were 56 magazines; today there are 3 digests and about 16 e-zines paying pro rates — and if you sell a story every ten days, you probably qualify for food stamps. But back in the early 1950s, there were less than 100 science fiction books being published per year, and these days there are over 1,600. Certainly more writers can make a full-time living from science fiction; at an early meeting of the Science Fiction Writers of America at the 1966 Worldcon, it was shown that only two writers — Heinlein and Silverberg — were making as much as $10,000 US a year off their science fiction. (Asimov and Clarke were making more than that too, but primarily from non-fiction.) In 1992, a similar survey by a major fanzine showed that over 50 writers (and estates) were making over $75,000 US a year. Continue reading →
Nice week for anthologies. Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s Raygun Chronicles, featuring two of my stories — “Catastrophe Baker and the Ship Who Purred” and “Catastrophe Baker in the Hall of the Neptunian Kings” — got its funding. John Ordover’s Baconthology, featuring my “Frankie the Spook”, was released. Tom Easton’s Impossible Futures, featuring my “The Enhancement”, announced its table of contents. And I sold “Winter Solstice” to the Italian anthology, Effemme.
Okay, here we are with a third set of recent questions (and answers, of course) to follow the 59 Ask Bwana columns I’ve run and updated here.
QUESTION: What’s something you think your successful writer proteges are doing right?
ANSWER: I suppose saying “listening to me” isn’t the answer you’re looking for. So I’ll say that they’re studying the markets and writing in every spare minute they have — and it must be working. Of the 22 who Hugo winner Maureen McHugh has dubbed “Mike’s Writer Children”, 9 made the Campbell Ballot for Best New Writer — and most of them are still around and still selling. As I’ve pointed out time and again, writers write. People who are never going to make it talk about writing.
QUESTION: What new material do you have coming out in 2013 and 2014?
ANSWER: That’s always difficult to answer, since lag times vary so much these days, and I’m a relatively fast writer. The books I know for sure will be coming out will be the 4th and final Weird Western, The Doctor and the Dinosaurs; a mystery novel, The Trojan Colt; a co-edited anthology, The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs; a collaboration with Eric Flint titled The Gods of Sagittarius; at least one more mystery novel, probably two; the first and possibly second of a new science fiction series from Pyr; and a pair of Stellar Guild team-ups, one with Lezli Robyn and one with Janis Ian. Jack McDevitt and I are also discussing the possibility of another collaboration or two in 2014.
I would imagine I’ll have from 16 to 22 new stories out during that time, in magazines and anthologies, and probably about that many reprints. And of course I’ll be editing 12 issues of Galaxy’s Edge and maybe 10 to 14 Stellar Guild books.
Galaxy’s Edge #1, the new magazine I’m editing, went “live” in March 1. You can find it at
The issue features Jack McDevitt, Robert J. Sawyer, Kij Johnson, James Patrick Kelly, Barry Malzberg, and more. It’s published by Arc Manor, will appear every two months, is free online, and can be purchased in paper, or for Nook and Kindle.