The Outpost, which is not the bestselling or the most-awarded of my science fiction novels, but is my favorite of them (which is to say, I had more fun writing it than any other) has just been re-sold to Wordfire Press after being out of print for a few years.
Some of you may not be aware of it, but I am just the first generation of award-winning science fiction writers in our family. My Campbell-winning daughter, Laura, will be Guest of Honor at Millennicon (March 20-22), a convention where I held that same honor back in 1997. I’ll be there too, doing a reading, an autographing, and sitting on some panels, including one with her. Hope to see some of you there.
Just re-sold 5 stories — “Kirinyaga” (for the 31st time), “Redchapel”, “All the Things You Are”, “A Little Knowledge”, and “Bad News From the Vatican”, to Italian publisher Delos Digital, for its new line to be known as Bus Stop E-books.
NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 160, Winter, 2003.
MIKE: There’s some debate about whether the first convention was the 1939 Worldcon, or whether it occurred a year earlier when Don Wollheim, Cyril Kornbluth and a few other New York fans took a train to Philadelphia to meet a handful of Philly fans. (The total number of fans that got together came to 12, but if you read the fannish history books, most of them insist that it was a convention, and pre-dates the Worldcon.)
Worldcon wasn’t exceptionally prepossessing at the outset. NYCon I drew 200 attendees in 1939. You have to move ahead all the way to Portland in 1950 to find a larger attendance, and it fell below 200 again in 1951, which is a roundabout way of suggesting that not a lot business got done at the early conventions for the simple reason that hardly anyone showed up at them.
Spent my birthday (March 5) writing a new 6,000-word Lucifer Jones story (his 53rd!), which will appear toward the end of the year in the anthology UFO-4. This one’s set in Borneo, and is titled “Keeping Ahead”.
My short story, “The Olympians”, which last appeared in 1984, has been re-sold to Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s anthology, Galactic Games.
I just sold The Prison in Antares, the second book in the Dead Enders trilogy, to Pyr for December, 2015 release. This will make the eleventh year in a row that I’ve had a December book out from Pyr.
Tina Smith (who writes as “Tina Gower”) and I have delivered our Stellar Guild “team-up” book, which is titled INCI. Stellar Guild is a line of books I edit for Arc Manor, wherein a major writer teams up with a protégé of the writer’s (not the editor’s) choice. The first seven in the series have featured Kevin J. Anderson, Mercedes Lackey, Harry Turtledove, Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, Eric Flint, and Larry Niven and their protégés. This will be the eighth. I’ll post a publication date as soon as I know when it will be.
Just sold Shaka II to ArcManor. It was previously published in England, but this will be its first US book publication.
Nominations for the Hugos close on March 10, and it’s been suggested by some readers of the web page that I mention what I have that’s eligible. As usual I’ve got a ton of stuff out there, so I’ll just limit it to what I think has a chance to make the ballot. If you were a member in 2014, or have a 2015 membership, you’re eligible to nominate:
Short story: “The Plantimal”, collaboration with Ken Liu, from March 2014 Asimov’s
Novelette: “Bad News From the Vatican”, from The Book of Silverberg
Related Book: Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, from Edizioni della Vigna
Short Form Editor: Mike Resnick, for editing Galaxy’s Edge Magazine