NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 157, Spring, 2003.
MIKE: I’ve heard some mighty dire predictions about the future of science fiction. There are those who say it’s moribund, and others who say that’s an optimistic appraisal. Publishers are cutting back, advances are in the toilet, sales have never been worse—you know the litany.
I think it certainly deserves some consideration. I don’t think it’s ever been harder to break in, and sales are down, and there are probably less of us making a living from the literature than there were 3 years ago.
But, being a contrarian, I think the reports of science fiction’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Let’s take a serious look at the situation:
What’s Worldcon without a new book? Just sold Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, a 100,000-worder, to Luigi Petruzelli’s Edizioni Della Vigna, where it will be published in *English* in time for LonCon, the 2014 Worldcon to be held in London. It contains a bunch of my Worldcon diaries and reminiscences that appeared over the years in Challenger and Mimosa, transcriptions of my Toastmaster (1988) and Guest of Honor (2012) speeches, some articles I did for various program books and progress reports, and a couple of new pieces. Maybe even some photos if he can fit them in. I’ve been enjoying these things for over half a century; it was high time I did something permanent about it.
Here are links to my Hugo-nominated story, “Winter Solstice”, in the current issue of Fantasy Scroll magazine, and to an interview they did with me in the same issue.
Just sold an intro to The Kilkenny Cats, a collection by L. Ron Hubbard, to be published by Galaxy Press.
This link will take you right to the site:
I just sold the second in my Weird Western series, The Doctor and the Kid, to AST, my regular Russian publisher.
OK, eye surgery’s over, and I seem to have
survived it. Still can’t see too well, thanks
to these wildly-expensive eyedrops I’ve got to take every couple of hours (I’m writing this at a 400% zoom). I’ll probably be offline for a couple of days, until my vsion clears the rest f the way, but I just wanted to check
in the let you know I survived (and in time to kind of watch the Belmont States ).
I just re-sold English language rights to Soothsayer, the first book in the Oracle Trilogy, to Arc Manor. Should be out later this year.
Carol is facing knee replacement surgery, and I’ve got eye surgery coming up, and between the lost writing time and everything else, we’ve decided that it’s just impractical for us to attend LonCon — the Woldcon in London — this summer. I hate to miss seeing all my European friends. Hopefully we’ll get over there in the next year or two.