Andromeda Spaceways departure lounge

Well, the time has come, the walrus said… Late last night I put the final touches on ASIM #37. And then I sent my resignation letter to the Andromeda Spaceways Co-op I helped found seven years ago. My heart and my head have been warring over this decision for some months now, and finally, my head has won. I love ASIM, her charter, her crew and her contributors dearly, and I wouldn’t trade the past seven years of service for anything. I’ve learned so much, and formed so many friendships and working relationships with so many wonderful people, that I would not dream of taking it back. However, family, work, study, and other small press commitments (yep, I’m looking at YOU girliejones !) have finally taken their toll and I find that I can no longer offer ASIM the time or commitment I have in the past, and I sadly say farewell.

My last issue, #37, will hopefully be released at Conflux. I’m so proud of it, and it really is, to me, the pinnacle of everything I’ve achieved at Andromeda Spaceways. I can’t wait for you to see it, but just for a taste…

This is Dan Skinner’s totally gorgeous cover art for the issue – I can’t show you the fully finished cover, because therein lies a sekrit… I can tell you, however, that this artwork was inspired by the very wonderful Dirk Flinthart’s story, interestingly titled,  "This Is Not My Story"!!! I’m sure m’lord Flinthart will not mind if I post the introductory paragraphy here, to whet your appetite for ASIM #37…

This is not my story. You don’t want to hear my story. You’ve heard it before. It’s the story of the missed opportunity, the lost moment, the chance that will never come again, and it’s been told many times over by writers better than I. You don’t need that story.

There’s another story I’d like to offer you, but I can’t. It isn’t mine to tell, and anyway, it isn’t finished yet.

Instead, I’ll give you Janey’s story, or what I know of it. Janey wouldn’t mind, and some of it is my story too, and it’s got a proper ending and everything, so maybe I can publish it. Or maybe not. Maybe I’ll have to wait until somebody asks me the question they always ask, sooner or later. Then I’ll tell them Janey’s story, and laugh, and sign a book or a shirt or something, and they’ll go away and tell their friends what a character I am in real life.

That’s the way it works.

I absolutely cannot wait to see this issue in print. Only a couple of weeks away! The rest of the contents lineup looks a little like this:

Dominion…Christine Lucas

Drowning in the Air…Penny-Anne Beaudoin

Amygdala, My Love…Lee Battersby

The Unicorn in the Tower…Eilis O’Neal

Map…Adam Bales

The Better To…Eugie Foster

Love the Tattoo….Leith Daniel

Rick Gets a Job…Jason Fischer

Under Waves and Over…Grant Stone

Terraformer…David Conyers

Night Heron’s Curse…Thoraiya Dyer

Failed Experiments from the Frontier: The Pumpkin…Paul Haines

Now I bet YOU can’t wait either! πŸ™‚

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13 responses to “Andromeda Spaceways departure lounge

  1. Anonymous

    After seven years, that can’t have been an easy decision. But it sounds like it’s the right one for you. Thanks for all of your work on the ‘zine, not to mention your wonderful editorial tastes πŸ˜‰

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Jim. It wasn’t easy and has been wrestled with for many months. It’s quite a weight gone now that it’s out in the open though!

      And yes, I DO have quite wonderful editorial taste with certain stories by certain authors who shall remain unnamed for modesty’s sake! πŸ™‚

  2. Anonymous

    *blushes* Thanks Jason!

  3. Anonymous

    I’m looking forward to seeing much equally amazing stuff from you in the future.

  4. Anonymous

    Well, the very best of luck with all you go on to do, and a big well done for all the work you put into ASIM – a real fixture on the SpecFic market front (37 issues and counting is a huge feat).

  5. Anonymous

    OMG wow!
    That’s an awesome amount of work there!

  6. Anonymous

    I think that is actually the best ASIM cover I’ve seen.

  7. Anonymous

    sometimes these decisions need to be made. There’s only one of you and so many ways to get pulled.

    You had a good run, and so has ASIM (and I’m sure it will continue to run well still). Time to explore some new, unconquered territory now, yeah?

  8. Anonymous

    Leaving something like ASIM is never easy, is it? I’m sure that now you’ve made the decision, even if it was hard and continues to be so, you will feel easier at not having it hanging over you! Congrats on 7 years – it’s an awesome mag and what got me in to the short story scene, and ASiF too, just btw!

    Looking forward to #37…

  9. Anonymous

    Thanks for everything, T.

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