It was most remiss of me not to note that the story "Dominion" by Christine Lucas (from ASIM 37) is also in the contents list of ellen_datlow‘s Tails of Wonder and Imagination reprint anthology,Yay for Christine, and another yay for my final issue of ASIM! 🙂
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After the delight of seeing Dirk Flinthart’s "This Is Not My Story" tie for Best Short Story at the Ditmars on the weekend, I was contemplating my final issue of ASIM. I am very proud of the issue, and feel it was the best magazine I did with Andromeda Spaceways. Partly this was the benefit of experience, and of a wide circle of author and artist associates I could call on to submit for me. I worked very hard to make ASIM 37 reflect the ideals that Andromeda Spaceways started out with (Australian content, humour, giving new authors a publishing opportunity, among other things), and while slush machine breakdowns around the time I was selecting stories meant that not all the stories in the issue came from the very excellent slush-o-matic system, many did (including three of the most recognised). I’ve always thought the issue turned out pretty well, and it’s very gratifying to see my authors and their wonderful words recognised as being pretty darn good by others as well.
While I’ve not found many reviews of the issue, those that are out there have been positive. The Fix Online said very nice things about the stories and the issue as a whole, concluding with: An excellent issue, worth a thorough reading.
Dirk’s story from the issue made the ASIF! 2008 Recommended Reading List, and was frequently listed in the various Last Short Story Recommended Reading lists for 2008, including their overall Best of the Best list.
"This Is Not My Story" was also shortlisted for the Young Adult category of the Aurealis Awards and shortlisted for the Best Short Story category of the Ditmars, sharing the winning of the Ditmar with Margo Lanagan (good company!).
The novella length story "Night Heron’s Curse", by Thoraiya Dyer, was also shortlisted for both awards, in the Fantasy Short Story category of the Aurealis Awards, and the Novella category of the Ditmars.
We gained another win with Grant Stone’s "Under Waves and Over", which took out the Best Short Story at the New Zealand Sir Julius Vogel Awards last weekend. We also made the shortlist of the Australian Shadows Awards, with Jason Fischer’s "Rick Gets a Job", and the Tin Ducks, for Best WA Professional Production.
In all, I think I’ve got a right to be proud of my last effort as ASIM. It’s pretty, it’s a great read, and I’m not the only one who thinks so, so that makes me really happy. I know this issue was a hundred times better than my first issue with ASIM (#4, way back in 2002/2003), and I hope I can keep learning and getting better at what I do in my future projects. Cos I love doing it, and I love it when other people love what I bring them too.
I was absolutely delighted to see Dirk Flinthart’s "This is not my story" from Andromeda Spaceways #37, my last issue with ASIM, tie (with Margo Lanagan’s "The Goosle", also a brilliant story!) for the Best Short Story category of the Ditmars. It was even more delightful to have Dirk ring me from the awards, on a high, and thank me for publishing the story. , it was my absolute pleasure, and I’m so pleased to see the story get the recognition it deserves.
And while not strictly a Ditmar, it was awesome to see Sean William recognised for the Peter McNamara Award. Well done !
I was very excited today to see that TWO stories from my final issue, ASIM 37, are finalists in the Aurealis Awards. "This is not my story", by my friend and colleague Dirk Flinthart (flinthart ) has been listed in the Young Adult Short Story catagory, and "Night Heron", by Thoraiya Dyer made it onto the hotly contested Fantasy Short Story list. I wish I could take some credit for these wonderful stories getting shortlisted, but all I did was pick them for my issue – both stories were published almost completely as submitted to the magazine! Huge kudos to those authors.
ASIM 37 is still available to purchase from the ASIM website in print and PDF – don’t miss it!
Also making the Fantasy Short Story list was Karen Maric’s "The Last Deflowerer", from ASIM 32. I’m absolutely delighted to see three ASIM stories on the Aurealis Awards shortlists.
And for the first time on the shortlists, ASIM-ite Simon Haynes has shown up with Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch! Yay halspacejock !
Good luck to all finalists!
This isn’t the first time I’ve read this story – I actually workshopped it with Dirk a year or two ago, before it hit this final form. It blew me away all over again, reading it today. It’s deeper into sentiment and nostalgia than most of Dirk’s fiction, but it pulls off everything it is trying to do so very well, and it fits into a larger dialogue (acknowledged within the story) of other SF stories about growing up and leaving childish things behind, and how this can be a metaphor for magic/science fiction or, just as easily… not.
The gorgeously beautiful cover art Dan Skinner did for this issue was inspired by this story and having both the story and the artwork in ASIM 37 help make this issue something just a little bit special. Thanks guys.