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:
Drowning in the Air…Penny-Anne Beaudoin
Amygdala, My Love…Lee Battersby
The Unicorn in the Tower…Eilis O’Neal
The Better To…Eugie Foster
Love the Tattoo….Leith Daniel
Rick Gets a Job…Jason Fischer
Under Waves and Over…Grant Stone
Night Heron’s Curse…Thoraiya Dyer
Failed Experiments from the Frontier: The Pumpkin…Paul Haines
Now I bet YOU can’t wait either! 🙂