Philosofiction

Steve Bein, writer & philosopher

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Time travel, anyone?

Very good news on the publishing front this week! I got an e-mail from Ann VanderMeer, who with her husband Jeff is editing a new anthology called The Time Traveler’s Almanac. Look up Jeff and Ann VanderMeer online and you will find that these two have produced one successful volume after another, with short stories from some of my very favorite writers in sci-fi and fantasy.

So that means
the Ann VanderMeer e-mailed me the other day to tell me she’d like to include my short story, “The Most Important Thing in the World,” in The Time Traveler’s Almanac. This is a really big deal for me. For one thing, it’s my first reprint. But more importantly, it means I’ll share a table of contents with some of the biggest names in the field. We’re talking Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, William Gibson, George R.R. Martin, people like that. People who have to worry about having pigeon poop on their shoulders, because, y’know, they’re monuments.

Prior to this, my only claim to membership in these circles was that in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America member registry, I was on the same page as Arthur C. Clarke. This is a pretty big step up from that. The VanderMeers have described this anthology as “the ultimate treasury of time travel stories,” and lo and behold, one of my stories is going into the treasure chest. Woo hoo!