I have sitting on my computer desktop a draft call for submissions for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3. It seems that, although I’ve read almost nothing during my time off from short fiction reading except for Kathleen Duey’s excellent Skin Hunger and the opening chapters of Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea (which I never finished as a child), it’s time to get moving. I have a handful of magazines and anthologies on hand already, and I feel like I should be reading them. I also have this overpowering feeling that I need to start tracking stories down as aggressively as possible. The number of venues for short fiction is proliferating, and it seemed harder than ever to get everything considered at the end of 2007.
With that in mind, I’ll probably start reading Ellen’s The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Lou Anders’ Sidewise in Crime this week, and get on to chasing down other things soon. I also need to get on with Eclipse Two. The first book has done well, and I’ve just received the first submission for the second book (which is excellent). I’d also draw your attention to the first book from Golden Gryphon for 2008. They’re publishing a new collection from Nancy Kress – Nano Comes to Clifford Falls – which looks great.