June 1993 Editorial

Another essay on inspirations, this one from 1993. How is this dated? Only in personal ways. I no longer go to Rockaway Beach with other writers. The writer house changed management and it’s not possible to do. Not that I went the last few years anyway. I moved...

Dark Corners

“Dark Corners,” my story that appeared in Baen’s Universe last year, has been reprinted in The Best of Jim Baen’s Universe #2. The books arrived yesterday. Send to...

Brian Thomsen

I’m not sure how many years it’s been since I last saw Brian Thomsen. I do know that it was more than five years ago, because Julius Schwartz was still alive. Julie, for those who didn’t know him, was THE DC editor in the 60s & 70s. Until his...

The Perfect Short Story

Whenever we teach workshops with new students, I get reminded of a myth that exists among writers: There is such a thing as a perfect short story. To the beginning writer, the perfect short story is a story that will sell to every editor every time. To the sparsely...