I am back from WorldCon 74, also known as MidAmericon 2, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri from August 17-21! I am back into my normal swing of things and trying to work my way back into the normal everyday types of things that WorldCon wasn’t.
It has been a very long time since we last appeared. A busy schedule and active life is our excuse. My apologies to Rahul Kanakia for pestering him for an interview, then dropping off the face of the Earth. I recommend that you all visit his blog (very interesting, entertaining, and insightful) and consider reading his latest book.
With much regrets, next monthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s review (April) will be our last. I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be getting all gushy with you about it now. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saving that for my next review (need to fill up some space). But please take a gander of our thoughts of MarchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tales, then visit go Daily SF and read them for your own amusement.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost Christmas and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still looking at summer stories. Time to get my rear in gear. Fortunately, August had some jewels to help me deal with the frigid weather.
Welcome to my yearly review of the Writers of the Future anthology. This marks my sixth review of the contest. An explanation on my approach to reviewing this anthology I provided in my review of WotF 28. WotF 29 marks a change in tenure of Coordinating judge. Dave Wolverton (a.k.a Dave Farland) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ gold award winner of contest #3 and bestselling author of the Runelords series, takes over for the departed Kathy Wentworth. With the exception of a portion of the first quarter, all the entries from last year went across DaveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desk. Many writers had studied and pondered on what it took to impress the late Ms Wentworth. The abrupt change in first reader sent shockwaves through the forums populated by writers hoping to crack into the anthology. The big question was Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwould the standards changeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ for winning the contest. If the winners are indication, my answer would be a soft yes, but by all means, judge for yourselfÃ¢â‚¬Â¦