It was nice to see my first book review published in Hub magazine - Robert Buettner's 'Orphanage'.  I've another one I need to write, and then have Charles Stross's 'Halted State' to follow.  Watch this space - or  rather Hub's space.

This year I achieved another first - having a single story rejected twice by one magazine.  I submitted the story back in October last year, queried early this year to no effect, queried the query and got a rather terse response saying they no longer had the story and I should therefore assume rejection.  Author retreats, mildly miffed, only to receive a mailed rejection in August for the same story, using my pre-paid and addressed envelope enclosed with the original submission.  Author responds with a gay heart  thanking the editors and commenting they must have really hated it to reject it twice, though in fact more than a little disappointed by this behaviour from a pro-rate market.
My next submission is rejected within seven days.  Result!


Jetse De Vries has resigned as co-Editor at Interzone, saying he is 'unhappy with the direction and tone the fiction in Interzone will be taking.'
As one of the great survivors Interzone has been through various incarnations and reading between the lines seems to be heading for another one.  I've been told Jetse was the hard SF man at Interzone, so it looks like we'll be seeing a style change away from that genre.  Whatever happens, I'm sure Interzone will survive, and thrive.