This book is hard to classify, difficult to categorize.
If you flip randomly through the pages, you’re most likely to think it is a short fiction collection, specifically of science fiction and fantasy stories.
But look some more, and you might think it’s a how-to book, the topic being How to Break Into Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy.
On the other hand, you’d be justified in thinking it’s a memoir of a kind, of one author’s efforts to break in as a published science fiction and fantasy author.
Finally, you could even be forgiven in thinking it’s a history, telling the tale of the last days when science fiction and fantasy original fiction was mostly propagated in print, not pixels, in real magazines made of paper compounded from ground up trees.
You’d be right in all cases, because this book combines all those threads and tells a narrative I hope you will find interesting combined with science fiction and fantasy stories I know you will find entertaining.
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Lou Antonelli was born in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1957, and grew up in Billerica and Rockland, Massachusetts, before attending Columbia University in New York City. He moved to Texas in 1985 and is currently managing editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune in Northeast Texas. He has won awards from the Texas Press Association in news, column, editorial and feature writing, as well as for community service.
Since he started writing science fiction and fantasy short stories in 2002, he’s been published 50 times in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. His Asimov’s short story “A Rocket for the Republic” placed third in the annual Asimov’s reader poll for 2006 in the short story category. Ten of his stories have been recognized as Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction published annually by St. Martin’s Press.
His web site is www.louantonelli.blogspot.com.
He is married to Patricia (Randolph) of Dallas, and they have two adopted Canine-American children, Millie and Sugar.