Late last night I got the rejection email from the Aussies at Andromeda. It provided the obligatory apologies and reassurances that if I made it this far through their system that my piece is sure to find a home somewhere. I appreciate that bit of uplifting encouragement – but I’m left wondering what to do next.

While Andromeda was a reputable magazine, it was not exactly my market. I don’t mean that they publish a different type of science fiction than I write, I mean that I live in the United States and though there are many similarities in the two cultures, an Australian won’t necessarily read “Pushing Daisy” the same way an American would.

Do I write a new story? Do I rework my two existing stories? Do I abandon short material and devote more time to my novels? Right now, I’m not sure.

I think I need your help.

Shortly, I will post both “Pushing Daisy” and “In Which the Automaton Finds Peace” here and I will password protect both. If you’d really like to help me out, comment here or email me at and I’ll give you the password. I’m only keeping these up for a short time, so let me know pretty quick.

I’d like to get some further feedback on these two pieces before I push them along to additional publications.


5 thoughts on “Closure

  1. Man! Bummer…but you were kind of preparing for it. I would be more than willing to help you out with your stories, but again, take my comments with a grain of salt because I have a hard time deciphering between what I want to happen/read vs. practical advice.
    If you don’t want me to chime in, no feelings will be hurt!

  2. It hurts when one gets a rejection letter, and you look at your story asking yourself what was wrong with it. You ask the question should you re-write it, if you think it a good story why not tout it elsewhere. What about Asimov’s ?

    I would only consider a re-write if I had ten rejections on the same story, but sometimes you can shelve a story for a year or so, bring it out again, and be lucky with your submission.

    I wish you the best of luck with your submission.

    • I always submit to Asimov’s first. 🙂

      I know well enough that all my heroes went through this too. The only difference is that pulp fiction isn’t what it used to be.

      It’s all part of the game.

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