Very good week as a writer. I had a story accepted by Lightspeed, Fade to Red, a triptych of interviews whose form was inspired by this interview by Bruce Fretts with Andrew Jarecki.

Plus the Beam Me Up podcast will read my AE story Automatic Sky. This is my second podcast acceptance, after MedusPod took my 365 Tomorrow story The Accidental TowerThe fun part will be coming up the sound effects for folding space and the ring tone for an ansible.

Sad week as a reader, though. After 35 years, I’ve finished reading all of Jack Vance’s novels, finishing with his last, Lurulu.  It was OK ending to an excellent career. Now I have only 25 scattered stories to go. Buying a used copy of The Dark Side of the Moon will get me 13 of them, as this chart shows (because I’m that obsessed):


Dream Castle Hard Luck Diggings Five Moons Rise Dark Side Moon Light Lone Star Magnus Ridolph Lost Moons Green Magic Worlds of JV World Btwn
Dream Castle * *
Sulwen’s Planet * *
A Practial Man’sGuide * *
Enchanted Princess * *
Hard-Luck Diggings * *
TempleHan * *
Phantom Milkman * *
DP! * *
Absnt-Mnded Prof *
Devil Salv Bluff * * *
Ecological Onslaught * * *
Alfred’s Ark *
DeadAhead *
Dover Spargill’s *
1st Star See * *
HouseLords *
Parapsyche *
PhalidFate *
Cat Island *
Sanatoris *
400 Blackbirds *
Sabotage S Plnt *
7 Exits fr Bocz *
Winner LoseAll *
Pilgrims *

Having created my own bibliography with dates and variant titles to track my progress, I was a bit bummed to find this bibliography today. It did clear up the variant titles given to five stories I need to read that are used in the Spatterlight collections. I don’t mind reading Vance as ebooks, but I kind of want to add to my shelf of titles.

Of course, when I’m finally done, I’ll do the obvious thing: pick up The Dying Earth again and start over.

I would say the toughest problem I face as a writer is not trying to sound like Vance, however oversubtle I try to be.