Okay, so yesterday I wrote:
One of the Best of the Year editors contacted me yesterday to say that two of my stories were being picked up for this year's volume.
I won't specify which editor or which stories because these guys like to keep their lineups close to the vest until they're ready to issue a press release.
Two selections in one anthology doesn't seem to be the norm; congratulations. I loved The Dala Horse, but didn't really read it as science fiction. Perhaps this publication will help me broaden my concept of genre.
My own interpretation is that "The Dala Horse" is a science fiction story told in a fairytale voice. But, of course, once the story is published, the author loses control over how it's read.
Science fiction is an astonishingly broad and accommodating genre. It contains multitudes. And Gardner's book is not a bad way to explore its variety.
Gardner does double author entries with some regularity. It was the first time I'd encountered Lucius Shepard, Greg Egan and Ian R. MacLeod in print. Way back, he doubled up on Howard Waldrop in a much slimmer volume. Editor ne plus ultra.
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