Nobody ever tells me anything. The last time I was in Russia, I learned that a poet had dropped a reference to The Iron Dragon's Daughter in one of his poems. It was a thrill to discover, but many years had gone by since the poem was written. I remember thinking then, "Nobody thought I'd want to know?"
I just now got a note from Carl Slaughter to let me know that on Friday Daily Science Fiction republished a story by Jay Lake titled "'Hello,' Said the Gun."
First of all, a few words of background. Umpety-ump years ago, I wrote a story called "'Hello,' Said the Stick." It placed on the Hugo ballot for best short story -- and lost. Which is okay because there is no shame to losing to a story by Geoff Ryman. And anyway, "Slow Life" won for best novelette that year.
So, inspired by who knows what impulse, Jay wrote a story playing off of the opening of mine. This is fair practice. He gave it a near-identical title to acknowledge the origins. Which is very polite. And the story was published. On February 22, 2010.
A third of a decade later, I have just become aware of its existence. Nobody tells me anything!
The story itself is a lovely little thing, which after the first few paragraphs goes off in a direction completely different from where my own story went. Like so much relating to Jay and his life, I wish it had been longer.
You can read the story here.
And let me add . . .
Thank you for telling me about the story's existence, Carl. I was really happy to learn of it.
Above: The illustration for Jay's story is by Tim Stewart. Nice piece of work, innit?