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It’s out there…in more ways than one

May 10, 2010

It’s long overdue, but I just sent my space opera comedy out on its first flight to an editor.  In the tradition I’ve been using, we’ll refer to the story by its initials: TWHDotGMP.  Yes, I am particularly fond of that title.

The story is absurdly satirical without being derivative.  Think the anti-Han Solo walking into Mos Eisley on steroids (the latter is on steroids, not the former).  Wacky hi-jinks ensue.  It was largely inspired by my old role playing group despite none of the characters quite fitting their original molds (except perhaps Hugo).

Comedic space opera is a tough fit and I had trouble deciding where to send it.  I elected to start with Strange Horizons.  The only other pro markets to register on Duotrope’s search for sci-fi humor were Asimov’s (where I currently have a story under scrutiny) and F&SF (who does not accept electronic submissions).  They will be markets 2 and 3 on my list for this story while I keep my eyes open for other candidates.  ASIM is probably high on my semi-pro list, largely due to recent success there (but no sale yet).  No reason to speculate further just now.  Maybe we’ll never get that far.

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