All posts by Christopher East

So long, for now

In light of Paul’s announcement that Futurismic is closing to fiction submissions, I just wanted to chime in with a few words of my own.

First of all, a quick note about current submissions:  if you’ve submitted a story to us in the last month or so and haven’t heard back yet, you can feel free to submit your story to another market at this time.  I plan to send a short response to everyone still awaiting one, in case (gasp!) they don’t see the news here at the blog, but there’s no need to wait for my email before packaging your material off to another magazine.  Get back to work!

Beyond that, I just want to say thanks to everyone for making this such a fun job for the past six years!  I’ve learned a lot and had a great time working with everyone.  I especially want to thank Jeremy and Paul for giving me such a great opportunity.  Not everyone gets the chance to be a fiction editor in the field they grew up loving, and it’s not lost on me how lucky I’ve been.

That said, hopefully this is more of a “see you later” than a goodbye.  Like Paul, I hope that Futurismic can return to publishing stories in the long term, and when that happens I may well be back on the job, managing the digital slush.  Until then, though, enjoy the blog and stay futurismic!

A very futurismic novel: The Dervish House by Ian McDonald

I’m not in the habit of hijacking Futurismic to redirect people to my personal blog, but I just finished reading Ian McDonald’s The Dervish House, a novel so overwhelmingly futurismic that it felt like something our readers — and more particularly, our fiction contributors — might want to take a look at.  From the review:

What I love best about his work, though, is how thoroughly he immerses the reader in his vivid futures, which are already vibrant and detailed, but all the more fascinating for their unique settings.  With these recent books, McDonald has been taking SF to corners of the globe most white, westernized SF fears to tread, and it serves as an enjoyably disorienting double-jolt to the system, not just showing us how diverse and complex the future will be, but how diverse and complex the world already is.

I suggest this in the full review, but it bears reiterating here:  if I had a “required reading” list for Futurismic contributors, The Dervish House would be on it.  If you haven’t discovered Ian McDonald yet, go get cracking!

Submissions Update

As of today, I’m completely caught up on all the fiction submissions to Futurismic for the reading period that closed at the end of March.  If you’ve submitted a story to us and haven’t received a reply yet, please query me via our contact form and I’ll try to track down what happened to your submission — sometimes they simply never arrive, and other times my replies go astray (incorrectly typed e-mail addresses being the main culprit).

Our webform is still closed for now, but we’re tentatively expecting to reopen in early June.  That gives you a little over a month to polish up your latest effort, so get to work!