I love Google Alerts.
Last of all, for this week, I enjoyed Stephen Kotowych’s Borrowed Time from the Daw anthology Under Cover of Darkness. I’ve been nonplussed by most of the Daw anthology stuff I’ve read so far, but this story about a relationship and a man who steals time, and what he does with it, stood out above the rest as well characterised, with a clever central idea.
Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth is a project run out of Australia involving four people who have apparently vowed to read everything published in fantasy, SF, and horror in 2007…or at least as much as they can before their eyes melt from their heads like that guy at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s great to know that people are actually reading and (dare I say it?) enjoying something I wrote, but even more amazing to me is that these are people I’ve never met, and likely will never meet. They’re in Australia, clear on the other side and lower half of our planet, sitting in the Melbourne sun, reading something I wrote two years ago on my sunny balcony in Toronto.
That’s a joy of writing for me–it blows my mind.