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Got an email back from Andy Cox that "Romeo, Unbound" was a "very near miss" for Interzone. Toss up as to whether I send it off to Asimov's, Analog, or WotF next.


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Mar. 20th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Strikes me as more of an Asimov's story, though it's been years and drafts since I read it.

I did misread WotF as WtF, just in case that amuses you.
Mar. 20th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
It is amusing. :-)

The only thing that made me question Asimov's as a market is the sexuality. There's nothing explicit, but I can't recall reading anything in Asimov's that was as out there as a clone prostitute.

As for changes throughout the years ... it's still essentially the same except for tweaks in settings and what was necessary to make the first part self-contained. It starts with the original introduction of Doe/Romeo and runs through to his escape from the brothel. 13,750 words all from his POV.

I tried for years to make it work as part of the novel and the closest I've come is a series of short stories and novelettes. I'm happy with it; it holds together as one piece that could stand on its own. Only places it's subbed out to were SciFiction, F&SF and Interzone. Most everyone liked it, but it didn't quite suit their market or didn't grab them. But since I do like it and think it stands on its own, I do what to get it out there. I really thought it could fit with Interzone--and it came close from what I can gather from Andy's reply. But still no cigar.
Mar. 20th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
And thanks for your impression. I know your memory is good enough that I can take your comment as a rec.
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