James Van Pelt

Writing Words Fantastical and Otherwise

April/May Asimov’s

APRILMAY2016 AsimovsThe latest Asimov’s is out with my short story, “Three Paintings.”  The main character is an artist who has come up with an unusual experiment in creativity.

I have artist friends, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t create an artist who wouldn’t pass their verisimilitude test.  So far, the two who’ve read the story said that I didn’t screw up too badly.

This is my 12th appearance in Asimov’s, starting with “Safety of the Herd” in 2002 (13th if I count a reprint of an Analog story that appeared in the Greek edition of Asimov’s).  It is truly awesome to make a sale there.  If you would have told me twenty years ago, the year I made my first professional sale, that I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed you.

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2 Comments

  1. Standback

    This one was really fantastic. It’s got this cool nested premise that gradually unfolds, forming an escalating series of “a-ha!” moments that all worked really well. And, well, it’s just a really cool idea for a story, delivered very well indeed. Kudos 🙂

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