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Report: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 2001-2020

This report is a continuation of the work done in Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1939-1960 (Walling, 2016) and in Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1961-1980 (Walling, 2018) and Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1981-2000 (Walling, 2019) and aims to see if any of the trends previously observed continue in subsequent Worldcons and provide some hard data on the membership of the Worldcons of that period.

2020-12-29T15:39:09-05:00December 22nd, 2020|Articles, Issue #9, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

On Drafts

First draft: In your first draft you get to be Wild Being of the Woods. Write crazy. Stop and start, veer off, break rules, color outside the lines. Let the story discover itself. Later you can figure out what to do with it.

2021-10-15T11:57:07-05:00December 20th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The Oz Casino

The alley, you would have sworn, is empty. Blank concrete walls and a narrow, colorless door, likely out of use for years. You’re turning your head to say it’s a bust when the light blazes into existence, catching the corner of your eye, flooding the door and the whole lane with blood-red light: a bent-neon sign and the words THE OZ CASINO.

2020-12-29T15:32:58-05:00December 20th, 2020|Fiction, Issue #9, Stories|0 Comments

After He’s Gone

Down at the town hall, everybody decided I should be the one to smash up the Invader’s statue. Folks in town call me Joe-Fix-It. I’m usually around doing odd jobs, helping mend a fence or changing a tire. And I’ve always been handy with a sledgehammer. No sweat, I told them.

2020-12-29T15:35:35-05:00December 20th, 2020|Fiction, Issue #9, Stories|0 Comments

On Responding to an Idea

What you respond to in an idea or a prompt—what Ursula K. Le Guin called a “thought experiment”— may be big or small, clearly structural or emotionally subtle. Anything, really.

2021-10-15T11:59:11-05:00June 30th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment