Probably The Most Acclaimed Piece I Ever Wrote

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And it came early in my career…as these things do. Acclaim often happens to a new voice because it so stuns the readers that everyone pays attention.

They did so with Gallery of His Dreams, which was a cover story for Asimov’s (my first there), and a limited edition and a many-times reprint. It got nominated for every award in the sf field that existed and that it was eligible for at the time. And, weirdly for me (then and now), almost everyone in the field had read the story, whether they liked it or not.

That’s not what I remember the most about it, though. I remember writing it in my crappy apartment, staring at the wall, with a kitchen to my right that was literally falling apart. In fact, a few weeks later, the kitchen ceiling would collapse, making the place unusable for some time…and my crummy landlord balked at fixing it until I cited chapter and verse of Oregon tenant law to get him off his crooked ass.

I had been entranced by Mathew Brady’s Civil War photographs for a very long time. Not so much by the controversy of him posing the corpses, although that’s there, but of the mission he felt and what it cost him. Gallery is, at its heart, a story about being an artist and doing what you believe, even if it’s not the best business decision. I guess I was preaching to that choir right from the very beginning.

This is the last of the six novellas that I promised to tell you about. (You can read the other posts here, here, here, here, and here.) All six are available until 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time as part of a Kickstarter. There are other award-winning stories of mine that you can get through all the stretch goals that we’ve hit, so go take a look. But hurry. The Kickstarter will vanish at 7:01.

1 thought on “Probably The Most Acclaimed Piece I Ever Wrote

  1. I recognized the title, Dean mentioned in one of the workshops, I think Information Flow since he talked about how much information to out in the story. I’ve been meaning to read it since.

    I’ve also noticed that acclaim seems to happen early in the author’s career. I wondered about that since authors get better at craft as they write. It would be logical for the most acclaimed piece to be written later in the career, but a new voice stunning people and making them take notice makes sense. If you ever feel like writing about the subject it would be an interesting read.

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