So a new story of mine is in this audio anthology called RIP-OFF! by Audible.com, edited by Gardner Dozois, and coming out Dec. 18 2012, just in time for Groundhog’s Day. And you, my friend, can pick the cover. Below are the three choices, but you can vote on Facebook here. And if you’re in the mood, you can pre-order.
Every story is a brand-new science fiction or fantasy tale that begins with a famous first line. Allen Steele starts his hardboiled detective story with “Call me Ishmael.” Nancy Kress dares to take on one of the most maligned first lines of all: “It was a dark and stormy night.”
My story “Begone” starts with the first line from one of my favorite novels, Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” The story goes on to consider the plight of a man who’s been replaced in his own life by someone taller and more handsome. Anyone who grew up on 60’s sitcoms will recognize the poor bastard.