Wow, that happened fast. I sold the reprint rights to my story “Dreams in Dust” in the span of about five minutes to a forthcoming anthology, Wastelands II, edited by John Joseph Adams. Mr. Adams emailed me out of the blue this morning asking if he could publish it. After I got over my what’s-John-Joseph-Adams-doing-emailing-me? surprise, it took me just a few minutes to print, sign and send back the contract (got to love the interweb). Who in their right mind would turn down an offer to have a story in one of Mr. Adam’s anthologies? Not me, that’s for sure.
Now before you think this is too surprising, I should point out that Mr. Adams also bought the first rights to my story—he’s the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine, where “Dreams in Dust” first appeared last December—so I knew he already liked “Dreams in Dust.” Still, I never expected him to pick it up for his anthology. I’m particularly excited to appear in one of Mr. Adam’s anthologies because he always seems to attract the biggest name in speculative fiction. The first Wastelands anthology, for example, had stories by some of my favorite writers, including George R. R. Martin, Tobias Bucknell, Carol Emshwiller, and Paolo Bacigalupi. I can’t wait to see the complete table of contents for volume two.