Thursday, February 28, 2008

Uncle Vernon's Lie by Patrick Samphire

Patrick Samphire was another of my Clarion West classmates. One of the first stories that we critted by him, Love Stories from the Jungle, went on to be published in the Ideomancer Unbound Anthology. Patrick writes very cool imagery and has a good head for non-linear plots, something I envy. I've seen him shift gears from science fiction to fantasy to steampunk with apparent ease. He was one of the early ones to become a full fledged member of SFWA after graduation. He is also the husband of Stephanie Burgis, another classmate.

Coming soon, Patrick has the short story Dragonfly Summer that will appear in Interzone. You can hear his story The Western Front in podcast form by clicking on the link there, and when I asked him what he wanted me to include in this blogpost about him, he told me that his favorite story of his is Uncle Vernon's Lie, republished recently in Serendipity. I went at once to read it, and I agree, it's a good one.

Patrick's also got a novel series in the works and an agent who is shopping them around. It's already taken too long though. Why hasn't the publishing world snapped these up already?

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