"Mitigation" to be in The Year’s Best Science Fiction #14
...Maybe this will inspire our reviewers to stop mis-naming the story "Migration"
David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have chose the short story Toby Buckell and I wrote last spring, "Mitigation," to be in their annual Year's Best collection. For me, this is a chance to shine with one of my favourite authors of SF's new generation. It's also flattering that, of three short stories I wrote last year, two of them have chosen as Year's Best entries (the other being "The Hero" which Gardner Dozois has picked up for his collection).
Writing this story was a blast. Toby came up from Ohio and crashed on my couch for a weekend, and I wrote at the desktop while he had his laptop open on said couch. We played literary hopscotch, with him writing one scene while I wrote another that preceded or followed it. Coffee, lots of laughs, and blasting electronica from my stereo (most Delerium, which I often use while writing) completed the scene.
Thanks to David and Kathryn for choosing this story for their anthology. And special thanks are due to Lou Anders for believing in Toby's and my vision, and accepting "Mitigation" for Fast Forward 2 in the first place.