NEWS: What Would You Change About the SF/Fantasy Field?

I’m included in the latest SF Signal Mind Meld, which asks "What would you change about the SF/fantasy field?" Excerpt from my contribution: "From an editorial perspective, I think maybe that we don’t often enough challenge writers to be great. Not all stories (or writers) have greatness inside of them, but I think that perhaps too often we accept and publish good stories that truly could be great if the writer was just pushed to *make it* great. It seems like editors used to do this routinely, if one can accept the statements one reads in historical accounts at face value. Editors like John W. Campbell and Harlan Ellison are frequently cited as having done a lot to mold and shape the fiction they published. It could be that this is still happening today, but I don’t hear about it very often and don’t often see it–instead I find myself reading good stories in which I find greatness lurking inside them. I don’t know what the reason for this is, or even if it is a true problem–good stories are, after all *good*–but it’s something I’ve been thinking about."

It also features the opinions of Seeds of Change contributors Blake Charlton, Jay Lake, Mark Budz, Ken MacLeod, Jeremiah Tolbert and Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu.