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2017 Awards Eligibility Post

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This year, I only had one short story publication, but it's a really good one, and you wouldn't regret voting for it for a Hugo or Nebula. It's called "A Crawlspace Full of Prizes," and it appeared in the sixth volume of Unidentified Funny Objects.

Amazing Stories had this to say about it: 

“A Crawlspace Full of Prizes” by Bill Ferris – One of my favorites in the anthology, even though it is told in second person, which rarely works for me. You are surprised when a strand of tickets comes out of your faucet after you brush your teeth. More appear after doing the laundry and other chores. Then, when you try to put a box of Christmas ornaments in your crawlspace storage, you find a counter with prizes for redeeming your tickets. The sort of booth you might find at a carnival. This is one of those gems I mentioned at the beginning. Highly recommended.

And here's Tangent's review:

"A Crawlspace Full of Prizes" by Bill Ferris sets up a situation where you start to get tickets—like those you get from playing Skee-Ball at an arcade—from your various home appliances. You learn that these actually can be redeemed for various prizes, most of which are things from your past, like "perfect recall of your high school prom." This is magic realism that's more strange than funny, but I think overall the story works well, and gets extra points for succeeding while being written in the second person.

Again, "Crawlspace" is eligible for the Hugo and Nebula in the short story category. Whether you vote or not, however, I hope you enjoy(ed) the story, and I'm looking forward to writing more of them in 2018.

Locus reviews "Athlete's Foot"

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Lois Tilton of Locus reviewed Crowded #1, which included my short story, "Athlete's Foot." Her opinion was a resounding "meh."

This is humor, that sort that depends on making the fall guy into such an egregious asshole so we can laugh at a misfortune that would be tragic in a sympathetic character. It also helps if the misfortune is a bit absurd. The narrator, give him credit, does come up with some sympathy in the end.

Fair enough. One of the most important lessons I learned as a creative person is that you can't fault people for not liking what they don't like. The fact that Ms. Tilton thought my short story "Lucky" was "genuinely funny" eases the sting a little, too.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

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Locus reviews "Lucky"

"Athlete's Foot" reviewed in Tangent

Crowded Magazine's debut issue (which includes my short story "Athlete's Foot") earned a positive review from Tangent. They seemed to enjoy my work as well:

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"The story is lighthearted and an entertaining read and I love the way Ferris caught the mindset of [protagonist] Tyler as an athlete desperately trying to stay in the sport he loves; the character is a major strength of the story."

Also of note in the review is "Mirrorball" by Jason Helmandollar, which reviewer Chuck Rothman says is "a strong, highly emotional story that I hope doesn't get overlooked when awards are considered." I concur, it's well worth your time.

Tangent's review of Crowded Magazine #1