One of the best things about editing Fireside has been working with so many talented people. And it’s always great to see those people get recognition they deserve, like Ken Liu and Galen Dara did last week at the Hugo Awards. Ken, whose story The Journal is in this month’s issue, won the Hugo for best short story for Mono No Aware. Galen, whose illustration this month is with Ken’s story, won the Hugo for best fan artist. Congratulations to both of them, and to all the other Hugo winners.
We’ve got a lot more talent in Issue 5, too. We usually have two pieces of flash fiction, but this month we have a bonus third story for you! There’s Sandra Odell’s Listening to it Rain, a love story that finds more than one way to be unorthodox. There’s Jake Kerr’s Looking for Bad Guys, which is somehow sweet and sad in the same bite. And there’s Andrea Speed’s The Last Job, in which the cops are the least of a bank-robbing crew’s worries.
While we’ve been working on Issue 5, we’ve also been trying to get better set up on social media. We’ve long had a Twitter feed, but we’re now also on Google+ and Facebook, so if you’re on any of those, come say hello!
Enjoy Issue 5. Tell your friends. And, as always, thank you for reading.
Brian started Fireside Fiction Company in 2012 as an experiment in crowdfunding and paying speculative fiction writers well above the accepted professional rate at the time. It worked! Thanks, have a great day!
Brian has been informed he has to write more in his bio. Fine! Brian took that experiment through five Kickstarters (and did not die!) and into a subscription model. During his tenure, Fireside published 150 stories, five novels, and one novella, and also published the first #BlackSpecFic report, which examined the massive under-representation of Black short-story writers in the field, prompting conversation, reflection, and change in the speculative fiction community. It remains one of the most important things he has worked on in his adult life. Brian was a 2017 World Fantasy Award finalist in the Special Award, Non-Professional category for Fireside, and Fireside has been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards.
Facing the burnout that is all too common among people who work at small presses, Brian stepped down as editor and publisher in 2017 to regroup and recharge mentally. He returned as interim editorial director in 2020 and resumed full ownership of the company in June 2021 with a great team you can read about below.
In the wider world, Brian is a former journalist who worked as an editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville from 2006–2010 and at the Boston Globe from 2010–2018, where he was part of the staff that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2014 for the newspaper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2014. He still lives around Boston, where he works as an editor for a private company and takes photographs, paints miniatures, and spends time with his amazing wife and various cats.