Nov 7, 2013 | announcement

Issue 7 — Of Rats and Men

It feels like the last few months have flown by; it’s hard to believe we’re already on the fourth issue of Year Two!

We’ve got another great mix of stories this month. Our short story is Catch a Fallen Star by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks. She takes us to a planet whose orbit takes it through an asteroid belt twice a year, forcing the populace underground. But the action in Catch a Fallen Star takes place on the surface, with meteors streaking overhead and a veteran “rat catcher” in pursuit of a 16-year-old boy “slum rat.” And they both have something to prove.

For flash fiction this month, we have John F. Gardner’s The Last Good Day
, about a man’s grim way of providing for his wife after he dies, and Sam Gorenstein’s Sure I am Metaphysically Sinking Into a More Terrifying Universe, but We All Have Our Things to Deal With, which will probably always hold our record for longest title on a story.

In Part Four of The Forever Endeavor, Chuck Wendig pulls back the curtain a little on Dale’s world, but that just leads to a lot more questions…

Galen Dara has created more more wonderful art this month—two pieces in fact, one for Catch a Fallen Star, and one for The Forever Endeavor.

Also, a bit of capitalism. We’ve opened a store on Zazzle with T-shirts, mugs, and tote bags featuring two versions of the Fireside logo. There are tons of style and color options.

And finally, we also have opened a Tumblr, if you’re on there.

Thanks, as always!

© 2013 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.