Hey! Did you hear the one about The Grocer’s Wife in Asimov’s?


This one qualifies more as news than a blog, so should you feel offended or misled in any way, I will understand your rapid retreat to a safe space.

For those without a safe space to run to…

Considering all my blabbing about it on Facebook, this website, and other venues, real and imagined, you should be well aware by now I have a new story in the February 2016 issue of the esteemed Asimov’s Science Fiction. This marks my first appearance in Asimov’s and, after so many years of reading the magazine, it is undeniably exciting to be a part of it. If this is the first you hear of it, please do yourself (and my ego) a favor by rushing out immediately and buying the magazine. It’s digest size, costs about the same as a Starbuck’s Latte in a Venti cup, and looks like this:

Asimov's Feb 2016

Squint. (If you need to fetch your glasses to read the fine print, don’t worry, I’ll wait.) See, that’s my name on the cover. That’s how you’ll know for sure it’s the correct issue. Better yet, there’s a lot more to read inside than just me. You can’t help but get your money’s worth.

While I talk briefly about the story elsewhere on my website, I figure a few points are worth repeating, especially because I don’t want this post to be overly short.

Compassion. Terror. Mindfulness… Everything  you want a good read to be.

THE GROCER’S WIFE (ENHANCED TRANSCRIPTION) is another of those tales that floated around my brain for a few years before being put to paper. The seed was planted after I accompanied my mother to a clinic for a geriatric assessment. That’s where the opening “drawing the clock” scene of the story comes from. But the story didn’t come together until a more recent conversation with a friend, Robert Paris, a management consultant who specializes in mindfulness training and education. If you’re not sure exactly what mindfulness is, I suggest you head over to Psychology Today by clicking here. You may still not fully grasp the concept, but at least you’ll possess sufficient superficial knowledge to bandy about the word the same as I do.

Sheila Williams, Editor of Asimov’s, has described THE GROCER’S WIFE (ENHANCED TRANSCRIPTION) as “compassionate, yet terrifying.” From my perspective, that pretty much sums it up. As they say, old age ain’t pretty.

Anyhow, get your hands on the magazine. Read my story. Review it with a critical eye. And then be sure to tell me how much you loved it…even if you didn’t. No writer ever asks for more.