I’ve more or less been on vacation for the past week, and what better way to come back than with a bang and a guest at EATING AUTHORS who is a legend in the field. I first came across Mike Resnick in his column, “Ask Bwana,” back in the pages of Speculations when I was a struggling neo-pro, which is to say my earliest experience of the man was reading his advice as he paid it forward.
Mike’s been described as the field’s leading award winner for short fiction. He’s won the Hugo award five times (out of an insane thirty-six nominations), taken home a Nebula award (after a mere eleven nominations), received far too many international awards and prizes to list here, and been honored with a Skylark for Lifetime Achievement in the field. And he’s a long way from being done. Want proof? His latest sale is entitled Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, and will be out in time for next month’s Worldcon in London.
In addition to being famous for his short fiction, Mike has also written novels, fanzines, film scripts (two with his wife, Carol), nonfiction, and that isn’t even beginning to talk about the many many anthologies he’s edited. He’s also collaborated with plenty of authors, and again in the tradition of “paying it forward” has mentored new writers as well. I could go on and on, because his career and his life’s adventures lend themselves to endless stories, but this isn’t the place or time. Instead, before handing the mic to Mike, I’ll tell you one thing. Go read “Kirinyaga.”