FeatherPenClipArtLou Antonelli’s essay is published by The Merry Blacksmith Press. This is more from the related works category for the Hugo’s, that is, non-fiction related to science fiction.

Lou Antonelli has written a retrospective of how he got started as a science fiction writer. It includes some biographical material and some of his early short stories, along with a bit of info on how he revised the stories to eventually sell them. “Letters from Gardner” relates to Gardner Dozois, past editor of Asimov’s who sent encouraging feedback on Antonelli’s submissions. Antonelli makes the observations that editors are less likely to establish a relationship with writers these days, which affects both the editorial and writing process. The piece seems a bit self-serving, as it mostly consists of Antonelli’s old stories, but it’s a fairly interesting read. Two stars.