I’ve written a fair amount of short fiction, some of it published here and there over the years. I doubt any publisher is ever going to want to do a new anthology of my stuff — not enough money in it — so why not do one myself? Services like lulu.com make it pretty darn easy.
The stories from the ’80s don’t exist in electronic form, but I have a cardboard box full of old author’s copies of magazines, plus three different anthologies that picked up stories of mine from the magazines. Retyping old stories is annoying, but it’s a great opportunity to re-edit them.
When I opened the box, I found a paperback anthology called Beyond Armageddon, which was published in 1985. I had entirely forgotten about it, which says something about how seriously I’ve failed to take my fiction writing over the years. Included in Beyond Armageddon was a rather desperately downbeat story of mine called “My Life in the Jungle,” which had first been published the year before in F&SF. The other authors in the book included (-ahem-) Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Poul Anderson, J. G. Ballard, John Wyndham, Roger Zelazny, and Arthur C. Clarke.
The fact that I had no memory of it is truly frightening. I think I need to pay closer attention.