I was going to write an essay describing the state of the speculative fiction genre, or describing my uneasiness with certain genre-oriented tenets, but I decided not to. I thought, then, that I might write an essay describing the state of fiction in general, because the idea of speculative fiction, for me, is something much wider than what is published in fantasy and science fiction magazines; these stories can be found in many literary periodicals as well.
Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning debut novel, One for Sorrow, and the new novel-in-stories, The Love We Share Without Knowing. His short stories have appeared in Interfictions, Trampoline, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Nerve, and other venues. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University. You can visit his journal, Meditations in an Emergency for more information.