I wasn’t familiar with the author, but after listening, there was no doubt in my mind who chose the story.
What are you girls, 11 years old?
I’m not sure if I am putting you down or paying you the highest compliment. Maybe both.
On another note, recently Rachel Swirsky dropped the “Chief Editor” label, which she claimed was no big deal. Now I hear Ann Leckie as “C0-Editor.”
You don’t have to be born yesterday (or in Ann Leckie’s case, 11 years ago) to realize that some sort of behind-the-scenes catfight has been taking place.
I hope neither one of you manages to kill the other. Rachel brings a cosmopolitan sophistication to her selections, with an expansive world view and glittering insight. Ann has a roguish playful streak, and would definitely swipe dirty magazines from her under her brother’s mattress to read in the closet/clubhouse while Rachel lectured us about baby whales with polio.
You’re both princesses to me. I’d go camping with you anytime.
Um. Ann Leckie didn’t pick this story. Neither did I. Steve Eley did: it was one of the 10 or so full-length, and 15 or so flash stories that were in Escape Pod’s stock when he decided to start running exclusively science fiction. He passed these stories to PodCastle when he founded the magazine. I’ve been running them interspersed with the choices that I’ve made.
I make all final purchasing decisions for stories that are submitted now. Ann is referred to as the associate editor, or co-editor, or whatever, because honestly, neither of us cares much about titles. Your assessment of Ann’s character is based on a series of incorrect assumptions.