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Story Recommendation: "Unwarranted Serendipity" by Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore (LJ: jasonbsizemore), who is the publisher of Apex Books, has a very funny short story appearing online in a contest run by the die, monday! blog. I didn't know much about the blog or the contest, but I read the story and enjoyed it immensely. Jason explains what the contest is all about in his post Rallying the troops: Unwarranted Serendipity. Essentially, "die, monday!" is a humor blog for people needing levity in their workday, and the contest was for work-related stories. The ten best stories are currently appearing on the blog, and readers are being asked to vote for their favorite.

Jason's entry, Unwarranted Serendipity, is a fictionalized (I hope) account of his first convention experience. Anyone who's ever been to a science fiction, fantasy, or horror convention will find a lot of familiar humor in his story. And if you haven't been, it's an...interesting introduction.

If I was asked for a tag line for the story, it would be, "See the wacky hi-jinks ensue when a brand new horror publisher attends his first convention!" Or something like that.

Anyway, I highly recommend it. It'll take a few minutes to read, and it'll give you a good laugh. And if you like it, you can vote for it.

And if you're interested in the rest of the stories, the list of the top ten stories can be found at die, monday!: Top 10 Stories! for the Best Story Contest.

(Disclosure: Apex Books is the publisher bringing out I Remember the Future this fall.)



You sir, have made my day.
You're welcome.

The story reminded me a little bit of my first convention, Arisia '92. I spent much of it wandering around in a delighted daze, asking myself, "Where has this been all my life?" I suspect your story would also serve as a good primer to prepare people attending certain cons for the first time...

December 2016

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