Fate Forward is a story I wrote about a private investigator type guy searching for a mysterious device. It’s later discovered that the device can manipulate luck. The story goes on to reveal how this man beats the odds to retrieve the device and his internal battle as to whether he should return it or use it improve his own station in life.
I submitted this 6700 word story to Asimov’s Science Fiction Exactly one month ago, 7/11/10, via their online form. Here is the e-mail rejection I received today:
Thank you very much for letting us see "Fate Forward." We appreciate your taking the time to send it in for our consideration. Although it does not suit the needs of the magazine at this time, we wish you luck with placing it elsewhere.
Please excuse this form letter. The volume of work has unfortunately made it impossible for us to respond to each submission individually, much as web
Sheila Williams, Editor
Sheila, what kind of ending is “much as web”? You must REALLY have a volume of work to end the e-mail so abruptly.
Did you find out the bacon was burning while typing and just hit the “send” button anyway?
The sad part is that the letter refers to itself as a “form” letter, so this is apparently what everybody who failed to place a story is getting.
I am not sure what “asimovb” means at the closing either. Perhaps some sort of secret code? Maybe I made it to grade “b” in the rejection pile or something.
The part I did think was cute was how the letter wished me “luck” in placing it elsewhere. I am sure it’s just a coincidence, but the story I sent in revolved entirely around the concept of luck.