Subscribe to James to support their work and read subscriber-only content.
James Van Pelt fell in love with Zenna Henderson, Ray Bradbury, Ursula le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey and a host of others when he started reading. In elementary school, he told his mom he wanted to grow up to be a Ray Bradbury, like Bradbury was a job instead of a person. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld and many other venues. Stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and gathered in five of his collections. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, the Sturgeon Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He recently retired from teaching high school English (37 years), to write full time.
Published Mar 11, 2019 · 407 words (2 minutes) · 76 views
Sometimes people ask, "Where do you get your ideas?" A better question is "What do you do with your ideas?"
Published Mar 3, 2019 · 1,282 words (5 minutes) · 69 views
This article appeared for the first time a year ago on the Analog Science Fiction blog website. I'm not being hyperbolic at the end about what a first sale felt like for me.
Published Jan 4, 2019 · 1,370 words (5 minutes) · 101 views
I wrote a continuing column for the British magazine of short fiction reviews, The Fix, for a couple of years. The Andy Cox edited publication vanished (he still publishes the well-respected Interzone and other titles), but the columns are not available online anymore. This one addresses the question of do you write for yourself, or do you write for publication?