Mike Resnick’s story “The Wizard of 34th Street” features in The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to write.
I’m been a full-time freelancer since 1969, with 74 novels, 25 collections, 275 stories and three screenplays to my credit. I’ve also edited 41 anthologies, and am currently the editor of Galaxy’s Edge magazine and the Stellar Guild line of books.
I am the winner of five Hugos from a record 36 nominations, and according to Locus I’m the all-time leading award winner for short science fiction. I love writing science fiction, and I’ve recently sold some well-received mystery novels as well.
What was the idea behind “The Wizard of West 34th Street”?
I like urban fantasy, and I’ve always liked the notion that being at the top of one’s field isn’t quite the cakewalk that it may appear from the outside.
How urban do you like your fantasy and who are your must-read authors?
“Good” is far more important to me than “urban” or “fantasy”.
As both a writer of short and long fiction, and editor of many publications, do you find yourself drawn to one of those things more than the others, and are there any fiction forms you want to try your hand at but haven’t yet?
I prefer writing short fiction. My creditors, who have expensive tastes, prefer that I write novels. So I split my time between them.
At one time or another, I’ve done just about every fiction form. If I had to chose one I’ve never tried, it’s be as a lyricist for a musical play.
What are you up to now?
The Trojan Colt (a mystery novel) just came out; The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, an original anthology I co-edited with Bob Garcia, and The Doctor and the Dinosaurs, a science fiction novel, are also now out. Next year will see the publication of Cat On A Cold Tin Roof, a mystery novel; The Fortress in Orion, a science fiction novel; and about a dozen stories that I have in press. Eric Flint and I have signed to write The Gods of Sagittarius, a collaborative novel, and I’ll be doing two Stellar Guild team-up books, one with Tina Gower, one with Lezli Robyn. And of course I’ll keep editing the magazine and the book line.