Main Fiction: “12 and Tag” by Gregory Bossert
Originally published in Asimov’s.
I began writing fiction in 2009, at the age of 47, after artists Iain McCaig and Dermot Power dared me to write a screenplay. I wrote two, and then tried my hand at short stories, the second of which sold to Asimov’s Science Fiction. After that, I was hooked.
My story “The Telling”, originally published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. And my story “Bloom” from the December 2013 issue of Asimov’s was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
My day job is in filmmaking; currently I wrangle spaceships and superheroes at the legendary Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco. My film projects include Beowulf, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Lucy, and the upcoming Tomorrowland and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
More information on my independent film projects, music and experimental musical instruments, and my writing can be found at www.suddensound.com.
“Twelve and Tag”, my sixth story for Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, was originally drafted at the 2010 Clarion Writer’s Workshop. The game of Twelve and Tag has some loose roots in writing exercises from Ann and Jeff VanderMeer and George R. R. Martin. Much more of the inspiration came from the mutual trust under pressure evident in my fellow students and instructors there, not to mention a few raucous late nights of tall tales and emptied bottles. It is, more than anything else, about how we are continually and communally fabricating culture and identity.
Narrator: Jonathan Sharp