I’m going to tell you a secret about Scott Andrews, the editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, but you need to keep it under your hat, ok?
I mean, it’s their 200th issue celebration (and fundraiser) coming up and it would be terrible if a thing like this got out into the open while they’re celebrating.
Friends, Scott Andrews is not a singular entity. There’s not one Scott Andrews, there are hundreds. Clones, maybe, plus a few robot-Scotts, ancillaries, possibly an Elven one. They are legion and they all share the job of being Scott Andrews.
They have to, because no single editor — even with the extraordinary assistant editors Kate and Nicole — could do all that Scott does with Beneath Ceaseless Skies, every issue, fortnight in, fortnight out.
I mean, the Editing Scotts alone take up a whole floor of the Scott Andrews Wordwarehouse and Brewery in Whatchit, Maryland. If you listen closely, you can hear their red felt tip pens scratching gently on new manuscripts, helping them expand and tighten in just the right ways.
Then there are the Administrivia Scotts who make sure the writers get contracts and payment for their words in timely fashion. They do this not once or twice but ALL THE TIME. Those Scotts hover in the air, riding drones, looking for lost mail.
Then the Managing Scotts – there are fewer of these. Half are spread out across the high cliffs of many worlds, always keeping an eye on the sky for changes in genre, while the other half hold seashells to their ears and press their palms to the hard-packed earth, listening for the pulse of stories still to be told.
And sometimes, if you look hard enough, you can see the elusive Literary Scotts, moving in the shadows of great libraries.
Think about it. It has to be this way, because otherwise, Scott Andrews at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, who has published two of my stories (The Topaz Marquise and Bent the Wing Dark The Cloud) would be doing the work of many people with the help of his able assistants, over the course of years, in order to bring us the best in literary secondary world science fiction, since October 2008. Which is just an incredible thing.
That said, there is truth to the matter that Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a composite entity as well – made of of many worlds and many types of worlds, and populated by extraordinary podcasts and beautiful art. This is also a truth, though not as fun to write about as the Scott Andrews Multiplicity.
Congratulations on your 200th issue, Scott and Beneath Ceaseless Skies!
Oh there’s also a Beverage Scott, and a Pie Scott – you can meet them here: Cooking the Books: Beneath Ceaseless Pies. Cheers, Scott!