Writing - Fiction - Stories - Kyle 7

Kyle 7
by Giulio Zambon

Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 898 words

Publisher: Nature, Vol 465, 7294, 126

"Kyle 7" tells what might happen when, for the first time, a human consciousness is successfully uploaded to a computer.

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In October 2009, I decided to resume writing Science Fiction stories after several years of interruption. The first story I wrote was "Kyle 7".

On October 13, I submitted the story to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM), based in Canberra.
It was rejected after passing two selections and after having been held for possible publication for 120 days.
Basically, they liked the story but couldn't find an appropriate place for it in their magazine.

On the next day, 2010-02-11, I submitted the story to Flash Fiction Online, an American webzine. They rejected it after twenty-three days.

Within a few days, I submitted it to the journal Nature.
They publish a single flash story in every weekly issue and it was a long shot.
To my surprise and delight, I received an email of acceptance within less than seven hours.
It is true what they say: if you hit the right market, things roll forward quickly!

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