For me, the simple realization that books don’t spoil spurred my entry into the new world of publishing. It would seem a logical thing, considering that I collect rare books. Plus, my wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and I have a house full of books we’ve written. These books sat on the shelves just fine, never once emitting a foul, rotten odor.
And the old manuscripts for those books, some dating back to the mid-’70s, filled file cabinets that jammed most of two rooms. And no stink came from them either.
Yet, from the very first short ...
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