Short Fiction Publications 2007
Transmission, an independent magazine run out of Manchester, had a short but important print run from '04-'10. It published fiction, articles, and author interviews, and the editors managed to get some big names involved, including Chuck Palahniuk, Dave Eggers, and Doris Lessing. Tyler's story, 'Shooting Fish in a Stream,' appeared in Issue 8, and followed two brothers who venture into the wilderness to shoot a film in memory of their dead friend.
Aside from On Spec, Canada's other - but not lesser - magazine of speculative fiction is Neo-Opsis, run out of Victoria, BC. Tyler sold an early work, 'Symposia,' to the magazine, which appeared in issue 11. Set in a Huxley-esque dystopia, the piece depicts a series of interviews between a government official and a suspected 'terrorist,' and the intimate relationship that develops between them.
Tyler's first professional sale was to Francesca Rhydderch, then editor of New Welsh Review, who published his story 'Felled' in the film-themed Issue 75. The story has a very simple premise: a young woman is sitting in a bar, and an old drunk begins talking to her. But the narrative doesn't proceed down the expected route, and in listening to the man the woman - and the reader - realize that he is mourning not just the loss of his youth, but a whole way of life.
Jupiter SF is a small but consistent - and consistently good - magazine of speculative fiction published in the UK. The editor, Ian Redman, was kind enough to stretch his maximum length limits to accommodate Tyler's 12,000-word opus, 'Spaceflight,' inspired by the work of French aviator and author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The story was also a quarter-finalist in the annual Writers of the Future Competition, in the year when Robert Silverberg was judging.