But at some point -- so many years ago that I can't remember the circumstances -- I wrote a story called “It’s All Relative at the Space-Time Café” that told about a love story in which the characters were all actual famous physicists who, in the narrator's world, were writers, performance artists and cops. It was speculative fiction although I didn't know that term them. I thought it was funny but that the jokes and science references might be too obscure, and I wasn't sure what to do with it, what magazine might be a good fit. I remember thinking it was funny, and dug it out late last year. Then I tinkered with it a bit, and added a new section this year, and a scant 11 months later, the story will soon appear in print!
What I didn't realize is that there are two outlets -- Locus Online and Tanget -- that review science fiction short stories even before the issues hit. So there are two reviews of my story. Here's my fav:
“'It’s All Relative at the Space-Time Café' by Norman Birnbach is essentially an excuse to create multiple puns. The story itself is nothing more than a medium to pack as many science jokes a possible into 2000 words. The effort is hit or miss with the reference to the Schwarzschild radius being particularly good. Other jokes fall flat and feel forced. Whether you enjoy it will depend on how strong your liking for jokes about string theory is."
He's right -- the goal was to pack as many jokey science references into 2000 words. Looks like I accomplished that. (The joke the reviewer did like was the one I thought few people would get. Also, for the record, I wrote only one string theory joke in the piece.)
The only problem with F&SF is that short stories stay behind a paywall. To read the story, you need to subscribe to or purchase the hardcopy. You can do that here: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/buy-sub.htm. I really liked the other stories I read in the issue.
Hopefully my next short story will take less time to germinate!