We submitted His Name Was Edgar Quimby to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
In this short story a journalism student takes to a mental hospital seeking the little nuggets of truth inside the stories of patients which are far outside of reality. The doctor recommends Edgar Quimby, whose story has not wavered in over 50 years. He’s scheduled for a lobotomy the next day, so what harm could come from feeding into his delusions?
Edgar is from another planet. His real name wasn’t Edgar. When he traveled from his home planet, which was destroyed when it’s star went supernova, he and his mate came as souls without a bodies. After a freak accident, he ended up reborn as Edgar, separated from his soul mate and has been searching for her ever since.
If this isn’t interesting enough, the doctor that has been treating him for years frustratedly points out all the coincidences in Edgar’s life that he must have distorted into his delusions.
Anyway, today Asimov’s rejected it. They never say why, they just do.
Now, Edgar Quimby can be submitted elsewhere, or shared, or shelved until our anthology is complete.