How nepotistic is written science fiction? There are only a small number of worthy places to get published, and editors tend to publish people they already know, writes Carol Pinchefsky in a new essay. She claims one editor at a large publisher gave his girlfriend a huge advance for her book, and boasted about having made his next house payment. But top editors swear up and down that friendships don't influence their publishing decisions. Not that it would hurt to buy them a few drinks at your next convention. Mars dome image from NASA. [Intergalactic Medicine Show]