I also received my contributor's copy of The New Space Opera, with my story "Send Them Flowers." This story got a favorable review in the last-Locus-but-one, which referred to the story as a "jape." When I workshopped the story last year, the adjective most used was "romp."
I am often happy to write romps, or even japes, but that wasn't what I intended with this story. Nothing funny actually occurs in the narrative. There are no jokes. There is a suicide attempt, some crime in which the narrator is implicated, serial infidelity, some (offstage) deaths, and a rather sordid bordello scene. I intended a rueful semi-tragedy, with blackly amusing asides.
I have clearly miscalculated with this story, but how?
Please read it and let me know.