While reading, I've been noticing some vagueness in stories. Because of world-building, I think this is more of a problem with speculative fiction than other genres. Authors can be so immersed in a world, they sometimes have trouble conveying ideas from their minds to the readers minds. Things that seem obvious to the author can be totally mysterious to the reader. IMHO, authors need to be able to divorce themselves from their conceptions of a story and perceive what is actually on the page. Good luck with this, authors!
Keep sending those stories in to Electric Spec!