Another Year Over, And A New One to Begin
by Ernest Lilley
SFRevu Column ISBN/ITEM#: 0412EL
Date: 12/15/04 / Show Official Info /
The SFRevu crew, in no small part because of the efforts of a number of new reviewers and staff, put in a terrific effort this year, and yes, the future's so bright I have to wear shades.
In the past year we've converted the publication over to a web database we've developed and which will keep getting better and more useful over the year to come. It lets me focus more on issue content than layout and that should be for the better. We've added some critical new staffers during this period, and revamped the Contributors Page as well so that you can get to know the people behind the reviews - which you may find helpful in the search for good reading, watching, and even occasional game play.
Let me introduce to you...
Gayle Surrette / Copy Editor: Gayle's joined us to keep our text from wandering into alien tongues and to keep our style straight.
Drew Bittner / Assoc Editor (US): Drew will be helping out with book assignments and distribution while Editor Ern gazes off at the horizon.
Sam Tomaino / Zine-Short Fiction : I met Sam at the last Worldcon and we got into a late night consuite discussion about short fiction and reviewing. Sam confessed that he actually made a practice of reading all the Hugo nominees for short fiction, and the next thing he knew he was below decks with an oar in his hand.
You can find more an better information about these folks (and others) at the Contributors Page.
A New Year, And A New Day - We'll be publishing on the first of the month.
Not only have we changed the structure of the zine and added staff, but we're about to change the timing of our issues as well. When we started out back in 1997 we had somewhat more trouble getting review copies to read, though I have to say that the publishers have been very supportive right from the start. Usually, I just didn't ask quickly enough. Now we're working primarily from ARCs (Advance Readers Copies) and we don't need the extra time to get reviews done by the time a book actually gets released, so we're moving the publication date for SFRevu to the first of the month...like normal folks.
Which means that I've got to stop working on the December issue which goes/went online on the old schedule (12/15/04) and start flogging the crew to get the next one ready for its 01/01/05 debut.
Speaking of the crew, and as handy as our new editors and contributors are, it would be remiss of me in the extreme to fail to thank the SFRevu staff for their efforts. Managing Editor Sharon Archer, for keeping me grounded when I come up with one too many good ideas, UK Assoc Editor John Berlyne for expanding our worldview on a monthly basis and showing us some of the great things to come over from across the pond. Columnist Steve Sawicki and his cohorts the Damnaliens for providing much needed comic relief and occasional counsel, and our resident academic - Edward Carmien - for fighting his way through dark and dusty tomes month after month to bring us rare treasures to be found.
Happy Holidays to all of you, and to all a New Year full of wonder and discovery.