ern.jpg (10976 bytes)01/30/2000 Back From The Brink - SFRevu returns just in time to start the neo-millennium...

Last fall I slipped quietly into a fallout shelter I'd found left over from the 1950s.   There I hoped to wait out the inevitable end of civilization when the computers clicked over those last three digits and everything digital ground to a halt.

After a few months of peace and quiet, it occurred to me that I'd been waiting for this day all my life. Most of us who read SF have, and amazingly, I'm exactly the age I thought I'd be when the year 2000 came around. So what if doomsayers predicted a little digital disaster? Even in the unlikely event that their fears came to pass, SF fans have always believed in the resourcefulness of tech-humanity. Rising above these crisis is our sciffy destiny, and I wasn't going to miss it for the world.

Grabbing my trusty sense of wonder, I headed back up into the sunlight, ready to face the neo-millennium.

Next year, we'll have a big party and show 2001: A Space Odyssey on a big digital screen for the real millennium. I promise.

Well, parts of that are true. Like many who manage computers for a living, there was a certain amount of running around just before the New Year, and SFRevu suffered from neglect as my day job received needed attention.

The real reason for the zine's hiatus was burnout. After three years of monthly issues and ever increasing size (and quality) I was getting more than my daily requirement of stress. SF was getting to be a drag. So I stepped back for a bit and waited to see what I wanted to do.

What I want to do is publish SFRevu, but in a format that allows me to keep from burning up like the heat shield on an Apollo capsule.

Every month (nearly) SFRevu came out full of reviews and interviews, and every month getting it finished was a Herculean task. Sisyphusian too, since it had to be done again the next month. Many months 90% of the content would be done and the last 10% would be making me crazy, dragging the issue closer and closer to coming out in the wrong month. There is a solution.

Instead of putting out an issue when all the articles are ready, SFRevu will now be updated every time a single article is done. This allows me to post reviews while they are still useful information, while making a late issue impossible. When I've had enough, I can call it quits, putting on as much or as little as I want.

Of course I'll be working with others to provide content as well, but they will benefit from this by having their work viewed while it's fresh too.

The web is a time sensitive medium. Web readers want information that's practically realtime, or enduringly historical. That gives the web its strength, and emulating a print zine works against that.

So here I am, back out of the fallout shelter, ready to take part in the next millennium of things to come.

If you look around, many of the things SF predicted 50 years ago are starting to come true. The future is arriving and as SF fans, we're going to be ready to use it, explain it, and make it something wonderful. That's our legacy and our challenge. Let's get to work.

Hurrah! It's the Year 2000!

Ernest Lilley
Publisher/Editor - SFRevu