Editorial License: Summer Kicks on Route 66
By Ernest Lilley, Editor, SFRevu

The shiny disk spun at an incredible velocity as it zeroed in on New Mexico. The technology of an advanced civilization, it was far in advance of anything humans had developed by the 1940s. Spinning, glittering in the darkness, it carried it's cargo of reconnaissance data gleaned from it's mission over the central United States towards a set of predetermined coordinates in Roswell, NM. Suddenly, it spun wildly out of control...

...and that's how my hard drive crashed and burned. Not into the red soil outside Roswell, but into the unforgiving metal housing of the drive body. Or something happened, but the bottom line was that after driving and taking pictures for two weeks on the remnants of US Route 66, my laptop turned to toast shortly after crossing into New Mexico.

Along with the current issue of SFRevu. I won't trouble you with the heroics of trying to bring it back to life, but I'd like to thank Jeff Ayers of Panasonic, Joseph Roberts of Universal Computer Systems in Albuquerque, and an Aussie on "walkabout" I met at Kinkos for helping me salvage something out of it all.

Also thanks to columnist and author Steven Sawicki, for his support and helpful comments during the crisis. "Good think you had a backup of all your data along," He said deadpan. "Otherwise I'd bet you'd be really upset about now." Yeah, a backup. Good idea.

I've always wanted to go walkabout myself, and having decided to settle down in matrimony with EJ McClure, who's off keeping the world safe for democracy in the Navy at present, it seemed like the ideal time to pack a station wagon and a camera and head West. When traveling west, it seemed only right to follow the country's most famous highway...even if it was decommissioned decades ago.

Digital Camera Magazine editor Dave MacNeill got enthused enough about the project to offer me space to run a photo spread, and off I went to find America.

You can pop over to my travelogue and photos at www.e357.net,  pick up the next issue of Digital Camera Magazine to see how it came out or you can come to Worldcon in Philly at the end of August and come see my "In Search of the Gersnback Continuum" presentation  

Friday 12:00 noon: Gernsback Continuum Revisited: 
Retro-visionary Future Along Route 66 

This issue wound up covering a slightly greater time span than usual, so we're calling it the Summer 2001 issue. The game plan is to do an issue as soon as possible after Worldcon to include coverage of that worthy event, and to get back on a monthly schedule with that.

In this issue, you'll find the regular columns, including Sawicki's Wicked DVD review, The Prolific John Berlyne's UK updates for June, July, and August, Sharon Archer's US releases for the summer, and David Marsh's gloomy outlook for the near furture of SF Film. And more

EJ McClure favors us with a review of Lois Bujold's new book, Curse of Chalion, and EJ, John Berlyne (UK), Amy Harlib, Dave Goldfeder and Lavie Tidhar (UK) bring us a slew of reviews of books near and far, known and unknown.

Media gets its share of attention, and you'll find a schedule of new fall releases under SFTV

There are even photo features from Roswell, NM, the Science Fiction Research Association meeting in New York, and a visit to the worlds longest running SF club, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Association. 

Two features that didn't make it into this issue are the review and interview of Neil Gaiman and his latest book, American Gods. Don't wait for us though, this is a great book and if you have any interest in contemporary fantasy, the immigration of spirits, or just plain good storytelling, pick it up now and look forward to getting the story behind the story next issue.

The other feature is a retrospective on Poul Anderson, who died recently. Poul was one of my favorite authors, a gracious person at conventions whose loss diminishes us considerably. Rather than do a hasty job now, we're holding off to do a better job later.

Enough preamble. Jump in and see how we've spent our summer vacation at www.sfrevu.com!

Ernest Lilley
Editor, SFRevu