Editorial License - by Ernest Lilley - Editor/SFRevuReviews and Interviews from the genres of SF, Fantasy, and Techno fiction.
That's what I promised in our first issue back in June '97. Just to get an idea of how we've grown, you can still link over to our June 1997 Issue. I'm pleased to note that it doesn't read badly, but amused that we've run articles longer than the whole thing.
Maybe that's why it gets harder rather than easier to get them out every month, it's sure not because it's less fun!
Over the last few years I've had the assistance of a lot of talented people who've been doing this for the fun of sharing their opinions with the world and their love of the genre. First and foremost my thanks have to go to Sharon Archer, SFRevu's Associate Editor. Though I have on occasion tried, you can't do a job like this without someone to sound ideas off of, and even more importantly to keep me out of trouble when I can't see the reviewers for the reviews. A second generation SF fan, Sharon's love for the genre is fully equal to mine, and her balance has been invaluable.
It seems hard to believe that John Berlyne, SFRevu's UK Associate editor, has only been with us since October 2000, when he gave us his first review, Look To Windward by Ian M. Banks, and helped me expand our coverage across the sea. John's contributions, including finding great reviewers in the UK like Iain Emsley, who conducted this month's interview with author Jude Fisher, have made SFRevu a much better, more rounded, and significant voice in the SF community.
Hopefully you're familiar with the SFRevu Columnists, Steve Sawicki, Daniel Dern, Asta Sinusas, and David Marsh, without whom I wouldn't have a clue as to what was going on in the SF world. Thanks to each of you.
Of course SFRevu is about reviews, and it wouldn't exist without the contributions of reviewers like Dave Goldfeder, EJ McClure, Don Smith, Bruce Wallace and now Victoria McManus, whom we welcome this issue with two reviews: Mindworlds by Phyllis Gotlieb and Sanctuary by Lynn Abbey.
There are many who have contributed over the past five years who have moved on to other projects, and we thank them all. I can't think of any that we wouldn't be happy to have a contribution from if they find the time.
The professional world of Authors, Editors and Publicists has also been both warmly receptive and tremendously supportive to us. One of the high points of my editorship was when Mary Russell, the author of The Sparrow, told me that she had gotten her British contract courtesy of a review I had written. I started this to contribute to a field that I've gotten a lot out of, so that sort of thing means a lot.
Besides the opportunity to read a lot of Science Fiction, and often before it comes out, the thing I've enjoyed most has been talking to authors, especially new ones. The feeling that I get when I discover a new talent that I can share with others is exactly the feeling I'm in this for. And we've talked to a lot of authors, not mention editors like Gardner Dozois and artists like Bob Eggleton.
Sharon put together a list of authors we've done features on, and they include: Catherine Asaro, Neil Asher, Ben Bova, David Brin, Terry Brooks, Ovidiu Bufnila, Lois McMaster Bujold, Brenda Clough, John Clute, Cecilia Dart-Thorton, Michael Flynn, James Alan Gardner, Joe Haldeman, James Halperin, Jr., Homer H. Hickam, James P. Hogan, J.Gregory Keyes, Nancy Kress, Wil McCarthy, Sean McMullen, China Mieville, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. , Richard Morgan, Eric Nylund, Jerry Oltion, Richardo Pinto, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Alastair Reynolds, John Ringo, Spider Robinson, Mary Doria Russell, Don Sakers, Robert Sawyer, Martin Scott (Millar), L.Neil Smith, Allen Steele, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, Harry Turtledove, Vernor Vinge, James White.
Before SFRevu, I did a newsletter for Sci-Fi Talk, and we did many more there as well.
So it's been a heady five year mission. I said my favorite part was hobnobbing with authors and sharing great books with readers, but that's not quite true. The best part has been working with the SFRevu crew, some of whom we've been able to give their first chance to be published.
We're setting out from space dock for the next five years now, with bigger engines and better sensors. The ship looks better than ever, and the crew is ready to explore new frontiers and report back to Earth.
We hope you come along on our new adventures, because that's why we're going out there.
© 2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu