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Editorial Matters - December 2012 by Gayle Surrette
SFRevu *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: EM122012
Date: 01 December 2012

Links: Gayle's Blog / Astronomy Picture of the Day /

PHOTO: The Black Hole in the Milky Way. Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, NuSTAR project. Explanation: At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, a mere 27,000 light-years away, lies a black hole with 4 million times the mass of the Sun. Fondly known as Sagittarius A* (pronounced A-star), the Milky Way's black hole is fortunately mild-mannered compared to the central black holes in distant active galaxies, much more calmly consuming material around it.

Welcome to our December 2012 issue. Hopefully, you'll find plenty of titles to add to your To-Be-Read lists and maybe even find some titles that are just right for a reader on your gift list.

While many genre magazines are disappearing, Sam Tomaino found a new online magazine to add to his Zines, Magazines, and Short Fiction column, adding John Joseph Adam's horror magazine, Nightmare. Sam reviews issues 1 and 2 this month. Another magazine making a reappearance is Clarkesworld.

We also noted that more stand-alone short fiction is being published. We've broken reviews of these stories out of Sam's column and started a Short Fiction Review section on our main page.

While we're searching for a replacement for John Berlyne to handle the UK Books Column, I wanted to point out that most of the books we review and have listed in our US Book Column have a link to their entry on the Amazon UK website. Hopefully, that will help our UK readers find interesting reading material in the interim.

This is also the time of year when we try to decide what to do next year to make this online magazine more useful for our readers. We'd love to hear from our readers. Please use the comment form on the bottom of this page to let us know what you'd like to see more of, what you think we should cover that we currently don't, or what we're doing right.

To all our readers, we wish you a happy holiday season free of all crimes and misdemeanors except what you find between the pages of a good book.

Now for our usual announcements:

Reviewers Wanted:
While we're happy to have a core of great reviewers for SFRevu, we get more books each month than we've got readers for and we'd like to have more. If you have a great desire to review SF/Fantasy for no pay but the glory of a byline, write to us at editor (at) sfrevu.com telling us a bit about yourself and send a 500 word (or so) review of a book that you have recently read. We should be able to get back to you within the month. (Please let us know what country you reside in -- the cost of mailing books outside the US/Canada may be an issue.)

News Column:
We started a News column last month. If you have a news item or announcement that you think would be of interest to readers of SF, send to: editor (at) sfrevu.com.

Convention Calendar:
We'd like to add a convention calendar to our magazine. We've made a start. However, we don't have time to scour the Internet looking for what's happening in the SF/Fantasy arena. Please send us your convention listings. Send to: editor (at) sfrevu.com.

Letters to the Editor(s):
We'd like to hear from you ... yes, you. What do you think of our magazine? How could we make it better? Do you like our reviews? What are your thoughts on the SF and Fantasy and their subgenres? Write to us at editor (at) sfrevu.com.

Publishers Take Note:
Material sent to us will be listed in our books-received column and may also be commented on or reviewed. With few exceptions, material not sent will not be listed or reviewed. Please send materials to SFRevu c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613. Or if you publish in the UK or Europe send to: John Berlyne c/o SFRevu, 27 Clarence Gardens, London, NW1 3LH, United Kingdom

Media People Take Note:
It's rather difficult to review newly released DVDs or other media when we don't get a copy. So, if you'd like us to review something, send material to SFRevu c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613. Media publishers in the UK or Europe send to: John Berlyne c/o SFRevu, 27 Clarence Gardens, London, NW1 3LH, United Kingdom

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