Review by Gayle Surrette
Date: 01 March 2009
Links: Astronomy Photo of the Day / Gayle's Blog /
[Photo is from the Astronomy Photo of the Day: Explanation: Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula. Also known as M42, the nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1,500 light-years away. This detailed image of the Orion Nebula is the sharpest ever, constructed using data from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys and the European Southern Observatory's La Silla 2.2 meter telescope. The mosaic contains a billion pixels at full resolution and reveals about 3,000 stars. ]
We've got a great issue for you this month. First, Drew Bittner managed to score an interview with J.M. DeMatteis, where among other things J.M. talks about his new comic, The Life and Times of Savior 28.
Danny Birt supplied us with an interview with Rob Balder where they talk about The Music of Fandom: Filk, Wizard Rock, Nerdcore, and More. SFRevu hasn't been able to do much coverage of the filk and music scene at conventions and we thank Danny for helping us to fill that gap in our coverage.
We've got our usual columns: John Berlyne gives us his overview of what's coming out in the UK along with two reviews. Sam Tomaino covers short fiction magazines and zines. Our staff tries to keep up with media, news, and convention coverage.
We've also got an interesting variety of reviews this month, some of books by authors we haven't seen here for a while. I'm really excited about the number of reviews we've been managing to have here each month because it means we're giving you some feedback on what's out there and worth reading.
A Note on Convention coverage: This year our staff will unfortunately have to cut down the number of conventions we attend. If you are attending a science fiction or fantasy or related convention we'd really like to have you write up your experiences and submit them to us. (No pay, but you do get a byline.)
Now for our regular announcements:
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.
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.
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, 8 Elm Grove, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7JY, 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, 8 Elm Grove, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7JY, United Kingdom.
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