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Editorial Matters - April 2009 by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: EM0904
Date: 03 March 2009

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[Note on Photo: From Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Helix Nebula from La Silla Observatory, Credit: WFI, MPG/ESO 2.2-m Telescope, La Silla Obs., ESO.
Explanation: Will our Sun look like this one day? The Helix Nebula is one of brightest and closest examples of a planetary nebula, a gas cloud created at the end of the life of a Sun-like star.]

I for one am certainly glad March is over with. As regular readers know, I've been having a bit of a problem lately with time -- I'm still loosing gobs of time. We're a small shop here at SFRevu and when one of us is felled by illness some of the niceties of the next issue just don't seem to get done -- this month that was me felled by a flu/cold combo and the lost niceties are the feature articles.

However, on the plus side, we've got an amazing diversity of content. Sam Tomanio has turned in his review of a number of online and print magazine and the fiction they contain. Charles Mohapel managed to turn in reviews of DVDs that fit into our genre (he also includes the disk content listing so you can tell if the special feature make it worth it for you). Once again, John Berlyne has managed to pull together his UK column letting us know what's being released in April in the UK. We also managed to gather an impressive number of reviews this month which include books being published this month and some from the previous months.

Two reviews that I'd particularly like to bring your attention to are The Last Book by Zoran Zivkovic (a classic old-fashioned mystery with a rather strange twist) and The Hiss of Escaping Air by Christopher Golden where folklore and reality come together in possibly dangerous way. Both these novellas are published by PS Publishing a UK publisher that we haven't managed to include in our reviews on the US side until recently. We hope to be reviewing more of their offerings in the future.

Following is our usual list of announcements. As always we're open for new reviewers, if you're interested check the details below and apply.

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) 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.

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)

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)

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)

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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