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Editorial Matters - June 2009 by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: ED062009
Date: 01 June 2009

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[Note: Photo from Astronomy Picture of the Day: In 1999 September, this dramatic and detailed image was recorded by the EIT experiment on board the space-based SOHO observatory in the light emitted by ionized Helium. It shows hot plasma escaping into space as a fiery prominence breaks free from magnetic confinement a hundred thousand kilometers above the Sun.]

The road to the June issue was filled with black holes, worm holes, and detours due to the building of space by-passes -- but, we made it and you're now reading our June issue. What was the cause of all these delays? Well, we moved the magazine from one host to another. It's a move that has been in the works for a while and this May we took the steps to "make it so". Moving will give us some updated software and greater capability to make the changes to the magazine that we've been planning. However, as those of you in IT know, nothing is ever simple and, while readers didn't notice any interruption in service -- the administrative staff was locked out of the databases and code during the move and the re-pointing of the DNS. So, getting it all together was a bit of a scramble this past week and a half.

Due to some fortuitous circumstances, we have three reviews of Jay Lake's newest novel, Green. So, this month, for this book, you can compare the impressions of the book by reading the reviews of Tom Easton, Steve Sawicki, and Harriet Klausner. There's also a review of Kim Harrison's first young adult novel, Once Dead, Twice Shy

June also seems to be a great month for graphic novels, and we have reviews of The Dresden Files: Storm Front Vol. 1 The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher, Adapted by Mark Powers, and Illustrated by Adain Syaf as well as Graphic Classics Volume 17: Science Fiction Classics. We'd also like to turn your attention to a novella published by PS Publishing of Mystery Hill by Alex Irvine. This quirky story definitely deserves notice -- it's quirky, hilariously funny, sadly touching, as well as a bitingly accurate in portrayal of some of humanity's less endearing qualities.

Of course, Sam Tomaino has once again reviewed the short fiction magazines in the field and turned in an overview of what is out there this month. Check out his reviews and support the magazines whether online or print that publish so many writers of SF/F/H short fiction.

Our Canadian correspondent, Charles Mohapel, has spent a goodly amount of time this month watching newly released DVDs and Blu-ray discs. He gives his impressions of the special features to be found on these new releases.

Now for our regular 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) 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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