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Editorial Matters - August 2009 by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Date: 01 Aug 2009

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

[Photo from Astronomy Picture of the Day: Explanation: Born in supernovae, pulsars are spinning neutron stars, collapsed stellar cores left from the death explosions of massive stars. Traditionally identified and studied by observing their regular radio pulsations, two dozen pulsars have now been detected at extreme gamma-ray energies by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope]

Wow. What an issue we have for you for August. First off, we've been working with Emily S. Whitten, Vice Chair of the North American Discworld Convention for an interview with Terry Pratchett. This has been in the works since 2008 but Terry's schedule was pretty full as was his PR department and we only got the go ahead this week. The interview is the longest one we've every published and it is pure Pratchett from start to finish. This interview is going to also be published on the North American Discworld website.

As if scoring an interview with Terry Pratchett wasn't enough, Drew Bittner managed to sit down with Mike Carey and talk about Mike's work with Alex Ross and The Torch. While we promised Drew's interview with Scott Neitlich of Mattel Toys last month, it took longer than expected to go through the approval process -- so here it is. I'm sure you'll enjoy learning how Mattel's toys go from concept to your store shelves as much as I did.

If you a fan of Tim Powers, you're in for a treat this month. We have a review of John Berlyne's (yes, our UK correspondent, John Berlyne) Powers: Secret Histories a bibliographical cornucopia. I really can't say enough good things about this book not only is it informative, interesting, and comprehensive, it's a beautiful volume for any collector or fan of Powers' work.

We also have our usual columns and books reviews covering all segments of science fiction, fantasy, and this month we even have some horror reviews.

Please enjoy our August issue and take the time to drop us a note to let us know what we're doing right and where you think we could improve. Feedback is important to help us provide the best online magazine we can for the science fiction and fantasy community.

Don't forget to read over our 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. (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)

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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