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May, 2004 : Editorial:

Collaborative Criticism

Just a brief note this month.

(And after last month's tirade, perhaps that will be a relief to all concerned.)

As of May 21st, The Internet Review of Science Fiction has now published its fifth issue. Subscriptions are increasing, and contributions are starting to pick up a little. While we continue to work to improve the site -- a process slower than we would like, but on the editorial end, this is a volunteer effort -- there are also things we're still looking for:

Wanted: One Proofreader. Some HTML necessary, excellent command of the English language required. To our disappointment, not all submissions that we want to publish arrive in perfect, pristine condition. And we've been known to make them worse during translation to the web. If you might be inclined to give us a hand here, drop a note to me with some writing samples. As among the editors, this is not a paid position, but rather an opportunity to work on a project that you think has value. If at some point we do have positive cash flow, then some will flow to proofreaders.

Wanted: Good Ideas. From contributors, readers, authors, subscribers, or would-be editors. Help us figure out how this experiment towards professional criticism in a digital venue can work. Email me; use the forums; whatever. Keep the ideas flowing!

Wanted: Book Reviews. Reviews are still the single-most rejected category of submission, and the reason for this is that we want more than a quick plot summary and a rating. For a sense of what we would like to see, read the New York Times Book Review. In particular, we're looking for coverage of newly released hardcovers and paperbacks. Most of all, we're looking for analytical coverage that really digs into what makes a book work -- or how it fails. Intelligent, thoughtful, and well researched reviews that bring original insights to fiction are what we're paying for.

The Internet Review of Science Fiction is an ongoing experiment, and we will continue to play around with what works. The primary goal, of course, is to provide a global forum for "the deep analysis that seeks to understand the heart, mind, and soul of the literature; that identifies the energies, the ideas, and the visions of our most visionary writers; and the cultural, political, and social contexts underlying it all."

How we get there remains to be seen, but I am sure that if this can be done at all, it will only be done with your help.

Copyright © 2004, John Frost. All Rights Reserved.

About John Frost

John has spent many years avidly reading science fiction and fantasy: the good, the bad, and the beautiful. In addition to editing The Internet Review of Science Fiction, he teaches computer science.


May 21, 15:46 by John Frost
Anything you want to say about this issue? The editorial? This is the place.
May 26, 06:49 by LP Turner
You said it all, when you stated that you were seeking to provide a global forum for the deep analysis that seeks to understand the heart, mind, and soul of the literature; that identifies the energies, the ideas, and the visions of our most visionary writers; and the cultural, political, and social contexts underlying it all.
Keep this manifesto, and those who are truly visionary will exhort themselves to provide this world with word of the wonders that may be to come. For example, examine the efforts of This small company, these few hearty souls recently announced to the space access world in Phoenix last month (April, 2004) that within seven years they would produce a gateway to space, lifting material to orbit for pennies per ton. If this is true - test the statements yourself - the doors of heaven are open as only science fiction has opened them heretofore. Perhaps someone will write this up along with a companion fiction piece to expound on the meaning of it all.
Jun 1, 11:36 by John Frost

I am frankly astounded at how many qualified people volunteered to help with proofreading. (Nine!) It makes me even more excited about the future of IROSF -- not just because there will be fewer typos, which is always a good thing, but because the good will and interest among individuals of this caliber suggest that we really are filling a need out there.

The magazine still has some progress to make in filling that niche to my own satisfaction, but so far we seem to be on an upward track.

Thanks to all who expressed interest!

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