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August, 2004 : Editorial:

Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Wallflower

Welcome to a new edition of The Internet Review of Science Fiction.

One of the most common questions I've gotten recently (at least, in my capacity as editor at IROSF) is "Will I see you at WorldCon?"

The short, inexcusable answer is: no.

IROSF will, I regret to report, have no presence whatsoever at WorldCon this year, due to a couple of unfortunate conflicts. You might wonder, how can any serious magazine fail to make an appearance at the annual gathering of Science Fiction's most dedicated practitioners and fans?

On the one hand, part of me wants to say: our presence or absence at some convention surely does not make our content any more or less interesting. But, in a real sense, events like WorldCon form a space where ideas are hatched, where dreams are born, where visionaries of the field air their visions—and who knows what the consequences will be. I am sure that many magazines, anthologies, and books have been born—or at least conceived—at WorldCon. Probably a few humans, too.

So, my apologies to those of you who were hoping to say hi. (You're always welcome to visit our offices here in Seattle.)

I am tempted to make all sorts of promises about how outgoing we plan to be in 2005, but I'm going to resist that desire.

Back in the early days of the internet, when visiting random personal home pages was still considered a sort of voyeuristic thrill, a common graphic one encountered was the little digging guy in a yellow diamond. "Under Construction." A website under construction, one soon realized, was most patently not under construction. It was an abandoned hole in the ground. Promises of pages to come were empty promises indeed.

For now, we are what we are, and apparently, that's a frumpy stay-at-home wallflower.

The good news is that more people are reading each issue than ever before. I assume that those of you clicking on the editorial page are doing so out of politeness more than anything, and it's very nice of you to do so. But I can see that our reviews, our essays, our features are getting thousands of readers for each issue, and the archives are proving to be quite popular, too.

Personally, I feel that this magazine is really starting to achieve some of the breadth and depth in each issue that I had hoped for. One doesn't want to be complacent, but sometimes the improvement is almost palpable. Those are exciting moments.

Here's to more of them!

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.


Aug 21, 19:52 by John Frost
Constructive criticism welcome. Praise, too.
Aug 22, 06:10 by John Boyden
I write editorials too. *chuckle* I enjoyed this one: ir was simple, to the point and likely answered an often asked question and provided good promotion of the magazine. Not a bad accomplishment, at all, at all. I do regret you will not be at Dragon*Con this year.

Aug 22, 06:42 by Janine Stinson
Nonsense, I read the editorials in each issue. I read everything in every issue! I like most of it, and that includes the editorials; it's always instructive to read which of his thoughts a publication's editor feels are fit for public consumption. Thanks for keeping them interesting.
Aug 24, 21:07 by Mike Brotherton
Just out of curiosity, if you don't mind sharing, what is the readership up to?
Aug 25, 13:58 by Bluejack
Just under 2,000 right now, although of course we haven't instituted any sort of payment requirements yet. Even as it is, the fact that creating an account is required dissuades a substantial percentage of visitors who poke around the site without setting up an account. It seems as though about 2/3 of registered visitors visit within the first week of a new issue being up.

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