Welcome to November's issue of The Internet Review of Science Fiction. This is the second month in a row we're a little late, and while this is probably no great inconvenience to most readers, and certainly not unheard of in the world of independent publishing, it might just give one or two potential writers out there pause.
You might just be asking yourself, are these people for real? Are they stable? Are they serious? Are they professional? Maybe I should find some other market for my insightful, challenging essay.
Well, we've had our ups and downs over the past couple of months, but let me answer these questions: Yes, No, Yes, Usually, and No, you shouldn't. You should send it to us, first.
In fact, IROSF is closing in on its second birthday. We are receiving more high quality submissions than we ever have before. We have thousands of readers each month, including many prominent authors, editors, and agents in the field. It's a pretty exciting time to be part of the magazine.
On the downside, we're not as organized as we need to be if we're going to make the transition to the next level of professionalism, some of our technology is rather unfinished, a lot of the features I, personally, have wanted to develop remain in the wishful thinking stage, and we don't have any income.
On an even more significant, but hopefully temporary downside, several of our senior editors have found Real Life (in some of its more unhappy and problematic forms) coming between them and the magazine. This happens in any organization, but it's even more likely in a small, all-volunteer group.
So, all things considered, I am of the opinion that The Internet Review of Science Fiction is at a crossroads in its life. I don't know quite which road we are going to head down from here, and I don't know what kind of a vehicle we'll be in, and I couldn't say for sure where any of the roads ends up.
But the road so far has been pretty interesting, and I have every reason to believe that around this current curve of asphalt it gets more interesting still. One thing I can say without reservation: I'm looking forward to discovering what the future may bring.
Isn't that what Science Fiction is all about?