Final Staff

Editor-in-Chief:
Stacey Janssen

Managing Editor:
Dave Noonan

Editors

  • Mishell Baker
  • Bluejack
  • Amy Goldschlager
  • Emily Lupton
  • R. K. MacPherson
  • Scott James Magner
  • Robin Shantz

Copy Editors

  • Sarah L. Edwards
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Sherry D. Ramsey
  • Rena Saimoto
  • Paula Stiles

Editors-at-Large

  • Marti McKenna
  • Bridget McKenna

Publicity

  • Geb Brown

Publisher: Bluejack

February, 2009 : Editorial:

Prizes, Polls, and Participation

We're a Semiprozine!

That was me, making an "announcement" for next year's Hugos. This year, we are eligible for the Fanzine category.

In case you can't tell, it's Hugo season—that special time of year when you remember the people who love you and then remind them that you are eligible for nomination in x, y, and z category. Since all the cool kids are doing it, we just want to take a moment to remind you that The Internet Review of Science Fiction is eligible for the Best Fanzine category and that each of our contributors is eligible for Best Fan Writer! Is there an article that really sticks out in your mind, but you can't remember the author's name? Now you can take advantage of our brand new Search feature, which you can see on the upper left of your screen. (This is where I do my Vanna White move.) Also, if you're thinking of sitting out the nomination process all together this year, then this is an article that you can't miss.

Speaking of fantastic new features, we've got a few more announcements that I feel less inclined to put quotes around. Besides the amazing Search feature, we have a newly instituted Readers' Poll. We are looking to make some improvements to IROSF: so naturally we want to make sure that our changes will please our readers. To help us figure out what you would like to see, we thought that the best way would be to just ask you. Each month, we'll post a new question on something that we've been considering—this month it is our publishing schedule. How often would you like to see IROSF? Is once a month enough? Would you prefer a bit less content a few more times a month? Visit this month's Readers' Poll to cast your vote!

Next on our non-quoted announcement list, IROSF is hooked up for all your social networking needs—whether you're on Twitter, want to join our Facebook group, or want to become our fan on Facebook, we've got you covered. On a similar note, you may notice at the top and bottom of each article that you can now share articles among your favorite sites, including Digg, StumbleUpon, and many others. If you're still working on helping us spread the word, we're making it easier than ever.

Besides the Search feature and the "Share" buttons, you can also thank Bluejack for the ability to comment right in the articles! (It still takes you to the forums after commenting, but one step at a time. We'll get there.)

Finally, have you ever thought about buying one of our shirts from CaféPress, but then gone to the website and decided that the design was too boring and not worth the money? Well, we are ready to fix this problem while simultaneously letting you get even more involved with your favorite Fanzine-this-year-Semiprozine-next-year. (Smooth, right?) We are officially instituting our first-ever T-shirt design contest!* Design the shirt that you've always wanted to see up on CaféPress and submit it here or email it to contest@irosf.com by publication of our March issue (that's the first Wednesday in March).

We hope you enjoy our new features and that you'll participate in our poll as well as our contest! And, as always, we hope you like this month's issue.


* We understand that designers are professionals who should be paid for their work. No one should feel obligated to participate in this contest. IROSF fans who choose to participate understand that they are donating their time and efforts for the potential betterment of our magazine and the IROSF community and are in it to have a good time.


Copyright © 2009, Stacey Janssen. All Rights Reserved.

About Stacey Janssen

Stacey was born and raised in Southern California. She worked dispatch for several years before moving to Seattle in 2006, and graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Creative Writing in 2009. She now writes video game content by day. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Internet Review of Science Fiction.

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