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Stacey Janssen

Managing Editor:
Dave Noonan


  • 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


  • Marti McKenna
  • Bridget McKenna


  • Geb Brown

Publisher: Bluejack

September, 2009 : Editorial:

The Typical Smattering

Well, here we are in September. It's good to be back behind the proverbial wheel of what I have apparently decided is the IROSF ship. I know the team put out a great issue in my absence, and I just want to take this time to really thank all of our editors for stepping up and taking on more than usual for the issue. If this editorial were a more interactive forum, I would ask all of you to stand and give the team a round of applause, but given the limitations of this venue, some kind words for them in the comments section should suffice. I know that I can't thank them enough.

October is quickly encroaching upon us, and if you remember my editorial from last October, then you'll remember that I'm looking forward to featuring articles next month that highlight dark fantasy, dark SF, and horror. Like last year, however, I'm a little late to the game with my call for themed submissions. I consider it a plus that I'm getting it out into the world at all, but I really did want to be able to give our contributors a bit more warning. Next year's Dark Issue will be much better planned—third time's the charm, right? In the meantime, I'll do my best to gather what I can to at least make sure that you know that I know it's October.

Having covered last month and next month, how about we talk about September's issue and the things we're doing right now? I think this issue has some great stuff, including Con Reports for both WisCon and WorldCon. If you've been off the con circuit for a while, these can be a great way to remind you of what you've been missing—not to mention a great way to catch you up. You also won't want to miss our reviews this month, including a great one from our resident film expert, Daniel M. Kimmel.

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A word on advertising. Google expressly forbids us to encourage our readers to click on ads, even though that puts money directly in our pockets. Naturally, if you saw something interesting and wanted to click on an ad, it certainly wouldn't do anyone any harm, but don't forget that you can also buy advertising space here on IROSF. Many have to good result. This month, I'd like to call your attention to the ad for Story Tracker, over there on the right. This is a pretty nifty gadget for the writers among you who could use a little extra book-keeping help when it comes to keeping track of your submissions. This advertisement, we can—and do—encourage you to follow. There's also a free version of the software if you just want to check it out.

Ok, by now the applause has died down, so I can thank the volunteers who helped put this issue together. We have an increasing number of volunteers, which is great since not everyone can contribute in a given month. Special thanks this month goes to:

  • Mishell Baker
  • Amy Goldschlager
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Emily Lupton
  • Paula Stiles

Now, let's get September underway. I hope you enjoy it!

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.


Sep 5, 06:45 by IROSF
Comment Below!
Sep 5, 11:36 by Walt Gottesman
Kudos to all the editors, volunteer and otherwise! Thank you for your "Smattering" Stacey. It's informative and entertaining. I'm hooked, will read the rest of this issue. Good way to start this Labor Day weekend.
Sep 16, 00:57 by J Andrews
Submission trackers are very useful. If I had an iTouch, that would be very, very tempting. Plus, geeky writerly fun!

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