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.