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!