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—
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—
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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—
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!