September. It’s Here Already

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! Did you happen to see the Hugo Awards last night? If not, that’s okay. I tried watching it, but between my wonky internet and the stream going down, I only managed to see bits and pieces. Still, it was a pretty awesome event. I really wish I could have been there. If you’re interested in who won, here’s a link. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

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Our First Year

One year ago this month we released our first issue. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long already, but it really has. Sometimes I have to pinch myself while looking at a calendar just to make sure it’s true. In fact, I’m about to try it out again in another minute just to be sure I’m not still asleep.

Over the last year, I feel that I’ve learned a lot, not only about publishing an electronic magazine, but also about myself. One of the largest lessons I’ve learned during this year is that I can’t do all of this alone. There are always things that will pop up that can’t be prevented. But the show must go on. And if I were to do this all alone, the show wouldn’t even be able to happen.

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Editorial: Wasn’t June Crazy?

June’s now gone and past. But it it was one heck of a great month for our genre. The NSA – Snowden scandal has helped push the sale of George Orwell’s 1984. Hopefully people are actually reading the book instead of just buying it because everyone else is. But I have faith in people, and I’ll say most of them will get around to it sooner or later. This month has also given us a little more information about two of the biggest forthcoming game systems: the Xbox One and PS4. But some of the new developments have gamers wondering if they’d want to buy the new systems.

Just these two June stories should have writers going with smoke flying from their keyboards. Why? Both of these stories demand us to ask what privacy and digital ownership is, not only in our modern day, but also in the future. These have been popular topics in sci-fi for years, and I have a feeling that our current events will spark a newfound interest in them. I’m actually expecting to see a few stories in the near future in the form of short stories, books, television, and even film.

Anyways, welcome to our July issue! This marks issue twelve for us our last issue for our first year. Can you believe it? We’ve made it through an entire year! We love it and we hope to keep bringing you more stories. We’ve got some great ones coming your way next month for our first year celebration issue.

Q&A with AJ Fitzwater

1.) Summer’s finally in full swing, and that means it’s time for super hero movies at the box office. Rolling along with that theme, if you were a super hero (or villain!), what would your powers be? And how would you use those powers to fight evil (or good!)?

I was just brain burping out loud about this on Twitter the other day. It changes, depending on what’s happening in the news. Sometimes I just want FEENOMINUL GAWDLIKE POWAHS (eety beety living space) to make everyone love each other. Sometimes I just want to fly. I wrote a story to that effect, that’s coming out soon – I often dream of wanting to fly, but being tethered by gravity or power lines. Lately, I wish I could read and write super fast. My To Read pile taunts me, and I’d love the simple power of my words to change lives. Person reading: “Oh hey…’Don’t be a douchecanoe’ *poof* Wow! I love you man!”

If I could choose from modern superheroes, I’d want to be Iron Man. It’s the suit, the snappy one liners, and the beard…

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Q&A with John Davies

1.) Summer’s finally in full swing, and that means it’s time for super hero movies at the box office. Rolling along with that theme, if you were a super hero (or villain!), what would your powers be? And how would you use those powers to fight evil (or good!)?

Anti-Commuter Bore Man; actively charged with fighting all known bores encountered going about your daily business, and generally instilling in these time-destroying fiends the ability to raise their conversational game beyond the contents of their breakfast. Pretty much Larry David in spandex pants.

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Q&A with Rose Blackthorn

1.) Summer’s finally in full swing, and that means it’s time for super hero movies at the box office. Rolling along with that theme, if you were a super hero (or villain!), what would your powers be? And how would you use those powers to fight evil (or good!)?

The super-powers that I’ve seen in comics/films that always appealed to me were control over the weather like Storm from the X-Men. To be able to rustle up a thunderstorm at whim, or even just bring in some fog when you’re in the mood would be very cool. Not sure about using them to fight with, but it would be an awful lot of fun!

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