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!
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.
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.
What? Memorial Day has already come and gone? That only means it’s the unofficial start of summer (the official start of summer is only three weeks away, on June 21st). To those of you who have recently graduated from high school, college, or university, just let me say congratulations. You’ve already made huge strides forward. Keep going at it and continue to pursue your goals. To those of you who have been out for a while, keep pursuing your goals, too. And make sure to find some time to sit back and enjoy yourselves. These next couple of months are going to fly by, and sooner than you know it, October will be here and you will have realized that you haven’t put any thought into the novel for NaNoWriMo that you made a New Year’s resolution to write this year. (Sound all too familiar?) Just try not to let yourself get so pulled into busywork that you forget about the small stuff. Summer’s the season that we tend to overlook those things the most. Think about it. When was the last time you let yourself see a fun movie at the cinema? Went to the beach to catch up on some summer reading? Or enjoyed an ice cream cone (or two) at the park with your son/daughter, nephew/niece, or even your dog? Summer is here. Let us enjoy it while it lasts.
It looks like I’m a little late in getting the editorial up for you this month. But this time I’m sort of happy I did so, mainly because I can say May the Fourth be with you. That’s right. Happy Star Wars Day. I hope you’re enjoying each and every film and everything else that has spun off from the original trilogy.
Also, speaking of May, did you know that May is National Short Story Month? Go ahead and tell your friends. The more of us who know about it, the more of us there will be who can celebrate short stories together.
And don’t forget to celebrate Towel Day in memory of Douglas Adams at the end of the month (May 25th). I’ll try to have a towel on me.
Interstellar Fiction has been around for almost a year now, and we’re all very proud of it’s progress. However, a few of us were chatting and have decided that the magazine is not niche enough. We must go deeper. The decision was to start publishing what I affectionately like to call botrotica: robot erotica. We have noticed the success of books like “Fifty Shades of Gray”, and we’re looking for the next one, only involving robots. So if you’re familiar for “Fifty Shades of Gray”, we’re looking for something like “Fifty Shades of Steel and Circuitry”.
We even have a couple of stories ready to publish next month.
- 01001100011011110111011001100101: Code of Love
- Input Required
- A Longing Circuit
- Heart of Titanium
They are all promising, especially if you’re into botrotica. And we’re sure that they’ll get your circuits burnin’ and keep all your appendages fully lubed.
If you’d like more information or would like to submit, just follow this link.