Wow. It’s March already. What happened to February? It just seemed to whiz right by. I suppose that’s what happens when the month has only twenty-eight days in a normal year. On the bright side, if you’re looking to try something new for a month, February would be the best time to test it. I’ll have to remember that for next year.
Anyways, welcome to the eighth issue of Interstellar Fiction. We’ve got a lot of great stuff lined up for you this month.
First, if you’re interested, electronic formats of our first two issues are now available. Just check out our back issues page. The first issue is even free after you pay with a Tweet or Facebook post. Otherwise, back issues are going for $1.99 for the entire pack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI).
That brings me to our next piece of news. I’d like to announce two big goals that we’re setting this month. The first goal is to have two back issues ready for you each month. That means issues three and four will be available in April, five and six in May, seven and eight in June, nine and ten in July, and issues eleven and twelve in August. And the other goal is to start making current issues available by August. Who knows. Maybe we’ll even try to surprise you and speed up the process a little bit and have current issues available by July.
And just because we want to get to know you better, we have a survey that we’d like you to fill out. There are only thirteen questions. Just follow this link to the survey. I promise, it’ll be quick and painless. And I’ll even share the results on our blog at the end of the month so you’ll be able to know what kind of people you hang with by reading our awesome magazine.
Now, before I forget, we have four great stories for you this month. Really, you should check them out.
- “Robot Origins” by Bruce H. Markuson — Robots have colonized much of the galaxy. They are sentient beings, they know of no other type of living things. However they have no idea were they came from, what are robot origins. They have established and live in a conformist and stable robot society. Until one robot discovers a technology beyond all there comprehension. It is a “biological specimen” called a “fly” and this changes robot society forever.
- “Biggest Times Infinity” by Shane D. Rhinewald — When government turmoil shuts down the space program, six astronauts find themselves stranded aboard the national space station. Not only must they contend with dwindling supplies, but they also have to face their insecurities, doubts about humanity, and their own tumultuous relationships.
- “Unfinished Projects” by Darren Goosens — With a bitter ex-wife and a half-finished house, Simon thought life was bad enough. Then an alien crash-landed on his garage.
- “Stupid Manuscripts” by Antha Ann Adkins — Hugh wants to do brilliant scientific research, but he’s trapped reading nonsense papers, until one day one of the papers almost makes sense …
And our featured art this month, Robocop, by Emil Goska.
Make sure you stick around for April. There will be stories by Eric Del Carlo, Michael Hodges, Gunnar De Winter, and Michaele Jordan.
And don’t forget. There are a number of ways to stay current with our news, updates, and miscellaneous items.