Once again we’ve slipped back in the schedule a bit, which is down on me—I’ve had the issue 90 percent finished since before the latest Work Weekend but I just couldn’t get it together to pull it across the finish line. Part of that delay was due to being blocked on this editorial, ironically.
We’re running low on material for upcoming issues. Part of this is that I’ve found it very difficult to send out review copies. Over the last few years, assigning books to reviewers was one of the few things David Hartwell regularly took a hand in, and I’m sure that on some barely conscious level I was flinching away from working on it. But we’ve got a big batch of books heading out the door now—good books! Books that should be reviewed!—and I have faith that they’ll come back as happy insightful reviews.
If you would like to review books for us, let me know! Our guidelines, which you can find in full here <bit.ly/NYRSF_writers_guidelines>, have served us well for the last two decades. If you’ve read something that you’d like to review over the transom, I say, go for it.
The same goes for essays. We like critical surveys, deep dives into specific works, interviews, histories, personal essays about sf (and fantasy) and the associated fields—our remit is as broad and as specific as “interesting writing about interesting things in the past, present, and future of sf, fantasy, alternate realities, and horror.”
We could use more local staff. If you live near New York and want to join us monthly for a weekend of banter, editing, and sushi, or every couple of weeks for an evening of the same, drop me an e-mail. We could also use another couple of members of the distributed proofreading team. Join the cosmic funtimes!
So, here we are. We have enough staff and enough material that I don’t foresee the same problems blocking next issue, so I hope the July issue will be out in very early September and from there we will keep pushing to try to get fully back on schedule.
Until then, we remain.
—Kevin J. Maroney and the editors