Welcome to Strange Horizons -- what do you think?

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So, welcome to all of you who have joined us in the first weeks; hopefully, you're watching the birth of what's going to be a great speculative fiction magazine! By the end of September, we'll have our first full issue up -- and we want to know what you think so far. What's good? What's not so good? What would you like to see more or less of? Talk to us, please!

-- Mary Anne Mohanraj (editor@strangehorizons.com), September 13, 2000


What a nice magazine. It's gentle in it's presentation, but packs a whallop with its content. I enjoyed it very much.

If you stay, so will I.

Thanks, GC Jourden Barret

-- GC Jourden Barrett (chantel@wanadoo.fr), September 14, 2000.

Glad to hear you're liking it so far. We'll be here for at least a year; funding is guaranteed for that long, and we're all committed to the magazine. Hopefully, we'll be here forever. So settle in and enjoy the ride... :-)

-- Mary Anne Mohanraj (ma@mamohanraj.com), September 14, 2000.

Very nice new mag!!!

I love "Estranged."

Your feedback page is a little confusing. Do you not want people to leave comments-- only questions and answers? That's OK, I guess; I just wonder why.

Anyway, nice job.


-- bibi rose (byblis@aol.com), September 16, 2000.

Sorry for the confusion on the feedback page. This system is a little new to me too; hopefully we can all figure it out together.

Although it's phrased as Q&A, you don't actually have to have a question to start a topic. Please feel free to start a topic on anything you like, whether you phrase it as a question or not. We'll be starting question topics regularly, but we hope our readers start their own topic discussions as well, on aspects of what we're publishing, or anything related to speculative fiction.

-- Mary Anne Mohanraj (ma@mamohanraj.com), September 16, 2000.

Yes, this feedback page is sloppy - the one you use in Cleansheets is much easier to read. I don't want to click through all the topics to see what people have to say.

I liked "Estranged" also, but not this week's fiction. Otherwise it seems you're off to a rather slow start, but I'm sure it will get better.

-- John (JohnB76@netscape.net), September 18, 2000.

Well, we're definitely experimenting a bit here with the feedback section. The problem with the Clean Sheets feedback page is that it doesn't encourage an ongoing discussion of a particular topic because everything's mixed in together. So we tend to get single responses there.

What I was hoping was that this format would allow for more in-depth discussion of topics, should you choose. We're also thinking of switching from Q&A to a threaded forum (similar to Usenet) -- would that be easier/more useful to you?

This is all definitely still up in the air; if people strongly prefer the single page feedback model, we can go back to that too. Let us know what you think, please.

-- Mary Anne Mohanraj (ma@mamohanraj.com), September 18, 2000.

I guess I was wrong about it getting better. That's a very poorly told "ghost soldier" story.

-- John B (john76@netscape.net), September 25, 2000.

Well, I have to disagree. I think it was a very nicely told soldier's ghost story.

I loved the irony at the end, of Foster becoming that which he died to save.

I also liked the narrator's voice. It had the almost flat, unemotional facade of someone telling a story that really makes them very emotional. It fit the character of an old soldier very well. Someone who has been through enough to have a little bit of detachment. At least until they're all alone again.

Anyway, loved this story, and the previous ones as well. I hope to see more like these!


-- Carol (cpaton@networld.com), September 26, 2000.

I have been looking for an SF/Fantasy webzine like this for a long time!

-- Mark Redmond (entity_prime@another.com), October 18, 2000.

The first poem blew me away. The second one left me feeling numb. However, all the stories so far are way cool, except for the first one "Triage", which was rather lacking. But all in all, I think what makes Strange Horizons so interesting is that it's updated every week with the most amazing stories, not to mention informative articles. Four thumbs up!

-- M (mitchazel@yahoo.com), October 26, 2000.

Just thought I'd add my two pence worth (Hey, I'm British), from a contributor's point of view and say what a good experience it was working with all at Strange Horizons- excellent help and suggestions from the editor I worked with. And money too- even getting the payment across to England was done efficiently. Thanks a lot, and good luck for the future Simon

-- Simon Bewick (bewicks@oup.co.uk), November 28, 2000.

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