Archive for Cheryl Morgan

New Podcast: SF Encyclopedia

There is a new episode available on our podcast feed. In it, Cheryl Morgan talks to Graham Sleight about the newly launched Third Edition of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia, which was launched yesterday around the same time that iTunes was processing the podcast. Graham is the business manager for the enterprise. The encyclopedia is being written primarily by John Clute, David Langford and Peter Nicholls, with a large number of guest specialist contributors.

The official website of the new encyclopedia is here. There is also a working website here with sample entries and the contact form by which the editors can be contacted.

The encyclopedia blog, which Graham mentions in the interview, can be found here.

The new encyclopedia is part of the Gollancz SF Gateway project, which is online here.

The podcast is also available here, or you can download the mp3 from this link.

Issue #9

This is issue #9 of Salon Futura. As noted last month, this will be our last issue for a while as we need to secure new funding if we are to stay in business. The website will remain up in the meantime. See the Editorial for more details.

In the meantime we have plenty of good material for you. Alex Preston looks at Joe Abercrombie’s The Heroes in the light of the recent “nihilism” controversy. Sam Jordison examines one of this year’s Orange Prize nominees, from Serbian writer Téa Obreht. Our podcast looks at the often controversial subject of book covers.
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Swords, Gold and Needlework

Cheryl Morgan looks at the opening volumes of two new fantasy series, and a postscript to an old SF series.
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The Salon: Making A Book Cover

This month on The Salon Cheryl Morgan and her guests discuss how book covers are designed. With Cheryl in The Salon are artist, John Picacio, art director Irene Gallo, and former Barnes & Noble buyer, Joe Monti.
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Interview: Liz Williams

Cheryl Morgan talks to author Liz Williams during the 2011 Eastercon in Birmingham.
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Interview: John Clute

Cheryl Morgan talks to critic John Clute at his home in North London.
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Editorial: May 2011

Let’s start with the good news. Working on Salon Futura appears to be good for fertility. When we launched Anne had just given birth to her daughter, Rosie. A couple of months ago Karen announced that she was pregnant. And last week Jonathan’s wife, Kati, gave birth to a son. Congratulations to all. The world needs new book readers, and we appear to be doing our part to supply them. This makes me very happy.

The prognosis for the magazine is rather less hopeful. As I said last month, the downturn in the global economy means that I am no longer able to subsidize Salon Futura, and so we are going to have to close, at least for a while. I do not intend to keep going by turning the magazine into a fanzine. I firmly believe that good writers deserve to be paid for what they do, and if I can’t afford to pay them then they should go and write for someone who can.

The website will stay online for the foreseeable future. There may also be the occasional podcast going out through the Salon Futura iTunes feed. Kevin and I are planning to do another Hugo Award rules podcast soon. If I can get the funds to do occasional issues I shall do so.

In the meantime I’m planning to do some redesign work on the Salon Futura and bookstore websites. I have learned quite a lot over the past few months and now have a much better idea of what is required.

Before we go, I have a whole lot of thanks to make. Without help from Karina Meléndez creating the websites we would never have got launched on time. Our regular contributors: Sam, Karen, Jonathan and Alvaro, have done a great job in providing Salon Futura with the sort of high quality material. I should also thank all of our guest contributors, and our cover artists. I’m particularly grateful to people such as John Coulthart and John Picacio who can sell their work elsewhere for much more money, but were happy to find something I could use. Thanks are also due to those who helped behind the scenes: Anne and Kevin. And of course huge thanks to everyone who donated money, bought ebooks and otherwise helped keep us in business. People in Finland and at the Bay Area Science Fiction Association have been exceptionally generous. Finally thanks to everyone who has read the magazine. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some more of them soon.


Issue #8

This is issue #8 of Salon Futura. As usual we have a variety of content for you. Gary Westfahl celebrates a major anniversary in the history of science fiction. Raz Greenberg provides our first ever video game review. Alvaro goes looking for the legendary literary essay, and Jonathan follows this month’s Japanese writer to the British Museum.

Please do read the Editorial this month as there is some important information in it.
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Cheryl Morgan looks at two books that are being tipped as future award winners.
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The Salon: YA Science Fiction

This month on The Salon Cheryl Morgan and her guests discuss writing science fiction for young people. With Cheryl in The Salon are David D. Levine, Imogen Russell Williams and Ben Jeapes.
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Interview: Nick Harkaway

Cheryl Morgan talks to author Nick Harkaway at his home in North London. Our apologies for Nick being an odd shade of blue early on. It took a while for the camera to adjust to the lighting. He looks a lot better later on, we promise.
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