Archive for Cheryl Morgan

Interview: R.F. Long

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Cheryl Morgan talks to author R.F. (Ruth) Long at the P-Con convention in Dublin, Ireland.
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Editorial: April 2011

Well, this is an editorial I hoped I wouldn’t have to write for a while.

As you probably all know, this is not the best of times to be starting a new business. With all of the economic uncertainty, people are buying less, and that includes books. Fortunately Wizard’s Tower was planned to require little in the way of operating expenses. We will be able to keep publishing books (indeed we have two more coming out this month), and running the bookstore. However, Salon Futura is not so cheap to run, primarily because we pay our contributors. I had been subsidizing the magazine because I knew it would take time to build a reputation, but the economic crisis has just hit my other business rather badly and I can no longer afford to do so.

There is enough money in the bank for one more issue, but unless there is some sort of miracle in the coming month then issue #9 will be our last. I’m not going to run a “Save Salon Futura” campaign, because what the magazine needs is regular income, not one small injection of cash. But I will keep looking for sources of funding.

I’ll do a proper thanks editorial next month, as there are a lot of people to thank, but in particular I’m very grateful that we did have a small number of regular and supportive readers.

Cheryl

Alan Moore Interviewed

Irish fan, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, is an expert on the works of Alan Moore. The two talk often, and the results of their latest chat can be found online here. Moore talks about his new magazine, Dodgem Logic and various other new projects.

Issue #7

This is issue #7 of Salon Futura. We are delighted to welcome two new guest contributors this month. Ken MacLeod should be known to all of you, and he brings us a fascinating article about how academics use science fiction in the study of international politics. David Barnett is a British writer and journalist whose columns can often be seen in The Guardian.

Also please check out the Editorial for news of our new subscription offer.
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Watching The Detectives

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Cheryl Morgan looks at some current SF&F novels that have policemen and private eyes as central characters.
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The Salon: It’s A Crime

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This month on The Salon Cheryl Morgan and her guests discuss writing science fiction, fantasy and horror novels that are also crime novels. With Cheryl in The Salon are Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Aliette de Bodard and Mike Carey.
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Interview: C.E. Murphy

Cheryl Morgan talks to author C.E. Murphy at the P-Con convention in the Central Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. The conversation touches on topics such as crowd-funding for short fiction and the status of urban fantasy within the SF&F community. Our apologies for the background noise from fellow convention attendees.
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Interview: Ian McDonald

Cheryl Morgan talks to author Ian McDonald at the P-Con convention in the Central Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. They are both on black coffee after the superb Irish hospitality the night before. Ian talks about his current hit novel, The Dervish House, and his plans for future books.
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Editorial: March 2011

One of the biggest challenges of being an online business is promoting yourself. And I don’t mean by that the act of getting the word out. That just takes time. The real challenge is to get the word out in such a way as to not irritate the very people that you want to buy from you.
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Our Staff Are Busy

Over on her personal blog, Spiral Galaxy, Karen Burnham has been talking about the short fiction she has been reading recently. Being an engineer by inclination, she has been keeping data, which you may find interesting.

In addition Karen lists the various short fiction magazines that she is reading. If your magazine isn’t listed, please let her know.

Also we forgot to mention Sam Jordison’s latest foray into the back catalog of the Hugo Awards: this time he looks at Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.

Issue #6

This is issue #6 of Salon Futura. This being the Valentine’s Day issue, Jonathan Clements has a fine Japanese love story for us, but there’s plenty of non-romantic material too. We have two more new small presses to welcome to the bookstore. Also the Queensland Flood Relief book is only on sale until February 15th, so if you don’t have a copy please check it out now.
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