To begin the issue on a serious note, on the morning of Sunday May 8th, Robert A. Heinlein died. At age 80, Heinlein had been suffering with emphysema and heart disease, and although the news is not unexpected, it does not lessen the impact of his death upon his fans. Heinlein’s works span a period of fifty years, from the early days of science fiction to the present. He won four Hugo awards and has written such classic SF works as “Stranger in a Strange Land”, “Starship Troopers”, “Time Enough for Love”, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and many, many others. His writing has touched many of our lives, and there is no doubt that his works will continue to be regarded as classic science fiction for years to come.
In this issue you’ll find a little of everything. We’ve got two SF shorts which I’m sure you’ll enjoy, two short reviews, and three Dargon Project stories. We have Becki Tants’ second Dargon story, and Rich Jervis’ continuation of the ‘Spirit of the Wood’ storyline. We also have the first submission from the newest member of the Dargon Project, Jeff Lee. I was thoroughly impressed with the story, and I hope you enjoy it equally.
As this is the first issue of the summer volume, I find many of the people who regularly contribute articles and stories to FSFnet leaving the network for the summer. This means that unless some new people decide to submit items, the number of issues you receive this summer will be minimal. I’d like to strongly urge anyone who can write to consider submitting a story, or possibly writing an article, review, or even a featured author column. If you are interested, please get in touch with me, and I’ll let you know what the basic requirements are. Remember, I can only print what you submit, so if you want to see something different in the zine, feel free to contribute something, and I’ll work it in.
With that, and a welcome to the new readers, I leave you to enjoy this excellent issue. Regards, all, and enjoy your summer…