Exciting things are happening at AE Headquarters. In this issue, we’ll be showcasing great stories by authors we have been looking forward to working with for quite some time. We’re also preparing to debut some exciting new features, chief among them eBook editions of our back issues. But in order to make all that happen, we need your support more than ever.
Our commitment to paying our authors the professional rates they deserve is unwavering, as is our passion for the Creative Commons ethos. The unsurprising truth, however, is that this business model requires tremendous enthusiasm and support from our readers. If you’ve been following us for a while now but have been putting off signing up for an AE Online membership or one of the more generous plans, please consider making this the month where you take the plunge. Our goal is to raise $2,000 over the course of our third issue, through donations, subscriptions and merchandise sales. This is a modest amount, but you would be amazed at how far it can go toward closing the gap between ambitious dream and reality.
Like Matthias in our lead story this issue, you’ll notice differences everywhere you look, but things will feel a little familiar, too. We’ve got haunting new cover art by Chester Burton Brown (full-size image available here)and a whole new crop of fiction from emerging and established authors both Canadian and international. Our online store will be opening very soon to sell you hardly-overpriced-at-all merchandise in flavours ranging from tasteful to tastefully tacky. We’ve got more compelling interviews and insightful articles. And, of course, there’s AE Micro. If you’re not excited about that, I don’t know what we can do for you.
Three issues in, AE continues to be an invariably wild ride and the terrain just keeps getting more interesting. Thanks for coming along with us this far. There’s still a lot left to see.
— D.F. McCourt