In issue #4 of AE we’re going to be seeing some new authors and some familiar ones as well. Our lead story “Planetsmith” is a collaboration between first-time author Chris Stamp and established Canadian novelist Lynda Williams. The cover art, Glass Sky, is by Mike Linkovich, a Toronto artist who also provided the iconic cover from AE #1.
Perhaps the greatest honour we have had as editors of a science fiction magazine is the chance to take part in the formative stages of new careers. It is tremendously rewarding to be able to give some of our authors their first pro-level sale. We are always proud to present writers who may be new to you but who have become quite well known to us over the course of the editorial process.
Once again, we would like to thank all of you for coming back week after week. Your donations, your help in spreading the word and, most crucially, your readership provide the vital oil for the gears of this machine.
Lately, thanks to you, this engine has been running smoothly indeed. If we have been slow to introduce new features and roll out new projects it is only because our first priority is to ensure that the core AE experience of fresh content every week suffers no hiccoughs or interruptions. With this, our fourth issue, we have a fantastic slate of stories planned and, more importantly, we are feeling confident in our ability to expand with minimal growing pains.
Accordingly, we would love to receive feedback from you, our readers, about what you would like to see from AE in the future. You can send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the comment form below. We have already received several requests for eBook editions of our back issues and you can rest assured that that is already at the top of our list.
We look forward to hearing from you!
— D.F. McCourt