Because there's been some discussion of the F&SF workshop online, as a result of advanced copies being sent out to reviewers, I wanted to post the editorial from the Aug/Sep issue so that people can read it in full.
Gordon Van Gelder
There are several items of news to note with this issue.
First, the process of switching to a bimonthly schedule caused a glitch in our subscription system. Nobody's subscription was affected, but the mailing labels for April/May issue had the wrong expiration dates on them. I think it's fixed now, but if you're in doubt about your subscription expiration date, check the label on your March 2009 issue or contact us.
On a related note, we've had more reports of subscribers who have been deceived by subscription offers from rogue agents. These offers come through the mail and they're often designed to look like renewal notices, but they're not authorized by us. They usually have high rates and stringent terms (like charging a fee if you want to cancel a subscription). If you receive a renewal notice, check to see that its return address is P.O. Box 3447 in Hoboken, NJ. If it's not, the renewal notice is not authorized by us.
For ebook readers, the news here is that we'll be available for sale through Sony very soon (I think we'll be available by the time you receive this issue, but I'm not sure). Check our http://www.FandSF.com Website for more info. (And if you still have http://www.fsfmag.com as our site, please update your records. We sold that domain name to a fishing magazine earlier this year.)
The last news item is the most exciting. I don't know why we never tried this before, but F&SF is going to begin hosting a writing workshop.
We're fortunate to have the great Gardner Dozois running the show. I'm sure most of our readers know Gardner already, but just in case, he's the author of dozens of short stories (his most recent F&SF story is “Counterfactual,” which appeared in our June 2006 issue) and he edited Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004. He also has decades of experience with writing workshops and is widely considered one of the best story doctors in the field.
All F&SF readers should benefit from Gardner's workshop work, because he's going to have the option of selecting stories from the workshop for publication in F&SF. We're currently planning to run Gardner Dozois selections three times a year. (Writers, fret not: I won't be reading the workshop stories myself, so you can still submit your stories to F&SF regardless of what anyone in the workshop makes of the story.)
The workshop will be administered by Lisa Rogers, a former editor for Gollancz and Little, Brown.
Initially, the workshop will be available online only and the site will have a private message board to go with the critiquing.
Until the workshop is firing on all cylinders, we're limiting the membership to 100 people. You can find the membership prices and other information at http://www.FandSFworkshop.com.
Frankly, I'm very excited about the prospects for this new project and I think all of our readers will benefit from it.