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Letter from Editor Isaac Bell

I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating: at the end of a summer at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction’s Short Fiction Workshop I sat in a Thai restaurant talking with four new friends. We had read and commented on each other’s work for weeks, had discussions over meals before, and all of us were curious what we should do next. We talked about the things we liked about the CSSF and how we could apply those ideals to future projects. In that discussion, we brought up the idea of forming a writer collectives, making a small vanity press, or starting our own magazine.

While these first four issues have been a good start, we need to make many changes in order to achieve our goals. This includes a change at the top. I’m pleased to announce that the next Editor of James Gunn’s Ad Astra will be Jean Asselin, who has contributed scholarly essays in issues 1 and 3 of this magazine, and is a thoughtful and passionate fan of science fiction. To smooth the transition, I will help Jean as his Assistant Editor for the next issue. I’ll leave it to Jean to introduce the rest of his editorial staff and his vision, when he sees fit. Thank you for joining us on this journey through the Science Fiction Now. Wait until you see what comes next.

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