There’s been a lot of speedup in science fiction activity on the net over the last year, and I think we can expect the trend to continue in the coming year. I don’t know if I have properly defined this as a science fiction publication, as it has seldom said so on the cover, but I think I would like to make it clear now what type of magazine, or netzine, if you will, I have here. Surprising Stories is devoted to science fiction and fantasy stories, the writing of them, the presentation, and the consideration of the field thereof. Some people don’t even know what science fiction is. Taken all in all, it could also be called “speculative fiction”, and it takes the scientific view in its speculation; the imaginative element of it, when isolated, is called “fantasy fiction”. These two, science fiction and fantasy, have been traveling hand-in-hand, so to speak, in the literature of the 20th and now the 21st Century.

     Why, you might ask, present science fiction on the internet? The principal reason is that science fiction activity has been tending toward the internet, so that is where this publication is more likely to be found by those interested in science fiction. The distribution of science fiction is not very good off the net, and it may be assumed that a lot of the readers of science fiction will have the net. Also it gives me, at least, a better chance to show my publication to a wider public than just those who read science fiction regularly. I also have a regular print publication, but it is available to readers of fantasy and science fiction only, as I cannot afford a wider circulation. On the net it may be read by anyone who happens across it, and I think this is a better circulation.

     As the new year opens, I’d like to point out that the policy of this publication is to have a new beginning, an advance of the science fiction literature from its past into a new century and, at this time, a new year. A lot of science fiction’s speculations have come full cycle, and it is a good time to commence an avenue into the future, with perhaps new outlooks and perspectives. Along with other forms of literature it has been rather bogged down by politics and warfare, dissent and revolt.  It’s time for some new and original thinking, perhaps free from the errors of the past.

     The stories in this issue are mostly short and two the point and representative of many of the current themes of science fiction. Their approach to things is not especially new, although it may well be to those not familiar with fantasy and science fiction. But they do express what our considerations have been fairly well, and I am hoping to add the new literature I am suggesting to what I am already presenting. I have been receiving some things already which relate to things of the spirit, which I think is helpful in making a new beginning.

     Science fiction has differed from other forms of literature in being apocalyptic in its view and approach, and we may well continue this trend, although what might be called the Apocalypse is seemingly nearly over and done with.

     Maybe not, all around; that is for future issues to tell. This issue portends that future.