website in transition
If you can read this, we've changed webhosts as part of our longterm goal
to bring SSN up-to-date.
changes predicted below (several very warm days ago) have begun.
Many of the changes, at this point, are behind the scene in nature
-- we're hoping that soon the new ceature will burst forth from
these underpinnings...and astonish us all.
time is coming for another try
you are: it's been awhile since we were able to get over and do
anything at all with the new edition of the Star Swarm News. With
some luck and some good tail winds this should change...
I'm looking for a few columnists, reviewers, and specialists to
help out. If all goes as planned we should, by July 31, have some
regularly changing content over here.... but we've said that before,
OK, Ok --
for the moment, we've been practicing for the changes with some
blogs -- and if you've been doign a blog fairly regularly you might
be a goof candidate for the upwardly mombile Star Swarm News we
Oh yeah --
you can check out some our recent blogs...
Court with some fresh insight into what we've been doing
on one front...
there's my very own The Tomorrow Blog
with it's sometimes.... brash ...opinions on science fiction --
not to mention some neat photos.
Many of the
links to the left don't work at the moment, but we've put together
some a new-to-us group of content mgmt programs and we're hoping
to make things come alive again in the next few days and weeks...
of the links aren't live yet, but --
Just 22 years later, we're back!
by Steve Miller
For what seems like ages -- and is actually closer to a year --we've
been promising to get the first online edition of the Star Swarm
News finalized. First online edition? Right. For those of
you coming in late, the original Star Swarm news was a tabloid newspaper
published in the the late 1970's by Aracelli Karri, Inc. of Gaithersburg,
Maryland. Drew Farell was the publisher of that tabloid, and I was
Managing Editor (let's be honest and say chief cook and bottle washer).
Produced on an IBM typesetter sitting smack dab in the middle of
Drew's living room, that first issue had been scheduled for Memorial
Day weekend -- and came out just in time, though with a November
dateline since our plan was to go from quarterly to monthly as advertising
and circulation built. That's the issue we sent to WorldCon that
year, and the issue we hoped would prove the idea of a science fiction
We were pleased with the line-up of that first issue, including
a front page article by Isaac Asimov on the wisdom (or lack of wisdom)
in trying to contact advanced galactic civilizations, a photo fold-out
by Jaromir Stephany, and several columns dealing with issues in
fandom, cats, and science.
We saw it the Star Swarm News as community newspaper, and my experience
with community newspapers -- as reporter and editor as well as avid
reader --was that the tabloid format was a perfect fit. We started
getting inquiries from people who wanted to write for us, who wanted
to sell advertising, who wanted what we were doing....
Among the special joys of that first issue was the opportunity I
had to work with Sharon Lee. Sharon was a contributing editor for
that first issue, and some of the ideas we worked on then lead directly
to our first collaborative fiction -- The Naming of Kinzel.
The second issue was produced, and we were almost ready for the
really big push when, in short order, there were problems with jobs,
with space, with families, with the advertising, with money...and
the third issue never got beyond the typesetting table.
Despite the setback, we -- that is Drew and I -- kept thinking that
there was room for something like the Star Swarm News we'd envisioned.
Finally Drew passed on the ownership of the name to me -- as long
as I'd do something with it.
Here is the start to that do something. We've got more in
the works, stuff I didn't have time to code this weekend, contributions
due in, ideas galore....
So when you get a chance, stop by. If you've got ideas, let me know.
Steve Miller / Star Swarm News
than 30 SFWA members showed up to sign at the Nebula Awards weekend
signing in the Hallmark Center in Kansas City, Friday April 27, 2002.
How were they met? These local readers (note books in hand!) were
pleased as punch to take part. Alas, we've lost the piece of paper we
had that listed everyone's names, so if you know who these folks are
please let me know and we'll get the names right. We hope to have a
gallery of photos from this year's awards online here Real Soon Now!