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Hail and Fairwell

by Eileen Gunn



This is not only the first issue of The Infinite Matrix, it's the last.

Generously funded by Matrix.Net in August of 2000, the magazine was one of the many victims of the past year's stock market decline. Although the website and first issue (this one) are finished, the magazine has no funding for future issues.

I want to thank our contributors, Simon Ings and Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling and Michael Swanwick, John Clute and Richard Kadrey, for their enthusiasm and supportiveness. My profound thanks, also, go to our artists, Paul Mavrides and Jay Kinney, to our website designer, Karen Fisher, and to our technical consultant Steven Katz, for designing and building a great site. Sara Felix, our Associate Editor, and Willie Siros, who is listed as Consulting Editor but who is really our Godfather, each made substantial contributions to the magazine.

I especially want to express my gratitude to and appreciation for John Quarterman and Peter Salus of Matrix.Net, who conceived of the magazine and did everything they could to make it a success. They fought hard to keep it going.

And I want to add a special thank-you to Ellen Datlow of SciFiction and Gardner Dozois of Asimov's Science Fiction, who taught me everything I know about editing a magazine, and quite a few things about kindness and generosity as well.

For me, this was an adventure. I don't regret a minute of it, and I wish I had a chance to keep on doing it, because I had some great plans for issues two, three, four, and five.

So go read the magazine. I sure hope you enjoy it. I think we all did a great job.

And if, by any chance, you have the desire and the capital to fund an online science-fiction magazine, please do send me email.

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