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From now until June 22, here in the top half of the world, it will get progressively lighter and brighter. Days will get longer. Winter depression will eventually give way to midsummer madness.

At The Infinite Matrix, spring is here a little early. Chris Nakashima-Brown's satiric tones ring out like a swamp full of deleriously horny frogs, and the voice of John Clute is heard in the land, reviewing recent work from Ursula Le Guin and Michael Swanwick, and predicting some nameless, riptide SF singularity that will make our lives more interesting. David Langford continues his weekly compendium of wit and good will.

As a 'zine we are moving forward. In a spirit of demented optimism, I've purchased stories to publish in January and February: a compelling story of the human spirit from the exciting new writer Karen Fishler, and a wry tale of exasperation and rebirth from genre master Robert Sheckley. I would like to publish more articles, like the one by Dr M.H. Srinarahari, about the regional and global concerns of science fiction around the world. And I have a few surprises lying around....

I wish all who read this, and even those who don't, a happy new year and a respite from war. Let's all move away from the darkness and toward the light.

        Eileen Gunn



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Eileen Gunn is the editor and publisher of The Infinite Matrix, and Chairman of the Board of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop. She also writes short stories, two of which have been nominated for the Hugo award. Her cryptic and hard-to-navigate personal site, Imaginary Friends was a Cool Site of the Day way back in 1997. Its amiable companion, The Difference Dictionary, offers clues to Gibson and Sterling's The Difference Engine.

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