Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.
~ Mattie Stepanek
Five years down and the future is yet ahead. And, as the quote above says, it’s starting right now.
This issue, the one you are reading now, marks the beginning of Luna Station Quarterly’s sixth year. I will save my thoughts on the last five years. You’ll be able to see them when our first anthology comes out next month. (from Luna Station Press, stay tuned for details!!!)
Instead I’ll talk about the future.
The most important thing about this issue is that it is possible you are holding our first print edition in your hands. When the first proof came in, I was elated. To be able to see these marvelous stories in print felt like such a landmark in my journey with LSQ.
It’s thanks to the developments in digital printing that I’m finally able to make this dream a reality. And I’m not stopping here. The rest of the issues this year will be available in print as well. Additionally, I’ll be releasing omnibus editions of the last five years through Luna Station Press. After that, single editions of all of the back issues.
LSQ fully and perpetually in print. I could swoon.
I hope you all noticed our new design, too! After many years with the same look, it was time to give LSQ a shot in the arm. Alongside the new interiors, this year will feature cover illustrations by the talented Erin DeMoss who’ll be focussing on famous female genre fiction authors.
An all new style for the issues pushes me towards another project on the docket: a new website.
The new site (besides being easier for the staff to use) will have an entirely new design that I think you are all going to love. I’ll be sure to put the word out when it goes live later this year.
I also want to take a moment and look forward beyond the borders of LSQ.
Women are making a move. Momentum towards real change is building so rapidly it makes my head spin.
Tolerance is rapidly diminishing for places where more than half of the human population is not considered equal. Geek girls know they have every right to enjoy the games, comics, and other media that they love and defy the ‘that’s for boys’ label that gets slapped on so much pop culture.
As a web developer, I take pride in the work I do and connecting with other women in my field and I’m finding that things are shifting. Even in places that are still male-dominated, women are being measured by the quality of their work.
And the changes keep on coming and I couldn’t be happier.
If the time ever comes when there is not a ‘need’ for places like Luna Station Quarterly, I’ll be thrilled. But even when that future comes into being, there will always be a place here for women who simply want to share a supportive community, for new writers to find their feet, and for us all to share marvelous tales of wonder, exploration, and what it is that makes us all human.