MAG OF THE FU­TURE

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Letters -

Some­what trou­bled by the name of the month on the cover of is­sue 256. Fe­bru­ary in­deed! I bought this in De­cem­ber! Should be well in the re­cy­cle by Fe­bru­ary! I do re­alise that the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try has this merry wheeze of putting ad­vanced dates on the cover of their mag­a­zines, no doubt to give the ti­tle long life on the news­stands, but it does seem to be push­ing it a lit­tle. In­deed, “This Month In Sci- fi His­tory” pro­claimed five years ago to be March! Shock hor­ror – there is time slip­page at work even within the mag­a­zine. Then, in a bright Christo­pher Nolan type rev­e­la­tory mo­ment, it dawned on me what is go­ing on. What if Bath is some­where near a black hole ( Bris­tol per­haps) and the prin­ters are near the same black hole but fur­ther out? If the mag­a­zine takes an hour to get be­tween the two then seven Earth years may have passed. With all the proof­ing that goes on the ( now much re­spected) SFX scribes have to guessti­mate when the is­sue will be avail­able in the shops. Frankly Fe­bru­ary is pretty damn ac­cu­rate con­sid­er­ing all the time vari­ables. Well done one and all.

An­drew Naish

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