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Letter from the Editor: February 2022
The first transport is away
We’ve just closed out our first month, and wow, what a month it has been! Thanks so much to all of you for joining us on this adventure and being early supporters of The Sunday Morning Transport. It means a lot to all of us as we work hard to bring each Sunday's new story to your inbox.
With so many new readers boarding the Transport since my last post, here's a short recap for anyone who’s just joining us: We launched four weeks ago with four excellent stories, Max Gladstone's To Make Unending, Karen Lord's Legend, Juan Martinez's A Subscriber-Only Sneak Peak..., and Kat Howard's Telling the Bees. All four of these stories are free to read, and will remain so in our archives. If you know anyone you think might enjoy them, please feel free to forward them along.
In the past month, we've had some really nice coverage, and we're excited to discover that someone at Substack is a speculative fiction fan—so we're featured on the Substack Homepage this week. This is all very exciting!
Even more exciting, February is about to bring more new, great stories:
We open with Tessa Gratton’s Dark Space Species which is about space sharks. And also finding the space to be true to yourself. But also space sharks!
Next up is a historical fantasy by Marie Brennan, This Living Hand, in which Fanny Brawne discovers the source of the poets’ inspiration.
Brian Francis Slattery gets down in Five Bailouts. Alien’s may have conquered the world, but these musicians still have to get to their gig.
Finally, an often asked question in modern fantasy is: “what would people use magic for if it was real?" I don’t think the answer has ever been “advertising” ... at least until Elwin Cottman’s Twilight of the Eudomancer, about trying to get by while Black in America.
February also, alas, brings with it our paywall. To our 100+ (and growing!) Paid Subscribers, thank you so much for supporting our work! We hope you continue to enjoy the weekly stories!
In light of the enthusiasm and influx of new readers, we’re extending our launch offer of 20% off the first year’s subscription through all of February. To our hundreds of free subscribers, we’re excited to keep bringing you a free story each month. That said, if you're enjoying our stories, and you find yourself missing that weekly dose of fiction two Sundays from now, or you want to support the community, please consider upgrading to a Paid Subscription. These subscriptions allow us to continue our goal of publishing fantastic fiction and supporting amazing writers.
More cool things: Paid subscribers are also invited to our irregularly scheduled live author chats, the first of which will happen shortly. It's a chance to listen to our writers discuss their stories, science fiction and fantasy in general, and to ask them any questions you might have. We'll be sending out more information to paid subscribers later this month.
Whichever type of subscriber you are, we are so glad you’ve joined us and we look forward to the best science fiction/fantasy story you'll read each month or every week. If you have questions or comments about the newsletter at any time, please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Keep reading, keep sharing our stories, and keep joining in the conversation!