Shoreline of Infinity – as we reach the closing pages of 2016

May shiny aliens baubles always dangle from your Christmas Tree.
May alien baubles always dangle from your Christmas Tree. Season’s greetings from the Shoreline of Infinity.

That’s Shoreline of Infinity 6 now out there, complete with Christmas science fiction stories from Michael F Russell, Bo Balder, Gregg Chamberlain and Florence Vincent. That’ll set you up for the season. We also have a Beachcomber from Mark Toner and Stuart Beel, who in a little Christmas adventure, take you behind the scenes here at Shoreline HQ. And there’s a Christmassy puzzle from our Master Puzzler, Paul Holmes.

For residents of Bah Humbugia (a land I too enjoy frequenting when surrounded by the  a mass of cheery Christmas jumpers), there are stories from Hannah Lackoff, Victoria Zelvin, Katy Lennon and Russell Jones. Monica Burns has unearthed a Scottish writer, Andrew Blair, to feature in SF Caledonia—who knew that so many Scots wrote science fiction before the term was created? Monica’s detective skills should be featured in a New Year’s day television drama.

Gary Dalkin, our interviewer extraordinaire enjoys a long chat with Stephen Palmer. And our favourite columnist, Ruth EJ Booth, continues to explore the world of her move to Glasgow: “the collapse from mid-October into the depths of Winter is vertiginous”.

Poems from Grahaeme Barrasford Young and JS Watts elevate our souls, and finally, Iain Maloney has gathered a collection of reviewers and reviews to help you pick your SF reading once you’ve put down Shoreline of Infinity 6. This issue includes a review of Charles Stross’ Empire Games, to be published in the New Year.

And all the way through lovingly illustrated by our artists, including Stephen Pickering and his evocative cover featuring the Reader in the Library of Dreams. 

In each issue of Shoreline there’s a little community, and that’s what we enjoy being part of here at Shoreline. Gathered together through our shared love of the literature of the Fantastic and What-iffery, we’ve created something of which we are immensely proud. Take a vote: who thinks 2016 has been a shitty year? Yes, I thought so. Well for us it’s Shoreline that’s helped us see the glints of diamond in the brown stuff.

The Editor works late on the night before Christmas...
The Editor works late on the night before Christmas…

As Editor I take no full credit for the magazine, but full use of my power of gratitude to the bunch who make it possible. Along with Mark Toner with whom I set up this whole thing, we thank our editorial team of Russell Jones, Iain Maloney and Monica Burns, who do everything. We thank our reading team of M Luke McDonnell, Caroline Grebbell, Sean Larney, Emily Walsh and our newly recruited Chris Kelso. And a special thanks to Rosie Gailor for her skills at editing under fire.

What a bunch.

And to you gentle reader, a massive thank you to you for buying and enjoying the fruits of our labours. Long may that continue.

Which leads me to…

2017 and the wonders in store for Shoreline of Infinity.

I’ll tell you tomorrow.

Noel Chidwick
Shoreline of Infinity