Eidolon magazine was conceived because the editors decided that they wanted to become involved--to play a part in what appears to be a renaissance of Australian SF. During February 1990 we got together and decided to publish a "fanzine"; it was something we were told had a glorious tradition and would allow us to make a contribution to the "Australian SF Scene", whatever that may be. Somewhere along the way we got lost. You see, none of us were overly familiar with fanzines and so the only thing we had to compare ourselves with were professional genre magazines. So, why isn't Eidolon a fanzine? There's really no profound answer--perhaps the only reason we didn't produce a fanzine is that we don't consider ourselves to be "fans". We found that what we wanted to do was follow more in the footsteps of Interzone, SF Eye or Journal Wired: to produce a magazine of fiction and comment which related to the genre as it existed in Australia and which came as close to being professional in quality as we could possibly make it. We may fail, and in Issue One we largely did. We probably misrepresented ourselves with some of the material we published, and we are unlikely to continue printing such material, but rather to leave it for people who are better able to present it than ourselves.
The evolution of Eidolon will continue for some time. It's likely that the first four issues will be principally experimental; platforms for ideas, stylistically malleable and the product of our attempts to find our feet in this crazy world of publishing. Maybe, if we're lucky, Issue Five will reflect Eidolon's final form - at least for a few years.
To those who highlighted the regrettable lack of artwork: we admit that more artwork is desirable but pages cost money and fiction comes first. Besides, we didn't receive any! (Artwork that is, not pages, money or fiction.) To those who wanted more fiction: we aim for Eidolon to be at least 50% fiction, but what we publish does depend on what we receive. This time around we've done a little better, or at least we think it's better. Incidentally, all the fiction in this issue is by Western Australian residents.
What we'd ask at this time is that you please provide some response to the fiction you read here. We are interested, and we are sure the authors are interested, in what the readership of Eidolon thinks of the stories we publish. Don't look at it as criticising the authors' work: this is meant to be a writers' magazine after all, and feedback is essential to the development of style. Who knows, you may even find something worth complimenting in here!
The editors would like to thank Doug Burbidge of the Curtin Imagination Association and Eddie Lee at the Curtin Printers, without whom publishing this thing would have been very difficult. We'd also like to thank Stephen Boucher for help with the George R. R. Martin Interview, Terry Dowling and Grant Stone for ongoing assistance, Sean McMullen for very welcome input, and all our generous contributors.
Oh, what's that? You want to know who the editors are? Next time . . . maybe.