It's time for me to blast off from Blastr

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Dec 31, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

Way back in the year 2000, when we all were waiting for the next Star Wars movie to appear and wondering whether it would live up to the hype, I was hired by the SCI FI Channel to edit an online entertainment magazine called Science Fiction Weekly. And now, thirteen years later, SCI FI is Syfy, Science Fiction Weekly long ago morphed into Blastr ... and we’re once again waiting for a new Star Wars movie to appear and wondering whether it can possibly live up to the hype.

So much has changed in the world of sci-fi, and yes, much has remained the same. I’ve been lucky to have had a chance these past 13 years to collaborate with exceptional staffers and talented freelancers to bring the news and the fun and the gosh-wow sense of wonder of it all to you. But one more thing is about to change, because this is my last day working for Syfy and editing Blastr.

In my first editorial for Science Fiction Weekly, which appeared in October 2000, I wrote:

I almost feel as if we're attending a convention together, you and I. I've been going to such events for 30 years. I attended my first comic book convention back in 1970 at age 15, my first SF con back in 1972, and my first Worldcon in 1974. I grew up in the hallways of strange hotels surrounded by fellow fans, never watching the clock and chattering endlessly about short stories, books, comics, movies—and life itself. Now, thanks to Science Fiction Weekly, I am attending a con every day, here with you, which makes me feel as if I'm 15 again. Thanks for dropping by, wherever you are! If you're as infected by the SF bug as I was, you've come to the right place.

And you know what? Those words are as true now as they were then.

For the past 13 years, it’s almost as if I’ve been 15 the whole time, because editing this succession of online magazines has been play, not work. I’m still as in love with this thing of ours as I was in 2000, as I was in 1970, as I was when I still moved my lips while struggling to sound out the words in comics books. I love the fantastic, whether science fiction, fantasy, horror or any other flavor, in all of its forms. And sharing that love with you all these years has been an amazing privilege.

But now it’s time for me to join you on the other side of the screen, where instead of curating Blastr, I’ll be checking it out each day to see what’s up with the genre I love.

I look forward to seeing what comes next.