Welcome to the 18th issue of
the Winterwind Papers.

We have another excellent, insightful and thought-provoking article from Jez Strickley. Jez takes a look at humanity as viewed in the dystopian works of JG Ballard's Crash, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange and William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

This issue also brings us the conclusions of Michael S. Collins' three-part article examining the rise of the supernatural in literature and the long awaited (and unfortunately delayed) second part of our highly detailed, in-depth interview with author/astronomer, Mr. Duncan Lunan. The conclusion of the interview visits the Epsilon Boötis affair and the Green Children of Woolpit, as well as Mr. Lunan's interests in folk music.

And now it's time for an explanation as to why this issue is so late...

I'm tired of being diplomatic. I'm tired of smiling through clenched teeth. I'm going to be blunt: The reason is a complete and utter lack of courtesy, integrity and respect from our former artist and friend, Lina Broström.

The past few issues should have been, and in many ways still are, very positive. Jez and Michael have made wonderful contributions and shown excellent enthusiasm and team spirit. With Lina being a talented writer and artist, I felt very strongly that we finally had an excellent core and that the ezine had the stability and momentum to grow.

But this issue was supposed to be out for August.

In July, Lina told us the artwork would be ready for August. In August it became September, in September, October. By November, well, so much for that momentum.

To me, it's very simple. If you make a promise, you honour that promise. Especially when a group of people are waiting for you. If you can't, for whatever reason, or if you simply change your mind and no longer wish to be involved, then have the decency to say so, so the people waiting for you can move on.

Working with Lina has always been difficult. She is intelligent, creative and talented. Unfortunately, she is also often arrogant, inconsiderate and condescending. Still, I considered her a friend and valued her contributions and opinions.

It's not the first time we've been late, waiting for her, but it's the worst, and the last. As the owner, I have an obvious emotional investment in this site. So her actions were very disheartening to say the least. It took the wind out of my sails. Or rather, I allowed it to.

Her talent will be sorely missed.

Her stories were intriguingly twisted and the difference between my artwork and hers is the difference between a 50's sci-fi B-movie with visible fishing line and modern CGI.

Her lack of courtesy will not.

Still, as the "captain", the responsibilty was mine. To Jez, Michael and Mr. Lunan, my sincerest apologies and now, on with the show...