published in Volume 1, Issue 2 on March 15, 1994
Much to my pleasant surprise, The Morpo Review has taken on quite a life of its own. We have more than doubled our subscriber base since the first issue, we've found our way to the Etext archives at the University of Michigan, we're now a featured e-zine on a dial-up bulletin board system in Alaska (not to mention being formatted for a DOS reader program), we've thrown in our two cents toward the World Wide Web and we've found our way onto America Online in their "Palmtop Paperbacks" section. Wow. I never anticipated that we'd see so much growth in the short span of two months.
Part of this growth is due to the friendly people of the Internet. Mike Gates, whose name appears in the masthead, contacted us in the middle of February saying that he really enjoyed TMR and wanted to format it slightly differently so that the ReadRoom door on his bulletin board could read it and serve it up work by work instead of as one large stream of ASCII text (kind of like this sentence). Additionally, this has led to a DOS-based reader version of TMR.
Rita Rouvalis contacted me about putting TMR up for FTP and Gopher access from the University of Michigan etext archives. Shortly after that, Christy Phillips contacted us about wanting to put TMR in an ezine section on AOL (see Where to Get TMR" at the end of this issue). Additionally, John Labovitz contacted me shortly before the first issue of TMR went out about including it in his List of Electronic Magazines.
Since we've added a World Wide Web site (see the end of this issue for the URL) we've added more people to the "Morpo Community". Maurice van Keulen from the Netherlands has us on his own Web "Places I Regularly Visit on the Web" section. Prentiss Riddle has us listed in his "List of HyperFiction.
I know that the Infobahn has become the hot topic of the news media lately and that some of the old-time 'Netters can get tired of hearing about how wonderful it is. They've known that for some time. But regardless of how many times I hear about the "innovation" and usefulness of world-wide electronic mail or about the numerous 'Netloves met and made, the interconnection of seemingly un-connected lives never ceases to amaze me. It's because of people like Mike, Rita, Christy, John, Maurice and Prentiss, not to mention the readers and writers, that TMR is growing and reaching more people.