There is a fascinating interview on Bibliophile Stalker, with Tor.com producer Pablo Defendini, about his role at Tor.com and the goals of the site, his background, and his love of speculative fiction. I love this quote:
As far as the appeal of SF for me, personally, it’s all about exploring the possibilities of the human race, of our—and other—civilizations. It’s very much about the sense of wonder, the exploration of the ideas of today within the worlds of tomorrow, the building of fantastic worlds that—who knows—could maybe come to pass one day.
I heard Defendini speak as part of the 7x20x21 panel at BEA and enjoyed his talk quite a bit. You can watch it here.