Ray Gun Revival

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US downloadable Online Magazine of unabashed Space Opera and Golden Age science fiction. It was published by Double-Edged Publishing, Cordova, Tennessee until September 2010, and then by Every Day Publishing, and edited by the team of Johne Cooke, L S King and Paul Christian Glenn. It originally appeared twice monthly from 2 July 2006 to 15 March 2008 and then turned monthly but became increasingly sporadic until issue #57 September 2010. It then underwent a change of publisher and, from January 2011, switched from an issue-based Webzine to a cumulative one, with four stories a month posted online, usually one a week. The magazine emulates the Golden Age of SF adventure in the style of Planet Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories, though with a modern perception, so that the stories are Retro-Pulp. The magazine pays decent Semiprozine rates and is a substantial offering, early issues ranging from 36-44 pages and later issues over 80 pages, all well illustrated. Much of the content for the first few issues was by the editorial team but later contributors have included Tim Baer, Edward McKeown, Ian Stewart, John M Whalen and Richard S Levine. Though many stories are rip-roaring space adventures, a number are more thoughtful expositions, such as "The Second Ascension" (15 November 2006 #10) by R Cruz which explores the impact of discovering an alien Religion. Until its recent change in format the magazine was a remarkable achievement of consistency and quality. [MA]

see also: Ray Gun.

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