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Artemis Magazine

Entry updated 13 September 2021. Tagged: Publication.

US professional Print Magazine which ran some additional material on its website (now defunct). Published by LRC Publications, Brooklyn, in association with DNA Publications, edited by Ian Randal Strock, and planned as a quarterly (but only met that schedule for the first three issues), it saw eight letter-size issues between Spring 2000 and Winter (January) 2003. Artemis was a magazine with a mission. It was part of the Artemis Project, founded in 1993 by Gregory Bennett and the subject of an article by him, "The Artemis Project: Selling the Moon" (January 1995 Analog). The Project was to promote further lunar research with the aim of establishing a human colony on the Moon. Ian Randal Strock, then Associate Editor of Analog, became involved with the Project and in due course editor of Artemis Magazine, which debuted at the World Science Fiction Convention (see Worldcon) in July 1999, even though it was dated Spring 2000. The emphasis of the magazine was to promote lunar exploration, so the contents were either stories set on the Moon, or were near-future, near-Earth Hard SF. The cover of the first issue was by Apollo astronaut Alan Bean (1932-2018), the fourth man to set foot on the moon, and the issue contained several articles on the Artemis Project and what form a Moonbase might take. The fiction was also strong, from Fred Lerner's "Rosetta Stone" (Spring 2000) about the discovery of an abandoned alien settlement on the far side of the Moon, to "Generation Gap" (Spring 2000) by Stanley Schmidt where an old man tries to communicate with his younger self; Schmidt's story was shortlisted for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Future issues maintained the same blend of lunar speculative articles and hopeful fiction. Further contributors included Jack McDevitt, G David Nordley, Jerry Oltion, Spider Robinson and Allen Steele, making most issues a close cousin to Analog. Unfortunately finances were insufficient to support the magazine even though further issues were still promised as late as 2005. The Artemis Project, however, continues. [MA]


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