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US Online Magazine and Semiprozine that called itself "The Online Journal of Speculative Imagination", produced by Steve Algieri through Eternity Press, Norcross, Georgia. It ran for 21 issues between September 1997 and March 2000, mostly monthly, but bimonthly from February 1999. Most of the early issues have now been lost but parts of those from #11 (September 1998) onwards can still be found in various archives. Contributors included Cathy Buburuz, Ken Rand, W Gregory Stewart and Patrick Welch. Contents included Hard SF, such as Lorie Calkins's "The Mars Pact" (December 1998), about the fate of the first human expedition to Mars, Military SF, such as "The Big Fellow" (March 2000) by Bob Neilson, about a battle through Time, and erotic sf, such as "Some Observations Regarding Indoor Human Flight" (February 1999) by Paul A Toth, as well as a wide range of Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Vampire fiction and other supernatural fiction. The latter included advance excerpts from Douglas Clegg's email serialized novel Nightmare House (January-March 2000; 2001). Through Eternity Algieri hosted the first annual Best of the Web Awards, and the first year's winner was "Dying Breath" (September 1998) by F Alexander Brejcha, from Eternity, which concerns a man whom nanotechnology has turned into a death machine.
Algieri issued a companion Print Magazine, Pulp Eternity, which was also a Semiprozine, planned as a quarterly with the first issue dated September 1998. Each issue was to be compiled on a set theme, this first covering Time Travel and the second featuring dragons. A slimmed-down version of the second issue, numbered 1.5, was released in April 2000, and at the same time a holding online issue of Eternity announced new plans for a possible Prozine and a revised publishing schedule. Algieri, who was ambitious and energetic, had suffered health problems and found it difficult to continue. As a consequence both Eternity and Pulp Eternity ended abruptly. While Eternity flourished it was an exciting magazine, delivering what it promised, but Algieri had overestimated how much one individual can do. It was another lesson to be learned for all prospective semiprozine publishers, both online and in print. [MA]
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