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Far Point

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.

UK sf and fantasy A4-size magazine published by Victoria Publications, Grantham, Lincolnshire and edited by J C H (Charlie) Rigby. There were four bimonthly issues, November/December 1991 to May/June 1992. Printed on quality stock, Far Point was arguably a Slick magazine and it took advantage of this in its use of colour throughout each issue but especially with a centre double-page painting by that issue's cover artist. Artists so honoured, in order, were Keith Page, Tony Todd, David A Hardy and Chris Bulis. Far Point was not widely distributed and it attracted fiction primarily from new and aspiring writers, which Rigby stated as one of the magazine's aims. Amongst its relatively new writers were Peter F Hamilton with "Double Year Lost" (March/April 1992), Charles Stross with "The Midlist Bombers" (March/April 1992) and Sarah Ash with "Ninufar's Kiss" (May/June 1992). Andy Cox, the future publisher of Interzone also sold his first story to Far Point, "Fast Forward", but the magazine ceased before it appeared. Amongst the more established writers were John Brunner, Brian Stableford and, surprisingly for a new English magazine, Piers Anthony. There was also an extract from Dream Park: The Voodoo Game (1991) by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes. It was evident by issue #4 that the magazine was developing and had significant plans, with David A Hardy appointed as art director from the next issue and tentative news that sales were steadily rising. But no more issues appeared. A letter sent to subscribers stated simply that the "Editor's employers have sent him overseas for several months, and this has made it impossible to continue with the magazine in the way that we would like." [MA]


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