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Fiction River

Entry updated 16 February 2021. Tagged: Publication.

US paperback Anthology series which calls itself an "original anthology magazine". It is published by WMG Publishing in Lincoln, Oregon, a company run by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch who also serve as editors, though many volumes are compiled by guest editors. Each volume is themed. The series began in April 2013 with the theme "Unnatural Worlds", covering, like many of the later volumes, as much fantasy and the weird as sf. The themes of some later volumes focus on the supernatural, such as "Christmas Ghosts" (#4, October 2013) edited by Rusch under the alias Kristine Grayson. The volumes where the theme and contents are primarily science fiction are #2, "How to Save the World" (June 2013), edited by John Helfers, who expected authors to develop answers to many of the worlds sociological, economical and technological problems including the energy crisis (see Power Sources), women's rights (see Women in SF) and Overpopulation; #3, "Time Streams" (August 2013), covering Time Travel and all its consequences; #6, "Moonscapes" (February 2014) with stories set on or related to the various moons of the Solar System; #8, "Universe Between" (June 2014), which studies existences in liminal thresholds (see Wainscot Societies); #18, "Visions of the Apocalypse" (July 2016) edited by John Helfers (see Disaster) and #26, "Superpowers" (November 2017) edited by Rebecca Moesta (see Superpowers), though many other volumes mix sf with fantasy and even crime fiction. The series began on a bimonthly schedule but since 2018 has been irregular. There is a companion series, Fiction River Presents, edited mostly by Allyson Longueira, which reprints from various Fiction River volumes, assembling stories in a more general theme. [MA]

see also: Pulphouse Publishing.


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