Entry updated 26 February 2021. Tagged: Publication.
UK Online Magazine, with the first two issues as a Print Magazine, published and edited by Lee Harris, The Right Hand in York; Alasdair Stuart was the nonfiction editor but became managing editor from #3 (30 January 2009). The first two issues, dated Christmas 2006 and Winter 2007, were printed in an unconventional format (8.25 x 8.25 in; 210 x 210 mm) on glossy paper (see Slick) with good quality picture reproduction though with the text running too close to the edges of the page. Both issues ran a lot of relatively short stories plus a mixture of essays, reviews and interviews. It was a good mix, if a little crowded, and the fiction by Jetse de Vries, James S Dorr, Eugie Foster, Bud Webster (a reprint from Analog) and others was competent but needed room to develop. Sales were promising but costs were also high, so from the third issue, 20 April 2007, the magazine went online, supported by a publisher's sponsorship. Thereafter, rather contrarily, each issue usually ran only one piece of fiction, alongside the reviews and occasional essays, starting with "New York Games" by Eric Brown in issue #3. The fiction remained lightweight. Hub strove to retain a weekly schedule but this was only occasionally maintained and it only averaged just over thirty issues a year, making it a quick but rather too ephemeral read; it struggled to attain the potential that the early print issues promised. The magazine became quiescent after issue #143 (26 August 2011) while seeking a new financial deal, and eventually reappeared with #144 (10 November 2012). It ceased with issue #147 (January 2013). [MA]
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