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Ice River

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Publication.

US Amateur Magazine published in letter-size format by David Memmott of Union, Oregon, one of the earliest to use desktop publishing technology. It ran for six issues from Summer 1987 to February 1990, appearing twice a year and never making its planned triannual schedule. It was supported by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts which allowed the magazine to make a token payment to contributors, but was never considered a Semiprozine. Ice River was a freeform magazine of "speculative writing, contemporary music and fantastic art", effectively Slipstream, an influential post-modernist, post-Cyberpunk publication – one of several that formed spontaneously around this time (other notable examples being New Pathways, Nova Express and Science Fiction Eye), and which in turn inspired Back Brain Recluse. Its content flowed from poem to essay to story to illustration to review, removing the barriers and eschewing what the regular contributor Misha Nogha called "mass market institutional style reading". Other contributors included Jack Dann, Carol Emshwiller, Lucius Shepard, John Shirley and Don Webb. [MA]


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