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Jupiter [magazine]

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Publication.

UK Amateur Magazine edited and published by Ian Redman, Yeovil, Somerset. It was published on a reliable quarterly schedule from Summer (July) 2003 in print form – also since #32 (April 2011) – downloadable in digital form – until is ceased publication with #41 (October 2015). The paper version was a slim (32 pages) A5 format, unprepossessing with a black-and-white cover but no other artwork; colour covers appeared only rarely, beginning with the fifth anniversary issue #21 (July 2008). Each issue is named on its cover, rather quaintly, after one of the planet Jupiter's moons, starting with Io.

Despite its basic looks, Jupiter was an interesting magazine, seeking to publish as good quality science fiction as a non-paying market could expect, preferably optimistic and with a Technological background. Despite the title it did not limit itself to fiction set in space. One of its most powerful stories was "O-Topper, The Musical" (January 2008) by Monte Davis, showing the violent potential of Time-Travel tourism. On the optimistic side has been a series by Gareth D Jones that began with "Roadmaker" (April 2007) and explored a Post-Holocaust world which is gradually being rebuilt by robotic roadbuilding machines. Most contributors are drawn from the reliable corps of regular writers for the Small Press magazines, including Eric S Brown (not to be confused with Eric Brown), Nicola Caines, Lawrence R Dagstine, Andrew Darlington, Guy Hasson and Lavie Tidhar – who, between them, gave Jupiter a strong and rewarding character. Jupiter ceased with its fiftieth issue, "Herse", in October 2015. [MA]


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