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Entry updated 28 February 2019. Tagged: Publication.


Long-established UK generalist science magazine (1869-current), a nonfiction Slick now published weekly by Nature Publishing Group (a subsidiary of Macmillan). H G Wells contributed some speculative essays around the beginning of the twentieth century. Under the editorship of Henry Gee, Nature introduced a weekly series of short-short (see Flash Fiction) sf stories as "Futures" from November 1999 to December 2000. Most of these one-pagers are by established sf authors: Arthur C Clarke launched the feature with "Improving the Neighbourhood" (November 1999). A second run of "Futures" was published in 2005-2006 and a third from 2007, when the feature also began to appear (with different stories) in the more specialist sister magazine Nature Physics. One hundred of these vignettes are collected as Futures from Nature (anth 2007) edited by Henry Gee, and a second hundred in Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the Leading Science Journal (anth 2014 ebook) edited by Gee and Colin Sullivan. On the strength of "Futures", the magazine was named as Best Science Fiction Publisher in the 2005 European SF Society awards. [DRL]

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