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Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine

Entry updated 24 August 2017. Tagged: Publication.

Canadian Semiprozine published and edited by Karl Johanson, Victoria, British Columbia, together with his wife Stephanie Johanson, who also serves as art director. Its first issue appeared in October 2003 and initially it maintained a schedule of roughly three issues per year but that has since become more irregular. It is printed in a slim Digest-size format on good quality coated stock, with attractive covers, so it is that rare animal, a "Slick digest". The magazine has twice won the Canadian Aurora Award in the rather vague "Other Work in English" category, in 2007 and 2009. The emphasis is on the science in science fiction and includes a variety of articles, notably a series discussing the elements, as well as a good range of stories with a fairly open attitude towards exploring sex and violence in fiction. The magazine also shows a healthy strain of humour and the fiction is generally of good quality with original ideas. Contributors are not confined purely to Canada and include Tom Brennan, Dan O'Driscoll, Nigel Read and Hayden Trenholm. A selection from the magazine's first two years is The Best of Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine (anth 2006) edited by Karl Johanson. [MA]


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