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New Genre

Entry updated 20 September 2020. Tagged: Publication.

US Small Press Semiprozine, an annual Print Magazine which has seen seven issues since Spring 2000, published by New Genre Enterprises, Somerville, Massachusetts, edited by Adam Golaski, who for the first four issues used the byline Jeff Paris. A neatly packaged review-size Magazine, with no outward indication of its contents, and unillustrated, New Genre intended to feature new fiction "that promotes craftsmanship and innovation in the fields of horror and science fiction", according to its once sparse website, which has subsequently disappeared. The first issue opens with two essays, one by each editor. Paris's "Learning from Science Fiction" relates not only what he has experienced from science fiction but what he hopes his readers will experience, "to find yourself opened a bit". Each story, whether horror or sf, is about refocusing Perception and all the contents of New Genre do that with powerful effect. The reversal of each letter E in the title (not imitated in this entry) signifies that readjustment, shifting reality one small notch. A few of the stories come perilously close to traditional science fiction in content but not in style. In "Above the Capitans, South of Corona, near Arroyo Del Macho" (Spring 2000 #1) A R Morlan tries to unravel the truth behind the Roswell UFO incident via a deathbed confession. Barth Anderson's "Lot 12A: Feast of the Dead Manuscript" (Spring 2001 #2) is set in the form of an auction catalogue and associated documentation revealing the background to ancient Alien artefacts. "The Star in the Stone" (Spring 2001 #2) by Zohar A Goodman begins like a parody of Pulp sf, but the reader is soon thrust into an existential revelation of the death and rebirth of the universe. These are the most overt use of traditional sf tropes. "Bink is Luv" (Winter 2006 #4), by the magazine's most regular and often most challenging contributor, Jan Wildt, uses all the trappings of Virtual Reality to rebuild a conversation between an AI raised almost to godhead and its human counterpart (see Godgame). New Genre presents literary science fiction and Speculative Fiction at its best, reshaping the medium to refocus the mind. Always sporadic, New Genre has often fallen into limbo only to reappear when least expected; after a long gap since #6 in 2009, #7 appeared in 2015. [MA]


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