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New Moon

Entry updated 24 July 2020. Tagged: Publication.

UK Semiprozine issued in A4 format on quality coated stock, published by Weller Publications and edited by Trevor Jones. It ran for just two issues, September 1991 and January 1992. Despite its title it was a continuation of Dream Magazine, even to the extent of including letters of comment on the last issue of Dream, though it reverted to issues #1 and #2 for this incarnation and endeavoured to pay decent professional rates and seek national distribution. Both issues were hybrid to some extent, struggling out of old clothes into new and still keeping a strong sense of the former in its format, presentation and generally weak artwork, though the covers to both issues by the uncredited Mo'C were striking. The fiction was also competent, particularly the Alternate History story of the Crimean War, "Before Sebastopol" (September 1991) by Stephen Baxter and the two stories by Peter F Hamilton, neither of which have been reprinted. Keith Brooke, Eric Brown, Andrew Darlington, Philip Sidney Jennings and a late outing by veteran British author E R James were amongst the other contributors. There were various features and a separately paginated pull-out review section. The magazine felt as though it was clinging too much to the past, a butterfly unable to leave the chrysalis, but the potential was there. Unfortunately the editor's continuing health problems and related financial and distribution issues brought New Moon to a too-early demise. [MA]

see also: Full Moon SF.


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