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Nova SF

Entry updated 30 July 2018. Tagged: Publication.

The title of two Amateur Magazines, one UK and one US.

1. UK Amateur Magazine produced by Adrian Hodges, Cheltenham in octavo format. It saw five slim issues from Spring 1990 to #5 (undated but late 1992). It was one of a wave of British little magazines emulating, to some degree, Dream Magazine but generally stronger on enthusiasm than content. The magazine improved steadily and issue #3 (Winter 1990/91) is notable for an early story by Neal Asher. Problems delayed the next issue by eighteen months and the new version had longer stories and better presentation. However it saw only one more issue of "technodelic speculation", experimental content with a poetry supplement which sounded its death knell. [MA]


2. US low-paying Amateur Magazine which kept the fuller title Nova Science Fiction; published in octavo format by Wesley Kawato, Chino Hills, California, with 31 known issues from October 1999 to the final #31 in 2015. Originally three issues per year but from issue #11 (March 2003) two issues per year and from #29 (2012) only one per year, with 2014 skipped altogether.

Kawato was of Japanese ancestry and born a Buddhist but converted to Christianity after he believed that there must have been some form of outside intervention during World War Two for the American forces to have won the Battle of Midway. This gave him not only a strong religious view but also an interest in Alternate History, and an early emphasis in Nova was on stories of Time Travel and temporal interference, often with a subtext of Religion. He encouraged the work of Tom Cron, who developed the series Infinity Trading Post, a nexus where individuals can witness their alternate lives. Other contributors include Lawrence Dagstine, William Ford, Frank Galloway and Brad Linaweaver. Each issue carried mostly longer stories, which gave space for development, and generally the quality was above average. [MA]


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