Entry updated 26 February 2021. Tagged: Publication.
US Online Magazine except for the first issue which was distributed as a Print Magazine in limited numbers. Published by Trantor Publications, Jacksonville, Florida and edited by Richard Freeborn, it ran for 19 quarterly issues, Fall 2001 to Spring 2006. Each issue had a theme for its stories and essays. The first issue's was Robots and alongside representative reprints by Isaac Asimov and Jack Williamson it ran a new story by Allen Steele, an essay "The Robot Revolution" by Gregory Benford and a feature by David Brin, "The Robots and Foundation Universe". The themes continued through the online editions, which were usually shorter and less varied than the one print issue. Issue #2 (Winter 2001) featured British writers, with one new story by Brian Stableford, a reprint by John Brunner and an essay on the changing face of British sf by Paul Kincaid. Further themes were Nanotechnology (Spring 2002 #3), the solar system (Summer 2002 #4), mysteries (Fall 2002 #5; Fall 2003 #9; Fall 2004 #13; Fall 2005 #17), Canadian writers (Winter 2002 #6), women writers (Spring 2003 #7), stories based on a painting by Chesley Bonestell (Summer 2003 #8); Australian writers (Winter 2003 #10), colonies (Spring 2004 #11), spiritual sf (see Religion) (Summer 2004 #12); Military SF (Spring 2005 #15); Games and Sports (Summer 2005 #16); East European writers (Winter 2005 #18) and a tribute to the Pulps (Spring 2006 #19). Most of the stories were originals and there were a few regular writers, Cherith Baldry, Terry Bramlett, Greg Beatty, Andrew Burt, Ian Creasey, plus some interesting new material by Gregory Benford and David A Drake. The magazine failed to attract sufficient subscribers and closed down as financially unviable. The archives remain [see links below]. [MA]
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