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Quantum Muse

Entry updated 18 October 2012. Tagged: Publication.

US Online Magazine produced by Michael Gallant, Timothy O Goyette and originally with Raymond M Coulombe. The magazine has had two existences. The original ran for 94 monthly issues, with just a few gaps, from April 1999 to Summer 2007, the last two issues quarterly. It then went into hiatus and re-emerged as a new magazine with a new website from November 2008 to the present, again monthly with additional editorial work by Michele Dutcher. The two incarnations have much in common, including the grouping of the contents as Science Fiction, Fantasy or Alternative Stories – the last covering Slipstream, existential tales or the just plain odd. Many of the early stories were written by the editorial team and some of these were collected as Quantum Musings (anth 2000), edited by all three. They soon attracted contributors, however, once they decided to pay for material – initially a token $10 a story – and published particularly interesting material by Ben Croshaw, Amy Weiner and D F Lewis. However, much of the work was still by the editors, and even though there were three of them other commitments meant they soon burned themselves out. The primary production role for a while was shared between Gallant and Coulombe and then between Gallant and Goyette. It was the latter who helped get the magazine up and running again after its hiatus, by establishing a peer review system to allow writers to critique one another before stories were accepted. The magazine has, though, remained insular, like a writer's workshop, with few contributions from the wider sf establishment and payment is now reliant on "tips" from readers. [MA]


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