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Revolution Science Fiction

Entry updated 25 February 2021. Tagged: Publication.

US Online Magazine which ran as a cumulative blog with news, reviews, commentary, articles and coverage of games, tv and films, plus occasional fiction. It was produced by Shane Ivey, with fiction editor Rick Klaw and ran from 21 September 2001 to 17 June 2013.

It usually ran a new story each week, starting with the first outing of "A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club" by Michael Moorcock, ahead of its intended first publication in the anthology Redshift (anth 2001) edited by Al Sarrantonio. Most stories were reprint, ranging from recent fiction by Joe R Lansdale, Neal Barrett Jr, and Lewis Shiner to more vintage material by Ambrose Bierce and H G Wells. Under Klaw's successor, Jayme Lynn Blaschke, who took over at the start of 2003, it ran many new stories, including several episodes of Steve Utley's Silurian Tales, and work by Lou Antonelli, Jay Lake and K D Wentworth. Blaschke arranged with Gene Wolfe to reprint two of his earliest stories published in his university magazine, The Commentator, in 1951, which Wolfe himself did not have. One of these, "Easter Sunday" (18 April 2003), marks its only appearance outside the original source.

Revolution Science Fiction was a rather undisciplined magazine, as befitted its title, and uneven in quality and content, but was sufficiently brash and exciting to warrant interest and demonstrate the freedom that publication online allowed. [MA]


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