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Shadows of Saturn

Entry updated 6 August 2018. Tagged: Publication.

US Online Magazine and Semiprozine produced by Peter Burtis, Intervale, New Hampshire which ran for just three issues, April/May to August/September 2005. The magazine was dedicated to "dark science fiction, fantasy and slipstream stories with horror elements", according to its now defunct website, and the contents of the three issues certainly emphasized the dark and fantastic. James S Dorr's "City on Fire" (April/May 2005) is set on a Far Future Dying Earth. Jaine Fenn's "Death on Elsewhere Street" (April/May 2005) depicts a City on two levels, of elites and outcasts, and concerns the role of an assassin. "Haruspex" (June/July 2005) by Tim Pratt, the longest story the magazine ran and the only one in issue #2, is an early story in Pratt's series about sorcerer Marla Mason. In the final issue, "Words Written in Fire" (August/September 2005) by Yoon Ha Lee is a fantasy about a firestarter (see Psi Powers). The magazine also ran poetry and some nonfiction, the latter including an article "Echoes of Echoes" (August/September 2005) by Trent Hergenrader about Tolkien and North European Myth. Shadows of Saturn certainly had potential, but lacked depth – failing, in its short lifespan, to develop a distinctive personality. The magazine ceased because of the editor's other commitments. [MA]

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