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Entry updated 29 May 2020. Tagged: Publication.

US magazine, four issues Summer 1990 to Spring 1991, letter-size, published McAlpine Publishing, Virginia Beach, Virginia; edited by Richard Rowand. The magazine emphasized that it was "for the SF Reader", with the varying shout-line, "Science Fiction for the Enthusiast!!" or "Science Fiction for the Connoisseur!!". The contents, though, were a mix of science fiction (including Hard SF) and borderline sf/fantasy and included the provocative religious fantasy "A Candle in the Sun" (Winter 1990) – the first major genre sale by David Niall Wilson, which formed the basis for his novel This Is My Blood (1995). Though initially receiving national distribution, and attractively produced, Starshore was undercapitalized. With a subscription base of only circa 300, it soon folded, the final issue going to subscribers only. Mixed with fiction by new writers, notably Kevin J Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Jeff VanderMeer, were stories by established names including John Brunner, Jack Dann, Mike Resnick with Lou Tabakow, and Charles Sheffield. The first issue even included a translation by Kim Stanley Robinson of a story from Italy, "The People in the Painting" ("Mille anni ieri" 1986 Bella #6; Summer 1990) by Renato Pestriniero. [MA/PN]


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