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Universe Pathways

Entry updated 28 September 2022. Tagged: Publication.

English edition of the Greek magazine Symbandikes Diadromes, published by Maria Trigoni, and edited by George Sotirhos with the assistance of Pavlos Gastaris, Anthippe Fiamou and Nektarios Chrisos. The Greek edition was quarterly and ran for ten issues from Fall 2005 to Winter (December) 2007. The English-language edition had five issues from January 2006 to March 2007. It was originally going to consist of two quarterly Greek editions, combined, translated and released as a print-on-demand English-language magazine but instead it soon became a magazine in its own right, publishing English-language material first before it was translated into Greek. All issues were review size (see Magazines), the first issue 110 pages, with later issues far more substantial, the fourth issue (January 2007) running to 360 pages. It was attractively assembled and printed, unusual for print-on-demand publications, but the content was variable, with some stories by new, inexperienced writers reading little above comic-book level and extremely derivative. Sotirhos encouraged contributions from around the world, making Universe Pathways a true international magazine, and there was material from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria and Lithuania as well as Greece, Britain and the US. In fact the best material came from outside the UK and US. Robert N Stephenson, for example, who had promoted international sf with his magazine Altair, contributed the moving "Broken Things" (January 2007 #4). Sotirhos sought to cover all forms of media, including the cinema, art and comics, the magazine running several comic strips. Overall the magazine was an interesting and rather bold experiment, but one that took the rough with the smooth. [MA]

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