Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Established: 2001, first issue published in 2002asim
Editors: Robbie Matthews: Senior Editor. Editorship for each issue is rotated among members of the Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-op.

Overview:
ASIM’s mission is to support Australian speculative fiction, and to provide a venue for stories that sample the ‘lighter side’ of specfic. Although we’re an Australian magazine, we have subscribers worldwide (well, almost worldwide: we’re still struggling to crack the lucrative Antarctic market) and our authors are also scattered far and wide. A typical ASIM issue (if there is any such thing) will contain roughly equal quantities of stories by local and international authors, ranging from frivolous space opera to grim and gritty dark fantasy. We’re available in both print and PDF editions, and publish bimonthly. We’re a paying market, offering 1.25 Australian cents per word. And we’re justifiably proud of the reputation our slush-handling system has achieved – doing right by our authors, whether their stories make it into the magazine or not, is something we’ve worked damn hard at.

Awards and Recognition:
The three-hundred-odd stories published to date in ASIM have accrued the following awards between them:

  • Aurealis Awards (AUS): 8 shortlisted stories
  • Australian Shadows Awards (AUS): 3 shortlisted stories
  • Ditmar Awards (AUS): 1 winning story, 5 shortlisted stories, winner of a Best Professional Production Award, and also of a Best Professional Achievement Award
  • Sir Julius Vogel Awards (NZ): 4 winning stories, 9 shortlisted stories, and winner of a Special Award for Services to Science Fiction
  • …and we think there’s been a Tin Duck or several in there somewhere, too.

Other Items of Interest:
In lieu of payment, Co-op members receive virtual gold star performance bonuses, and staff discounts on interstellar travel.

Website:
www.andromedaspaceways.com

Information provided by Felicity Dowker.

Space and Time Magazine

Established: 1966 by Gordon Linznerspaceandtime
Editors: Hildy Silverman (Editor-in-chief), Gerard Houarner (Fiction editor), Linda Addison (Poetry editor),  Diane Weinstein (Art editor)

Overview:
Space and Time publishes short fiction and poems of fantasy, horror, and science fiction — particularly tales that blend any or all of these. Now in its fourth decade of continuous publication, Space and Time is proud to feature the work of new writers and established pros, as well as cover art and interior illustrations from some of the best artists in the field. Additional content, like Marvin Kaye’s Nth Dimension column, is available for free on their website.

In February, Space and Time began offering electronic subscriptions in PDF format. For those who already subscribe to the print magazine, the electronic version is complimentary.

Awards and Recognition:
Several honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J. Grant, with the most recent appearing in the 2008 volume.

Website:
www.spaceandtimemagazine.com

Information provided by Hildy Silverman.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Established: October 2008bcs
Editor-In-Chief: Scott H. Andrews

Overview:
Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”–short fiction with traditional fantasy elements, such as secondary-world settings, but written with modern literary flair. We pay SFWA pro rate for short stories and novelettes of all lengths. We publish two stories online every two weeks.

Our authors include established writers such as Marie Brennan, Yoon Ha Lee, S.C. Butler, and Richard Parks, as well as new writers including five winners of Writers of the Future contest. Authors appearing in BCS have elsewhere won the Hugo Award (David D. Levine) and have been nominated for Nebula Awards (Charles Coleman Finlay), World Fantasy Awards (Holly Phillips), and the 2009 Campbell Award (Aliette de Bodard, Tony Pi).

Other Items of Interest:
BCS also publishes selected stories as audio fiction podcasts,
with a new episode every two weeks.

Website:
beneath-ceaseless-skies.com

Information provided by Scott H. Andrews.

Albedo One: Stories in Translation

When Neil asked me to write an article for his save the semi-prozine Hugo site the only thing of value I could think of was my unique perspective. I am one of the editors of Albedo One magazine, a very semi pro magazine out on the outskirts of civilization. It is unlikely that we will ever be anything but semi pro and just as unlikely that we will ever be able to pay our contributors at the full pro rate – though many semi-pro markets do – and it is our ambition to do so.

So what can we bring to the party? I hear you ask. What is the point of a magazine such as ours even existing? There are, of course, the usual generic reasons: providing a market for new writers, providing an outlet for cutting edge or experimental fiction that would not find a home in a more commercially-minded magazine and, to my mind the most important of all, the provision of choice and variety in a market where the commercial imperative can often dictate content. We are mavericks who survive on the crumbs from the rich man’s table. You can’t buy us with money. Though if you’ve got a reasonable offer I’m sure Neil won’t mind passing it along. But up front I mentioned a unique perspective and I think that’s what Albedo One has got. So bear with me while I tell you a story. Read more

Ansible

ansibleEstablished:1979, taking over from the former British SF newsletter Checkpoint.
Editor: David Langford

Overview:
Ansible began as a subscription-based newsletter whose issues became fatter and increasingly irregular as circulation grew past 600. After a period of suspended animation from 1987 to 1991, it reappeared as a free one-page news sheet handed out at London’s monthly SF pub meetings (until 2001) and widely distributed by mail. The monthly schedule continues, unbroken.

Current availability: printed copies can be had for stamped self-addressed envelopes in the United Kingdom and via agents overseas: Janice Murray in the USA, Alan Stewart in Australia. Most readers prefer the email edition (circulation 3,500+) or the website — which, thanks to heroic rekeying efforts by volunteers, includes all the back issues and virtually every supplement and flyer mailed with Ansible.

Ansible prefers the quirkier aspects of science fiction, SF professionals and fans, and outsiders’ quaint or annoying perceptions of SF. The “Thog’s Masterclass” feature, showcasing “differently good” prose from our favourite genres, is regrettably popular. “Author Sells Book” and “Publisher Acquires Book” stories are generally banned unless they provide opportunities for the editor’s deplorable sense of humour. The rival newsletter File 770 wrote of Ansible in 1987: “As a newszine, it is the Emperor’s New Clothes”.

Awards and Recognition:
Ansible won the fanzine Hugo in 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2002. It was then switched by editorial declaration to the semiprozine category, which (frankly) began as a Hugo acceptance-speech joke but became a device to remove it from Best Fanzine. The unexpected result was a string of semiprozine nominations up to 2008 — though not 2009 — and a 2005 win in this category.

Other Items of Interest:
Thog’s Masterclass has spun off its own website at Thog.org, but let’s not talk about that disgraceful business. Some favourite inclusions — articles and speeches by SF notables — are listed on the Site Map web page. I’m also pleased to have goaded people into scanning/rekeying every issue of Ansible‘s predecessor Checkpoint, extending the searchable archive of British SF news back to 1971 — and indeed further, because others have since done the same for the earlier newsletters Skyrack and Futurian War Digest.

Website:
news.ansible.co.uk

Information provided by David Langford.

Semiprozine Representation in Strahan Year’s Best Anthology

The third volume of Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is scheduled to be published soon. It includes the following stories selected from semiprozines:

  • The Small Door” by Holly Phillips (Fantasy Magazine, May, ’08)
  • The Magician’s House” by Megan McCarron (Strange Horizons, June ’08)
  • Marry the Sun” by Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy Magazine, June, ’08)
  • Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan (Interzone #215)
  • “His Master’s Voice” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone #218)

Semiprozine Representation in Horton Best of the Year Anthologies

The following stories from semiprozines have been selected by Rich Horton for his 2009 year’s best collections:

Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2009

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2009

  • Suicide Drive” by Charlie Anders (Helix #7, January ’08)
  • “The Golden Octopus” by Beth Bernobich (Postscripts, Summer ’08)

Abyss & Apex

Established: January 2003abyssapex
Editor-In-Chief: Wendy S. Delmater
Associate Editor: Jude-Marie Greene

Overview:
Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We want to publish powerful stories with emotion that resonates in our minds and hearts long after the first reading and makes us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building, and we enjoy reading about the realms and inhabitants of your imagination.

We have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. We are happy to read high fantasy, magic realism, hard science fiction, sword and sorcery, and genre-bending stories that don’t quite seem to fit elsewhere. Our tastes span the gamut from classic Golden-Age SF to modern nontraditional formats.

Awards and Recognition:
Since 2004, Gardner Dozois has awarded honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction to ten of our stories. Honorable mentions have also been received in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens (ed. by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden) and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant.)

Tony Pi’s “Metamorphoses In Amber” was on the ballot for the 2008 Prix Aurora Award. “Snatch Me another” by Mercurio D. Rivera featured on the 2008 Locus and SFWA Recommended reading lists. There are three Rhysling Award nominations for A&A poems in 2008 (voting not final). In 2005, Greg Beatty won the Rhysling Award for his poem “No Ruined Lunar City” and took third place in the Dwarf Stars Poetry Award for “Prayer Causes Stars“.

Other Items of Interest:
On April 22, 2009 we will be releasing THE BEST OF A&A VOLUME ONE, Edited by Wendy S. Delmater, published by Hadley Rille Books.

Website:
abyssandapex.com

Information provided by Wendy S. Delmater.

Shimmer Magazine

Established: Autumn 2005shimmer
Staff: Editor/Publisher: Beth Wodzinski, Art Director: Stephen Stanley, Fiction Editor: E. Catherine Tobler, Managing Editor: Anne Zanoni, and Other staff, past and present, can be found at here.

Overview:
Shimmer publishes short fiction several times a year, in both print and electronic versions. Shimmery stories are most often contemporary fantasy, frequently dark or darkly funny, and always gorgeous. Our tenth issue is available for free download on our site, and is a great example of our work.

Awards and Recognition:
Numerous honorable mentions in the Datlow/Link/Grant Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror; Angela Slatter’s short stories have been an Aurealis finalist twice.

Other Items of Interest:
Our first themed issue was the pirate issue, guest edited by John Joseph Adams; this summer we’ll release our second, the Clockwork Jungle Book, co-edited by George Mann of Solaris Books, a collection of clockwork animal parables.

Website:
www.shimmerzine.com

Information provided by Beth Wodzinski.

Semiprozines and the Locus Recommended Reading List

locusThe Locus Magazine Recommended Reading list is published annually in their February issue and represents a consensus view by Locus editors and reviewers.

The following 2008 novelettes and short stories were selected from the pages of semiprozines:

Novelettes

Short Stories