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Space Opera

December 10, 2010

On the heels of my market list summary post, I get the fantastic news that the space opera zine Raygun Revival is back. Even better, my WotF vol. 25 pal, Jordan Lapp, is the one who brought it to my attention since his posse at Every Day Publishing is responsible for this resurrection.  They’ll be paying between one- and five-cents per word (Canadian, I suspect) for one story per week, 1k-4k words.

Ray Gun Revival (RGR) is an online magazine dedicated to fun stories, grand escapism, and good old sensawunda. RGR provides just that, a throwback publication that revisits space opera and golden age sci-fi. Their stories focus more on character development than hard science and sail all the wide-open waters between science fantasy and harder SF. Think of the original Star Wars stories, Doc Smith’s Lensman series, the Warlord of Mars tales from Edgar Rice Burroughs. Think of everything from John Carter and Gully Foyle to Kimball Kinnison and Han Solo. They are bringing out the deepest elements of what has traditionally been rather superficial fiction and updating them for a new generation of fiction enthusiasts.

I am rifling through some old stories to see if I have something I could send.  Most of my stuff is just too long.  I bet I have an abandoned draft or an undeveloped idea I can make work.  If not, maybe I can sequel “Leech Run” and see how Titan handles himself coming into port with a hold full of leeches on a crippled ship.  Fun to be had there.  Regardless, I’ll be sending something.  You should, too.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2010 9:46 am

    Thanks, Scott!!

  2. December 10, 2010 10:36 am

    Yes, Earthlings,
    The dread Overlords are returning from a technical hiatus with the long-awaited RGR 2.0 thanks to hosting services offered by WotF winner Jordan Lapp and the Every Day Fiction staff.

    After losing our long-time Terran internet host, the Overlords were prepared to hibernate for awhile. We were approached by Jordan and his staff. The discussion was brief but effective:

    EDF: So, what are you guys doing these days?
    Overlords: Overlords.
    EDF: Pardon me?
    Overlords: We’re not ‘you guys,’ we’re Overlords.
    EDF: Er. Very well. What are you ‘Overlords’ doing these days?
    Overlords: Nothing much. We thought we’d pick up that basket weaving class we’ve always we’ve always had our many eyes on. And also a nap. Much napping.
    EDF: Do you have an internet host at the moment?
    Overlords: Sort of. If it will make this conversation shorter, we’ll say ‘yes.’
    EDF: Assuming you do have hosting, I understand you’re planning to revert from a token-payment publication to 4theluv, which is to say, nothing?
    Overlords: It pleases us to make humans suffer. So, yes.
    EDF: Is there anything we can say to change your mind?
    Overlords: MindS. Plural. I mean, we technically have one hive mind, but three manifestations. And, no, our minds is made up. Are made up. We’re definitely going to vaporize your puny planet, followed by the nap thing.
    EDF: Uhuh. What if we hosted your little site and paid semi-pro rates?
    Overlords: We have decided to spare your puny planet. Where do we sign?

    And that was that. Far be it from us to deprive the peoples of your little orb from the mind-altering information cleverly disguised as fiction contained in the digital pages of our communiques.

    Technically speaking, we are now accepting submissions, and are actively recruiting Slushmasters, valued slushpile editors. Slushmasters play a critical part to play in what does or doesn’t make it into the pages of Ray Gun Revival. We’re looking for readers who have the following:
    * love space opera / golden age sci-fi stories
    * knows what works in a short story
    * has a great evil laugh (because it’s all about Standards)
    * is opinionated / can explain in summary why or why not something works for them
    * prefer people who are also writers, but will take well-read readers as well
    * flexible reading schedule
    * are willing to pitch in to help a new semi-pro ‘zine
    * are interested in what goes on behind-the-scenes of a sci-fi magazine
    * self-starter
    * is strong enough to stand up for one’s principles and yet maintain appropriate reverence for the fearsome Overlords
    * has a sense of humor and understands this is all a shtick covering a more serious, high-powered science fiction magazine

    You may thank Jordan, Camille, and Steven at EDF for your stay of execution. That is all.


    Johne Cook
    Overlord, Ray Gun Revival magazine

  3. December 10, 2010 5:32 pm

    Yep, already sent them a story. I’m psyched 🙂

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