New Science Fiction magazines

Two science magazines – New Scientist and MIT Technology Review have recently announced to publish their own science fiction magazines.

From the editors of Technology Review comes TRSF, an 80-page anthology of original near-future science fiction stories.

The first issue promises “12 visions of the future of computing, biotechnology, energy, and more”, written by, among others, Cory Doctorow, Joe Haldemann and Ken MacLeod. They also did a good publicity stunt by contracting Chris Foss to design the cover for their first issue.

NewScientist has now published “Arc“, ‘A new digital magazine about the future.’ Arc features stories by well-known writers like Bruce Sterling, Stephen Baxter and Margaret Atwood, and Hannu Rajaniemi, of whom I read his first science fiction novel The Quantum Thief, a very interesting book – IMO.

Both magazines are published as e-books, although the first (‘collectable’) issues are also printed on paper.

With my running subscriptions to Asimov’s Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact, ánd my e-reading of science fiction books (not to mention the pile of “normal” literature and popular science books and magazines I like to read) it will be clear that there will always be more interesting stuff to read than time permits – you can’t have all the candy in the store; I also have a life to live. However, I couldn’t resist the temptation to order the kindle versions of the new magazines, and load them into my E-reader, hoping there will always be some bonus time when waiting in line. In fact I like queues, because they solve my problem with not having enough time to read.:-)

The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity, and this passion is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish. – A. Edward Newton (1863-1949).