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Orson Scott Card launches own SF/F webzine

Following in the footsteps of Asimov and Marion Zimmer Bradley, science Fiction author Orson Scott Card launched his own fiction magazine this month. But unlike the others, this magazine is a “webzine” – which is accessible only via the Internet.

Called the InterGalactic Medicine Show (click here to visit), the webzine focuses on fiction in the sci fi and fantasy genres. In doing so, Card’s publication is looking to break new authors and is paying $0.06 a word (6 cents) up to $500 per story for each story chosen for publication.

The pub pays artists $200 for black and white illustrations, $400 for color.

For readers, registration to the website is free, allowing a preview of each issue (including a preview of each story). To get full access, readers must pay $2.50 via PayPal, which is handled automatically then sends you back to the webzine with full access of the issue purchased.

For people who do not enjoy reading from a computer screen, after purchase, an option exists to print out each story individually on a home printer.

The first issue, October 2005, features the following stories:

  • Respite by Rachel Ann Dryden (art by Nate Pinnock)
  • Loose in the Wires by John Brown (art b Mike Roush)
  • Night Walks by Robert Stoddard (art by Jin Han)
  • Eviction Notice by Scott M. Roberts (art by Jin Han)
  • A Rarefield View at Dawn by Dave Wolverton (art by Michael Graham)
  • Trill and the Beanstalk by Edmund R. Schubert (art by I-Wei Huang)
  • Taint of Treason by Eric James Stone (art by Glen Bellamy)

For writers and artists looking to submit work, click here for the submission guidelines for InterGalactic Medicine Show (this includes how this publication defines “science fiction” and “fantasy”).

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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