The Rise of the Cyberzines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1991 to 2020

BookThe Rise of the Cyberzines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1991 to 2020

The Rise of the Cyberzines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1991 to 2020

The History of the Science-Fiction Magazines Volume V

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 73


March 1st, 2022



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The Rise of the Cyberzines concludes Mike Ashley's five-volume series, which has tracked the evolution of the science-fiction magazine from its earliest days in the 1920s to its current explosion via the internet. This series has traced the ways in which the science-fiction magazine has reacted to the times and often led the way in breaking down barriers, for example in encouraging a greater contribution by women writers and stimulating science fiction globally. Magazines have continued to build upon past revolutions such as the 'new wave' and 'cyberpunk', producing a blend of high-tech science fiction and expansive speculative fiction that has broadened the understanding of science and its impact on society. This final volume, which covers the years 1991-2020, shows how the online magazine has superseded the print magazine and has continued to break down barriers, especially for the LGBTQ community and for writers of colour. 

'I enjoyed how much Ashley focused on the very small press, while doing his homework with a high degree of accuracy with the large commercial publishers... This is exhaustive work, so much credit goes to Ashley for this gargantuan task.'
Andy Andrews, True Review

Author Information

Mike Ashley has specialised in the history of science fiction and fantasy for over fifty years. He is the author and editor of over 130 books that in total have sold more than a million copies worldwide. He received the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award in 2002 for Lifetime Achievement in the field of science-fiction scholarship.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Tables7
Note on Terminology13
1 Before the Web17
Base Camp17
Asimov’s Rules20
Interzone and Analog31
F&SF—The Rusch Years47
Pulphouse Expands59
Tomorrow Comes65
Going Slick69
Science Fiction Age78
Worlds Beyond102
The Small-Press Labyrinth117
DNA Sequence122
2 Into the Web137
Digital Dust137
The Omni Experience148
Galaxy Transforms161
Through the Cyber Forest167
Beyond the Event Horizon195
3 The Challenge207
Business Almost as Usual207
The Small-Press Survivors225
The British Alternatives232
Advance of the Cyberzines242
Safety in Numbers270
The Last Revolutions300
4 Taking Stock329
Appendix 1 Summary of Science-Fiction Magazines345
Appendix 2 Schedule of Magazine Circulation Figures425
Select Bibliography431