Science Fiction Rebels: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990

The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine Volume IV

Mike Ashley

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ISBN: 9781781382608

Publication: January 28, 2016

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 54

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Mike Ashley's acclaimed history of science-fiction magazines comes to the 1980s with Science-Fiction Rebels: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990. This volume charts a significant revolution throughout science fiction, much of which was driven by the alternative press, and by new editors at the leading magazines. The period saw the emergence of the cyberpunk movement, and the drive for, what David Hartwell called, 'The Hard SF Renaissance', which was driven from within Britain. Ashley plots the rise of many new authors in both strands: William Gibson, John Shirley, Bruce Sterling, John Kessel, Pat Cadigan, Rudy Rucker in cyberpunk, and Stephen Baxter, Alistair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, Neal Asher, Robert Reed, in hard sf. He also shows how the alternative magazines looked to support each other through alliances, which allowed them to share and develop ideas as science-fiction evolved.

Mike Ashley has specialised in the history of science fiction and fantasy for over 30 years. He is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide.

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Note on Terminology

Chapter 1: Before the Revolution: Bastion of Excellence
Chapter 2: The First Revolution: Cyberpunk Days
 The McCarthy Years
 The Impact of Omni
 Cyberpunk Daze
 The Analog Dimension
 Dozois in Charge
 Amazing Rebirth
Chapter 3: The First Interlude: The Dark Corners
 Twilight Zone
 Horror Struck
Chapter 4: The Second Revolution: The British Hard-SF Renaissance
 Out of the Wilderness
 Beyond Interzone
Chapter 5: The Second Interlude: Other Worlds
 Far Corners
Chapter 6: The Third Rebellion: The SF Underground
 SF Renegades
 Dangerous Pulphouse
Chapter 7: Postlude: Back to Basics
 Stuck on the Launch Pad
 Shared Worlds
 Small-Press Endeavours
 Magazine with a Mission
 A Qualified Success
 A Problem Shared …
Chapter 8: Epilogue

Appendix 1: Non-English-Language Science-Fiction Magazines
Appendix 2: Checklist of English-Language Science-Fiction Magazines
Appendix 3: Directory of Magazine Editors and Publishers
Appendix 4: Directory of Magazine Cover Artists
Appendix 5: Schedule of Magazine Circulation Figures

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Addenda and Corrigenda

Ashley writes with skill, passion and insight. The excitement he feels for the genre is apparent on every page. The depth and breadth of the research is stunning, covering countries
as diverse as Uruguay, Croatia, Finland – and even Mongolia, which had a pocketbook sf magazine between 1976 and 1990.

Mark Greener   Fortean Times

Ashley has a skilled historian’s sense of proportion...he picks up on the rise of various themes in Science Fiction and notes the importance of the blurring of the lines between genres… his work focuses on some of the most well-known aspects of science fiction literature.
Gary K. Wolfe   LOCUS

The information Mike Ashley has put together is really astonishing: researchers of the field, and anyone who’s interested in popular fiction of the period are going to find this book an immense help.

Andy Sawyer, University of Liverpool  

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

384 Pages

ISBN: 9781781382608

Publication: January 28, 2016

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 54

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