Monday, August 13, 2007

Anything but dead

There's been some chat around the blogosphere recently about the death of short fiction, the decline in the short fiction market and so on. Well, it gives me great pleasure to announce issue 30 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, the australian genre mag the experts reckoned would last about 2 1/2 issues.

ASIM is rapidly closing on some of the longest-lived Australian fiction mags, and more importantly, after five years we've yet to publish a double issue. Good stuff.

It's important to support the genre mags, because aside from exposing some great stories to a bit of publicity they also give new and established writers somewhere to submit their fiction to. Go back half a dozen years here in Australia, for example, and there were only two short fiction magazines left breathing, each of them managing just one or two issues a year. That's partly why ASIM was put together, with six issues a year and 8-10 stories per issue. And accepting subs only via email meant that we were open to writers worldwide, not just those with a cache of stamps.

So, without further ado, here are the details for the latest edition of ASIM. If you've never read a copy you can order a single printed issue OR there's a super cheap PDF edition which is identical to the print issue in every way - except the medium. And a big congratulations to every author and artist we've featured over the past five years - it's been great.

(By the way, I'm editing issue 42. Just thought I'd throw that out there so people can get a submission ready ...)

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The Editor-in-Chief and his trusty sidekick have done it again!
Andromeda Spaceways proudly brings you ISSUE 30!

Edited by Robbie Matthews and Stu Barrow, this issue gives you:
* Really cool cover art!
* Bucketloads of fiction, including work by perennial favourites Dirk
Flinthart, Kevin Maclean, Aliette de Bodard and many others!
* Poetry! Rayguns! Time Travellers! Recipes!
* What more could you want?! (My beloved leader tells me I've now
used up my year's supply of exclamation marks. Wait – one more!)

For more information, and to get your copy, visit

Full Contents:


My Friend Fishfinger, by Daisy, Age 7 . . David Tallerman
Autumn's Country . . Aliette de Bodard
The Fairytale Cookbook . . Amanda Sichter
Fendraaken . . Kevin G. Maclean
Finding Each Other Again . . Kieran Morgan
Hare Redux . . Simon Petrie
Thyme Machine . . Darren Goossens
Collecting Whispers . . Bren MacDibble
Truckers . . Dirk Flinthart


The Reluctant Orc-Maid to her Swain . . Marcie Tentchoff

Special Features

State of the Art: Rayguns! . . Dirk Flinthart
Devoted Husband, Intrepid Time-Traveller . . Stuart Barrow
Seriatem, Seriatum, Omnia Seriatem . . Ian Nichols

Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)

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