I just got word on this, so I wanted to shout it out for the reading (and writing) masses. Raygun Revival is returning! Every Day Publishing has picked up the cosmic six-shooter and is bringing it back. First issue looks to go-live in February of 2011. What is Raygun Revival, you ask? I’ll let the magazine itself do the talking:
Ray Gun Revival (RGR) is an online magazine dedicated to fun stories, grand escapism, and good old sensawunda. RGRl provides just that, a throwback publication that revisits space opera and golden age sci-fi. Their stories focus more on character development than hard science and sail all the wide-open waters between science fantasy and harder SF. Think of the original Star Wars stories, Doc Smith’s Lensman series, the Warlord of Mars tales from Edgar Rice Burroughs. Think of everything from John Carter and Gully Foyle to Kimball Kinnison and Han Solo. They are bringing out the deepest elements of what has traditionally been rather superficial fiction and updating them for a new generation of fiction enthusiasts.
Are you excited? I’m excited! I’ve been saying quite a bit lately that Science Fiction has gone too far away from its pulp roots. Look at the box office and you’ll see: action-packed character-driven SF can and does do quite well. But where can one find this sort of two-fisted stuff at short story length? Looks like Raygun Revival will be (re)filling the bill. Two words: WOO HOO!