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US audio magazine (see Audiozine) which ran for five releases, undated other than by year, between September 1987 and April 1990. It never kept to its planned quarterly schedule. Each release consisted of a single audiocassette lasting ninety minutes. On each side was a fully dramatized adaptation of a story performed by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company of Atlanta, Georgia under the overall direction of Thomas E Fuller (1948-2002), who had first proposed the audiomagazine. The cassette also included other material, such as interviews and commentary. The plays were adapted from both existing and original stories. The first release, for example, which had Time Travel as its theme ran "You Can't Get There from Here" by Terry Sanders and Clair Whitworth backed with "A Glitch in Time" by Brad Strickland. The second release, in July 1988, included "The Happy Man" (March 1963 Analog) by Gerald W Page, adapted by the author backed with a new Vampire story "The Count" by J Eugene Green. The project had been financed by a profit arising from the World SF Convention which had been held in Atlanta in 1986, and this sustained the magazine until 1990, the final release being adaptations of two of H P Lovecraft's stories, "The Dunwich Horror" (April 1929 Weird Tales) and "Pickman's Model" (October 1927 Weird Tales). A sixth release was planned but it never eventuated. However the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company continues to perform, including at local and national conventions, and releases recordings of their performances. They also now have a regular podcast, but not in such a form as to call a podzine. Nevertheless, they produced one of the pioneering Audiozines. [MA]

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