M-Brane SF

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US downloadable and print-on-demand Online Magazine published and edited by Christopher Fletcher, initially in Oklahoma City, and from April 2010 in St Louis, and became part of M-Brane Press. It was published monthly, with occasional delays, from January 2009 to June 2011, with a final thirtieth issue in February 2012. The print version was letter size and the small print meant that although the early issues ran to about fifty pages, these probably contained over 50,000 words, more than most online magazines, though it subsequently reduced to around 30,000 words. M-Brane continued to develop and Fletcher took the opportunity to run longer stories, to help build character and plot. Issue #12 (January 2010) was produced as a special edition trade paperback, guest edited by Rick Novy and entitled Ergosphere (anth 2009), with ten innovative stories. By issue #20 (September 2010) Fletcher had dubbed it "The Magazine of Astounding Science Fiction". Fletcher wanted to bring the Sense of Wonder back to science fiction, and though not all of the stories he published were optimistic, they have gloried in the possibilities of science and the future. Fletcher's own optimism allowed him to develop a growing team of contributors which included Patty Jansen, Alex Jeffers, Rick Novy, Cat Rambo, Barton Levenson, Bart Lieb and Jason Sizemore, all within the small-press community. In a short time the magazine grew in stature, showing a determination to develop and succeed. In the tradition of the Ziff-Davis Amazing Stories Quarterly, Fletcher also issued M-Brane SF Quarterly which combined three consecutive issues of the original magazine. This ran to four volumes, from the first, dated October 2010 and containing issues #19-#21, through to the fourth (May 2012), containing #28-#30. Time constraints led to the demise of M-Brane SF although Fletcher has continued to develop plans for publication of books, including sf doubles, under the M-Brane Press imprint.

The same publisher also launched a companion "periodical of liberated literature", Fantastique Unfettered, first issue Winter 2010, edited by Brandon H Bell, which has seen four issues to date. [MA]

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