TransVersions

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Canadian Digest-size Small Press Semiprozine published by Island Speciality Reports, Victoria for the first eight issues, Autumn 1994 to Spring/Summer 1998, and then by Paper Orchid Press, Toronto. Edited by Dale L Sproule and Sally McBride through to issue #10 (Spring 1999) and then by Marcel Gagne and Sally Tomasevic. Issue #8/9 was a double issue, so that there were only ten print issues ending with #11 for Winter (December) 1999. An additional issue was released as an anthology in November 2000. TransVersions originated because the editors had trouble selling their own cross-genre fiction to the standard magazines. Producing the magazine proved more costly than they anticipated, with losses of over $1000 on the first issue, so they learned the hard way. Phyllis Gotlieb assisted them in selecting the fiction, which was more fantasy than sf, or "weird literary" as McBride described it; she also assisted as poetry editor. TransVersions published work by several leading writers: Charles de Lint in issue #1, Robert J Sawyer in issue #3 ("Lost in the Mail" which was nominated for an Aurora Award), Jeff VanderMeer and Michael H Payne in issue #5, and James Sallis with "Stepping Away From the Stone" in #11. Eileen Kernaghan appeared with several poems and stories, including "The Watley Man and the Green-Eyed Girl" (1997 #7) which was also nominated for the Aurora award. Towards the end of its print run TransVersions established its website and published additional stories online that did not appear in the magazine, such as "Who'll Stop the Rain" (1998) by Robert N Stephenson. Much of the website can no longer be accessed. The magazine ran some very unusual stories, some a little too experimental for their own good, but on the whole was a highly individualistic package. [MA]

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