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Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 51

Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 51

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Published by Johne Cook
The search party has returned. Get Issue #51 while you can!

56 pages

The Overlords' Lair: Random acts of unsolicited encouragement

Direct Observation by Adrian Simmons
Fiction
The Hive Consortium was losing their war. Could human children be their solution?

Spider on a Sidewalk by Paula R. Stiles
Fiction
A captain and her crew try to solve a mystery of perspective in a dangerous part of space.

Smart Bomb by O. Charles Swallows, Jr., Mr.
Fiction
Their ship crashed, two aliens attempt to convince a planet-busting bomb to delay detonation.

Inquefish by Steven Gerard
Fiction
The beach was always a place for relaxation and renewal, until now.

Torva Prime by Chip Meador
Fiction
There's plenty of work for a P.I. on Torva Prime, but like any city, it has its rough spots.

Featured artist , Lev Savitskiy, Ukraine

Calamity's Child, Chapter Six: Rites of Passage - Dante's Fourth, by Gaslight, Part Two by M. Keaton
Serial Fiction

Thieves' Honor: Episode Six: The Game - Taw, Anyone? by Keanan Brand
Serial Fiction

Deuces Wild, Season Two: Chapter 8 - Final Flight by L. S. King
Serial Fiction

Jasper Squad, Episode 11 — The Lieutenant’s Gambit, Part II: Revelations and Ruin by Paul Christian Glenn
Serial Fiction
The search party has returned. Get Issue #51 while you can!

56 pages

The Overlords' Lair: Random acts of unsolicited encouragement

Direct Observation by Adrian Simmons
Fiction
The Hive Consortium was losing their war. Could human children be their solution?

Spider on a Sidewalk by Paula R. Stiles
Fiction
A captain and her crew try to solve a mystery of perspective in a dangerous part of space.

Smart Bomb by O. Charles Swallows, Jr., Mr.
Fiction
Their ship crashed, two aliens attempt to convince a planet-busting bomb to delay detonation.

Inquefish by Steven Gerard
Fiction
The beach was always a place for relaxation and renewal, until now.

Torva Prime by Chip Meador
Fiction
There's plenty of work for a P.I. on Torva Prime, but like any city, it has its rough spots.

Featured artist , Lev Savitskiy, Ukraine

Calamity's Child, Chapter Six: Rites of Passage - Dante's Fourth, by Gaslight, Part Two by M. Keaton
Serial Fiction

Thieves' Honor: Episode Six: The Game - Taw, Anyone? by Keanan Brand
Serial Fiction

Deuces Wild, Season Two: Chapter 8 - Final Flight by L. S. King
Serial Fiction

Jasper Squad, Episode 11 — The Lieutenant’s Gambit, Part II: Revelations and Ruin by Paul Christian Glenn
Serial Fiction

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Issue 51
 
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Ray Gun Revival magazine Issue 51
Overlords (Founders / Editors)
 Johne Cook, L. S. King, Paul Christian Glenn
Venerable Staf
A.M. Stickel
- Managing Copyeditor 
Matthew Winslow
- Book Reviews Editor 
Shannon McNear
- Lord High Advisor, grammar consultant, listeningear/sanity saver for Overlord Lee
Paul Christian Glenn
- PR, Film Reviews Editor, Executive Tiebreaker,desktop publishing
L. S. King
- Lord High Editor, proofreader, beloved nag, muse,webmistress
Johne Cook
- art wrangler, desktop publishing, chief cook and bottlewasher 
Slushmasters (Submissions Editors)
John M. WhalenAlice M. RoelkeJenn SilvaMartin Turton
Serial Authors
M KeatonKeanan BrandL. S. KingJohn M. Whalen
Cover Art
“Dawn of Dreams”
byLev Savitskiy, UkraineWithout Whom...
Bill Snodgrass
, site host,Web-Net Solutions, admin, webmaster, database admin, mentor,
confdante, liaison – Double-edged Publishing
Special Thanks
Ray Gun Revival
logo design by
 
Ray Gun Revival
 Table of Contents
Visit us online at
 
http://raygunrevival.com
 All content copyright 2009 by
Double-edged Publishing
 ,
a Memphis, Tennessee-based non-prot publisher.
Rev: 51A
 
Random acts of unsolicited encouragment Pg. 3
Ray Gun Revival magazine Issue 51
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ife is a funny thing. I made special arrangementsto get the artwork for this cover assuming we’d begoing to press in time for Valentines Day, but a funnything happened after our milestone issue…We ran into a rough patch. I was trying to moveheaven and earth to finish the next chapter of TheAdventures of the Sky Pirate but I couldn’t get pastwhere I left my characters, and they remain therestill, locked in limbo, still waiting for me to figure outwhat’s happening next. I’ve written and rewritten andre-rewritten that scene twenty times since I wrotethe first draft. I wish that were hyperbole. I knowwhat happens but just can’t quite get the handle onhow it happens or who is there to witness it. It’s apersistent open wound.There was more. Development of RGR 2.0 didn’tprogress with the speed or ease I’d hoped, I becamemore and more responsible for the upcoming weddingof my eldest child, a new political administrationtook office and started doing or not doing things I didor didn’t like, and I took ill with the sort of sicknessthat is just bad enough to make you wish you couldstay home and just good enough that there was noexcuse for not going to work. I was feeling creativelystymied, physically drained, mentally beaten, and just generally stressed. When the issue was well andtruly late, and there was no good way around it, Ifinally made a post in the forums about my situation.I wanted to let you, the readers of the magazine knowwhat was going on. I don’t know what I expected, butfelt it was only fair to let the community know whatgoing on. I screwed up my courage and fired off mypost and returned to my day job.I checked the forums later when I arrived home,and the response was heartening. The people whoresponded understood. Now, it’s not unusual forforum regulars to be understanding, to get it, butsomething else happened at about the same timethat really turned the corner for me. We Overlordsreceived an e-mail that gave us all a collective shotin the arm. Furthermore, it was from an unsolicitedsource, a new reader named Tony Lavoie. This is whatTony wrote:
 Johne et. al.,I just finished reading your issue #50 - my introductory issue - and I must say I’m more thansatisfactorily impressed! RGR is everything I’vebeen missing in the pulp magazines I used to buy regularly - Analog, Azimov’s, F&SF...all of whichhave fallen off my purchase lists one by one as their content more and more failed to grab me.Not so RayGun Revival! Each story was a genuine pleasure to read, though my clear favorite is“Susie Earthshine, Space Substitute”. A gem of an acquisition! The whole issue was wonderfully refreshing. Keep it up!I confess I haven’t yet read the serial installmentsin #50, but this is something I hope to rectify long-term as I go through the archives and catch them from their beginnings.You have captured a new fan! Well done, and Ieagerly await the next issue!-Tony Lavoie
I can’t tell you how much this unsolicited attaboymeant to me, to us. We’re a volunteer crew doingthis out of love for the genre in stolen moments andon the stereotypical shoestring budget, and there aretimes when I don’t know how we’ll make it throughto the next issue. And yet, somebody always stepsup, something always happens that reminds us whywe’re making this effort. We do this for you, theperson who used to read stories of a certain type,stories that have somehow fallen by the wayside. AtRay Gun Revival, we still find value in that mode of storytelling, and we remain committed to findingnew authors to tell those kinds of stories. So keepreading, keep telling your friends about RGR, andkeep submitting your own attempts at space opera.Perhaps some day, your story will be featured inRGR! And remember, we’re all in this together. Keepencouraging one another, and we’ll look for you nextissue!While I’m thinking about it, check out the serialsefforts this month. M. Keaton’s chapter of 
Calamity’sChild 
this month is gripping, Keaton Brand’s
Thieves’ Honor 
is brilliant, Lee King’s
Deuces Wild 
literally hadme gasping (you’ll see why if you’ve followed theseries even from a distance—she takes a risk with amajor character that I never saw coming), and PaulChristian Glenn is back with a frankly Firefly-likeepisode of Jasper Squad that needs no introduction;it stands on its own. Our policy of featuring originalserial novel chapters each issue is one of our strongestassets. If you haven’t been following along, don’tworry—dive into any of these serial works for Issue51 and you’ll thank me, I promise!
 Johne CookOverlordBreezeway, WI USA
 
Overlords’ Lair
 
Random acts of unsolicited encouragement
 

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