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Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 29

Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 29

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Published by Johne Cook
Ray Gun Revival Issue #29 has eluded fraudulent DMCA takedown notifications!

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The Pasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher
Jack and Katya are part of a space exploration team, out where ‘science’ and ‘adventure’ are the same thing. But ‘danger’ wants in.

The winners of the Ray Gun Revival Space Monkey Flash Fiction contest! Plus a special mention story, just for the sheer enjoyment of it.

Deuces Wild: Chapter 15, "Strange Bedfellows" Part Two by L. S. King
Tristan fights his old nemesis, Myers. Myers cheats.
Ray Gun Revival Issue #29 has eluded fraudulent DMCA takedown notifications!

27 Pages

The Pasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher
Jack and Katya are part of a space exploration team, out where ‘science’ and ‘adventure’ are the same thing. But ‘danger’ wants in.

The winners of the Ray Gun Revival Space Monkey Flash Fiction contest! Plus a special mention story, just for the sheer enjoyment of it.

Deuces Wild: Chapter 15, "Strange Bedfellows" Part Two by L. S. King
Tristan fights his old nemesis, Myers. Myers cheats.

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September 01, 2007Issue 29
 
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Ray Gun Revival magazine Issue 29, September 01, 2007
Overlords (Founders / Editors):
Johne Cook, L. S. King, Paul Chrisan Glenn
Venerable Staff:
A.M. Sckel
- Managing Copyeditor
Shannon McNear
- Lord High Advisor, grammar consultant, listeningear/sanity saver for Overlord Lee
Paul Chrisan Glenn
- PR, sounding board, strong right hand
L. S. King
- Lord High Editor, proofreader, beloved nag, muse,webmistress
Johne Cook
- art wrangler, desktop publishing, chief cook and bole
washer
Slushmasters (Submissions Editors):
Sco M. Sandridge
John M. WhalenDavid WilhelmsShari L. ArmstrongJack Willard
Serial Authors:
 
Sean T. M. Sennon
John M. WhalenBen SchumacherLee S. King
Paul Chrisan Glenn
Johne Cook
Cover Art
:
“Those Specks Aren’t Snow” 
by Benjamin Boozer IV
Without Whom...
Bill Snodgrass
, site host,
Web-Net Soluons, admin, webmaster, database admin, mentor, con
-dante, 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 2007 by 
Double-edged Publishing
 ,
a Memphis, Tennessee-based non-prot publisher.
Rev: 20070901c
 
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Ray Gun Revival magazine Issue 29, September 01, 2007
Y
ou may have heard about
this past week when Ray Gun Revival
magazine found ourselves in the midst of theDMCA controversy between users of the onlinedocument hosting outfit,
, and
, the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
.Rest easy—I’m not going to go over
n
here. However, I would like to commenton how things looked from our perspective as
of the smallest of little fish caught up inthe turbulent waters of a much larger pond.It is Saturday, September 1st, 2007, as I write thiseditorial. Now we know how the events playedout on Friday, August 31st, 2007. But on Monday,the 27th, we still had no idea what was reallygoing on, or what would happen next.
Jason from Scribd had informed us that two RGR
back issues had been taken down as a result of an alleged DMCA violation. The language wasall lawyery and stuff, and I was frankly out of mydepth. I spoke about the situation with fellow
RGR founder Lee S. King. The following morning,
while I was paralyzed by uncertainty how to bestproceed, Lee wrote
t
aboutthe development and posted it on her blog afterlunch.That was the spark that broke my reverie. We’rewriters, and we often best find our way throughwriting.Lee’s post spurred me to write down what I didand didn’t know. I finally posted my impressionof the event on my blog. I wondered what to donext, and thought of two names—Cory Doctorow,and John Scalzi.I screwed up my courage and copied Cory andJohn on that post, not really expecting a response;Cory was travelling, and John’s legendary blog,
,
was on hiatus until after Labor Day.Oh, me of little faith. To my ever-loving surprise,I was wrong. More on that later.So let’s talk about Friday the 31st. Cory Doctorowcrafted the story that kicked it all off, and included
a reference to RGR as one of the affected parties.
He even linked to us. That was way cool, but theday was just getting started.Cory’s story made the cover of nearly everyimportant geek site:
g
,
t
,
a
,
,
Dig
g
,
t
,
g
, and many blogs.As fans of SF, we couldn’t have been morestarry-eyed as many currently relevant authorschimed in with us against the SFWA blunder, a
who’s who of impressive names. Gird your loins,
here comes the name-dropping:
,
n
,
,
,
y
,
,
,
h
, and
. And thoseare just the ones I linked to as the day unfolded.There are many more that I didn’t get to.Personally, I suspect an oversight that startedwith SFWA VP Andrew Burt might have endedthere as well if he had quickly owned his actionand apologized. I don’t know of anybody whothinks that SFWA doesn’t have the right—andperhaps the responsibility—to take action onbehalf of a segment of their membership withlegitimate copyright infringement issues.However, when non-offending publicationswere recklessly taken down and the authors andeditors left in the lurch, the attitude seemed tobe that the Scribd service and anyone who usedit
. This ignores the fact that somepeople find value in making their own worksfreely available as a deliberate decision.As the story developed, a perceived arroganceand subsequent lack of ownership from Mr. Burtand SFWA didn’t sit well with many, and so themolehill grew into the mountain.I do wonder what happened to Mr. Burt. SFWAapologies might have carried more weight if delivered up front and by the figure who touchedoff the event, he who wrote
to Scribdin the first place.
Update
: I was privy to a flurry 
of e-mails earlier in t he week as Cor y developed his story, along wit h
from Scribd,
to Dr. Burt Saturday night.)
I know that not everybody knows how to dealwith internet PR disasters. They should read
n
:
Overlords’ Lair
 

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