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Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 56

Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 56

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Published by Johne Cook
Ray Gun Revival magazine celebrates the start of our fifth year with Issue #56. Also, this is our second-to-last issue for our great publisher, Double-Edged Publishing (more on that in the Overlords' Lair editorial, The Quality of the Detour).

68 pages

Dark Encounter by James Hartley
Lt. Bronte must figure how to prevent a collision with something that isn't there.

The Battle Over Procyon by James Coughtrey
Ray guns lance through the sky, plasma fire rains down on unsuspecting ships and Kayo Kaelem is about to experience the fight of his life.

The Green Planet by Gordon Ross Lanser
After a crash landing, crewmates must trek across an alien planet while the jungle pursues them.

Lifeline by T.M. Hunter
Awaking from a drunken stupor, Aston discovers that his life has been held under judgment without his knowledge. Unfortunately, he's as guilty as sin!

The Vnimajici by Caleb Jordan Schulz
She wanted everyone in the universe to attend her wedding in Cali, Colombia. She hadn't expected robots too.

Featured artist, Pierre-Etienne Travers

Checker by J.D. Williams
You can find benefits to OCD, even in a warfront on an alien world.

Of Machinery and Sea Life by Pete Carter
Aliens have come to conquer earth, can anyone stop them?

Calamity's Child, Chapter Nine: Object Real: Ransom in the Fall of the Mountain King, and Chapter Ten: Object Real: Ave Maria, Part One by M. Keaton
Red Dog fights. Kylee fights. Ivan fights.

Thieves' Honor: Episode Eleven: The Rescuers, Part Two by Keanan Brand
Zoltana’s in the brig while Kristoff schemes to steal the game. But who on his ship is a colonial spy?
Ray Gun Revival magazine celebrates the start of our fifth year with Issue #56. Also, this is our second-to-last issue for our great publisher, Double-Edged Publishing (more on that in the Overlords' Lair editorial, The Quality of the Detour).

68 pages

Dark Encounter by James Hartley
Lt. Bronte must figure how to prevent a collision with something that isn't there.

The Battle Over Procyon by James Coughtrey
Ray guns lance through the sky, plasma fire rains down on unsuspecting ships and Kayo Kaelem is about to experience the fight of his life.

The Green Planet by Gordon Ross Lanser
After a crash landing, crewmates must trek across an alien planet while the jungle pursues them.

Lifeline by T.M. Hunter
Awaking from a drunken stupor, Aston discovers that his life has been held under judgment without his knowledge. Unfortunately, he's as guilty as sin!

The Vnimajici by Caleb Jordan Schulz
She wanted everyone in the universe to attend her wedding in Cali, Colombia. She hadn't expected robots too.

Featured artist, Pierre-Etienne Travers

Checker by J.D. Williams
You can find benefits to OCD, even in a warfront on an alien world.

Of Machinery and Sea Life by Pete Carter
Aliens have come to conquer earth, can anyone stop them?

Calamity's Child, Chapter Nine: Object Real: Ransom in the Fall of the Mountain King, and Chapter Ten: Object Real: Ave Maria, Part One by M. Keaton
Red Dog fights. Kylee fights. Ivan fights.

Thieves' Honor: Episode Eleven: The Rescuers, Part Two by Keanan Brand
Zoltana’s in the brig while Kristoff schemes to steal the game. But who on his ship is a colonial spy?

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ISSUE.56
Short fction:
James HartleyJames Coughtrey
Gordon Ross LanserT.M. HunterCaleb Jordan SchulzJ.D. Williams
Pete Carter
Serial fction :M. KeatonKeanan Brand
 
 
OVERLORDS (FOUNDERS/EDITORS)
Johne Cook, L. S. King, Paul Christian Glenn
Matthew Winslow
 
Book Reviews Editor 
Shannon McNear
 
Lord High Advisor, Grammar Consultant, Listening Ear for Overlord Lee
Paul Christian Glenn
-
PR, Executive Tiebreaker, Desktop Publishing 
L. S. King
-
Lord High Editor, proofreader, beloved nag, muse, webmistress
Johne Cook
-
art wrangler, desktop publishing, chief cook and bottle washer 
Submissions Editors
John M. Whalen, Alice M. Roelke, Martin Turton
Serial Authors
M Keaton, Keanan Brand
Cover Art
“Prototype”
by Pierre-Etienne Travers
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 Hatchbox Creative
v56a
 The Quality of the Detour
 
 
Overlords’ Lair
The Quality of the Detour
by Johne Cook 
As we celebrate our penulmate issue with Double-Edged Publishing, ourhost enty in Memphis, I’ve been thinking lately about what it is about Ray GunRevival magazine that makes us dierent (other than our Big Red Buon™, of course). In 2006, we were collecvely riding the wave of enthusiasm for JossWhedon’s
Firey 
, in love with Captain Tightpants and his Browncoat crew. Inrestrospect, we were a lile silly hitching our wagon to a star trek that hadalready run its course, a series that had nished before we even began. Butreally, Firey was just the catalyst that prompted us to askwho was going to introduce a new generaon of readersto space opera. So we stepped up to take a swing at it.Y’know,
But here we are, four full years later. One might beforgiven for thinking that Firey passions may havedimmed since then, but anecdotal evidence saysotherwise. Along with many others, I’ve been enjoyingRichard Fife’s rewatchof the Firey series at Tor.com, anda recent post taking a nostalgic tour through
Firey quoteswas a huge crowdpleaser on Twier andFacebook.What is it about
Firey 
that appealed so strongly to me? We know thecommon answers, the wring, the lightning-in-the-bole interacons of thoseactors in those roles, the relaonships, the wit. But there was something else
more fundamental.
Firey 
wasn’t just space opera, it was a mashup of SpaceOpera and Western.That reminded me of something from my own experience. Two thingshappened on May 17, 2008. First, I went to a reading by Cory Doctorow of hislatest novel, the SF masterwork
Lile Brother 
, a highlight for a fan of SF. Butin additon to that great experience, before the reading even started, I foundmyself walking around the bookstore and nding
The Automac Detecve
byA. Lee. Marnez. The books couldn’t be more dissimilar. One is serious, classicSF, the other a playful mashup of SF and Noir. Both books are brilliant and bothare on my person Ten Best list. However, only one makes me yearn for endlesssequels, and that’s the mashup about Mack Megaton, the killer robot whodeed his programming and rebelled simply because he wanted to be a cizen,in the process becoming Mankind’s savior.RGR is another kind of mashup, and has been since the beginning. We didn’tplan it that way, we just followed our gut and let the detour take us o thebeaten path. Thinking about all this prompted an epiphany — it’s not about thepurity of the inerary, it’s about the quality of the detour.It occurs to me that with this issue, RGR now begins our 5th year of operaon.Thanks to you, our loyal readers, for your interest in space opera and golden agesci-!Finally, a housekeeping note. This is the second-to-last edion of Ray GunRevival magazine under the Double-Edged Publishing nameplate. We’ll thankeveryone at DEP more profusely in the nal issue, but for now, please know thatnone of this would have been possible without Bill Snodgrass. Bill’s situaon haschanged as situaons invariably do and DEP’s charter haschanged to reect new leadership. The new DEP focus ismoving away from online ‘zines and short con, and thisis a logical me for RGR to forge out on our own.What that means praccally for the publicaon andthe organizaon is sll somewhat up in the air, however,at this point in me what it means is that the Overlordsare preparing to move the site to another host, reformas a 4theluv market (meaning that stories in the newRGR will be picked up for free, ‘for the love’ instead of atoken $10 / story payment; we’re succumbing to marketrealies and economic vagaries and our own preferencefor reading stories instead of tracking payments and tax liabilies). It also meansthat instead of developing downloadable .PDF ‘issues,’ RGR stories will bepublished as HTML or ePub and viewable on a webpage or via typical handhelddevices like iPhone or Android phone. The advantage of switching over to thispublicaon method is that we will no longer have to develop issues in InDesignbut can plop proofed stories right into our web publicaon soware. This meanswe can queue up a variety of stories and have them automacally publish on acertain date. Yeah, I know — punctuality, what a concept!Thanks for reading RGR, and stay tuned for our nal issue as a DEP enty, RGR57!
 Johne Cook Overlord Breezeway, WI USA

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