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Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 03

Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 03

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Published by Johne Cook
Ray Gun Revival is a free throwback space opera e-zine online.

http://raygunrevival.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=314

http://raygunrevival.com/Published/RGR_0003_2006_08_01.pdf

33 pages

Cover: “Fragments in Space,” by Michel Merza

Overlord's Lair - "The Missing Sense of Wonder" by the RGR Overlords
Editorial - Science Fiction
Space opera is all about taking ideas that traditional sci-fi wouldn’t touch with a ten foot
sliderule and finding value therein, and adventure, and a rip-roaring good time.

Young Ones by Selena Thomason
Fiction - Science Fiction
A shape-shifter helps her newfound, human friends as they try to reclaim an abducted crewmember before he is forced to fight in an alien arena.

TO THE SHORES OF TRIPLE, LEE by A. M. Stickel
Fiction - Science Fiction
In the fight among 3 species of humanoids for interplanetary real estate, what role do our Terrans descendants play?

Deuces Wild - Reluctant Allies, part two by L. S. King
Fiction - Science Fiction
Finding a ship to take them off the backwater planet - good. Getting off the planet before the local mob finds them - better.

Jasper Squad, Episode Two, by Paul Christian Glenn - When In Wroume by Paul Christian Glenn
Fiction - Science Fiction
Unjustly accused of treason, the crew of the Jasper has a more immediate problem: regaining control of their ship from a dangerous criminal before he kills them all in a fiery crash landing!
Ray Gun Revival is a free throwback space opera e-zine online.

http://raygunrevival.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=314

http://raygunrevival.com/Published/RGR_0003_2006_08_01.pdf

33 pages

Cover: “Fragments in Space,” by Michel Merza

Overlord's Lair - "The Missing Sense of Wonder" by the RGR Overlords
Editorial - Science Fiction
Space opera is all about taking ideas that traditional sci-fi wouldn’t touch with a ten foot
sliderule and finding value therein, and adventure, and a rip-roaring good time.

Young Ones by Selena Thomason
Fiction - Science Fiction
A shape-shifter helps her newfound, human friends as they try to reclaim an abducted crewmember before he is forced to fight in an alien arena.

TO THE SHORES OF TRIPLE, LEE by A. M. Stickel
Fiction - Science Fiction
In the fight among 3 species of humanoids for interplanetary real estate, what role do our Terrans descendants play?

Deuces Wild - Reluctant Allies, part two by L. S. King
Fiction - Science Fiction
Finding a ship to take them off the backwater planet - good. Getting off the planet before the local mob finds them - better.

Jasper Squad, Episode Two, by Paul Christian Glenn - When In Wroume by Paul Christian Glenn
Fiction - Science Fiction
Unjustly accused of treason, the crew of the Jasper has a more immediate problem: regaining control of their ship from a dangerous criminal before he kills them all in a fiery crash landing!

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Ray Gun Revival August 1, 2006 Issue 03
Pg. 
 
THRILLING TALES FROM BEYOND THE ETHER
“Fragment in Space,by Michel Merza 
August 1, 2006Issue 03
by Selena Thomason
by A.M. Sckel
by L. S. King
by Paul Chrisan Glenn
 
Ray Gun Revival August 1, 2006 Issue 03
Pg. 
Overlords (Founders):
 
L. S. King, Johne Cook, Paul Chrisan Glenn
Ray Gun Radio:
 
Taylor Kent - founder, director, and producer, all things audioJohn “JesusGeek” Wilkerson - RGR Disinformaon Specialist
 Venerable Staff:
A.M. Sckel - Managing CopyeditorMike Loos - Proofreader, Technical Lead – PocketRGR;Walter Rosenfeld - ProofreaderMahew McConley - ProofreaderPaul Chrisan Glenn - PR, sounding board, strong right hand, newshound
L. S. King
- copyeditor, proofreader, beloved nag, muse, webmistressJohne Cook - art wrangler, desktop publishing, editorials, chief, cook, and bole washer
Slushmasters (Submissions Editors):
 
Taylor Kent, Sco M. Sandridge, David Wilhelms
Serial Authors:
Sean T. M. Sennon, Lee S. King, Paul Chrisan Glenn, Johne Cook
Cover Art:
 
“Fragments in Space,” by Michel Merza
 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
Hatchbox Creative
Visit us online at
 
http://raygunrevival.com
 All content copyright 2006 by 
Double-edged Publishing
 ,
a Memphis, Tennessee-based non-prot publisher.
Rev: b20060802
Table of Contents
 
Ray Gun Revival August 1, 2006 Issue 03
Pg. 
The Missing Sense of Wonder
W
e at Ray Gun Revival have been thinkinga lot lately about what it is about spaceopera that is different than regular fantasy or sci-
fi. It seems to us that one of the big advantages is
in the concept of the ‘sense of wonder.’For my part, I think of all those great old workslike Doc Smith’s Lensman series or the adven
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tures of John Carter, Warlord of Mars, from EdgarRice Burroughs. It seemed like there were newwonders around every page, and that encour
-aged me to dream big dreams.
But something happened along the way. Assci-fi matured, it also lost its sense of wondersomewhere along the way.But what is this ‘sense of wonder’?I recently read that the term ‘sense of wonder,as it relates to fiction, was actually coined by HugoGernsback himself to describe science fiction (yes,
that 
Hugo, the man after whom the most presti
-
gious science fiction award is named after).Ironic, that.One modern definition for Sense of Wondergoes like
this
:
“The Sense Of Wonder comes not frombrilliant writing, nor even from brilliant conceptualising; it comes from a suddenopening of a closed door in the reader’s
mind. [...] Arguably, almost any Sense Of 
Wonder-producing case embedded in anSF text, no matter how weak that text may be elsewhere, could be analysed toshow a comparable forcing of Concep-
tual Breakthrough.” -- John Clute, in The
Encyclopaedia Of SF 
Think of it as the ‘Aha’ moment, the suddenglow from the metaphoric light bulb.I’ve read on one website that a Sense Of Wondercan be evoked in one’s mind by all sorts of things,including:Futuristic technologyDeep space
Alien life
Changes of scale or perspectiveAnd while all that makes sense, as Overlords,we couldn’t help but feel there was something
missing, something in addition to that definition.
You can get all those things in sci-fi, but spaceopera has a flair for the dramatic, going a littlelarge, pulling out all the stops, and having a grandtime while doing it.It was that sense of emotional involvement intandem (or defiance!) of a mental awareness thathas been pestering us since we started thinkingabout these matters. And then, the answer cameup in conversation. When talking about what thedifference was between sci-fi and space opera,the answer popped right out: “Science fictionuses space, technology and other worlds to stim
-
ulate your mind. Space opera uses the same toolsto stimulate your heart.”The dictionary provides a word that seemsto capture that burst of insight and inspiration;Epiphany: “A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization.”That’s the kind of insight that can rock you from
your toes to your ears.
Space opera is all about taking ideas thattraditional sci-fi wouldn’t touch with a ten foot
sliderule and finding value therein, and adven-
ture, and a rip-roaring good time. That’s howwe can accept light sabers and anti-grav speed
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ers and semi-sentient droids without demandingschematics and diagrams for the principles thatwould allow those things to work. If the charac
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ters and the situations ring true, we can acceptthe premise and be swept along for the ride.Think of that as the sudden opening of a closeddoor in the reader’s heart, as well as his mind.That may explain how a simple story withbasic plot holes and logical errors can resonate sofiercely, why we can accept the idea of a mythicpower like The Force but are repelled whensuch a concept is rationalized away down into aconcentration of Midichlorians.What we bring you at Ray Gun Revival isfiction that captures the best of both worlds, theopening of closed doors in mind and heart.So look sharp and enjoy the ride—we’re just
getting started.
The Ray Gun Revival Overlords
Overlord’s Lair
by the Ray Gun Revival Overlords

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