- ABORIGINAL SCIENCE FICTION
- US magazine published from Massachusetts by Absolute Entertainment Inc. and more recently by the Second Renaissance Foundation Inc., ed Charles C. RYAN, first issue Oct 1986, 5 issues in both 1987 and 1988, then bimonthly; 30 issues to Dec 1991, quarterly from 1992, currently suspended, last issue seen 45/46 Spring 1994. The original format was 24pp tabloid (11 x 17in; about 280 x 430mm), but changed to smallBEDSHEET with 4 in 1987. A feature is the use of full-page, full-colour illustration throughout the magazine, which from 8 (1988) to 22 (1990) was printed entirely on slick paper: cover art for every story, as the editor put it. The title results from an ongoing but not very good joke about the publisher, envisaged as a crazy alien, who produces the magazine for the aboriginals of Earth. The fiction has been reasonable but seldom excellent, with the work of little known writers like Robert A.Metzger mixed, very occasionally, with that of big names like Larry NIVEN. The regular book-review columns are by Darrell SCHWEITZER and Janice M.Eisen. Editor Ryan previously brought out the magazine GALILEO (1976-80), and continues, as he did then, to make most of his sales through subscription rather than newsstand purchases. At the end of 1991, with a hiatus in the bimonthly appearance, the future of this courageous but never very exciting magazine looked uncertain, with production and (increased) postage costs no longer covered by sales. 1992 saw three double issues only; 1993 saw four issues, two labelled as doubles; there was only one double issue in 1994 due to illness in the editor's family. In early 1995 the title was offered for sale, though publisher/editor Ryan said he would stay on as editor if asked by the new owners, if any. A spin-off reprint anthology in magazine format is Aboriginal Science Fiction, Tales of the Human Kind: 1988 Annual Anthology (anth chap 1988) ed Ryan.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. Academic. 2011.