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New Publishing, New Human

With both Apex Magazine’s and Shimmer’s recent news, I’ve been thinking about the State of the Thing; and that Thing of course being specfic publishing in the Near Now.*



The field of weird and wonderful fiction has changed a lot since I started subscribing to ‘zines. There was that slow-burn month or quarter of excitement as you wondered what tales might arrive through your letterbox, and what characters you might meet. Some were glossy works with smooth layouts, others stapled together and photocopied. Each and every one was a delight.  Some of the authors became familiar, and you’d track them across different publications. They felt like friends, even if you’d never met them. Other names you might never hear of again, but their stories stayed with you. It was harder to meet fellow weirdworlders back then; you formed scriptorial packs, secretive cabals; you lent well-thumbed booklets to those who understood.

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Shimmer Gets a Hugo Nomination!

Hey Kittlings and Drekkheads – some great news for Team Badger over at Shimmer, who have picked up a nomination for one of SpecFic’s most prestigious awards:

As well as that, Shimmer’s editor E.Catherine Tobler is also nominated for Best Professional Editor (short form). You can find full nomination details over here on, and the intro to this years Hugo Awards ceremony over here – which is to be held in Mother Eire at Dublin, no less!

Shimmer are great. Their editing process is a dream, and they even sent a special thank-you card when they accepted one of my stories last year. D’awww!

Well done, Shimmer – and congratulations also to fellow nominees in all categories 🙂

Shimmer Magazine



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