I have a new post up over at Sci Phi Journal in which I put out a request for donors for the magazine. I’d like to keep it running but the finances are making it impossible. So I thought I would reach out and see what I could do before I need to bite the bullet and close the magazine down. I’d like to avoid this outcome.
Issue #8 is coming together at the moment and should be with you soon. I’m considering some changes moving forward with the magazine. I’d like to keep producing it but the financial burden is putting a strain on things. So in the interests of not having to close the magazine down I am considering the following options and would ask readers to consider some of the following options and let me know what you think.
- Change the payscale of the magazine from US$0.05c a word to AUD$0.06c a word. This would make the cost of each issue more predictable and less at the mercy of the exchange rate.
- Change the magazine from Bi-Monthly to Quaterly
These options would help control costs better and reduce some of the burden.
Additionally there are a few things fans of the magazine can do to help keep everything running.
- Consider a one off or regular donation to the magazine. There is a donate button on the right and all donations will be used to help keep the magazine afloat. Even $5 here and there will help
- Subscribe for the Ebook copy of the magazine, perhaps offering a higher than suggested patreon contribution for the Ebook. This will help keep finances predictable
- Mention the magazine to friends, colleagues and on social media or blogs. One of the things we struggle with is exposure so the more of that we can get the better. This should translate into readership and therefore sales. This will sovle the problem ultimately.
- Write a review on Amazon. More positive reviews and rating will help boost the magazine profile.
- Anything else you can think of. Let me know if I can help
Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any support you can offer.
Sci Phi is an online science fiction and philosophy magazine. In each issue you will find stories that explore questions of life, the universe and everything and articles that delve into the deep philosophical waters of science fiction universes.
This month we have a somewhat accidentally apocalyptically themed issue for you with
There’s and App for That by Edward M. Lerner, a story about the changes we are experiencing as technology advances.
The Frankenstein Project by Ellen Denton, a tragedy of cybernetics and monkeys
The Bottle of Red Zinfandel by Bev Vincent, a tale of a turning point in history and the decisions that come with inventing something unexpected
Whispers by David Hallquist, how do you coped with a haunted space station?
TN-3970 by Olin Wish, what do you do when the world ends and you need to travel to a far off land?
Stunted Re-Live E-Loop by L.P. Melling, what do you do when you can’t get to the exam in time?
Understanding Freedom Through Science Fiction by Chris A. Peck, what does it mean to be free and what can future history tell us about it?
We are Borg by Jasper Doomen, have we already been assimilated?
General Directive #18 by Patrick S. Baker, is genocidal in self defence ever justified?
Precious Games by E.J. Shumak, are we getting ahead of ourselves trying to discard tradition or does it play a valuable part in our lives?
On Having a Soul: The Murder on a Beach Thought Experiment by Jerffrey A. Corkern, an interesting exercise in intuition about why you have a soul
Beyond the Mist continues with our protagonist pushing ever onward and there is a contest at the end of the story for readers
And a book reviews by Peter Sean Bradley and Mike Phelps
Get it from Amazon and Castalia House
To celebrate the 40th birthday of Sci Phi Journals editor in chief, the first for issues of the magazine are on sale now for $1.99 each on Kindle and at Castalia House. It will be on sale for the next month, get your copy now! Spread the word!
Cat Leonard is an Australian artist who does amazing work and has been busy illustrating for a forth coming edition of Sci Phi Journal. I though i’d share some of her art that is teased here.
Cat Leonard, the regular cover artist for Sci Phi Journal has done a beautiful postcard to illustrate the story Domo from Issue #1. She also does commissioned art if you need your own work done!
A new issue of Sci Phi Journal the magazine all about Science Fiction and Philosophy had just come out. If you like Superversive fiction and stuff that makes you think you will enjoy it and Superversive SF’s own Poet in Residence Ben Zwycky has an ongoing serial “Beyond the Mist” running in it at the moment.
EPUB and MOBI versions are available from Castalia House.
In the interests of full disclosure, I am the editor of the magazine. This doens’t mean it isn’t great, check out the Amazon reviews for Issue #1 and Issue #2.