We’ve heard for months now of Jay Tomio’s efforts at starting a new e-zine devoted to a more critical view of speculative fiction. Now Jay’s vision has been pulled off very well with Heliotrope. Go read it! The first issue contains articles by Jeff VanderMeer, R. Scott Bakker and Heidi Wessman Kneale. Jeff explores the novella, Scott philosophizes about the role of fantastic literature and failings of the literati in allowing interpretive monism to flourish, and Heidi ponders the past and future of science fiction.
There is short fiction, poetry and reviews as well – I haven’t had time to go through any yet, but I expect to enjoy them.
With Emerald City closing down, Heliotrope is arriving just in time.