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Science Fiction RebelsThe Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990$
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Mike Ashley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382608

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382608.001.0001

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The Third Rebellion: The SF Underground

The Third Rebellion: The SF Underground

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Science Fiction Rebels

Mike Ashley


The emergence of cyberpunk and the appearance of a new generation of writers saw the development of a more radical set of magazines for whom OMNI, ASIMOV’S and F&SF did not go far enough. These were called the SF Underground by John Shirley and included Scott Edelman, Lewis Shiner, Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Paul Di Filippo and others. Like the New Wave of the 1960s they influenced the sf mainstream through broadening ideas, techniques and content. Some of the fiction was dubbed slipstream. Key magazines were PULPHOUSE, NEW PATHWAYS and NOVA EXPRESS.

Keywords:   Cyberpunk, Slipstream, Renegade, SF Underground, Small press magazines, John Shirley, Rudy Rucker, Lewis Shiner, Paul Di Filippo

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