Radical Hard SF

Last issue we described Interzone as a magazine of radical science fiction and fantasy. Now we would like to go further and outline (however hazily) a type of story that we want to see much more of in this magazine: the radical hard SF story. We wish to publish more fiction that takes inspiration from science, and uses the language of science in a creative way. It may be fantastic, surrealistic, “illogical”, but in order for it to be radical hard SF it should explore in some fashion the perspectives opened up by contemporary science and technology. Some would argue that new electronic gadgetry is displacing the printed word – if so, writers should fight back, using guerilla tactics as necessary and infiltrate the territory of their enemy.

David Pringle and Colin Greenland, Interzone 8 (Summer 1984)

EDITORIAL. radical, hard SF
seeing signs that something new is imminent —
new fiction from the bounty of new technology.
/// the perspectives opened up by contemporary science fight back, using guerilla tactics
new information systems f/a/s/h/i/o/n that new science fiction
for the *electronic age*

Bruce Sterling, Cheap Truth 6

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