We are so excited to bring you this update: Issue 1 of Otherverse is now available to read on our website in all its glory. It is entirely free to read, and features 9 amazing stories.
Disappear into the magnificent Home Tree, lose yourself in the virtual reality of The Sims or pick through a cyberpunk junkyard in these immersive and intriguing tales. We hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we have. Please comment on the stories and let us know what you think. You’re also welcome to engage with us over on social media. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and dive into Otherverse Issue 1 now!
To all who enter, welcome! My name is James and I’m a co-founder of the exciting new literary magazine, Otherverse. We aim to explore tales and mysteries in both science-fiction and fantasy, so be sure to look out for some dragons with jetpacks in our October issue debut!
Though I was never exactly a devout reader growing up, I’ve been a fan of sci-fi ever since I could walk. For me, it was about the “fiction” as well as the “science”. Whether watching Doctor Who on the small screen or Star Wars on the big screen, my excitement was for the feast of surreal imagery that came from each story—wonders which we couldn’t possibly encounter in our everyday. But as I grew up, I realised that literature allows us to share experiences that the screen simply cannot, from the infinite Library of Babel, to Milton’s war in heaven, to the imaginary colours of Tormance:
‘The sense impressions caused in Maskull by these two additional primary colours can only be vaguely hinted at by analogy. Just as blue is delicate and mysterious, yellow clear and unsubtle, and red sanguine and passionate, so he felt ulfire to be wild and painful, and jale dreamlike, feverish and voluptuous.’
– David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus
I’ll have to write a review of Lindsay’s novel at some point. Where was I?
The point is, literature can goes beyond what our senses can believe. You’ll never see a painting with ulfire and jale in it, but I bet you’re trying to imagining the colours right now in your head. That’s what written stories can do, and it’s why I love reading science-fiction and fantasy. They are the reigning genres in which this aspect of literature shines brightest—inventing places, philosophies, creatures and people that defy reality. The freedom of speculative fiction is even something that has followed me into my own writing, so stay tuned!
The harder a writer pushes against the boundaries of what’s possible in literature, the more fascinated and enthralled I am as a reader. My favourite stories have been ones that either blur the lines of sci-fi and fantasy, or have reinvented the genres entirely. If you’re looking for some recommendations, they are Dune by Frank Herbert, Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, and Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time trilogy.
What strange and logic-defying worlds have you encountered while reading? Did they blow your mind? I and everyone else at Otherverse would love to know.
Well met travellers, my name is Alex and I’m one of the editorial team for Otherverse Magazine!
Since I was quite young I’ve been an avid devourer of all things fantasy. I blame my parents for showing me “Lord of the Rings” at the ripe old age of six! As a kid I loved reading books about ancient myths and monsters of legend. I keenly remember one of the best Christmas presents I ever got was The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen, which I used to carry around with me wherever I went, challenging my friends to name a country so I could tell them what magical creatures they might find there. (That’s true and explains much about my childhood now that I think about it).
The Mythical Creatures Bible
Later I moved on to other works. Classics like Tolkien and Lewis are always worth going back to, but the biggest influence on my work today will always be Terry Pratchett. I discovered Discworld when I was fourteen and meticulously read and then re-read all forty one books over the years. His wit and satire live rent free in my head constantly and if anyone hasn’t read Pratchett I simply cannot recommend them enough. They are simply wonderful and nothing I can say will do them justice.
So that’s me, you can expect plenty of dragons, monsters and myths in most things I write, though my utter favourite will always be the Kraken. If you have a favourite myth or monster, please do say in the comments below! It’d be great to hear from you. I look forward to talking to you all again soon.
I’m Jess – I’m an editor with Otherverse. I’m one of the lucky people that gets first peek at the work sent in for the upcoming October edition.
Submissions are still open! If you’re working on your submission, good luck and I hope it’s going well for you. I speak for us all when I say we are SO excited to read your work.
If you’re planning on submitting a sci-fi short, I am particularly excited to read your stuff. I’m a big sci-fi fan, and a big short story fan. There’s something so excellent about the vastness of space and time, the mystery of strange happenings, compacted into miniature form. I often get left with the addictive emotional cocktail of wanderlust and genuine fear.
If I could recommend two sci-fi shorts, it’d have to be Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’ (so creepy) and Julia Armfield’s ‘The Great Awake’ (so cool) which you can read for free here: https://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/the-great-awake/It won the White Review short story prize 2018, and you can also find it in her ‘Saltslow’ collection.
If you are stuck at the moment on a project, I’d suggest giving these two a read ^. I always find zoning into a good short story gives my brain a chance to fix the issue by the time I resurface into the world again 🙂
My name is Nina, and I am on the editorial team for Otherverse, and I am also the web designer. Let’s get into it!
Science fiction is my jam. I have always admired fantasy but can’t seem to write it; I love to write literary fiction and very character-based work. Personally, the genres of science fiction and fantasy didn’t come to me until much later in my reading life. Early on, I really dove into heavy pieces from the likes of James Baldwin, Joyce, and Maya Angelou. Like I mentioned before, it wasn’t until later in my reading and writing life and career—much later, as a matter of fact, it wasn’t until I was in my junior year of college (third year of university) back in the United States—when my contemporary fiction professor introduced me to Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation.Do you think the movie adaptation is as good as the book? Leave your thoughts below.
As I was saying, after reading that novel, I was catapulted into the speculative genres. I began watching endless science fiction films, beginning with the original Star Trek (1979). I may have delved into the fantastical world, albeit cringey, of Stephanie Meyers’ TheTwilight Saga. Team Edward, anyone?
In a future post, I’ll tackle speculative and commercial fiction! But, for now, I want to properly introduce myself as the writer who loves science fiction and fantasy yet can’t quite write it—as the writer who is looking forward to reading all of your work, and as a reader who has just begun the legendary Frank Herbert’sDune, per James Geddis’ (one of our co-founder’s recommendation) ahead of the new film release. You can watch the trailer below.
I look forward to shedding light on the reader’s entrance into science fiction and fantasy.
Chandler here. I am a founding editor of this nifty literary corner on the internet known as Otherverse Magazine.
My earliest obsession with all things fantastic began when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey. I was enthralled with all things fairies—specifically, the Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker—and used to spend summer afternoons building ‘fairy houses’ (a pile of twigs and leaves stacked into huts) in the wood behind my house.
From fairies, my interest in fantasy naturally grew through reading. Early favorites were Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Sabriel by Garth Nix, and who could forget the greatest genre-crossover series of all time (and I will fight anyone on this), Vampirates by Justin Somper. Most of the time, though, I could be found in my local library browsing the collections of ghost stories and fairytales.
Nowadays I read widely across the speculative genre. Huge influences are the Earthsea seriesby Ursula K. LeGuin, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Dune by Frank Herbert, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and too many more to mention here.
The question I leave you with is this: if you were stranded on a deserted island and only had 3 books for entertainment, which would you choose? Mine are the following:
A book on surviving in the wilderness, as I’d like to have a good shout of staying alive
The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. LeGuin, because it seems fitting for island life
Circe by Madeline Miller, so I always have a companion in another woman who is in island exile
I’m curious to hear your 3 books and why you picked them. Feel free to share your island library below!
Our first ever issue of new SFF writing is coming in October, so stay tuned to hear exciting updates from Otherverse! The dream is to eventually produce print editions of every new issue of the magazine. So, if you believe in the power of science fiction and fantasy writing, please consider donating a quid to our future fund: https://otherversemagazine.com/support-us-2/. Every little donation brings us closer to achieving this goal!
My name’s Yasmin and I am a co-founder of Otherverse Magazine (https://otherversemagazine.com/) a new sci-fi and fantasy publication coming out this October. We are currently open for submissions from both artists and authors and pay a flat fee of £30 to every writer we publish, and would love to receive your work!
We are very grateful for any support as we continue our journey to producing the first issue of Otherverse. If you would like to donate to ensure future issues of our magazine, you can do so here: https://otherversemagazine.com/support-us-2/
I’ve always loved reading, and some of my best childhood memories are waking up on a Saturday morning and pulling a tome out from under my pillow to read until my stomach started growling. As such, I am always on the lookout for exciting new releases and July is a packed month for SFF novels.
The ones I will be looking out for on my next book shopping trip include:
‘Breeder’ by Honni van Rijswijk
Will Meadows is a seemingly average fifteen-year-old Westie, who lives and works in Zone F, the run-down outermost ring of the Corporation […] Every day in Zone F is a struggle, especially for Will who is fighting against time for access to an illegal medical drug, Crystal 8.
With a 4.6 Goodreads rating ‘Breeder’ is proving a hit, and personally I’m drawn to Rijswijk’s bleak dystopian worldbuilding. I am a huge fan of YA fiction, and find that a gritty setting can complement the characteristic angst of YA protagonists very well.
‘Capture the Crown’ by Jennifer Estep
Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier—and a spy.
Following the huge success of her Crown of Shards series, this new trilogy is sure to receive a lot of attention and draw readers back into a fantasy world they love. The combination of danger, mystery, and potential romance is often proves for a gripping read, and I am excited to see the development of Estep’s world.
Which new releases are you on the lookout for? Are you excited to see a favourite author’s latest work, or has a dazzling debut caught your eye?