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Meet James

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.

If you’re interested in writing for our magazine, be sure to sure to submit your work for our October launch! Our guidelines can be found here: https://otherversemagazine.com/submissions/

You can also donate to use here: https://otherversemagazine.com/support-us-2/ so you too can help keep the worlds of the Otherverse free and alive.

This has been James. Hope to see you soon!

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Meet Alex

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

The Mythical Creatures Bible By Brenda Rosen

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.

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Meet Nina

Hey there. 

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! 

Visiting Upstate New York

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’s Dune, 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. 

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Meet Chandler


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 series by 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!

See you again soon. Chandler out.