“Far too much SF is written only with an American market in mind, whilst still claiming to be ‘diverse’. It’s as if Columbus chanced upon a new world and then forgot how much ‘old’ world there really is.” – Ray Blank
Sci Phi Journal was relaunched as an European Project, edited by Mariano Martín Rodríguez (Spain) and Ádám Gerencsér (Hungary).
Sci Phi Journal was launched in 2014 by Jason Rennie (Australia), of erstwhile Sci Phi Show podcasting fame, and was helmed by Ray Blank until 2017.
“The new iteration is being managed by two Europeans, Mariano Martín Rodríguez (Spain) and Ádám Gerencsér (Hungary) who also work on on the journal Hélice .”
“Sci Phi Journal is a cosy waystation for travellers who, through no fault of their own, find themselves at the cosmic intersection between speculative philosophy, cultural anthropology and hard SF.”
“As its primary mission, SPJ wishes to provide a platform for idea-driven fiction, as opposed to the ‘character-driven’ mode that has come to predominate speculative fiction. We hope that, in the fullness of time, SPJ may also act as a catalyst for discussion among mind-mates scattered around the globe, united in our attraction towards the philosophical edge of the SF spectrum.”
“SPJ aims to encourage serious literary analysis and lively discussion in an area that is often treated as ‘B fiction’ unworthy of those rarefied heights populated by ‘true’ literature. To serve as a bastion of the hidden gems and well-worn classics in a genre that, far from having to prove its credentials, provides so many readers with intellectual succour and emotional access to brave new worlds.
SPJ’S guiding stars and fountainheads of inspiration are the masters of idea-dense literature: Borges and Stapledon, as well as Orwell, Wells and Zamyatin; new-wavers such as Le Guin and Lem, Delaney, Săsărman and Saramago; and visionaries of the more recent generation, among them Chiang, Robinson, Werber, Turner and Liu.”
“Run by volunteers, SPJ is open to readers and writers of all persuasions, and tolerates no restriction of free expression on grounds of ‘political correctness’.
PS: SPJ also inviteS you to browse our sister publication, the bilingual Revista Hélice, an academic journal that covers the two largest SF languages by volume of publication: English and Spanish.”
“The current incarnation of SPJ, as our gathering place is known for short, was launched in 2014 by Jason Rennie, of erstwhile Sci Phi Show podcasting fame, and helmed by Ray Blank through the stormy year of 2017.