The sixth issue of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine is 8” by 5 ½”, 80 pages. Published on May 19, 2005.
Artist Stephanie Ann Johanson designed the cover, a digital depiction of a robot on the moon. The image was inspired by the third story in issue six, Survival Strategies by Vaughan Stanger. Stephanie is artist, assistant editor and art director of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. She also has several illustrations in this issue.
Karl Johanson’s editorial this issue is The Mysterious Translation, where he talks about the first time that he read The Mysterious Island by Jules Vern.
Letters to the Magazine this issue are from: Andy Oldfield, Adrien Peterson, Curtis Blanchett, Philip Freeman, Katie Kelly.
This issue, Karl Johanson’s A Walk Through The Periodic Chart deals with Rhodium. Right after the article is a related cartoon by Karen Kazanowski.
The first story in issue six is The Silver Connection, by Frank C. Gunderloy Jr. (10,040 words – Novelette) Frank is a retired rocket scientist who makes his home in Palm Desert, California. His work has appeared in Amazing, Realms of Fantasy, Absolute Magnitude, and in the anthologies More Amazing Stories (Tor Books) and Leaps of Faith (Francis Isadore Electronic Press). He has also published numerous technical articles, reports, and patents in the fields of rocket propellants, inorganic chemistry, and environmental sciences. He is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the Original Palm Springs Writers Guild. Other activities include trail patrol as a volunteer in the Mt. San Jacinto State Wilderness. A detailed list of his credits can be found on his web site at www.mojavesden.com. (Illustration by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
The second story is Putting Off ‘Til Tomorrow… by C. L. Russo. (1,465 words – Short Story) C. L. Russo is a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. He is an admitted speculative fiction addict, whose drugs of choice are Gene Wolfe, Jeff Vandermeer, and all types of short fiction. He is not interested in kicking the habit. His work has appeared in the October 2004 edition of the Twilight Times ezine.
The third story is Survival Strategies, by Vaughan Stanger. (4,750 words – Short Story) Vaughan is a project manager working for an engineering company based in Chelmsford, UK. His stories have been published in Interzone, 3SF and Stillwaters Journal, with others scheduled to appear in Postscripts, Scheherazade and the Croatian SF magazine, Futura. (Illustration by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
The forth story is The World of One-Ways, by Scott Mackay. (3,550 words – Short Story) Scott has published over forty short stories in magazines such as Science Fiction Age, On Spec, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He’s winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery short story, as well as the Okanagan Award for best literary short fiction. He’s the author of eight published novels, including four SF novels. His novel The Meek was a John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist for best SF novel of 2001. (Illustration by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
The fifth story is Food for Thought, by Thomas Canfield. (2,640 words – Short Story) Thomas is a sometime student of history, with a particular interest in Elizabethan England, a friend of man’s best friend and a passionate scuba diver and snorkeler. He remains perplexed however by the proper grammatical distinction between the plural forms, fish and fishes. (Illustration by Karl Johanson)
The sixth story is All the Tea in China, by Yvonne Pronovost. (3,953 words – Short Story) Yvonne lives in Edmonton, Canada, and enjoys traveling to places that are as unlike Edmonton as she can find. She also enjoys digging in the dirt, and skeletons. She is finishing up a B.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology) and has a short story appearing in Darkness Rising 2005. (Illustration by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
News this issue includes: the 2005 Nebula Awards Nominees, the 2005 Hugo Awards Nominees, the Sapphire Awards, and an obituary for Andre Norton.
Reviews includes: Car Books, Professor Robert Runté gives his opinion on good books to have in your car; Constantine Warner Brothers Pictures 2004, reviewed by John W. Herbert; Alien vs. Predator Fox 2004 DVD, reviewed by John W. Herbert (Alien vs. Predator cartoon by Karen Kazanowski)
In Science News there is the discovery of a Dark Galaxy. (Buzz ‘n’ Toffee cartoon by Karen Kazanowski)
Karl Johanson gives a description of the Orion nuclear spacecraft project in The Last Three Pages, and presents opinions why the project was cancelled. (Illustrations by Karl Johanson)
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