There is a clear gap in the market for a semiprozine starting with R. I’ve also noticed that I’ve not encountered much in the way of conservative leaning SF in my semipro journey, so maybe Rabid Rightwing Robot Tales is the sweet spot for a new semipro? Actually that deserves a visit to the Pulp-o-mizer. http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html
So only ‘S” titles in this penultimate survey, which thanks to an apparent delay in Hugo nomination website availability should be complete before nominations open!
First off the rank Sci Phi Journal http://www.sciphijournal.com/news-4/
Sci Phi aims to mix philosophy and science fiction, which is a worthy endeavor. In its original more magazine like format it was available via Vox Day’s Castalia House (among other places) and hence may be perceived as leaning puppywards. It relaunched this year with regular free and subscription-only stuff, stories reviews etc (subscription via Paetron). Some free stories (all dated 2016) – this one was OK: http://www.sciphijournal.com/the-meeting-of-infinite-stairs-by-christopher-alan/ whereas this one was not great: http://www.sciphijournal.com/a-struggle-for-primacy-by-brian-cato/
What it really lacks currently is an active comment section. Yes, yes, I know that comment sections can be truly awful things, but to real get the philosophical juice out of the stories it needs people talking about them in situ.
Shimmer aspires to publish excellent fiction across lines of race, income, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, geography, and culture, and therefore encourages submissions of diverse stories from diverse authors. This includes, but is not limited to: people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities. We are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates or perpetuates stereotypes of the above groups.
A list of all there 2015 stories is here http://www.shimmerzine.com/2015/12/29/2015-the-stories/ and this one was neat in a prose-poemy sort of way http://www.shimmerzine.com/the-law-of-the-conservation-of-hair-by-rachael-k-jones/
Also, some really nice cover art at Shimmer.
Stone Telling http://stonetelling.com/index.html is a poetry magazine.
Ah but! The last issue was entitled ‘Joke’ and featured mermaid hippos and limericks and I like limericks. http://stonetelling.com/blog/?p=220 (dated April 1st 2015)
There once was a mermaid named Jill,
who wanted to study xanthophyll,
But the dinoflagellates that she saw,
quite locked up her jaw —
So instead she focused on krill.
- Mari Ness
Strange Horizons http://www.strangehorizons.com/AboutUs.shtml Long running magazine with a decent track record.
Archived stories are freely available. This is a nice one about a woman who dies everyday which proves inconvenient for her bees http://www.strangehorizons.com/2015/20151221/kingfisherbees-f.shtml
Space and Time http://www.spaceandtimemagazine.com/editors-blog/
Appears to be a going concern as there was a Fall 2015 issue http://www.spaceandtimemagazine.com/past-issues/issue-124/editors-geeble/
The website seems to be in disrepair though with a blog comment announcing in 2014 big improvements to the site in 2015.
OK, that’s it – just one more Semiprozine round up to go!