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The blog of Ad Astra editors and volunteers.

A Vision for “James Gunn’s Ad Astra”

by Jean Asselin, Editor - Our namesake, James Gunn, says that fantasy and science fiction (SF) are literatures of discontinuity—the world of the story differs from the one we live in—with one essential difference.

By | August 13th, 2016|Editorials, Issue #5, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|2 Comments


A look at the outgoing editor's view of the past few years, and an introduction to the new era of the magazine.

By | November 9th, 2015|Editorials, Featured, Issue #4, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|0 Comments

The Political Debate in Science Fiction

Last year, there was a storm brewing over sexism and minority voices being underrepresented in the science fiction community. That debate hasn't gone away, but in the finest SF tradition, it has mutated.

By | May 31st, 2014|Editorials, Featured, Issue #3, Meta-Narrative, Non-Fiction, Per Aspera|0 Comments

Voices Seldom Heard

by Issue Editor Isaac Bell If you're reading this, then you're a member of a minority. You're a fan of science fiction, or fantasy, or speculative fiction in general (and just knowing the latter term marks you as a member of an even smaller group). Despite the wide popularity of shows and movies we might claim [...]

By | June 11th, 2013|Featured, Issue #2, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|3 Comments

The Leaky Pipeline: Where are the Women in Science Fiction?

By Scholarly Editor Kathy Kitts Yearly from 2010, VIDA, a women in literary arts organization, has conducted a study on how women fare versus men in publishing. They totaled the number of female and male literary reviewers, reviews and bylines in approximately fifteen of the major literary venues from the Boston Review to The Times Literary Supplement. What they discovered is that men publish more than women nearly two to one.

By | June 11th, 2013|Featured, Issue #2, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|11 Comments

Inertia and the Paper Ceiling

By Fiction Editor Douglas McKinney Authors generally don’t need to be told how hard it is to get published. They have the rejection letters to prove it, after all. Even bestselling authors needed that first big break to get noticed. The second issue of James Gunn’s Ad Astra showcases fiction from three women this time [...]

By | June 11th, 2013|Featured, Issue #2, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|2 Comments

What does “Communication and Information” mean anyway?

What do we mean when we talk about "Communication and Information?" That's quite a broad topic, don't you think? After all, everything we say and write is information, and every act of sharing constitutes communication. How can we center the theme of Ad Astra around such a nebulous concept?

By | June 14th, 2012|Featured, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|0 Comments

Theme Songs for Strange Creatures

Have you ever wondered what an alien song might sound like? Would it even need to be transmitted by sound waves? What if the song is telepathic or carried by a bacterium directly to the audience member’s central processing unit?

By | June 14th, 2012|Featured, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|2 Comments