Fans of Jason Rennie’s podcast, The Sci-Phi Show, already know what to expect from the launch of his periodical magazine, Sci-Phi Journal. I’ve always been intrigued by the philosophical, and sometimes even theological, themes found within science fiction and fantasy. Indeed it’s hard to think of a sci-fi book or film that doesn’t have such themes, whether subtle or obvious. So the idea of a magazine centered on the exploration of such themes is one of the best ideas ever.
And the first issue delivers in an outstanding way. Comprised of four short stories (one from Jane Lebak), and a novelette by John C. Wright, you will also find five great articles, like David Kyle Johnson’s “In Defense of The Matrix Saga: Appreciating the Sequels Through Philosophy.” All in all, Issue 1 is a great start to a great idea.
The editor in me, of course, wanted to take a red pen to the occasional typo, but I was surprised at how few typos there were for what is a one person operation. And I’m confident that as the magazine continues, the already good quality will continue to improve as Rennie gains more experience as an editor and publisher.
Best to read while listening to: the soundtrack to The Matrix trilogy, the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, the soundtrack to Bladerunner…and is there a Star Trek soundtrack? If so, include that, too.