Albedo One is Ireland’s longest-running and foremost magazine of the Fantastic. Since 1993, we have published stories from both Irish and international authors which push at the boundaries of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
Albedo One is the primary source to keep up with Irish speculative fiction writing. At least one of our stories per issue tends to be by an Irish speculative fiction writer, and we’ve published short fiction by such authors as Nigel Quinlan, Fred Johnston, John W. Sexton, Sam Millar, John Kenny, Michael Carrol, Mike O’Driscoll, Anne McCaffrey, Ian McDonald, Dermot Ryan, David Murphy and Robert Neilson.
From international authors, we’ve published fiction by Robert Reed, Bruce McAlister, Brian Stableford, Norman Spinrad, Ian Watson, Colin Greenland, Gill Alderman, Hugh Cook, Jeff Vandermeer, Esther M. Friesner, Uncle River, Patricia Anthony and Liz Williams.
As Europe’s westernmost outpost, we believe passionately that one of our roles is to bring unique and excellent speculative fiction written and published in other European and World languages to an English readership. To this end we have initiated a program of translations to and from English with our colleagues and partners beyond Ireland. Already, we have published in translation the Winner of the German Science Fiction Award 2008, the story “Homeward Journey” by Frank W. Haubold (translated by Wilf James), with more to follow.
As well as reviews by our regular columnists Juliet E. McKenna and David Conyers, each issue features in-depth home-grown interviews with the most interesting names in the speculative fiction genres, including Jim Gunn, Alastair Reynolds, Ellen Datlow, Ian Watson, Chris Priest, Paul Di Filippo, J. G. Ballard, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett, Kim Stanley Robinson, Greg Egan, Charles Stross, Alan Dean Foster, Norman Spinrad, Ken MacLeod and Raymond E. Feist.
Winner of European Science Fiction Society Best Magazine Award 1997, and Best Publisher 1997 and 1999, Albedo One is published between two and three times a year. Stories from Albedo One have garnered numerous Honourable Mentions and been reprinted in prestigious Year’s Best volumes by major editors in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, including Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, Rich Horton, and Gardner Dozois.
The regularly changing online content, featuring some of the best of the contents of Albedo One, as well as material exclusive to the internet such as movie reviews and the Albedo 2.0 fiction showcase, will give you a flavour of what we have to offer.
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