New-ish genre magazine The Singularity are reprinting Automatic Diamanté in their current issue which got me thinking about how spoiled our American brethren and sistren are.
Well, at least, spoiled for choice when it comes to markets that publish speculative-fiction. I guess that may just be a function of the relative size of the UK short story market when compared to the US, as well as the fact that (despite having been invented by Mary Shelly in the early 19th century and popularised by Wells and Verne) science-fiction as a genre really rose to prominence during the 1950s & 60s. This period, sometimes referred to as the "Golden Age", was a time when the vast majority of its exponents hailed from the United States.
(Of course, the cynical brit within me wonders whether the latter has any bearing on the former and the whole notion of "golden ages" always sets off my Nigel Farage detector, but ho-de-hum.)
Anyhoo, a quick review of the most highly-regarded speculative fiction markets yields a list that's dominated by US publications. There's the venerable F&SF (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction), Asimov's and Analog to name just a three, not to mention a plethora of more recent outlets like Strange Horizon's, Lightspeed and Clarkesworld that combine strong on-line presences with neato publishing catalogues. Indeed, the only British mag that gets a look-in in these sort of lists is the (very wonderful) Interzone.
Given all of this, it's kind of great to see a new British magazine like The Singularity emerge. Hopefully, with its intention to be, "singular in voice and style" it'll be on those top-science-fction-magazine lists in a few years itself.