New Scientist launches digital SF magazine

Arc, a new magazine about the future has just been launched by the publishers of New Scientist.

Edited by Simon Ings, author of acclaimed genre-spanning novels The Weight of Numbers and Dead Water, Arc explores the endless vistas opened up by today’s science and technology and the possibilities these raise for the future.

The first issue features cutting-edge science fiction and forward-looking essays by some of the world’s most celebrated authors – Margaret Atwood, Stephen Baxter, M. John Harrison, China Miéville, Hannu Rajaniemi and Alastair Reynolds.

These are combined with columns by thinkers and practitioners from the worlds of books, design, gaming, film and more – Leigh Alexander, Simon Pummel, Paul Graham Raven, Adam Roberts and Bruce Sterling.

Now all it needs is a kick ass and more impressive SF-inspired cover!

• To find out more visit the Arc website: www.newscientist.com/arc

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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