The modern world has lost its sense of adventure. People wrestle with the daily grind, divisions of all kinds, and anything that punctures wonder. We all need an outlet from the rigors of reality, a little escape in ways that we only dimly recognize and can’t begin to measure.
Ray Gun Revival (RGR) is an online magazine dedicated to fun stories, grand escapism, and good old sensawunda. Ray Gun Revival provides just that, a throwback publication that revisits space opera and golden age sci-fi. Our stories focus more on character development than hard science and sail all the wide-open waters between science fantasy and harder SF. Think of the original Star Wars stories, Doc Smith’s Lensman series, the Warlord of Mars tales from Edgar Rice Burroughs. Think of everything from John Carter and Gully Foyle to Kimball Kinnison and Han Solo.
Ray Gun Revival is about dusting off the pulp adventure stories of old and giving them a fresh spin. We are bringing out the deepest elements of what has traditionally been rather superficial fiction and updating them for a new generation of fiction enthusiasts.
RGR publishes four original short stories each month of up to 4,000 words each. RGR also features compelling book reviews, occasional movie reviews, our own columns related to the genre, and, as always, some of the best cover art in the business by artists from all over the world.
Ray Gun Revival is mostly about the simple things: well-crafted stories, great characterization, and a sense of adventure that will take us to another place for a little while.
The Ray Gun Revival founders / editors are Johne Cook, Paul Christian Glenn, L. S. King. Known collectively as The Overlords, their faux arrogance is legendary and they frequently vaporize puny planets for a variety of real and imaginary infractions. Other than that, they’re pretty easy-going.
Special Thanks: Ray Gun Revival logo design by Chad Leahy
Johne Cook has been a proofreader for Deep Magic, associate editor at The Sword Review, and Managing Editor of Dragons, Knights, and Angels magazine.
In 2006, Johne founded Ray Gun Revival magazine with L.S. King and Paul Christian Glenn. At RGR, Johne wears a number of hats, including art wrangler and all-around instigator. Johne is a technical writer by day and creative writer / editor by night.
L. S. King
L. S. King was submissions and columns editor at The Sword Review and associate editor on Dragons, Knights and Angels prior to RGR.
When not nagging the other Overlords, she keeps herself busy writing her own SF stories and vaporizing puny planets with the Big, Red Button™.
Gardening, soap-making, and online gaming are among her hobbies. She likes both Doctor Who and Dr. Horrible. Her favorite color is purple, she dislikes pastels, adores Looney Tunes, and has a “thing” for capes. A big thing for capes.
Paul Christian Glenn
As a member of the indie-alternative outfit Eon Chamber, he co-wrote, recorded, mixed and released two full-length albums of oblique modern rock.
As a founding partner of Two By The Tree Productions, he wrote, directed and edited the independent film Jaqueline Rose, a movie heralded by critics as “exquisitely unreleased” and “still in post-production!”
He has worked as a marketing writer for nationally recognized organizations, and occasionally writes about film at his personal blog.
Paul is a co-founding editor of Ray Gun Revival, and has no intention giving up his seat, so keep your hands where he can see them.
Stephen R. Wilson
Stephen R. Wilson is the author of The Gifted, a Christian science-fiction/super-hero book series. He reviews science-fiction and fantasy books on his website, Christian Sci-fi and Fantasy Review. He also holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary and is the Pastor of Students and Young Adults at Alpha Church of the Nazarene near Dayton, Ohio.
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Lauren I. Ruiz
Lauren I. Ruiz is a poet, a writer, and a sometimes-artist. She is originally from the Dominican Republic but currently lives in New Hampshire, U.S.A. She is fascinated by pre-sleep phantasmagoria and anything else that blurs reality’s borders.
She loves running her editing service, Pure Text, where she offers professional but affordable proofreading and editing for authors, businesses, and creative writers—bring her your sci-fi!