This Spring 2020 issue runs 106 pages, featuring seven great new stories of deindustrial science fiction, an Editor’s Introduction, a review of Richard Powers’ The Overstory, and an extensive and thought-provoking letters to the editor section.
The world of today is a distant memory in many of the stories within, while in others the near future brings strange surprises. Baseball still reigns supreme in New England as the rest of the world falls apart, somehow never negating the false hopes of small-town citizens. In a Greenland remade by climate change, a mysterious girl transforms the life of a strange young boy. Meanwhile, a surprising message from another solar system may hold important truths about our own civilization-while in another story, the last remnants of a perished society await in a cave, harboring their own truths about the new world outside.
These stories and more, seven total in this issue, bring us ways of imagining the future that awaits us all, asking us important questions about the realities of today, and what they may become tomorrow.
There’s something more in this issue, though, and that is a discussion of the future of the magazine in the Editor’s Introduction. It’s a hard discussion and a reluctant announcement–and the gist of it is that I will be discontinuing publication of the magazine after the upcoming 16th issue, set to be published in June. I do this with a fair bit of sorrow, but also feel for a variety of personal reasons that it’s necessary. A more complete explanation can be found in the Editor’s Introduction of this new issue, and also over at my new blog post, “The Future of Into the Ruins.”
No doubt there will be more to say about this in the future, and I am open to hearing feedback from readers and subscribers. Please visit the above post for full details. But in the meantime, there’s still a new issue to be had (not to mention another one coming in a few months) and so let’s continue on with the details.
Subscribers should be receiving their copies shortly. Those of you who aren’t subscribers but would like a copy of the new issue can order a copy here from our store, which will ship immediately. The issue is also available from Amazon or you can purchase a digital edition of the issue at Payhip. For international readers, you can go to the issue page for links to international Amazon sites it’s available through, or send me an email for options to purchase directly for international delivery.
If you aren’t already a subscriber, there is currently only one subscription option, which is for Issues #13-16. Is that relevant to you? Then sign up! Already a subscriber but perhaps your subscription has expired, or you’re unsure if your subscription has ended? Shoot me an email and I’ll let you know where you stand. I am asking everyone who wants to renew to contact me directly given the magazine’s limited future, but I will be offering partial renewals to anyone whose subscription expires before the final issues, so please contact me for details.
As always, I encourage readers to send their thoughts and feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, both as casual emails (rambling acceptable!) and as official letters to the editor that I can consider for publication in the 16th issue of Into the Ruins, scheduled for publication in June. Comments for contributing authors, as well, will be happily forwarded on.
Now go read the new issue and enjoy some fantastic deindustrial and post-peak science fiction.
— Joel Caris, Editor & Publisher