This post was written by sub-Q founder Tory Hoke, who has written for us previously. You can find more from Tory on Twitter.
On Tuesday, August 4, sub-Q Magazine launches its first issue of interactive fiction.
This may be a good time to discuss what the hey sub-Q is.
Details about us–our pay rates, our tastes, our technical specifications–can be found at our website. We accept original and reprint speculative fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
We want a lot of things.
We want to bridge the gap between interactive and traditional fiction. We want to get established pro writers–Nebula nominees, novelists, Lightspeed regulars–making IF, and we want to put work from IF creators in front of people who’ve never seen it before.
We want to see work from all the different IF tools–Twine, Inform 7, ChoiceScript, custom libraries, and more. Anything than can be viewed in a browser can be published in sub-Q.
We want stories that can’t be told anywhere else but on a device. Whether it’s choice, sound, or animation, let there be some vital element of the story that can’t be experienced on a page–or a Kindle.
We want stories that break people’s minds, and we also want good old fashioned adventure. Our starter list of ideas is here, but the best ideas haven’t been had yet. That’s why we need you. Leave no mind unbroken.
On top of that, we want to engage readers, get them passionate about the medium, the work, the creators, and the human species in general.
As for me, I’m a writer, illustrator, and programmer based in Los Angeles. My fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Drabblecast, and Three-lobed Burning Eye, and my art has appeared in Apex, Spellbound, and Strange Horizons, where I also act as art director. I’m a multimedia B performer uniquely positioned to give A+ performers a new stage.
Joining me is Interactivity Editor Devi Acharya, another writer-artist-dev and founder of the late, beloved IF magazine Inky Path. It remains a pleasure to find someone as obsessed with IF as I am, an education to have her insight, and an honor to have her support.
No matter what, keep up the good work. See you in August.