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Steam Engine Time

 Why Steam Engine Time?

If human thought is a growth, like all other growths, its logic is without foundation of its own, and is only the adjusting constructiveness of all other growing things. A tree cannot find out, as it were, how to blossom, until comes blossom-time. A social growth cannot find out the use of steam engines, until steam-engine time.

Charles Fort, Lo!

Steam Engine Time was born in the fevered minds of Paul Kincaid and Maureen Kincaid Speller (from England) and Bruce Gillespie during Aussiecon 3 in September 1999. We aimed to specialise in longer articles about science fiction and fantasy literature, rather than short reviews. Paul edited the first three issues in England, after which he and Maureen changed the direction of their personal and professional lives. It seemed as if Steam Engine Time had died by 2002.

During 2004, Bruce Gillespie and US fanzine editor/publisher Jan Stinson began discussing SET. Jan said, ‘Hey, let’s bring it back!’ and Bruce also said, ‘Let’s do it!’ Paul and Maureen, unable to join the effort, generously gave their consent to let the mad American and the slightly-off-kilter Aussie get SET back on track.

Steam Engine Time was then jointly edited by Bruce Gillespie and Jan Stinson. Nos 11 and 12 appeared during 2011, and No 13 appeared in 2012. All issues are available in electronic form at\ . Some printed copies are still available, at $60 for 5.

In 2012, Jan Stinson found that she had to retire as an editor, so Bruce Gillespie decided to shut down the magazine with No 13. However, No 14, including an index to the magazine and final letters of comment, should appear soon.