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Science Fiction Trails

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Science Fiction Trails is an annual print magazine featuring stories with science fiction content that are set in the Wild West era. Stories must take place during the time period 1850-1900 AD. All stories should have a strong connection to the western region of the United States. We very much appreciate historical accuracy. Don’t have states that weren’t states back then or people using the Pony Express in areas the PE did not serve, unless you provide a reason for it to be otherwise. This is a science fiction magazine. Stories need to have some type of science fiction content. What’s SF to modern man is SF in the Wild West. Another way of looking at it, people back then did not have the scientific knowledge we do today. That doesn’t mean they were stupid, they simply had never been exposed to technology. The difference isn’t in the science or technology, but in the way people respond to it. For instance, computers would be almost impossible for somebody in 1880 to comprehend. On the other hand, magazine articles of the day indicate a large chunk of the populous believed in life on other planets and, especially, life on Mars–far more than do people today.

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United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

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Science Fiction Science FictionSubgenre: Science Fiction Western.
Western WesternSubgenre: Science Fiction Western, excluding Horror Western.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.




Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.


Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Media: Text.

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Last Updated: 24 Aug 2020
Date Added: 26 Jun 2009

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