Tuesday 08 August 2017

Two seminal computing magazines arise from the dead

Within the past couple of weeks, the resurrection has been announced of two famous but very different computing magazines: Crash, and Mondo 2000.


Mondo 2000, edited by RU Sirius, was a cyberculture magazine published in Berkeley, California in the late 1980s. Many of the articles have been made available through the Mondo 2000 History Project, allowing access to work by writers including William Gibson, Douglas Rushkoff, and Robert Anton Wilson. It appears that RU Sirius - real name Ken Goffman - is resurrecting M2K, if a new website is anything to go by. The editorial from issue 1 in 1987 has been annotated with observations from 30 years hence; there is an audio clip of Timothy Leary talking with Gibson; and there's a transcript from a TEDx talk by John Shirley. The whole thing looks a little scratchy at the moment, using a standard WordPress theme, so let's see how it ends up.

Elsewhere, the most well-known magazine for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Crash, is back after a successful fundraising on Kickstarter. Taking the form of an annual, the campaign raised almost three times its original goal to date, with additional stretch goals since introduced. Roger Kean, the first editor of Crash, has been persuaded to take up the position once again, as has artist Oli Frey. Chris Wilkins of Fusion Retro Books has spearheaded the project; the end product is a full-colour production of 112 pages (although this might bump up to 120 if a new stretch target is reached) and delivery commences just in advance of the Christmas season.

Our best wishes to both magazines as they recapture and hopefully exceed their magic of old.

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