First Issue

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The first issue of Dark Matter Magazine will publish in digital and print formats in January 2021. Audible productions of every story will also be available for listening on our website and via all major podcast services.

The first issue table of contents is now complete and includes brand new stories by great writers Ray Nayler, Rich Larson, Octavia Cade, Solomon Uhiara, Andy Dudak, Derrick Boden, Malena Salazar Maciá, and Christi Nogle, with interior artwork by Arula Ratnakar, and cover artwork by Richard Wagner.

We are currently working on magazine distribution and pricing, and we will announce developments as they come. Magazine subscriptions for 2021 should be available for purchase this fall just in time for the holidays.

In the meantime, read about our fantastic first issue contributors below.

Christi Nogle

Christi’s short stories have appeared in publications such as Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, The Arcanist, Fusion Fragment, Tales to Terrify, Pulp Literature, and Hermine Annual along with anthologies such as C.M Muller’s Nightscript III and IV, Flame Tree’s American Gothic, XVIII (Eighteen) from Underland Press, and Unnerving’s Haunted Are These Houses. Christi is an active member of SFWA, the Horror Writers Association and Codex Writers’ Group. She teaches college composition and lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner Jim and their dogs and cats. Follow her on Twitter @christinogle or at

Her most recent publications include:

“Resilience” in PseudoPod

“A Children’s Treasury of Windows and Doors” in Hermine

“Substance” in Fusion Fragment

“Smaller Still Than Me” in The Arcanist

“Watershakers” in Pulp Literature

“Unschooled” in Underland Press’s XVIII (Eighteen): Stories of Mischief & Mayhem

Available at Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

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Malena Salazar Maciá

Malena was born in Havana, Cuba, where she still lives today. A winner of multiple literary awards, she has authored several books, most recently the novel Aliento de Dragón (2020).

Translated by Toshiya Kamei, Malena’s short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, The Future Fire, Mithila Review, and elsewhere.

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Richard Wagner

Richard is a graphic designer and illustrator living in the United States. His academic schooling consists of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and drawing as well as training in graphic design and illustration. For seventeen years he taught college level graphic design and photo-illustration classes while also freelancing. He now works on his own and enjoys focusing solely on being a designer/illustrator. Check out his portfolio at:

Derrick Boden

Derrick Boden’s fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. He is a writer, a software developer, an adventurer, and a graduate of the Clarion West class of 2019. He currently calls Boston his home, although he’s lived in fourteen cities spanning four continents. He is owned by two cats and one iron-willed daughter. Find him at

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Arula Ratnakar

We’re proud to announce a special feature for issue #1: A high-definition reprint of Arula Ratnakar’s mind-blowing illustration, Destruction of Troy, with artist commentary. Our jaws dropped when we saw this piece. Three years to complete? Cypher text? Freehand? 10×3 ft in size? We needed to know more. Now you can, too. The work and commentary will be a special interior section of the magazine.

Arula is a 21-year-old scientist, artist, and science fiction writer who is currently studying biology (concentration in neuroscience, minor in architecture) at Carnegie Mellon University. Her writing can be found in Clarkesworld Magazine. She is autistic and bisexual.

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Andy Dudak

Andy is a translator and Rich Horton’s Year’s Best writer with work in Clarkesworld, Analog, Asimov’s, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 科幻世界, Interzone, and elsewhere. Find out more at

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Solomon Uhiara

Solomon is a writer and dreamer from Nigeria, who studied bio-resources engineering. He writes speculative fiction and poetry. He uses his works to bridge a gap between the ancient and modern scientific practices; how similar they are and their interconnectedness. He works in an engineering company when he is not pining over what next to write–his eardrums sometimes sealed with headphones. His works have appeared in, Kalahari Review, and Polutexni, and are forthcoming in other magazines. He has written a speculative fiction novel and two science fiction poetry chapbooks, all which are yet to be published. Solomon lives in the City of Port- Harcourt, a town in the southern region of the country.

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Octavia Cade

Octavia is a New Zealand writer with a PhD in science communication. She has a particular interest in using speculative fiction to explore science history. Close to 50 short stories have been published in markets like Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Shimmer, and several novellas, two poetry collections, a nonfiction collection of essays, and a number of academic articles have also been published. She attended Clarion West 2016, is the 2020 writer-in-residence at Massey University, and is a Bram Stoker nominee. Her most recent book, The Stone Wētā, is a cli-fi novel exploring the need to protect climate data in the face of anti-science governments. Learn more about her work at

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Rich Larson

Rich was born in Galmi, Niger, has lived in Canada, USA, and Spain, and is now based in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the author of the novel Annex, and short story collection Tomorrow Factory, which contains some of the best of his 150+ published stories. His work has been translated into Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Portuguese, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese. Find free fiction and support his work at

Ray Nayler

Ray has lived and worked in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans for nearly two decades. He is a Foreign Service Officer, and previously worked in international educational development, as well as serving in the Peace Corps in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. A Russian speaker, he has also learned Turkmen, Tajiki, Albanian, and Azerbaijani Turkish — as well as Vietnamese for a two-year stint as the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ray began publishing science fiction in 2015 with the short story “Mutability,” which appeared in the pages of Asimov’s. Since then, his stories have also seen print in Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Nightmare, as well as in several “Best of the Year” anthologies. His story “Winter Timeshare” from the January/February 2017 issue of Asimov’s was collected by the late Gardner Dozois in The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction.

In addition to his work in Science Fiction, Ray has published in many genres. He is the author of a detective novel, American Graveyards, published by TTA Press, and his short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen, Crimewave, Hardboiled, Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, and the Berkeley Fiction Review, among many other journals. He is also a widely published poet, with work in the Atlanta Review, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Weave, Juked, Able Muse, Sentence, and more.

Ray holds a Master’s in Global Diplomacy from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, the University of London. He currently lives in Pristina, Kosovo with his wife Anna, their daughter Lydia, and two rescued cats – one Tajik, one American.

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