Welcome to the first issue of Darker Matter – the online science fiction magazine so many worlds have been waiting for.
We lift off this month with a brilliant new short story by 2006 Hugo Award winner David D. Levine and an exclusive interview with Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This interview feature is based on recently rediscovered tapes, recorded in 1979 and never before made public. It's one of the earliest interviews Adams gave, and offers a glimpse of his life and opinions at a time when the spoils of fame meant being able to get a £20,000 mortgage to buy a flat.
We also go to extremes with brand new stories from Edward M. Lerner and Bud Sparhawk – one so short and tightly written that you blink and you'll miss it, the other a substantial novelette with plenty to get your teeth into.
There's a new take on warfare from Duncan Long, and a provocative tale from Ken Brady that cries out to be turned into a movie. Plus an intriguing look at exoplanets, dispelling some of the myths about planetary bodies outside our solar system.
It's all there, it's all free and it's all new. Let Darker Matter push your horizons a little further out.