What is anarchism?
Anarchism is a philosophy advocating that humans should cooperate together as equals. It represents order, not chaos or lawlessness. Anarchism stands against hierarchy and oppression. Anarchists themselves come in many flavors, from non-authoritarian communists to those favoring socialist free market systems. The ideology is decentralized, promoting democracy and a horizontal structure of society without a ruling class. Please read more at The Anarchist Library and Useful Notes on Anarchism.
What is transhumanism?
Transhumanism supports the enhancement of human physical and mental capacities through technology. For example, eye glasses are an early technology allowing humans to overcome bodily limitations. Long-term, transhumanists fight for the end of biological human death, the technological singularity, and becoming "posthuman," where our capabilities so far exceed those of a natural born that we can no longer be called human.
How do anarchism and transhumanism fit together?
Both ideals are rooted in the desire to better our existence. Anarchism is routed toward social freedom while transhumanism directs us toward physical freedom. In this regard, we feel that melding the two makes perfect sense. What good is all the freedom in the world if one is unable to experience it due to genetic sickness or dying by the the time they are ninety? There is a vast cosmos for our species to explore and it's time we freely ventured out.
Do I need to be an anarchist or transhumanist to submit?
Not at all! We welcome stories of all types at Radon and by a wide variety of authors. Anarchism and transhumanism are simply two topics among many that we are passionate about. Some stories we receive meld the one or the other into the narrative while others make no mention of them.
Do you accept utopian work?
Unfortunately, no. We feel that utopia is not reflective of our current existence. Additionally, a story without conflict is often boring. You are free to combine utopian and dystopian ideas into a single interesting narrative, however.
Does my writing need to include elements of all four topics you're interested in?
Nope! We have a wide eye for great writing we will accept. No story or poem must be explicitly and singularly anarchist, transhumanist, dystopian, or science fiction. If your work is tangentially related to any of them and is exciting and well-written then we will publish it. We value ideas and characters that view the current or future world in a new and fascinating light.
How can I support Radon?
To support independent publishing and help us pay our authors, please subscribe to our Patreon or kindly give a one-time donation at our Ko-Fi page. Our Patreon offers multiple tiers from $2-$15. Join our community of writers and receive professional editing services, digital subscriptions, editor Q&As, detailed response letters, and more.
Do you offer print copies?
For the foreseeable future Radon will remain an online-only journal.
Will you publish any subgenre of science fiction?
We love them all! From cyberpunk to space opera and all in-between. The subgenre we are least likely to publish is military science fiction. But we will accept military stories that are anti-war in message similar to Joe Haldeman's The Forever War.
How much work may I submit at once?
We request authors submit one short story, up to three flash fiction stories, or one poetry collection with up to five poems. Please refrain from submitting again until we have issued a decision.
How can I increase my chances of acceptance?
The simple answer is by bringing us your best work. The longer answer contains more factors. First and foremost we want to see that you put as much effort into you story as we put into reading it. That means professional grammar, page formatting, and following our submission guidelines. Second, we want to read something novel. We are all veteran readers of science fiction and revolutionary literature. That means we crave new ideas or at least old ones done in new, interesting ways.
What stories are you tired of receiving?
Please, no more sex robot stories. Additionally, stories focused solely on aliens viewing Earth or ending with "SURPRISE, WE'RE ALIENS!" are too common to be considered unique.
What poems are you tired of receiving?
Mostly poems that do not tie into any of our four genres. We are also unlikely to choose poems focused on nature. While environmentalism is an important part of our politics, we find poetry about nature or trees overdone. Poets have focused on this aspect of the world for millennia and we wish to look toward the future and the stars with our journal.
What is Radon's acceptance rate?
Our overall acceptance rate for Issue 1 was 3.3%.