Our newest editorial, "Armageddon 2012," takes a look at the funhouse that is the 2012 Republican primaries.
Jessica Wineteer's story, "The Sharpest Tool in the Shed," celebrates Claire's new body -- and new owners.
We inaugurate our newest category -- essays, articles and interviews by, for and about pop culture -- with an interview with writer Harold Jaffe.
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Armageddon Buffet is an online journal of Armageddon-themed fiction, political commentary, and articles and interviews about popular culture. Although we observe them obsessively, we are not affiliated with any religion, politial party, or other organized insanity. We are, in all possible ways, Rapture Ready!
Obligatory Mission Statement: "Our purpose is to wield the Word -- to oppose oppression disguised as religion, power disguised as patriotism, injustice disguised as law, and commerce disguised as art."
Armageddon Buffet is looking for speculative fiction and nonfiction writers who write about the theme: Armageddon. This does not mean we believe in the Biblical Armageddon -- we leave that to the True Believers -- but we have definitely noticed that the End Time has arrived.
In regards to pithy fiction, we don't privilege any specific genre or style. We like social satire, cyberpunk, future fantasies, alternate histories, apocalyptic visions, slipstream, "New Weird," surrealism, naturalism, and literotica -- but what we like most is creativity and surprise. We don't like happy endings: this is about the Armageddon, after all, and while it can be funny, it's not happy. We also publish poetry, especially if dada or satirical. We are particularly interested in finding hypertext material -- stories, verse, and artworks that creatively explore and exploit the new medium of "hyperspace."
For our scathing commentary we prefer well-researched and -considered articles. Since we are firmly in the reality-based camp, please provide links or other (offline) citations for the books or articles you use in your commentary. We also like to publish philosophical and cultural commentary, true tales of successful activism, rebellion, and opposition, positive alternatives to the status quo, and other survival strategies.
With our newest category, shocking culture, we plan to feature interviews of new and established fiction/nonfiction writers, reviews and analyses of Apocalyptic/Armageddon books, films, and television series, and essays or satires about our Post-Empirical World.
We would love to publish original artwork in any category.
To get a better idea of our tastes and preferences, peruse the journal. It goes without saying that written work should demonstrate skill with language, and we also welcome distinctive style and vision. Other than that, selection comes down to what the editors like. As artists we have received enough rejections to know how subjective and arbitrary that can be. Don't take it personally unless you really have sent us crap.
All submissions must be electronic. We prefer written material in Word-readable format (.doc) but will accept Rich Text format (.rtf). Artwork should be submitted as a Photoshop-readable (.gif, .jpg or .bmp) file. We cannot pay yet, but hope that policy will change.
(If you'd like that policy to change, please purchase the items sold on this site -- we get a commission off all sales -- and encourage your friends and enemies to purchase too! If you can't do that, please encourage everyone you know to read us and talk about us. Publicity works!)
Editor Stephen W. Potts received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and spent the next year in Würzburg, Germany, as a Fulbright Lecturer. He returned to teaching at San Diego State University until invited to the University of California at San Diego by the Department of Literature. Since the mid-1980s he has taught courses on science fiction, fantasy, film, and other popular genres, on creative writing, and on youth culture for both the Literature and Communication departments. As an affiliate of the Human Development Program, he also offers courses in children's and adolescent literature. In addition, he periodically teaches children's literature and science fiction at San Diego State.
He has been in print for over twenty years. His publications span literary and cultural critique, political commentary, literary parody, and science fiction. Representative titles include the book Catch-22: Antiheroic Anti-novel (G. K. Hall), the article "IBMortality: Putting the Ghost in the Machine" (Immortal Engines, U. of Georgia Press), and the story "Mare Somniorum" (New Dimensions 10, Harper & Row). Work in progress includes both fiction and nonfiction. As a specialist in popular culture and social issues, he has appeared often in the local media -- newspapers, radio, and TV -- and as a speaker at public events and conferences. His class website is "The Page." He also has a Facebook page.
Online Editor Beverly F. Price received her Masters of Fine Arts from San Diego State University in San Diego. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction International and on Armageddon Buffet. She has taught creative writing at SDSU, and is a freelance writer, Managing Editor of Fiction International, web designer for authors David Brin and Harold Jaffe, and blogs on the Fiction International blog and the Runaway Serfer blog. She also has a Facebook page.