About the Magazine
“The effect of the cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want to identify with that which is furthest removed from themselves; for instance, with other people’s languages rather than their own. It makes them identify with that which is decadent and reactionary, all those forces that would stop their own springs of life. It even plants serious doubts about the moral righteousness of struggle. Possibilities of triumph or victory are seen as remote, ridiculous dreams. The intended results are despair, despondency and a collective death-wish.”
-Ngugi wa Thiong’o in Decolonising The Mind
Retcon will be a quarterly magazine publishing works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each issue will feature a mix of short stories, poetry, and art focusing on decolonized fiction.
The magazine will aim to return power to the stories of Indigenous and PoC communities who have historically been edited, overwritten, and erased. Retcon prides itself on centering #ownvoices authors and artists, which serves the dual purpose of lending a platform to underrepresented voices and offering readers access to authenticity. We think everyone deserves a glimpse at a world untainted by colonial interference. Fiction in this magazine will build on a foundation of hope, exploring the worlds, magic, and technology that was, that might have been, and that still could be.
Through this lens, Retcon hopes to offer a worthy contribution to the ancient and transformative tradition of speculative fiction.
Our Kickstarter was successful! Retcon will debut in October 2019.
Meet the Editor
Jes Negrón founded Retcon to change the narrative regarding historically colonized communities in the general SF/F consciousness.
She has worked in media her entire career, in the book and video game industries. She got her start as an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, then moved to video games to act as editorial lead for the North American region of Riot Games. In 2017, Jes returned to the book world as editor at Boyds Mills & Kane, where she acquires children’s books with an eye for more diverse representation in kidlit.
Jes runs Retcon on her own, in the spare moments she can squeeze from her days. Make her life easier and consider donating to keep the magazine running!