A new project on Kickstarter aims to create the most beautiful science fiction magazine ever. Considering the team behind TYCHO, we think they can pull it off.

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TYCHO will be “a visually compelling love letter to science fiction” in a bound journal of “wonderful, heavy paper stock” that can live forever on your coffeetable or bookshelf. The creators envision a publication that features short fiction, essays, profiles, interviews, comics, photography, and more—all laid out with scrupulous attention to design details.

TYCHO plans to publish original writing but also work as a pure art magazine, and 32% of its budget is earmarked to pay contributors. So how will the team generate an “un-disposable, indispensable, contemporary science fiction artifact” instead of a throwaway periodical? It’s a tall order, but the people behind TYCHO have the chops:

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The EIC is Adam Brent Houghtaling, an author and former EIC of BlackBook Magazine, the Executive Publisher is Cici James, founder of NYC’s SF&F bookstore Singularity & Co. and publisher of its Save-the-Sci-Fi project (disclosure: I used to work at Singularity & Co.), Art Director Esther Wu has a shiny minted degree from SVA, and Contributing Editor Ryan Britt has written for the likes of Tor.com, The New York Times and OMNI, and is the author of the excellently-named Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths. This is a group steeped in science fiction, excited to make a new space to feature all kinds of creative output from the genre universe.

Plus TYCHO’s advisory board is awesome:

  • Super-hacker, security expert, and holder of one of the seven keys to internet, Dan Kaminsky
  • Actor and science fiction devotee, Paul Giamatti
  • Clarkesworld founder and editor, Neil Clarke
  • Futurist, Vice Motherboard/Terraform Editor, and Yacht vocalist, Claire L. Evans
  • Executive Publisher of Art Forum magazine, Knight Landesman
  • Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press, Laura Panepinto
  • Director of the Brooklyn Law BLIP Clinic, Jonathan Askin

A $25 pledge will score you the first issue of TYCHO, and there are a bunch of cool perks at higher levels, like funky tote bags and this hoodie featuring magazine namesake Tycho Brahe, “the Kanye West of 16th century astronomy,” that I really wish I was wearing right now.

[TYCHO Kickstarter]