From the Ancient Greek: θαύμα- “miracle/wonder” & -τρόπος “pattern/theme” or—originally—“turn/direction”

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction under 140 characters - edited by @nelilly.

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction
under 140 characters—edited by @nelilly.

What is a thaumatrope?

Thauma- from the Ancient Greek: θαύμα- “miracle/wonder”—meaning something to look at; marvel; from the root of theatre.

-trope from -τρόπος “pattern/theme” or—originally—“turn/direction”—in literature used to mean a figure of speech; consider turn of phrase.

A thaumatrope is a small disc containing a pair of images, tied between two bits of string. When the disc is spun the two images become one.

The thaumatrope relies on the principle certain toys use to create illusions of motion. As it spins the quick flashes are seen as one image.

Thaumatrope is a magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction under 140 characters, available on your mobile phone via Twitter.

Thaumatrope is edited by N.E. Lilly (@nelilly). He also edits SpaceWesterns and Everyday Weirdness—and builds web sites at GreenTentacles.

The idea for Thaumatrope formed when @nelilly asked @MaryRobinette, what use is Twitter? while on the Websites for Writers panel at Philcon.

The Thaumatrope experiment became two-fold—

  1. How small can ’zines be, and still be a ’zine?
  2. How much ’zine/Twitter reliance is possible?

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