The Fractal was a small press publication edited by David Gardner and Sean Newborn.
The Fractal was published in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A. in the 1990s. It was subtitled, "Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy", and seven issues appeared. The first issue was edited by David Gardner, and was released in Fall 1993. Issue 2, also edited by Gardner, followed in Spring 1994. Sean Newborn became editor with #3 in Fall 1994, and continued as editor for #4 in Spring 1995, #5 in Spring-Summer 1996, #6 in Fall-Winter 1996 and #7 in Summer 1997.
The Poetry Editor was Malia Miller; the Fantasy Editor was Jeanette Snyder; and the Science Fiction Editor was Jessica Darago.
The art work for the covers was done by Margaret C. Muller (#1), Nybor (#2), Karla Miller (#3), and Sophia Kelly-Shultz (#4). James Zimmerman and Walt Simonson (#5), and James Zimmerman (#6).
Articles were contributed by Hal Clement, Ed Ingebretsen, Earl Jackson, Jr., Stephen King, George W. Latimer, Jr., Robert S. Lightsey, Gregory L. Morris, Tom Moylan, Ed Risden, Amelia A. Rutledge, and Nathan Alex Shumate.
Interior illustrations were by Marcy Springett.
Poetry was contributed by Mike Allen (Mythic Delirium), Ross S. Armstrong, Janie Breggin, Cathy Buburuz (Champagne Horror), Donna Taylor Burgess (The Blue Lady), Bob Cook, Todd Eckhardt, Timons Esaias, Theodora Fair, Robert J. Gaurnier, Nad Gomain, John Grey, McArthur Gunter, Edgar Hahn, Heather Hanna, David Mark Jenkins, Jerry H. Jenkins, David Lunde, Lyn McConchie, Steven McDaris, June Miller, Thomas Morrissey, Christopher Phillips, Ann K. Schwader, Anne Shaw, Bobbi Sinha-Morey, Amber J. Smiley, Nancy Ellis Taylor, and Nathan Whiting.
Fiction was by Mike Allen, Mike Coombes, Mark Costis, Francis DiPietro, Blas Falconer, Joey Fortuna, Heather Hanna, Amy Hembree, D.F. Lewis (Nemonymous), Bentley Little, Lelia Loban, Francis J. Matozzo, Danith McPherson, Joelle Mellon, Leland Neville, Lance Olsen, Alfredo Perez, J.F. Peterson, Tom Piccirilli (Epitaph), Catherine Quayle, E.L. Risden, James Sallis, Kiel Stuart, A.Y. Tanaka, Gary Thomson, Ralph E. Vaughan, and Christopher Woods.
Issue 6 also featured an interview with Pat Cadigan.