About Automata Magazine

The first issue of Automata Magazine, an online digital magazine, appeared at the beginning of 2019. The publication was started by Marc Horovitz, himself a builder of automata. He felt that that a single, focused, online source of information that contained in-depth material about all aspects of this arcane subject was lacking.

Since its inception, the publication has been well received and has grown steadily in readership. Articles (a small sampling of which can be downloaded below below) on every aspect of this relatively unknown art form have been published, written by well over 100 knowledgeable and experienced authors and artists from around the world.

Our team is enthusiastic and excited to  bring you hard information about automata, their construction, history, function and more.

Examples of types of article

Automata Magazine presents articles on every aspect of the automata world. Below are some example articles from past issues that you can download or read online. These are just a few of the possible categories.

History example
"The Cleveland Grandma” – May-June 2019

Automata history goes back a long time. Here’s an article by Tim LaGanke about a vintage arcade automaton.
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The discussion of an artist’s inspiration and process is always fascinating. Here’s Tim Douglas’s story.
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Arts example
“An artist’s process” – May-June 2021
Beginner example
“Automata for beginners” – Mar-Apr 2020

Want to learn how to build automata? Automata Magazine has articles for beginners in almost every issue. Here’s a great one by Sarah Reast.
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Mechanisms are what make our automata go, and there are hundreds of them. Paul Spooner describes this ingenious one.
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Mechanism example
"The Man from Somewhere near Geneva” – Sep-Oct 2020
“Build the walking person” – Sep-Oct 2019

How-to articles
How-to and construction articles are an excellent way to show how automata go together. Federico Tobon shows how to build a simple automaton in this story.
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Automata Magazine takes you to places of interest to automatists. In this article, David Soulsby visits the automata collection at the Rye Heritage Centre.
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“Time to Spend a Penny” – May-June 2020

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No magazine can exist without the support of its readers. If you’d like to write an article for Automata Magazine, we invite your submissions. Everyone has something to contribute. Everything you’ll need to know about writing an article can be found here. Contact us at automatamag@comcast.net. We look forward to hearing from you.

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