Angry Robot has announced that they are ceasing publication of their Strange Chemistry Books young adult line effective immediately. The imprint includes authors Gwenda Bond, Martha Wells, Sean Cummings, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Kim Curran, among others. Angry Robot is also closing their Exhibit A line of mystery/crime books. According to Angry Robot, the imprints are being closed because they haven’t been able to carve out their own niche in a saturated market.
Publisher Steve Davidson is offering a subscription to Amazing Stories to any member of Detcon1 or Loncon 3, this year’s NASFIC and Worldcon. Members of each convention will be given the opportunity to indicate whether or not they wish to take advantage of the offer. Amazing Stories subscribers will receive a number of benefits, including a subscriber discount on items sold in its soon to open store, advance notification and access to new fiction, special on-site services, and first dibs on limited edition offerings.
Advent:Publishing, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp, Sidney Coleman, Jon Stopa, Alex Eisenstein, Bob Briney, and George W. Price, has been sold to ReAnimus Press, which is run by Andrew Burt. Burt founded ReAnimus in order to help authors get their out-of-print books and short works back into readers’ hands.
Editor Oscar Dystal (b.1913) died on May 28. Dystal joined Bantam publishing in the 1950s and brought the company from the brink of bankruptcy to the largest paperback publishers by decreasing its print runs and inventory and promoting classic novels and books he felt would be widely popular. Dystal retired as the chairman of Bantam in 1980.
Steve Davidson, publisher of Amazing Stories has announced a licensing deal with FuturesPastEditions Ebooks Publisher to begin to publish Amazing Stories Classic Reprints, stories which originally appeared in Amazing Stories, Amazing Stories Quarterly, and Amazing Stories Annual. The line will be Jean Marie Stine and will appear as both e-books and print editions. A second deal, with Open Road Brands, will license reproductions of early Amazing Stories covers, which will be distributed through major retail chain stores.
British fan and editor Andy Robertson (b.1955) died on April 17. Robertson was involved with Interzone, serving as Assistant Editor, from an early stage and contributed reviews and interviews. Robertson also published a handful of stories and edited two anthologies based on the works of William Hope Hodgson.
Peter Crowther has announced that he is stepping down as the co-editor of the Postscripts anthology series after 11 years. His co-editor, Nicholas Gevers, will take on full editorial responsibility for the series beginning with Postscripts #32/33: Far Voyager, scheduled for May, 2014.
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Editor Diana Gill will be moving to Penguin Books to serve as Executive Editor of the Ace, Roc, and Berkley lines following Ginjer Buchanan’s retirement. Gill has served as the head of HarperVoyager US and has been with Harper for close to sixteen years. She left Harper on March 21 and will begin working at Ace/Roc on April 1. She joined Morrow/Avon in 1998.
Editor Vic Ghidalia (b.1926) died on May 28, 2013. Ghidalia worked for ABC TV in New York for 35 years and edited several anthologies, often in collaboration with Roger Elwood. Their first project was The Little Monsters in 1969 ad Ghidalia’s last anthology was Feast of Fear, published in 1977. In 1974, Ghidalia worked with Lorimar Productions to produce a television film based on Richard Matheson’s “Mother By Protest,” which starred Barbara Eden.
SFWA has announced that John Klima, who has previously worked for Asimov’s, Analog, and Tor Books, has been named the new editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Klima has previously edited the Hugo Award winning fanzine Electric Velocipede, which ran from 2001 through 2013 and has also edited the anthologies Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, Happily Ever After, and Mayhem and Glitter.