John Klima has announced that he will cease publication of his magazine Electric Velocipede with the current issue, citing “outstanding money owed me that just isn’t coming.” Electric Velocipede won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 2009 and received four World Fantasy Award nominations (along with one more for one of their stories).
Simon and Schuster has announced the launch of a new science fiction line, as yet unnamed. Joe Monti, an agent at the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency will serve as the line’s executive editor. The line will be overseen by the VP of S&S’s Young Adult line, but is envisioned as being for all audiences. The current plan is to launch in Spring 2015 with an hardcover published each month, although they may release a few books in late 2014.
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After Eugie Foster’s announcement that she hadn’t received royalties for her book with Norilana in three years, Norilana publisher Vera Nazarian announced the reversion of all print rights to all of her authors, noting that if an author wanted to remain with Norilana, she would retain non-exclusive rights for those projects. Nazarian also stated that e-book rights remain with the individual authors and she reiterated her intention to eventually pay all of her authors their full royalties.
Film critic Stanley Kauffmann (b.1916) died on October 9. Kauffmann was best known for his work as a movie critic, however he also worked as an acquisitions editor for Ballantine Books. In 1953, he purchased the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. He went on to acquire the rights to Death of a Salesman and The Moviegoer before becoming a full time film critic. His love for films began during the silent era and continued throughout his life.
British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois’s Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.
Mercury Retrograde Press has announced that they will cease operations on January 17, 2014, at which time all of their books will go out of print with rights reverting to their authors. Their final public appearance will be at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention in November of 2013. Mercury retrograde has published Zachary Steele, Leona Wisoker, Edward Morris, and Larissa N. Niec, among others.
Steve Davidson has announced that Rick Brown will be taking over the new post as reviews editor for Amazing Stories. Davidson relaunched the world’s first science fiction magazine as an on-line zine earlier this year after buying the rights to the name a couple of years ago.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden announced via Twitter that long time editor James Frenkel is no longer working for Tor Books. According to Nielsen Hayden, works which had been assigned to Frenkel will be redistributed to other editors at Tor Books, but anything which had been submitted to Frenkel and not accepted should be resubmitted to Tor.
The second post-relaunch issue of Weird Tales with a Fairy Tale theme and fiction by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, and Tanith Lee is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 12. The issue also includes interviews with Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc.have announced that company will merge into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger. The new organization is led by five of Dragon*Con’s six founders. The sixth founder, Ed Kramer, who was arrested in 2000 and has not been part of the operational structure of Dragon*Con for several years, was offered a cash buyout. Kramer’s attorney has stated that Kramer may sue over the new organization and his share.