Stanley Schmidt has announced his retirement as editor of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, effect of September 7. Schmidt has served as editor since 1978, when he took over the reins from Ben Bova. His thirty-four year tenure meets or exceeds the tenure of Astounding/Analog editor John W. Campbell, Jr.’s tenure. During Schmidt’s time as editor, he discovered an nurtured many authors who are integral to the field, including Roger MacBride Allen, Michael A. Burstein, Michael F. Flynn, Janet Kagan, Geoffrey Landis, Elizabeth Moon, Jerry Oltion, and many, many more. Schmidt will be succeeded by Trevor Quachri, who has been serving as Managing Editor of both Analog and Asimov’s for several years.
Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld has announced that he suffered an heart attack at Readercon and is currently in the hospital waiting to hear his prognosis.
An Owomoyela has joined Strange Horizons as a fiction editor. Owomoyela has published her fiction in Clarkesworld, Fantasy Magazine, and Lightspeed. Along with her appointment, publisher Niall Harrison has announced that Senior Fiction Editor Jed Hartman, who was part of the magazine’s original editorial staff, will be stepping down after more than a decade working on the magazines.
Amazing Stories, the magazine that started science fiction in 1926, has been declared dead numerous times in its history, most recently in March of 2006. However, in September 2011, Steve Davidson purchased the rights to the name and is announcing that he will be launching the “Relaunch Prelaunch” with Volume 0, Issue 1 on July 1, 2012. his plan is to ramp up the magazine with fiction and non-fiction until it achieves the dimensions he hopes for it.
Two awards were presented at DeepSouthCon 50 on June 17. The Rebel Award is presented to a fan who has done things for Southern fandom and the Phoenix Award is for an SF professional who has done things for Southern fandom.
- Rebel Award: John Ringo
- Phoenix Award: Shelby Vick; and The Zielke Clan: Robert & Becky Zielke and Bill & Linda Zielke
In addition, the Rubble Award was presented to a fan for doing things to Southern fandom. This year’s Rubble Award was presented to Bob Jennings for his work as OE on SFPA.
Literary agent Hilary Rubinstein (b.1926) died on May 22. Rubinstein began working for his uncle, Victor Gollancz, in 1950, bringing his friend, Kingsley Amis, to the publisher. He also founded Gollancz’s science fiction line, but left the first in 1963 which caused a rift with his uncle. In 1965, he began a career at A.P. Watt Literary Agency, which lasted until 1992, where he represented the estates of H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and G. K. Chesterton, as well as living authors like P. G. Wodehouse.
Niall Harrison has announced that Julia Rios will be joining Strange Horizons and Senior Fiction Editor Jed Hartman in their fiction department. Rios has worked with Outer Alliance and with Broad Universe to promote the work of queer and women writers of speculative fiction.
Literary agent Jack Scovil (b.1937) died on February 23. Scovil spent twenty years working for the Scott Meredith Agency before leaving in 1992 to form Scovil Chicack Galen (more recently named Scovil Galen Ghosh). His clients included Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke.
Musa Publishing has announced that they will assume the electronic subscription obligations of Realms of Fantasy with issues of their new digital magazine of speculative fiction, Penumbra. Penumbra is offering print subscribers our November, December and January issues immediately as well as our February issue for free. Print subscribers need to contact Penumbra in order to get put on our mailing list for those issues. In addition, Space and Time will provide copies of their magazine to print Realms of Fantasy subscribers.
Technology Review, MIT’s science magazine for consumers, has announced the launch of a fiction magazine, TRSF. The magazine will have stories with ties to the parent magazine and will include works by authors including Joe Haldeman, Pat Cadigan, Vandana Singh, Ma Boyong, Gwyneth Jones, and Cory Doctorow. It is edited by Stephen Cass.