Dave Truesdale has announced that both on-line fiction Managing Editor Kevin Tipple and Assistant Managing Editor Steve Fahnestalk have stepped down from their positions at Tangent Online, which reviews short SF/F. Joseph Giddings has been named the new Assistant Managing Editor. Fahnestalk has stepped down to focus on his writing career and Tipple is stepping down for health reasons. Both editors stayed in their positions until Truesdale returned to the on-line world to ensure the smooth continuation of Tangent Online.
SFX has announced the winners for its first SFX Blog Awards, presented to the best fan-driven and developed internet activity. The winners were determined by popular vote of fans on the SFX website.
- Best SF Podcast: Doctor Who Podshock
- Best Fan Community: Whedonesque
- Best SF News Blog: The Doctor Who News Page
- Best Literary Blog: SF Signal
- Best Franchise Specific Site: Supernatural Wiki
- Best Celebrity Blog: John Scalzi
CZP has announced it will be relaunching their online speculative fiction ‘zine, The Chiaroscuro/ChiZine.com. The ‘zine began publishing in 1997 and in 2008, the publisher branched out to print as well. The April-June 2011 issue of the zine will be a massive issue with more than 200 short stories and poems by previous contributors including Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Boston, Gary Braunbeck, Mike Carey, Neil Gaiman, Jay Lake, Sarah Langan,Tim Lebbon, Stewart O’Nan, and Tom Piccirilli.
Judge Denny Chin has rejected the Google Books Settlement, saying that the search engine’s agreement was too broad and “would arguably give Google control over the search market” for books. The agreement between Google and the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers was dismissed without prejudice, which means that Google and the organizations can revise the agreement and resubmit it in a way that gives better protection to copyright owners.
SFX has announced the finalists for its first SFX Blog Awards, presented to the best fan-driven and developed internet activity. The nominations were taken from SFX Form, team members, and bloggers. Anyone can vote at their website.
Best SF Podcast
- The Geek Syndicate
- Small Press Big Mouth
- Escape Pod
- Doctor Who Podshock
Best Fan Community
- Gallifrey Base
- The Trek BBS
Best SF News Blog
- Bid Dumb Object
- Down the Tubes
- The Doctor Who News Page
Best Literary Blog
- The Wertzone
- Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
- SF Signal
Best Franchise Specific Site
- Supernatural Wiki
- The One Ring
- The Leaky Cauldron
- Life, Doctor Who and Combom
- Who Fix
Best Celebrity Blog
- Paul Cornell
- James Moran
- Neil Gaiman
- Wil Wheaton
- Jane Espenson
- Warren Ellis
- John Scalzi
- Kate Griffin
Buzzy Multimedia, a publisher of audio book and specialty t-shirts, has announced plans to launch Buzzy Mag, an online zine of fiction by new and established sf authors. The magazine has announced a rate of 5 cents/word for stories up to 10,000 words. Buzzy Mag is also instituting a beta reading system which requires authors who submit to agree to read and critique at least two other submissions.
John Klima has announced that Electric Velocipede will cease to be distributed by Night Shade Press after the current issue, 21/22. Klima and Night Shade have determined that Night Shade’s book business can not support the distribution of a periodical. Night Shade will pay contributors to Electric Velocipede 23-25 and the contents of those issues will be placed on-line. If the magazine continues beyond that point, it will most likely be on-line only.
Macmillan Publishers, which includes Tor Books, has announced that they will pay royalties to authors based on estimated lost sales from the period when Amazon.com removed the “buy” button from Macmillan books during a period of negotiations over the pricing of e-books for the Kindle. The payment is called the “Amazon Kindle Outage Adjustment.” In addition, many authors will receive royalties based on 25% of net receipts, instead of 15% of list price, which will work out to the authors’ benefit.
ChiZine Press has announced a review contest. To enter, review of ChiZine Press book and post a review on either Amazon or GoodReads. Send a copy of the review to ChiZine Press using the form on their webpage. Each review sent will enter the writer in a contest to win a free e-book.
All four contenders for this year’s Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund race to travel from Europe to North America, have participated in a podcast of interviews with Jim Mowatt. This year’s candidates include Graham Charnock, John Coxen, Liam Proven, and Paul Treadaway. TAFF voting is open until March 12, 2011.