On Spec Funding Cut

Canadian SF magazine On Spec has received word that it will nto receive a government arts grant from the Canada Council for the forthcoming year, which will result in a decrease of funds between $20-25,000. The funding cut is for a single year and there is no means of redress, although next year’s jury may elect to reinstate the funding.

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Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter

Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide initial funding for a new on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny will be published as eBooks on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue will contain at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter runs from July 29 and will run through August 28.

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Amazing Offer

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.

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Analog and Asimov’s Readers Polls

The winners of the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards and Analog‘s Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards were announced by Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams and Analog editor Trevor Quachri during the Nebula Weekend in San Jose.

Asimov‘s Readers’ Awards

  • Best Novella: “The Application of Hope,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (August)
  • Best Novelette: “Over There,” by Will McIntosh (January)
  • Best Short Story (tie): “The Wall,” by Naomi Kritzer (April-May); “The New Guys Always Work Overtime,” by David Erik Nelson (February)
  • Best Poem: “Rivers,” by Geoffrey A. Landis (June)
  • Best Cover Artist: Kinuko Craft

Analog‘s Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards

  • Best Novella: “The Chaplain’s Legacy,” by Brad Torgersen (July-August)
  • Best Novelette: “Buddha Nature,” by Amy Thompson (January-February)
  • Best Short Story: “The War of the Worlds, Book One, Chapter 18: The Sergeant-Major,” by John G. Hemry (January-February)
  • Best Fact Article: “The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown and Down-and-Dirty Mud-Wrassle,” by Michael F. Flynn (January-February)
  • Best Cover: July-August 2013 by Tomislav Tikulin

Obituary: Al Feldstein

Editor Al Feldstein (b.1925) died on April 29. Feldstein is best known as the editor of MAD Magazine from 1956-1985. He got his start freelancing artwork for Fox Comics before being hired by EC Comics in 1948, where he began as an artist, started writing, and became and editor, publishing work by Otto Binder, Daniel Keyes, and Harlan Ellison. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003 and received a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Two Amazing Deals

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.

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Crowther Steps Down

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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Klima Named Bulletin Editor

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.

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Obituary: Anthony J. Bryant

Editor Anthony J. Bryant (b.1961) died on December 25. Bryant served as the fifth editor of Dragon Magazine from issue 222-229 in 1995 and 1996. Bryant also was a specialist on Japanese military history, publishing four volumes on the Samurai period.

Electric Velocipede Ceases Publication

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).

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