Following the announcement in December that Karen Meisner was leaving the fiction department at Strange Horizons, fiction editor Susan Marie Groppi, who has held that post for more than a decade, has announced that she will be stepping down, although retaining an advisory role. The magazine is currently looking for a new fiction editor, and will be temporarily closed to submissions.
Pulpfest has renamed the Munsey Award. The Munsey, previously named for nineteenth century publisher Frank Munsey, has been presented for efforts and ongoing involvement in the improvement, elevation, and continuance of keeping the pulps alive and well. In the future, the Award will be known as the Rusty Hevelin Service Award, after the fan who helped found Pulpfest, and who died in December. The first Rusty Hevelin Service Award will be presented at this year’s Pulpfest in Columbus, Ohio on the weekend of August 9.
Italian author Carlo Fruttero (b.1926) died on January 15. Much of his work was done in collaboration with Franco Lucentini and the two men edited the science fiction magazine Urania from 1964 through 1985. The men also wrote science fiction, humor, and other genres. From 1972 to 1975 they also edited the comic Il Mago.
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.
Editor Sheryl Tempchin says that Zahir, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction founded in 2003, has ceased publication. Between 2003 and 2009, Zahir published twenty issues, with another eight issues published on-line after print production ceased. The magazines archives will stay available on-line despite the closure.
The Center for the Study of Science Fiction (CSSF), in association with the University of Kansas, will launch James Gunn’s Ad Astra, an online resource for authors, scholars and all those who are interested in speculative fiction in the summer of 2012. The magazine will feature short fiction, poetry, reviews, and scholarly articles.
After a change in their printer, David Hartwell at the New York Review of Science Fiction is considering ceasing production of a print magazine, investigating the option of publishing a pdf issue of the magazine. He will continue to publish print issues through July 2012. NYRSF will not be accepting subscriptions past July until a decision on the magazine’s future has been made. Whatever choice is made, Hartwell is clear that the magazine will continue.
John Joseph Adams, who recently became the publisher of Lightspeed and Fantasy in addition to their editor has announced the two magazines will merge. The combined magazine will double the fiction content, including four science fiction and four fantasy in each issue, although the amount of non-fiction content will be decreased. The price of the magazine will be increasing by about $1 per issue.
John Joseph Adams, the editor of Lightspeed and Fantasy magazines, has purchased both titles from Sean Wallace at Prime Books. Fantasy debuted in 2005 and Adams became editor in 2011. He was the founding editor of Lightspeed in 2010. Adams will officially become publisher of both magazines in January, 2012.