Editor and publisher Steve Davidson has announced that Amazing Stories, the world’s first science fiction magazine, will be debuting a beta version of its social magazine platform on January 2. The magazine will include more than fifty bloggers from different realms of science fiction, including authors, fans, reviewers, and more covering all aspects of science fiction. Some of the bloggers who will be featured on the website include Mike Brotherton, Michael A. Burstein, Paul Cook, Jane Frank, Jim Freund, Barry Malzberg, Steve Miller, Cynthia Ward, and more.
Managing Editor Helen Marshall has announced that after three years she is stepping down from her position at ChiZine. During her tenure, she co-founded the Aurora Award-nominated Chiaroscuro Reading Series and the Aurora Award-winning Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and oversaw the growth of the publisher from a print-on-demand to having world-wide distribution. Samantha Beiko will be taking over the duties as Managing Editor.
Apex Magazine is running its annual subscription drive through November 15. Apex is offering several different methods of subscribing, both through their website and Amazon, as well as a discount for direct subscriptions. Subscribers will also receive a free e-book and the chance to win physical swag in a raffle.
The first issue of James Gunn’s Ad Astra, a new annual journal of science fiction, reviews, and criticism, has been published. This year’s theme was Communication and Information and includes articles by Jean Asselin, Sheila Finch, and Victor Grech. Fiction includes stories by Peter Charron, Eric Cline, Shaenon K. Garrity, Adria Laycraft, Nikki J. North, and Adrian Simmons. The theme for the 2013 issue has not yet been announced.
John O’Neill, the long-time editor of Black Gate magazine, has announced plans to begin publishing short fiction on the magazine’s website on September 30. Authors whose work will help launch the new publishing plan include Jason Thummel, Sean McLachlan, Donald S. Crankshaw, and C.S.E. Cooney. In addition, there will be novel excerpts from Dave Gross, Mike Allen, and Howard Andrew Jones.
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.
Shortly after new Weird Tales editor Marvin Kaye announced that he would be publishing an extract from a self-published novel by Victoria Foyt that has been widely decried as racist, new Weird Tales publisher John Harlagher announced that the excerpt would not run in the magazine after all. Following Kaye’s original announcement, former editor Ann VanderMeer, who had been retained to edit and publish a story by a new author in each issue, severed her ties with the magazine.
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.