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.
Clarkesworld, which was a bookstore before it was a magazine, has announced that it will be selling some of its still-extant stock in a short term sale ending on November 19. There is a $40 minimum purchase with $3.50 shipping and, according to Neil Clarke, all proceeds will go to fund the magazine.