Lynne M. Thomas has announced that she is stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of Apex, two years after she replaced Catherynne Valente in the position. Along with her, Managing Editor Michael Damian Thomas will also be stepping down. Both will work closely with the incoming editor as the magazine continues to be published by Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications. The Thomases’ resignations will be effective following the December 2013 issue.
British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois’s Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.
The finalists for the 2013 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually to recognize excellence in short fiction originally published in small press venues. This year’s winners will be announced October 11-13 at Capclave.
- “Astrophilia,” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Clarkesworld Magazine 7/12, edited by Neil Clarke
- “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” by Ken Liu, published in Lightspeed Magazine 8/12, edited by John Joseph Adams
- “Bottled Spirits,” by Pamela K. Kinney, published in Buzzy Mag 6/12, edited by Laura Anne GIlman
- “Coca Xocolatl,” by Lawrence M. Schoen, published in ReDeus: Divine Tales, edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg, Crazy Eight Press
- “Good Hunting,” by Ken Liu, published in Strange Horizons 8/12, edited by Brit Mandelo
- “Mornington Ride,” by Jason Nahrung, published in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely, Fablecroft Publishing
- “The Six Million Dollar Mermaid,” by Hildy Silverman, published in Mermaids 13: Tales from the Sea, edited by John L. French, Padwolf Publishing
Mercury Retrograde Press has announced that they will cease operations on January 17, 2014, at which time all of their books will go out of print with rights reverting to their authors. Their final public appearance will be at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention in November of 2013. Mercury retrograde has published Zachary Steele, Leona Wisoker, Edward Morris, and Larissa N. Niec, among others.
Author and publisher Anne C. Petty (b.Margaret Anne Cotton, 1945) died on July 21 from cancer. In 1984, she published One Ring to Bind Them: Tolkien’s Mythology and went on to publish Tolkien in the Land of Heroes: Discovering the Human Spirit and Dragons of Fantasy: Scaly Villains & Heroes of Modern Fantasy Literature. She wrote the dark fantasy novel The Cornerstone as well as other books and was the founder and editor of Kitsune Books.
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden announced via Twitter that long time editor James Frenkel is no longer working for Tor Books. According to Nielsen Hayden, works which had been assigned to Frenkel will be redistributed to other editors at Tor Books, but anything which had been submitted to Frenkel and not accepted should be resubmitted to Tor.
The second post-relaunch issue of Weird Tales with a Fairy Tale theme and fiction by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, and Tanith Lee is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 12. The issue also includes interviews with Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
Editor Jerry Wright (b.1946) died on May 9 after a battle with cancer. Wright was one of the founding editors and publishers of the webzine Bewildering Stories in 2002. Wright has written poetry and reviews in addition to publishing Bewildering Stories.
Night Shade Books has announced that it will be closing their magazine Eclipse Online effective immediately. All stories in inventory are being released. The online version of Strahan’s anthology series was launched in October 2012 and included stories by Christopher Rowe, Eleanor Arnason, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lavie Tidhar, Susan Palwick, and E. Lily Yu. According to the publisher, all stories have been paid for and no new ones will be considered.
Publishers Weekly has announced that Night Shade Books is in sale negotiations with Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing to sell its assets, including titles under contract. The press has had financial difficulties for several years, and recently let editor Ross Lockhart go. Several of their authors have also left the company. At the same time, SFWA, which has been working with Night Shade Books for several years, including a probationary period, has announced the press will be delisted as a qualifying market.