Orbit has announced that they will increase their US science fiction publishing schedule beginning in 2016. The increase means the company will publish 90 new science fiction titles each year. Orbit entered the US science fiction market in 2008 and the new schedule is a 50% increase over what they have been publishing.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced a new imprint named for editor John Joseph Adams. The new imprint will launch in February 2016 with the release of three Hugh Howey backlist novels. Adams is the editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare, as well as numerous original anthologies. Although the line will launch with a series of reprints, Adams will be publishing original novels as well.
Publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschckes (b.1930) died on November 7. Weschckes was the publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which specialized in New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality. Weschckes purchased 60-year old Llewellyn Publications in 1961 and opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis 9 years later. Throughout the first half of the 1970s, he ran Gnosticon in Minneapolis.
George Mann has announced that after 11 years working for Games Workshop, he has decided to leave the company to spend more time focused on his own writing. During his time at GW, Mann has helped build their The Black Library and the Citadel Publications Studio lines, as well as edit several anthologies and write his own novels, including the “Newbury and Hobbes” steampunk series.
The publishers of Crossed Genres have announced that the magazine will cease publication following its December issue. Publisher Bart Leib provided two reasons for closing the magazine. The publishers no longer have the time to produce it to their level of standards and they have also reached a point where they lack funding to continue.
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Prolific reviewer Harriet Klausner (b.1952) died on October 15. Klausner was a librarian and journalist who reviewed thousands of books on Amazon, at one time ranking at the #1 Amazon reviewer, although the quantity and brevity of her reviews caused many to wonder how closely she read the books. In 2006, she was selected by Time Magazine as one of the representatives of its Person of the Year when it selected “you,” representative of the individuals making a difference in the world.
Gary K. Wolfe has been named the series Editor for the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series published by University of Illinois Press, with Marika Christofides serving as acquisitions editor. The series presents book length surveys of individual authors, including Frederik Pohl, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and Gregory Benford, among others.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have issued a new model magazine contract, based on existing magazine contracts as well as the needs of authors. The contracts team consisted primarily of Michael Capobianco, Jim Fiscus, and Ken Liu with feedback from John Joseph Adams, Michael Armstrong, Charles Coleman Finlay, Jeffrey Liss, and Jonathan Wall. They plan to release additional model contracts over the course of the next year.
James Lowder has announced that he has been retained as a Consulting Editor for the fiction line for the reconstituted company. Lowder will begin by figuring out the current state of Chaosium publishing contracts, rights, and obligations and will then help build the company’s new fiction line.
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