Advent:Publishing, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp, Sidney Coleman, Jon Stopa, Alex Eisenstein, Bob Briney, and George W. Price, has been sold to ReAnimus Press, which is run by Andrew Burt. Burt founded ReAnimus in order to help authors get their out-of-print books and short works back into readers’ hands.
Editor Oscar Dystal (b.1913) died on May 28. Dystal joined Bantam publishing in the 1950s and brought the company from the brink of bankruptcy to the largest paperback publishers by decreasing its print runs and inventory and promoting classic novels and books he felt would be widely popular. Dystal retired as the chairman of Bantam in 1980.
Steve Davidson, publisher of Amazing Stories has announced a licensing deal with FuturesPastEditions Ebooks Publisher to begin to publish Amazing Stories Classic Reprints, stories which originally appeared in Amazing Stories, Amazing Stories Quarterly, and Amazing Stories Annual. The line will be Jean Marie Stine and will appear as both e-books and print editions. A second deal, with Open Road Brands, will license reproductions of early Amazing Stories covers, which will be distributed through major retail chain stores.
British fan and editor Andy Robertson (b.1955) died on April 17. Robertson was involved with Interzone, serving as Assistant Editor, from an early stage and contributed reviews and interviews. Robertson also published a handful of stories and edited two anthologies based on the works of William Hope Hodgson.
Peter Crowther has announced that he is stepping down as the co-editor of the Postscripts anthology series after 11 years. His co-editor, Nicholas Gevers, will take on full editorial responsibility for the series beginning with Postscripts #32/33: Far Voyager, scheduled for May, 2014.
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Editor Diana Gill will be moving to Penguin Books to serve as Executive Editor of the Ace, Roc, and Berkley lines following Ginjer Buchanan’s retirement. Gill has served as the head of HarperVoyager US and has been with Harper for close to sixteen years. She left Harper on March 21 and will begin working at Ace/Roc on April 1. She joined Morrow/Avon in 1998.
Editor Vic Ghidalia (b.1926) died on May 28, 2013. Ghidalia worked for ABC TV in New York for 35 years and edited several anthologies, often in collaboration with Roger Elwood. Their first project was The Little Monsters in 1969 ad Ghidalia’s last anthology was Feast of Fear, published in 1977. In 1974, Ghidalia worked with Lorimar Productions to produce a television film based on Richard Matheson’s “Mother By Protest,” which starred Barbara Eden.
SFWA has announced that John Klima, who has previously worked for Asimov’s, Analog, and Tor Books, has been named the new editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Klima has previously edited the Hugo Award winning fanzine Electric Velocipede, which ran from 2001 through 2013 and has also edited the anthologies Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, Happily Ever After, and Mayhem and Glitter.
Vera Nazarian has announced a fundraiser to help her pay back royalties to authors who had books published with Norilana Press. When the economy crashed, issues arose the meant that she was unable to pay the royalties that were owed and she has since reverted all rights back to her authors, but is still trying to make good on paying them their back royalties. Nazarian has started an indiegogo campaign to try to raise the money necessary to pay the money due to her authors.
A roundtable discussion on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at their clubhouse at 3310 East Baltimore Street on March 22 at 8:00. Moderated by Sarah Pinsker, the roundtable will consist of Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke, Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor Scott H. Andrews, Daily Science Fiction editor Jonathan Landen, Escape Pod editor Norm Sherman, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond editor Bill Campbell, and author Erica Satifka.