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.
Neil Clarke has announced that Gardner Dozois has joined Clarkesworld magazine as reprint editor. Dozois, who edited Asimov’s Science Fiction for twenty years and a best of year anthology for nearly thirty, will select two reprint stories from the last forty years to appear in each issue of Clarkesworld, beginning with the April issue.
Steve Davidson has announced that the blog for Amazing Stories went live on January 21. The blog has gone live with a handful of articles written by just a few of the more than 50 authors Davidson has brought on-board, including posts by Monique Jacob, Keith West, and John M Whalen. Future posts will include works by Mike Brotherton, Michael A. Burstein, Paul Cook, Jane Frank, Barry Malzberg, Felicity Savage, Steven H Silver, Leah Zeldes, and many more.
Arc Manor has announced the launch of on-line magazine Galaxy’s Edge, scheduled for March 1, 2013. The magazine, which is edited by Mike Resnick, will include a mix of new and reprint stories, as well as serials. It will be available for free on-line, with paper copies available through Amazon and B&N and downloadable versions for a low price. The magazine will be published every other month and include columns from Barry Malzberg, Paul Cook, and Horace Cocroft.
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.
French critic and editor Jacques Goimard (b.1923) died on October 25 of Parkinson’s Disease. Goimard has published critical essays in Fiction, Metal hurlant, and Le Monde. He worked on the anthologies La Grande Anthologie de la science-fiction and La Grande Anthologie du fantastique. He worked on more than 800 books for Pocket.
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.
Eight authors, including Cory Doctorow, Mercedes Lackey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Link, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, are offering up a bundle of e-books. The books are available in DRM-Free versions for a donation which will go to the authors and a variety of charities. Six books by the first five authors are available to anyone making a donation. Two additional books by Scalzi and Gaiman & McKean are available to anyone who donates more than the average donation at the time of purchase. The titles included are Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema, Lackey’s Invasion, Bacigalupi’s Pump Six, Beukes’s Zoo City, and Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. The addition books are Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Gaiman & McKean’s Signal to Noise. The charities being helped include the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Child’s Play Charity.