Tachyon Launches Particle Books

Tachyon Publicationshas announced the launch of Particle Books, an e-book imprint, on February 27. The imprint will publish YA and adult science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers.
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Galaxy Edge Sale

Publisher Shahid Mahmud announced in the Phoenix Pick January Newsletter that they will be offering Galaxy Edge for free on-line. The note stated that the expansion of free material was due to a cash infusion from various sources and also noted the “imminent sale” of [the Chinese language rights of the] magazine to a Chinese publisher.
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ETA: Clarification of sale of Chinese language rights based on statement from Mahmud.

Ragnarok Continues

Despite rumors that Ragnorak Publications would be closing its doors, Jeremy Mohler has announced the the publishing house will remain open, although they will be reassessing their position in the market. The new management team of Mohler and Alan Bahr has announced they will be cancelling all current novel contracts and pulling all books from publication. They will spend 2018 focusing on fixing internal problems they inherited and they will be splitting off Ragnarok (under Mohler) from Gallant Knight Games (under Bahr).
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WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave on October 7 to original short fiction published by a small press, is “The Tomato Thief,” by Ursula Vernon. The story was published in Apex Magazine.
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Obituary: Hugh Hefner

Publisher Hugh Hefner (b.1926) died on September 27. Hefner was best known as the publisher of Playboy, which published science fiction throughout its history, including works by Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, J.G. Ballard, Doris Lessing, and other major science fiction authors. In addition to the magazine, Playboy published The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Galaxy, Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction.

WSFA Small Press Finalists

The finalists for the 2017 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 6-8 at Capclave.

  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts”,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Mytilenian Delay”,” by Neil James Hudson
  • “Radio Silence”,” by Walter H. Hunt
  • “Foxfire, Foxfire”,” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”,” by Christine Lucas
  • “The Witch’s Knives”,” by Margaret Ronald
  • “Jupiter or Bust”,” by Brad R. Torgersen
  • “The Tomato Thief”,” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left”,” by Fran Wilde

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Tor to Move

Macmillan Publishers, including Tor Books, has signed a lease to move from their current location in New York’s Flatiron Building to 120 Broadway, where they will take up 216,000 square feet on five complete floors. The move, scheduled for 2019, will leave the Flatiron Building completely vacant. Macmillan currently has the entire building leased.
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OMNI Acquired by Penthouse

OMNI Magazine has been acquired by Penthouse Global Media. OMNI was original founded by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione and his wife, Kathy Keeton. OMNI is currently edited by Pamela Weintraub and a print edition is scheduled to appear in late October.
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Lowder Named Editor

James Lowder has been named fiction editor for Chaosium. Chaosium intends to relaunch its fiction line, focusing on the Cthulhu Mythos, in 2018. Lowder was retained by Chaosium in 2015 to examine their current copyright situation and figure out where the company stood regarding publishing contracts, rights, and obligations.

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Tor Book Launches Imprint

Tor Books has announced the launch of Tor Labs, a new imprint which will focus on experimental approaches to genre publishing. They will begin with podcast publishing with the August 2 debut of a science fiction audio drama by Mac Rogers. Marco Palmieri will serve as senior editor and Jennifer Gunnels will serve as editor of the line.
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