Angry Robot Sold

Angry Robot Books, which has been struggling and which recently closed down its young adult and mystery lines, has been sold by Osprey Publishing Group to Etan Ilfeld, who also bought two other imprints from Osprey. Ilfeld is the editor of Mind Body Spirit Magazine and owns a bookstore in London.

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Anders Leaving Pyr

Lou Anders, who has served as editor at Pyr Books for ten years, has announced that he is leaving the company. Anders will be replaced by interim editor Rene Sears, who is returning to the company to take the position. Anders received seven Hugo nominations and one win during his tenure at Pyr. He is currently promoting his debut novel, Frostborn.

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Sizemore Editing Apex

Apex Magazine publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that he will become the magazine’s editor in chief beginning with the January 2015 issue. The magazine has been edited by Sigrid Ellis since late last year. The change comes as part of a realignment of Sizemore’s duties which will allow him to focus more personal attention on the magazine and Apex Publishing. Stories selected by Ellis will continue to appear in 2015 in the Sizemore edited issues. Sizemore also announced that Bianca Spriggs will be taking over as poetry editor, replacing out-going poetry editor Elise Matheson.

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WSFA Small Press Finalists

The finalists for the 2014 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 10-12 at Capclave.

  • “Acts of Chivalry,” by Sean McMullen
  • “Bits,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma,” by Alex Shvartsman
  • “Like a Bat Out of Hell,” by Jonathan Shipley
  • “Morning Star,” by DK Mok
  • “Set Your Face Towards the Darkness,” by David McDonald
  • “The Traditional,” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “Trap-weed,” by Gemma Files

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Strange Chemistry Closes

Angry Robot has announced that they are ceasing publication of their Strange Chemistry Books young adult line effective immediately. The imprint includes authors Gwenda Bond, Martha Wells, Sean Cummings, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Kim Curran, among others. Angry Robot is also closing their Exhibit A line of mystery/crime books. According to Angry Robot, the imprints are being closed because they haven’t been able to carve out their own niche in a saturated market.

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Help Hadley Rille

Hadley Rille Publishers is holding a crowdsourcing event in order to gain the capital to expand its publishing program. Hadley Rille has been publishing science fiction novels and anthologies since 2005, when it was founded by Publisher Eric Reynolds. Reynolds has set a goal of raising $12,500 for use in a marketing campaign aimed at raising the awareness of Hadely Rille books and authors.

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ReAnimus Acquires Advent

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.

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Obituary: Oscar Dystal

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.

Crowther Steps Down

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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Baen Adds Kobo

Baen Books has announced that beginning on March 24, its e-0books will be available on the Kobo platform for download. Baen has been a leader in DRM free e-books for fifteen years.