Author and publisher Michael Burgess (b.1948), who used the professional name Robert Reginald died on November 20. Burgess began attending science fiction conventions in 1968 and in 1975, he used the royalties from his first reference work to start The Borgo Press, which published reference works for several years. Reginald also published numerous bibliographies over the years as well as some of his own original fiction. Some of his works include Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, and the Codex Derynianus.
Simon and Schuster has announced the launch of a new science fiction line, as yet unnamed. Joe Monti, an agent at the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency will serve as the line’s executive editor. The line will be overseen by the VP of S&S’s Young Adult line, but is envisioned as being for all audiences. The current plan is to launch in Spring 2015 with an hardcover published each month, although they may release a few books in late 2014.
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After Eugie Foster’s announcement that she hadn’t received royalties for her book with Norilana in three years, Norilana publisher Vera Nazarian announced the reversion of all print rights to all of her authors, noting that if an author wanted to remain with Norilana, she would retain non-exclusive rights for those projects. Nazarian also stated that e-book rights remain with the individual authors and she reiterated her intention to eventually pay all of her authors their full royalties.
Lynne M. Thomas has announced that she is stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of Apex, two years after she replaced Catherynne Valente in the position. Along with her, Managing Editor Michael Damian Thomas will also be stepping down. Both will work closely with the incoming editor as the magazine continues to be published by Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications. The Thomases’ resignations will be effective following the December 2013 issue.
British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois’s Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.
The finalists for the 2013 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 11-13 at Capclave.
- “Astrophilia,” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Clarkesworld Magazine 7/12, edited by Neil Clarke
- “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” by Ken Liu, published in Lightspeed Magazine 8/12, edited by John Joseph Adams
- “Bottled Spirits,” by Pamela K. Kinney, published in Buzzy Mag 6/12, edited by Laura Anne GIlman
- “Coca Xocolatl,” by Lawrence M. Schoen, published in ReDeus: Divine Tales, edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg, Crazy Eight Press
- “Good Hunting,” by Ken Liu, published in Strange Horizons 8/12, edited by Brit Mandelo
- “Mornington Ride,” by Jason Nahrung, published in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely, Fablecroft Publishing
- “The Six Million Dollar Mermaid,” by Hildy Silverman, published in Mermaids 13: Tales from the Sea, edited by John L. French, Padwolf Publishing
Mercury Retrograde Press has announced that they will cease operations on January 17, 2014, at which time all of their books will go out of print with rights reverting to their authors. Their final public appearance will be at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention in November of 2013. Mercury retrograde has published Zachary Steele, Leona Wisoker, Edward Morris, and Larissa N. Niec, among others.
Author and publisher Anne C. Petty (b.Margaret Anne Cotton, 1945) died on July 21 from cancer. In 1984, she published One Ring to Bind Them: Tolkien’s Mythology and went on to publish Tolkien in the Land of Heroes: Discovering the Human Spirit and Dragons of Fantasy: Scaly Villains & Heroes of Modern Fantasy Literature. She wrote the dark fantasy novel The Cornerstone as well as other books and was the founder and editor of Kitsune Books.
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden announced via Twitter that long time editor James Frenkel is no longer working for Tor Books. According to Nielsen Hayden, works which had been assigned to Frenkel will be redistributed to other editors at Tor Books, but anything which had been submitted to Frenkel and not accepted should be resubmitted to Tor.
The second post-relaunch issue of Weird Tales with a Fairy Tale theme and fiction by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, and Tanith Lee is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 12. The issue also includes interviews with Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.