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Archive for August, 2012

Amazon Acquires Dorchester Titles

On August 28, 2012 Amazon Publishing acquired the rights to over 1,000 titles from bankrupt publisher Dorchester. Authors who choose to have their books published by Amazon will receive the full back royalties owed by Dorchester, while those who do not wish to work with Amazon will have rights to their titles reverted back to […]

Stan Schmidt Retires from Analog

Dell Magazines announced the retirement today of Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Schmidt will be succeeded by Trevor Quachri, who has been the managing editor of both Asimov’s and Analog for the past two years. Schmidt said, “I have now been editor of Analog for 34 years, tying or (depending on […]

Ann VanderMeer New Consulting Editor at Tor.com

Tor.com announced today that Hugo-award winning editor and publisher Ann VanderMeer is taking on the role of consulting fiction editor at the publication. Tor.com publishes science fiction and fantasy short fiction, and has had stories on both the Hugo and Nebula final ballots, including “Ponies” by Kij Johnson, which won the Nebula in 2011. VanderMeer […]

Volunteer Opening at Abyss & Apex

Abyss & Apex is looking for a volunteer managing editor to handle the day-to-day running of the slush pile. Candidates should have at least two years experience running an online genre magazine, a passion for science fiction and fantasy, and the desire to make a name for themselves in the genre at the helm of […]

Josepha Sherman (1946-2012)

Author Josepha Sherman, 65, died August 23, 2012. Born December 12, 1946 in New York, Sherman was a SF and fantasy author, editor, and folklorist, and wrote dozens of short stories and novels, including Compton Crook Award winner The Shining Falcon (1990). She also wrote Star Trek and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer novels, and co-wrote several […]

NASA Honors Bradbury

NASA announced Wednesday that it is naming the landing site of the Mars Curiosity rover “The Bradbury Landing,” after late author Ray Bradbury. The name was chosen by the Curiosity science team, and was announced on Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, August 22, 2012. “It was not a difficult decision for the science team,” said Michael Meyer, […]

Rowena Morrill Unable to Attend Worldcon

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 – September 4, 2012, has announced that Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill will be unable to attend the convention. Morrill was recently hospitalized, and though she is recovering well, she cannot attend the convention. Her original art, prints, and books will still be on display […]

Ken Hunt (1955-2012)

Chicago fan and convention organizer Ken Hunt died August 20, 2012 of complications following a cascading cardiac event and emergency surgery. Born 1955, Hunt was head of logistics for Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 – September 4, 2012. Hunt also worked on the past two Chicago Worldcons, and many Windycons.

Independent eBook Awards

The winners of the 2012 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards were announced. Winners of genre interest include: General Fiction, Runner Up: Someone Else’s Fairytale, Emily Mah Tippetts (Emily Mah Tippetts) Best Action/ Adventure, Runner Up: Redaction, Linda Andrews (LandNa) Best Children’s Lit, Winner: Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis, Nicola Palmer (Kallisto) Best Children’s […]

Million Writers Award Winners

The winner and runners-up of the 9th annual Million Writers Award for best online fiction, given by storySouth, were announced July 9, 2011. First place: “The Mill Pond”, xTx (StoryGlossia) Runner-up: “On Familiar Terms”, Kelly Cherry (Blackbird) Honorable mention: “The Butcher’s Chimes”, Micah Dean Hicks (Menda City Review) The first place winner received a cash prize of […]


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