The late Michael Crichton’s production company, publisher, and archive, CrichtonSun, has announced a partnership with Range Media Partners to develop new TV series and an adaptation of an unpublished work. CrichtonSun president Sherri Crichton says, “We’re thrilled to have found true creative partners at Range. They share our passion of preserving the Crichton legacy and we look forward to tapping into their imaginative minds and exciting pool of talent to ...Read MoreRead more
Amara Hoshijo has joined Saga Press as an editor. She previously worked on science fiction titles at Soho Press including The Seep by Chana Porter, Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax, and the forthcoming Midnight, Water City by Chris McKinney. Saga editorial director Joe Monti said,
Amara has a keen perspective and a high level of enthusiasm for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror that will be a boon to ...Read MoreRead more
PS Publishing has announced that it will take over publication of Interzone magazine from TTA Press, which also produces the Black Static and Crimewave magazines. Ian Whates of NewCon Press will replace Andy Cox as editor.
PS co-founder Peter Crowther said, “The call came on the Saturday before Christmas Day, from Andy Cox, Main Man of Interzone magazine who wanted to know if I fancied taking on IZ’s production reins, ...Read MoreRead more
Amazon Publishing may shift their longstanding stance against allowing libraries to lend their ebooks. The company is said to be in “active discussions” with the Digital Public Library of America to alter its policies. Amazon is reportedly “testing a number of different models” and may lend books as early as 2021, with a spokesperson saying, “We believe libraries serve a critical purpose in communities across the country, and our priority ...Read MoreRead more
Knopf Random House Canada is splitting apart: beginning in 2021, Knopf Canada and Random House Canada will operate independently again (they were combined in 2009). Publisher Anne Collins will become executive editor and vice-president of Random House Canada on January 4, 2021. CEO Kristin Cochrane says, “I believe the time is right to have space for each to build on its past successes and pave the way for the future. ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the recipients of the 2021 Givers Fund Grants for organizations which further SFWA’s mission: “To promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere, by educating and informing the general public and supporting and empowering science fiction and fantasy writers.” Grant recipients are “Any 501(c)(3) or similar organization… with a program related to the ...Read MoreRead more
Amazing Stories publisher Steve Davidson announced on December 17, 2020 that editor-in-chief Ira Nayman is resigning from his position. Davidson added:
Mr. Nayman will remain and complete the current issue in progress and additionally offered to perform a subset of his previous duties until they are transitioned to a new Editor.
Authors whose stories have been accepted, authors whose work is currently in the submission queue, all will all be ...Read MoreRead more
SCOTT WESTERFELD contracted COVID-19 six months ago, and underwent surgery in October 2020 to recover damage the virus did to his heart. He is recovering well. “I feel like the people who think Covid is a hoax aren’t giving us hoaxers enough credit for our COMMITMENT.”
Locus Online Editor MARK R. KELLY had a heart attack on October 25, 2020. His partner drove him to the emergency room, and ...Read MoreRead more
Tom Doherty Associates, in partnership with 12 independent bookstores, is launching “Read the Room”, a virtual event reading series “meant to bring authors, booksellers, and readers together into the same virtual ‘room.'” Events will be hosted the fourth Wednesday of every month on Crowdcast and will feature authors from Tor, Tor Teen, Forge, Nightfire, and Tordotcom Publishing.
The first event, co-hosted by Loyalty Bookstores, is scheduled for January 27, 2021 ...Read MoreRead more
Hachette Book Group has announced plans for a new imprint, Legacy Lit, “dedicated to books for and by people of color.” Executive editor Krishan Trotman has been promoted from executive editor to vice-president and publisher, reporting to Susan Weinberg of Perseus Books division. Beginning in 2022, Legacy Lit plans to produce 12 to 15 titles each year in various genres, and to “give voice to issues authors, and communities that ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) announced via Twitter that it is “looking for a new editor for our Star*Line publication!” Founded in 1978, Star*Line is “a literary magazine for poets of the genre persuasion.” The editor role is a volunteer position.
For more information or to apply contact interim editor F.J. Bergmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LitRPG publisher Portal Books is launching new imprint Monolith with a focus on more traditional science fiction and fantasy genres including “Post-Apocalyptic, Epic Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Cyber Punk and others.” Titles acquired by Monolith include Everwinter by Peter Hackshaw, Ascendant by Michael R. Miller, a trilogy by Damien Hine, as well as the rights to the Landkist Saga by Steven Kelliher.
For more information, see the ...Read MoreRead more
Dream Tower Media has announced it will publish the first issue of new monthly magazine Sexy Fantastic on January 1, 2021, with Robert Zoltan as editor-in-chief. Zoltan said,
Sexy Fantastic is a sex positive magazine that will publish thought-provoking creative works that amuse, inspire, move, spark imagination, challenge, and entertain. We will deal with adult sexuality in an unashamed, mature and playful manner. The content focuses more on the erotic ...Read MoreRead more
Brian J. White is now the interim editorial director at Fireside Fiction Company. White founded Fireside in 2012 and was editor and publisher until mid-2017. In an announcement, he said,
Effective immediately, Pablo Defendini is resigning from all editorial functions at Fireside Fiction Company (comprising Fireside Magazine and Fireside Books), and I will be taking the role of interim editorial director. This comes directly as a result of Pablo’s publication ...Read MoreRead more
Penguin Random House has announced plans to purchase Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for $2.175 billion in an all-cash deal. ViacomCBS had reportedly hoped to sell S&S for at least $1.2 billion. S&S had $814 million in sales in 2019 and $823 million in 2018.
The company was initially offered for sale in March 2020, but plans were put on hold when the coronavirus pandemic hit. After the S&S acquisition ...Read MoreRead more
PETER SWIRSKI is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.
Author TOMI ADEYEMI was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time in the “Pioneers” category. For the full list: <time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2020/>.
CHARLOTTE HONIGMAN‘s “The Partisan and the Witch” (Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga) won the 2020 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The ...Read MoreRead more
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt fired 525 employees on the first of October, followed by more than 150 employees who took early retirement in September. In all, their workforce has dropped by over 20%, from about 3,3000 to 2,600. They have implemented other cost-cutting measures, most related to the increased popularity of ebooks and a new “digital first” approach.
Harper Children’s has announced changes at their Harper imprint. Director of publishing VP ...Read MoreRead more
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced it will explore selling its publishing company, HMH Books & Media.
The potential sale would reduce debt and build on the Company’s October 1 restructuring to align its cost structure to its digital-first, connected strategy, and create a pure-play learning technology company. The Company has engaged Centerview Partners to explore the potential sale of HMH Books & Media.
Jack Lynch, president and CEO of HMH, ...Read MoreRead more
Sheree Renée Thomas will be the new editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction starting with the March/April 2021 issue, replacing current editor C.C. Finlay, who is stepping down to devote more time to his writing. Gordon Van Gelder remains as publisher. Thomas will be the tenth editor in F&SF‘s history, which is currently in its 71st year of publication.
To prepare for the transition, F&SF closed to ...Read MoreRead more
Canadian speculative fiction magazine Augur has announced changes to its editorial staff, via Twitter. Editor-in-chief Alex De Pompa will be leaving after 2020. He will be replaced by current poetry editor Terese Mason Pierre and managing editor Lawrence Stewen as co-editors-in-chief. Victoria Liao will become managing editor, and Kerrie Seljak-Byrne will remain as publisher.
Other changes include graphic fiction editor Amy Wang promoted to senior editor, comics and illustration; assistant ...Read MoreRead more
J. Michael Straczynski announced that he was appointed executor of the Harlan and Susan Ellison Trust. He says,
Looking after all this, and seeing to Harlan and Susan’s wishes, is something I will likely be doing for the rest of my life.
Everything that Harlan ever owned, did or wrote will be fiercely protected. Steps are being taken to certify Ellison Wonderland as a cultural landmark, ensuring that it will ...Read MoreRead more
Submissions for Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art #28 have been delayed until 2021, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cathy & Arnie Fenner, who recently replaced John Fleskes as directors of the Spectrum Fantastic Art competition and editors of the annual art book, said,
We believe the responsible thing for us to do is to delay opening Spectrum 28 for submissions until after the first of the ...Read MoreRead more
UK small press PS Publishing has launched a new imprint, Absinthe Books, with author/editor Marie O’Regan serving as managing editor. The imprint’s “remit is to publish a wide range of authors and material, predominantly but not exclusively new to PS Publishing.”
The first titles are novellas Mr. Sandman by S.J.I. Holliday, Broken Things: A Tale of Durstan by George Mann, and On the Shoulders of Otava by Laura Mauro, launching ...Read MoreRead more
HOWARD V. HENDRIX‘s home near Shaver Lake CA was destroyed in the Creek Fire in September 2020, shortly after the area received an evacuation order. He and his wife are “displaced persons staying in a motel in Fresno.” He wrote about the experience for the San Francisco Chronicle: <www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Disaster-hits-home-for-volunteer-firefighter-in-15567282.php>.
FRAN WILDE is the Fall 2020 Pearl S. Buck Writer in (remote) Residence at Randolph College, beginning in October. ...Read MoreRead more
Random House Children’s Books has announced a new middle grade and YA imprint, Labyrinth Road, with a focus on contemporary fantasy and realistic literary novels. Liesa Abrams will serve as vice president and editor-in-chief of the imprint, effective November 9, 2020. Abrams was most recently vice-president, editor-at-large at Simon & Schuster. In a statement, she says,
Labyrinth Road is a home for books about epic journeys—both fantastical and emotional—that give ...Read MoreRead more
Former Barnes & Noble CEO Demos Parneros has failed in his defamation suit against the company. Judge Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil dismissed his claim, saying “there is no genuine dispute about the truth of the statement that Parneros was terminated for violations of the company policies.” The judge denied B&N’s motion for summary judgement on the good faith and fair dealing claim, however: “Parneros raises a triable question as to ...Read MoreRead more
Five percent of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s employees (166 people) agreed to take part in a voluntary early retirement incentive program. The offer was open to all US employees age 55 or up with at least five years at the company (about 18% of employees qualified). Most left effective September 4, 2020. The cost of the incentives is around $13.5 million, and should save HMH 17 or 18 million dollars per ...Read MoreRead more
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will discontinue science fiction and fantasy imprint John Joseph Adams Books, launched in February 2016. Editor John Joseph Adams says,
We’ve still got several books forthcoming, and those will still be published, but nothing new beyond those, alas. Cheers to all of the authors who went on this ride with me, and to all who bought & read.
The imprint published work by Bryan Camp, Hugh ...Read MoreRead more
Penguin Random House US released the results of company’s demographic analysis. CEO Madeline McIntosh says, “I don’t think any of us is likely to be surprised by the data, which show that our company, like our industry, is far too homogeneous. But seeing what we generally know to be true documented this way is hard: the distance we have to travel to become a truly diverse company feels all the ...Read MoreRead more
Author of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Tomi Adeyemi has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine. Categories include Artists, Leaders, and more; Adeyemi is listed among Pioneers.
For more information, including the full list, see the Time article.
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The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books in Washington DC and Melanie Knight of Books Inc. in San Francisco CA to the board, to serve until board elections in April 2021. This follows changes to bylaws which “bring the number of board members to 13 (from 11) and that require the board to include at least four booksellers who are Black, Indigenous, or People ...Read MoreRead more
Publisher Two Dollar Radio won the 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award, given “to individuals and organizations who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in our combined regions.” The award is given by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Nominating bookseller Gary Lovely of Book Loft in Columbus, OH called them “a shining ...Read MoreRead more