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All Change At Fantasy Magazine

Fantasy Magazine will be re-launching in March 2011 with a new editorial team. Sean Wallace, whose life has been blessed by the arrival of twin daughters, is retiring from day-to-day editing, though he remains as publisher. Cat Rambo is retiring to concentrate on her fiction. Front line editorial duties will be assumed by John Joseph Adams, who already edits Fantasy’s sister publication, Lightspeed. For further details, see JJA’s blog.

Thoughts on Fantasy

The blogosphere tends to uninteresting and repetitive discussions of the “difference between science fiction and fantasy”. Recently, however, we have seen a couple of people put a bit more thought into the issue. One such commentator is our own Karen Burnham, who has developed a rule of thumb for distinguishing between the two. The other is Hal Duncan who, as you might expect, has gone on rather longer on the topic, and mines the darker corners of the dictionary along the way. Both are worth checking out.

Bacigalupi is Nation Book Award Finalist

Paolo Bacigalupi has made it into the finals of the USA’s prestigious National Book Awards. This is not for his much-lauded The Windup Girl, but for this latest work, the YA novel, Ship Breaker, that we mentioned in issue #2. The full listings for all categories are available from GalleyCat.

Ridley Scott to Produce Man in the High Castle TV Series

The Guardian reports that legendary movie director, Ridley Scott, is to produce a TV mini-series based on Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle for the BBC. Scott is reported as saying that he is a lifelong fan of Dick’s work: “He is the master of creating worlds which not only spark the imagination but offer deeper commentary on the human condition.”

The series will be scripted by playwright Howard Brenton who is also a scriptwriter for Spooks. The series is projected to have four parts, but it is unclear how long it will run.

Geffen Award Winners

Israeli fandom has spoken, and the 2010 Geffen Award winners have been announced. Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov take the honours for translated works. Full details at SF Awards Watch.

New Online Fiction From Germany

Via the indispensable World SF blog, we discover that Inter Nova, a magazine based in Germany, has gone fully online. It publishes in English, but aims to publish primarily authors from outside of the English-speaking world. Translation services may be available in the future, but for now submissions must be in English. Interested authors should note that the magazine is strictly science fiction, no fantasy or horror. Presumably the decision of the editors is final in deciding what that means. The site currently has contributions from Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Croatia, South Africa, Israel and England in addition to Germany.

Two Interviews

Two very interesting interviews turned up in our blog feeds today. The first is at Techland where Lev Grossman interviews Paolo Bacigalupi about his sudden rise to fame, and the pair exchange some snark about literary fiction. And if you think that Paolo really has been an overnight success, go read the interview and find out how long you have to labor in obscurity before you get that sort of success.

The other interview is at World SF where Charles A. Tan talks to Indian SF writer, Samit Basu. There are some fascinating comments about the rapidly changing nature of the book market in India, and about the status of SF and fantasy in India. Also Samit is kind enough to quote Cheryl Morgan.

Banned Books Week

It is that time of year again: time to celebrate all of those wonderful books that have attracted the ire of self-appointed guardians of public morality. Here are The Guardian and GalleyCat highlighting some of the many events planned for the week.

Apex Book of World SF, Vol. 2

The Apex Book Company has announced the table of contents for volume 2 in Lavie Tidhar’s Apex Book of World SF anthology series. This really is an international affair, with contributors from far and wide around the globe, including Malawi, Peru, Cuba, India and Finland, to name but a few. The featured authors include Fábio Fernandes, who was a guest on The Salon last issue, and Lauren Beukes, whom we interviewed. The full list of stories can be found here.

Jay Lake Free of Cancer

Author Jay Lake reports that the growth removed from his liver recently has been tested and pronounced non-cancerous by his doctors. Further chemotherapy is therefore not required. We are delighted to hear this, and look forward to very many new Jake Lake novels and stories in future years.

Classic Steampunk Re-issues

Angry Robot Books have announced re-issues of two classic early steampunk novels by K.W. Jeter: Infernal Devices and Morlock Night. John Coutlhart, whose work adorns our first ever issue, did the cover art. We think it is gorgeous. Take a look.