Thursday, August 09, 2007

Keep short fiction alive

My client and friend, Doug Cohen, is currently running a one-man campaign to keep the short fiction markets alive for science fiction and fantasy.

Go check out his blog post--if we don't do something about it, the magazines will die.


Dave said...

I agree. I've got subs to Analog, Asimovs and F&SF right now. I grew up with short fiction and don't want to see it die.

Douglas said...

Thanks for posting. Have you subscribed yet? :)

Douglas said...

Thanks for posting. Have you subscribed? :)

Jenny Rappaport said...

Alas, I have not subscribed yet, although I will, once the finances settle down after the wedding.

Chris is currently having apoplexies over what we've spent...

I do, however, accept magazine subscriptions as wedding presents, if you are so inclined. =)

Douglas said...

Walked into that one. Which one do you want?

Jenny Rappaport said...

Doug, you totally don't have to get me a subscription; I was half-joking. =) Let me sell your novel first. =)

But, if you are so inclined, I've been thinking that I'd like one to Realms.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I check the market listings for markets I have all sorts of speculative markets hurled at me. They seem to be alive and surviving fine without my help.

That said, plenty of magazines folded in the past few months and I'd love to see the drive not be restricted to just speculative fiction. Other publications are in the same trouble everyone else in the industry suffers from. This is not a moment to make genre distinctions.

Douglas said...

Jenny, I'll get you that Realms subscription. Good choice. :) Enjoy the honeymoon.

Anonymous, magazines start in our genre all the time, true. Most of them fold after a few months. That's hardly what I'd call thriving. And the numbers don't lie about readership for genre magazines. They're dropping.

And we must make distinctions, because you can't do a drive for all magazines at once. It would get nowhere very fast. It requires marshaling too many different parties and resources. Besides, people aren't going to get passionate about the idea of saving magazines. They're passionate about saving something they like, in this case magazines that happen to publish short speculative fiction.

So it makes sense for genre fans to focus on what they know and care about, i.e. genre stories.

Others that care for other types of venues must start drives/take measures of their own. Lord knows there are enough resources out there. You can point to us an example, saying if they can do it we can do it. But genre fans can't be expected to fight the battles for all magazines, or for that matter to open our wallets for all venues. You have to draw the line somewhere.

If I sound cruel or unsympathetic I don't mean to be. But it's a cold hard truth. You need to appeal to whatever sorts of readers you're referring to, not us. Appeal to those who care. That's what I did. Assuming this drive goes anywhere, this is the reason it will.