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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Paradox Magazine Ceasing Publication

According to Ralan.com, "Paradox Magazine," a publisher of historical and speculative fiction is ceasing publication after six years. They were a print magazine with appealing graphics. (See their web site for an example...requires Adobe Flash.)

Paradox linked to SF Reader for the details of their closing. They may do some print anthologies of past content, and conceivably return in an online format. Personal note: I've tried a couple of times to get into that magazine, unsuccessfully. Their closing is unfortunate since there are not a lot of historical fiction venues of quality.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sidewise Award for Alternate History--Finalists

The Sidewise Award is for alternate history or allohistorical genre works of under 60000 words (short form) and greater than 60000 words (long form). Apparently, works of exactly 60000 words are not eligible. The award is sponsored by Uchronia, who has an online bibliography of alternate history works.

This year's finalists are:

Short form:

  • Tobias Buckell. "The People's Machine", Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology
  • Albert E. Cowdrey. "Poison Victory"
  • In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2008
  • Paul McAuley. "A Brief Guide to Other Histories", Postscripts #15, September 2008.
  • T. L. Morganfield. "Night Bird Soaring", Greatest Uncommon Denominator
  • Mary Rosenblum. "Sacrifice", Sideways in Crime, An Alternate Mystery Anthology
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch. "G-Men", Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology

Long form:

  • George Mann. The Affinity Bridge, Snowbooks 2008. Also Tor 2009
  • Terry Pratchett. Nation, Doubleday UK 2008 and HarperCollins 2008
  • Chris Roberson. The Dragon's Nine Sons, BL/Solaris 2008
  • Adam Roberts. Swiftly, Gollancz 2008 (hb & pp)
  • Jo Walton. Half a Crown, Tor 2008

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