Less than three weeks after posting my lament about Warren Lapine and Fantastic Books, I see with pleased surprise that SFScope
has just announced Warren's strategy for coping with the overwhelming workload he had taken on.
Mostly, this involves delegating much of the work he was doing himself to other people. "Last month, Douglas Cohen was promoted to Editor of Realms
, taking over most of Lapine's responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of the magazine, and now he’s handed over the reins of Fantastic Books to SFScope
Editor Ian Randal Strock."
For those of us who once had high hopes for Fantastic Book, this is great news. It means that someone--indeed, a very capable someone--will make the fortunes of this line of reprints his immediate business, starting now. Strock says he intends to see "that every title already contracted for is given the attention it deserves, and is published properly as soon as possible." When the backlog has been dealt with, he'll let us know when he's ready to consider new titles. Read the whole story at http://sfscope.com/2009/12/fantastic-books-hires-sfscope.html
This does of course leave Pennterra
, published six months ago--and to a lesser extent Paul Di Filippo's Fuzzy Dice
, released on October 27--in limbo; but I'm counting on Marty Halpern, who acquired both these titles for FB, to insure that they don't stay lost in the crack they fell into before these editorial changes took effect.
Happy New Year! Now we can finally
stop clumsily saying "Two thousand and [number]" and start saying "Twenty-ten"!