Realms of Fantasy closing down

So it seems that another publishing industry casualty of the economy has been announced. According to SF Scope, Realms of Fantasy will be shutting down, its last issue to be the April ’09 one.

How utterly depressing. I feel like crying.

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16 Responses to Realms of Fantasy closing down

  1. j_cheney says:

    Another one down… ::sighs::

  2. ogre_san says:

    Trust me, I know how you feel.

  3. jimvanpelt says:

    Hi, Eugie. This is completely depressing news. What is the inventory of the magazines that are left? Remember when we used to talk about the big 5 (Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF, Realms, Science Fiction Age)? Now we’re down to three, and F&SF has become a bimonthly.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Ain’t that the truth. In the past, when folks have talked about “the end of the short story,” I’ve always just shrugged and figured that as long as people continued to write good stories, there’d still be publications and readers. But this really does feel like a nail in the coffin.

  4. So sorry to hear about RoF. Such a shame.

  5. ckastens says:

    Sorry to hear it. They published some great stories of yours.

  6. matt_betts says:

    It’s terrible, isn’t it?

  7. kythiaranos says:

    I was in a much better mood until I heard about this. (Apparently, ignorance was bliss.)

  8. Terrible news! The ranks are indeed thinning. I can’t believe this is happening to RoF — always great stories (so many of yours) and wonderful art. Now I feel like a schmuck for only buying at bookstores, not subscribing.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Don’t beat yourself up. I think it was the drop in ad revenue more than a hemorrhage of subscribers that did it in. Don’t know about this year, but last I heard, RoF had a relatively stable subscriber base–unlike the digests, whose numbers plummet year after year.

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