Yesterday Chad’s sister came home with a big giant stack of papers, clipped at the top, like a manuscript. When in fact it was an actual novel. She was able to print the whole thing from online, and it was free. She did this from work, no less.

  2. I find it absolutely incredible that a magazine centred around a genre that is associated so strongly with embracing technology and extrapolating the future of technology can’t cope with electronic submissions. Electronic communication has stopped being a novelty in the business world and has become a fundamental operating necessity, and with good reason. This kind of policy at best makes a venture look antiquated (and is that really the vibe you want for an SF magazine?) and at worst unprofessional.

    That’s the kind of thing that’ll kill outfits like F&SF. Getting skittery about whether you should give the odd story out for free strikes me as the proverbial deck-chair arranging.

  3. @Lisa: I bet that’ll be occurring more often in the years to come.

    @Madeley: exactly. But this plays into a theme that keeps popping up on this blog. Given that electronic communication is the way of the future, really, who needs magazines in the first place? Furthering the slippery slope thing, perhaps, but forget about killing outfits like F&SF and consider whether we even need them anymore, anyway. Strikes me that Van Gelder is less worried about “devaluing short fiction” than he may be about continuing to make money as a magazine editor/publisher.

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