Issue #1 of our literary review magazine, Salon Futura, was launched at the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia yesterday. You can read it for free online here.
The magazine includes video interviews with China Miéville and Lauren Beukes, a podcast featuring Gary K. Wolfe, Nnedi Okorafor and Fábio Fernandes, and lots of other great material.
It also has the table of contents for Dark Spires.
Colin Harvey is busy editing our forthcoming anthology, Dark Spires. The process has inspired him to blog about the art of editing. You can read his thoughts at the Suite 101 website here, here and here.
Wizard’s Tower founder, Cheryl Morgan, has recently been interviewed at the Outer Alliance web site. If you would like to learn more about her vision for the company, you can read the interview at this link.
We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Clements to the list of contributors to Salon Futura. Jonathan is an acknowledged expert on the subject of anime and manga, and will be providing an occasional column on those areas. Further information about him is available on the Salon Futura contributors page.
Well, that’s it, we are live. The press release has gone out. Hopefully people are talking about us.
Wizard’s Tower’s launch weekend happened to coincide with Finncon, the Finnish national science fiction convention. I am a regular attendee at this event, and I was delighted to be able to announce my new business venture there.
The first print publication from Wizard’s Tower Press will be Dark Spires, an anthology edited by Colin Harvey. Colin says:
Dark Spires is a speculative fiction anthology about Hardy Country — Wessex.
Hardy’s Wessex is the West of England, from Brunel’s industrial Bristol and Austen’s Regency Bath in the North, to the cliffs of Lyme Regis on the South coast, from the border with Cornwall in the West to the Isle of Wight in the East.
Dark Spires will take the settings that inspired Hardy but update them and add the fantastic elements of speculative fiction — fossils and monorails, sea wolves and anti-gravity.
The cover is by BSFA Award winning artist, Andy Bigwood.
We plan to launch the book at BristolCon on November 6th, 2010. Details of the contents will follow soon.
As with any other new business, Wizard’s Tower Press could do with some money. Currently we have no investors. Everything we have done has been done on a volunteer basis.
We will be charging for the books we publish, so there is no immediate need for cash there, though for specific projects we may make appeals to raise the money needed to buy rights.
Salon Futura is another matter. Like many other modern magazines, the content will be available for free online. We want to pay our writers. Part of that will be done through advertising and sponsorship. Part of it will come from selling copies of the magazine on platforms such as the Kindle and iBooks. And once the book business gets up and running it will subsidize the magazine (because the magazine will be promoting the books). But, like other magazines, we hope to also get income from donations.
So there is a PayPal donations button on this page. We will be very grateful for all donations, no matter how small. The money raised here will be used in two ways. Firstly it will be used to finance the first few issues of the magazine, and secondly it will be used to partly recompense those staff (excluding me) who have been working for free up until now.
Thank you for your support.
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