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.
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.
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.
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.
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.