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Realms of Fantasy closing down

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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.

I'm feeling:
depressed depressed
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On January 27th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC), j_cheney commented:
Another one down... ::sighs::
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On January 28th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
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On January 27th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC), ogre_san commented:
Trust me, I know how you feel.
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On January 28th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Consoling back pats and sniffles all around. Wah!
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On January 27th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC), jimvanpelt commented:
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.
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On January 28th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
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.
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On January 27th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
So sorry to hear about RoF. Such a shame.
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On January 28th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*nod nod* The state of the print short story 'zine industry is absolutely depressing.
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On January 28th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC), ckastens commented:
Sorry to hear it. They published some great stories of yours.
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On January 28th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
And I was looking forward to reading yours in the June issue . Wah!
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On January 28th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC), matt_betts commented:
It's terrible, isn't it?
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On January 28th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Still feels like I've been kicked in the gut. Can't imagine how much worse it must be for the editors--Shawna, Doug, and Laura.
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On January 28th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Sorry .
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On January 28th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
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.
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On January 28th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
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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