Changes in the CSFF On-line Community

My apologies for the week of blog-lite. I’ve been under the weather, but expect to return to the regular schedule and “normal” content next week.

One of the major sources for on-line Christian science fiction and fantasy over the past half-dozen years has been The Sword Review which morphed into Mindflights when it merged with Dragons, Knights, and Angels (commonly referred to as DKA) in 2008. The virtual magazine was backed by a small press, Double-Edged Publishing (DEP), as was Haruah, Fear and Trembling, TeenAge, and Ray Gun Revival.

A recent report indicates that DEP administration will be changing hands as founders Cameron Walker and Bill Snodgrass step aside to pursue other interests. The new administrators reportedly plan to focus on the book side of the small press while cutting ties with the on-line magazines.

Fear and Trembling has announced that the May issue will be their last. Ray Gun Revival will produce two more issues under the DEP umbrella, then reconstitute itself (rising like the Phoenix from ashes) and continue in the fall as a non-paying on-line publication. No word yet about the future of Mindflights, TeenAge, or Haruah, but one thing seems certain—they will not continue as they have been.

I have to admit, with the anticipated increase in readers obtaining fiction digitally rather than through hard copies, I’m surprised at this change. Maybe the change is no different than breaking up Ma Bell—all these satellite entities will continue on in a smaller form with the better and more popular ones rising to full strength in the future. At any rate, you may wish to take a farewell look at the magazines in these closing months of operation under DEP. Because one thing appears certain—change is afoot.

5 Comments

  1. Oh, wow, Becky! Those are some serious changes going on! I get a great kick out of reading Ray Gun Revival. I enjoy their stories.

    I hope they come out of this shake-up better than ever.

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  2. I have wondered what happened to Ray Gun Revival. Really liked their format and sold a story to them in Jan. But haven’t seen a new issue. Hope they can reform and image even better.

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  3. Thanks for the post, Becky!

    One of the neat side-effects of changing everything is that new issues will automatically post on the 1st of each month like clockwork, regular as rain, (third metaphor for automated dependability goes here). That’s what switching from a manually developed format to an automated HTML publishing system gets you!

    RGR – Sparing your puny planet since 2006.

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  4. I’ve been thinking recently about the number of things that have gone online and I’ve simply lost contact with them. A bookshop where I used to regularly leave with half a dozen books went online for “more convenience”. i’ve never bought anything from them since. A number of magazines went digital over paper, and I’ve stopped reading them even though they are now free.

    A magazine is a kind of conversation among friends who just can’t be together in one time and place. If you keep that when you go online it works. Otherwise people just lose each other.

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  5. F&T is back in action! FearandTremblingMag.com 🙂

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