2020/01/20

The End of an Era

Jason Rennie, editor-in-chief of Superversive Press, took to Facebook to share some sad news.

For those who don't know

Jason broke onto the scene as a publisher during the Sad Puppies saga when his magazine Sci Phi Journal received a Best Semiprozine nomination. It was an honor having Jason publish my short fiction in SPJ and in Superversive Press' breakout hit, the best selling Forbidden Thoughts.

One small publisher made a lasting mark on science fiction during an era of rapid change. One result of those changes is the end of the publishing house as a business model. One publisher, one man, could no more change that than hold back the tide.

Superversive Press will be missed, but rest assured, the torch has not gone out. A generation of independent authors dedicated to overturning the status quo from above by putting readers first forge ahead bearing that flame.

4 comments:

  1. It's a shame since Superversive was one of the things that helped me push my writing forward. Smaller publishers are just having a tough time in this new environment.

    At least the movement is still sticking around.

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    1. It really is. At the same time, there's a valuable lesson in the recent spate of SP-era folks throwing in the towel.

      In hindsight, much of the Superversive/CH/PulpRev scene were experiments in trying to make the market embrace a business model and aesthetic you like. The remnant who are still standing and growing proved you've got to go where the market is and meet the reader there.

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  2. I'm sorry that Jason closed his press. May he find a new path that can give him peace, productivity, and renewed joy.

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