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With the publication of this issue, NYRSF completes 24 years of continuous monthly publication. In those years we have published many fine issues, and we are proud of even the least of them. We have gained and lost many fine staff members and editors, fostered relationships and seen the breakup of relationships, and unremittingly tried to raise the level of discourse about sf and fantasy. And you know what? We are going to keep right on doing it.
But this is also the moment of transition for us. It has been our habit to chronicle our difficulties in these editorials ever since the beginning in 1988, and certainly so in the last eight months as we undergo our largest change to date. Many of our subscribers have already moved to our PDF format, via Weightless Books, riding the wave of the present. This issue will be the first offered in ePub format. We have enhanced our web site this year due in large part to the efforts of Alex Donald, and intend to continue that outreach.
But we are also attempting to continue the production of hard-copy issues, though at a somewhat higher price than before. As we have mentioned, we are going to license at least one POD printing agent to print and sell six two-in-one volumes a year and an annual collected volume as well. The first POD issue will be 289–290 and should be available the same day in October that the ebook edition of 290 is released. We will have the final details on this in next month’s issue and on the web site.
NYRSF will no longer be a publication of Dragon Press, as Kevin J. Maroney becomes the publisher. Dragon Press remains the personal business of David G. Hartwell, and will be a bookstore in Westport, New York—and also an occasional publishing imprint for books and other stuff, as it has been since the 1970s.
For the time being, Dragon Press still has a supply of the 288 paper issues of NYRSF, but we are close to running out of some of them, and are trying to begin the slow process of converting them to electronic formats and POD volumes. (Don’t hold your breath, because that will take years.) We will keep you posted on progress, though, and they will be for sale via Weightless Books. Right now you can order issues 273 and up in pdf via Weightless directly. More to come as we plunge ceaselessly into the depths of our archives and surface with more complete issues.
—David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, & the editors
A PDF copy of the NYRSF issue in which this article first appeared is available for purchase at Weightless Books.