Fantastic Stories Launches Patreon Page to Continue Publication

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fsi-patreonFantastic Stories of the Imagination is now in its third year of publication. We’ve published fifteen issues of great fiction, reviews, and articles such as Nisi Shawl’s widely-read History of Black Science Fiction. We’ve paid our writers one of the highest rates in the genre and our readership has grown with every issue.

We have thousands of readers—but the magazine is not yet profitable. We’ve tried various ways to bring in revenue, but the results have not been what we hoped for. FSI exists because Wilder Publications, and our publisher, Warren Lapine, believes in the importance of short fiction. We’re proud of our work and want to continue to build our readership, but a recent downturn in book sales means Wilder can’t continue publishing the magazine at the current burn rate.

Wilder will continue to fund the magazine, but only if the community can bear some of the cost of maintaining a free-to-read, SFWA qualifying, professional-paying, always-open short fiction market.

To this end we’ve created a Patreon page. If Fantastic Stories can reach $1,000 per month in Patreon donations in the next few months, Wilder Publications will underwrite the remainder of the costs of the magazine indefinitely while we develop new revenue models.

So it’s up to the community. If you want Fantastic Stories to continue, please contribute. We love doing this work and we think its worth the effort. We hope our readers think so too.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE!

FSI available through Gumroad

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Our back issues available through Gumroad for $2.99 each

Gumroad is a new e-commerce platform used by large and small artists in the music industry to distribute digital music; it’s also a good platform for e-books and other digital media. We’ve made our back catalog available here, each $2.99 issue is a zipped archive containing three popular file formats which support reading on virtually any device this side of an abacus.

Like every magazine, we’re looking for new platforms, new ways to distribute our content. We’d like to hear from you, if you have any ideas or feedback. Our bookstore is in the shop for upgrades at the moment, but we wanted to make sure the back issues continued to be available, so we thought we’d give Gumroad a shot.

For those who aren’t crazy about Paypal, Gumroad isn’t a Paypal company; Paypal based subscriptions have created issues for others in the past; for this reason we are looking into using Patreon for subscriptions in the future. Look for more info on that in the next few weeks.

Oh, and issue 225# remains free for the time being, so check that out.

Comments enabled—again. Story comments easy; blog comments…

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The comments field on stories is easy to see, a giant box at the bottom of the page; the comments on blog posts are accessed by clicking above the title in the RIGHT corner, in that reddish text there in the little gray tab.

If you share the post instead of the blog page, just click on the post title, it looks like the page comments field, huge, open, inviting you to participate in commenty-goodness.

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Reader Feedback

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We’re still working through how we will be handling reader comments on stories and columns. In the meantime, if you have anything you’d like to say about the magazine you can email me, the webmaster, at ejayo1963 (at) gmail.com, and I’ll turn it into a blog post.

Editorial: Welcome to the new Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

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 Welcome to the premiere issue of the webzine version of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

Fantastic Stories has a wonderful history that I will do my very best to live up to. As many of you know, it was launched in 1952 by Ziff-Davis to be a companion to Amazing Stories, which they’d acquired in 1938. It never really lived up to its name until Cele Goldsmith was hired to edit it in 1958. I fell in love with Fantastic Stories because Cele Goldsmith published a lot of stories by my favorite author, Roger Zelazny. She also helped me find Ursula K. Leguin and Fritz Leiber, thus sealing the direction my adult life would go in.  [READ MORE]