Message from the Publisher


It’s with deep regret that I announce the closing of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. The January issue will be our final regular issue and the People of Color Take Over issue will be our final issue. I’m really proud of the body of work that we produced at Fantastic. There are a number of reasons that now is the timefor me to close the webzine. According to my projection, it’ll take more than five years for Fantastic to become self sustaining, and I simply don’t feel that that is a reasonable time frame.

I had planned to stick it out another year, but my personal life has made that much more difficult. Last month my daughter’s house burned down and she and her family are staying with us while we try to sort everything out with an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay; and this month my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Right now, I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.  In addition to Fantastic Stories, I also run Wilder Publications, which turns a profit and has a number of employees and contract workers. I’m faced with the reality that I need to trim something out of my life, and Fantastic Stories makes the most sense.

I want to thank all of the writers who’ve supported us with their work. If anyone out there is looking for a columnist, let me recommend all of mine. Each one of them has been a joy to work with. They all deliver on time and are incredibly easy to work with. And I’d especially like to thank Robert Davis and Jay O’Connell, who both went above and beyond; this magazine was as much theirs as it was mine.

For those of you who are owed portions of an electronic subscription. Your subscription will be filled with electronic copies of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Cascadia Subduction Zone. That means you’ll be getting two magazines for every one we owe you.

 I will continue to be involved with genre fiction through Wilder Publications’ Positronic book line, so you can expect to hear calls for submissions from me from time to time, for the various anthologies I’ll be editing.


Warren Lapine

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  1. Very sorry to hear about your daughter and your wife. You’re doing what you need to do for yourself and your family and others who depend on you. Don’t sweat it. I’ll keep a good thought for you and yours.

  2. Very sorry to hear all this, both the closing and the tumult in your personal life. Hope the latter resolves as quickly and easily as possible.

  3. Stephen L Antczak

    Sending good vibes your way and hoping things turn out well for you and your family.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about the details of the hand that life has just dealt you – I had heard about some of it, but not the whole thing, and you’re right, you’ve got plenty to deal with… but I AM sory to hear that a good market is closing down. Keep me in mind for future anthologies if you think I might have something to contribute – and good luck with whatever new direction you choose to take…

  5. You’re doing what you need to do. Be well. I wish your wife well, and your daughter as she works with the reluctant insurance company, and your whole family as you support each other through tough times.

  6. I’m so sorry, and hope things get better soon.

  7. So sorry to hear this. Sending all good thoughts, energies, and prayers for you and yours.

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  9. What you have done with FSI was amazing, Warren, and it will be missed! Best of luck with everything.

  10. Gregg Chamberlain

    Good luck with all your endeavours, Warren, and all best in resolving your personal difficulties. A bearhug of comfort for you and your missus and other family members. Thank you for all that you have done.

  11. I’m so terribly sorry about all the trials you’re facing. You’ve brought a lot of joy to many people, and you certainly deserve to focus on yourself for as long as it takes. My best wishes and warm thoughts are with you and your family.

  12. Am sending Reiki to you and your family. May this year bring good things.

  13. Wow, hang in there. As always, family comes first.

  14. Really sorry about this, both about FSI closing and your personal troubles. FSI has been a delight and your editorship an inspiration.

  15. Sorry to hear about the tough times. Best wishes to you and your family, and good luck in future endeavors.

  16. Very sorry to hear about your wife and daughters situation. Take care of your family first and then worry about the other things, family always comes first.

  17. Sorry to hear you are closing down, but perfectly understandable with all the road-bumps Life has hit you with in such a short period of time.

    Wishing you and yours health and happiness – plus a speedy recovery.

  18. Thank you for the great work you did in bringing FSI to the world, Warren. My heart goes out to you & your family for the challenges you are facing. Good luck!

  19. I’m sorry to hear about all that. I’ll keep you in my thoughts. Fantastic Stories was amazing, but all things end eventually. I hope things improve for you soon.

    Is it safe to assume that if a story was submitted but not responded to, that it will not be published and can be submitted elsewhere?

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  21. So sorry to hear about the struggles you and your family are dealing with. Taking time to take care of loved ones is paramount. Best wishes to you and to them!

  22. Thank you for all you gave. Take time for yourself and your family and here’s to expeditious outcomes on all fronts.

  23. Wishing you and your family all the best! And thanks for the good years of a good magazine!

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