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Anon
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:06 am:   

Anybody have inside info on this?

<<Amazing Stories Goes On Hiatus

Jeff Berkwits, editor-in-chief of the reinvented Amazing Stories magazine, denied to SCI FI Wire Internet rumors that it has closed after starting back up in September, but admitted that the monthly magazine will take a break from publishing. "Amazing Stories has not been shut down," Berkwits said in an interview. "It is going on hiatus. The next issue that will be coming out will be number 608, which has a street date of Jan. 4. That one will be coming out as scheduled and as planned. Beyond that, things are somewhat up in the air."

Rumors are circulating on the Web that Paizo Publishing has ceased publication of Amazing Stories, which was first published in 1926 and was resurrected this year as a broad-based entertainment publication featuring a
mix of fiction and reviews and previews of movies, TV, DVDs, books, comics and story-driven electronic games, as well as interviews with the creators of these stories. Paizo, which also publishes the special-interest gaming and entertainment magazines Dragon, Dungeon and Undefeated, appointed Berkwits, a journalist and SF writer, to the position of editor-in-chief at
Amazing Stories in October; the upcoming January magazine is his first.

"Part of what's happened is that the magazine ... has been, ... and I don't know how else to say it, unexpectedly successful," Berkwits said. "And there have been some other opportunities that have come up that the publisher is exploring that would allow us to potentially expand and improve upon the magazine. So rather than move ahead at this point, the publisher has opted to go into what will hopefully be a very brief hiatus and move ahead from there." Berkwits said that the upcoming 82-page issue, with Jennifer Garner
on the cover, would be the last for a while. Amazing Stories currently employs Berkwits and associate editor Vic Wertz as its only permanent staff, Berkwits said.

"There are ... plans for future issues sort of in the works," Berkwits said. "But we just had to take kind of a breather at this point. I would say by mid to late January, there should be a much better idea of where things are going and what is happening."

Berkwits was not aware of plans for Undefeated, a gaming magazine that is also rumored to be closing. Officials at Paizo did not return calls.>>


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Roberta
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - 01:22 pm:   

Paizo Publishing laid off half the staff of Amazing Stories and all of the staff of Undefeated the week before Christmas.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - 03:17 pm:   

I thought there were only two people working on Amazing Stories--editor and asst. Or do you mean production people?
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Roberta
Posted on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:06 am:   

There are two people now, there used to be more: http://www.paizo.com/paizo/about/contact.
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george R. Morgan
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 02:16 pm:   

Issue 608 lists some contents for 609, as if 609 is definitely going to be published. Is it still going to be published, and if so, when.

George

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