Late last night I spotted press release from Night Shade Books. I was vaguely aware that Jonathan Strahan’s excellent anthology series, Eclipse, would not be producing any new volumes. However, the announcement states that the anthology is going online. Instead of producing a book each year, Strahan will instead publish new short fiction, twice a month. So effectively Eclipse has become an online fiction magazine. It will be free to read. Presumably, in order to maintain the high standards set by the anthology (not to mention Jonathan’s reputation) it will be paying professional rates. As far as I can see it should qualify as a semiprozine. That looks like some serious competition for Clarkesworld, et al. That’s excellent news.
There’s no indication in the announcement of a business model, though I guess Jonathan may have something to say int he next Coode Street Podcast. My guess is that Night Shade will see it as a marketing vehicle, much as I did with Salon Futura. Hopefully it helps them sell books, because they do some very fine ones.
Talking of which, some of us are waiting eagerly for the new Kameron Hurley novel, Rapture. Get on with it, guys. 😉