The new year has started out for me with plenty to think about. Besides the new house, I’ve officially taken the reins as publisher for Space and Time Magazine. I don’t enter into this challenge lightly.
While my background is in publishing, this is a whole new kind of publication with an impressive history. S&T has consistently introduced some of the best names in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres for 52 years. It’s the oldest continuously published magazine in the genre. That’s a lot to live up to. Fortunately, I won’t be alone.
The magazine comes with a small army of professional editors and writers that bring a passion for new speculative fiction and poetry to every page. Founder Gordon Linzner remains as editor emeritus to watch over his creation as it continues to evolve. Current publisher Hildy Silverman will also remain to help guide this magazine into a new era.
I also come with my own team. My husband and fellow author R. A. Smith is on board along with my daughter Kyra Starr—a competent graphic artist, marketer and social media manager. They have both worked with me over the years on a variety of projects.
I look forward to helping S&T continue to develop. Already a venerable publication, my involvement will be less about change and more about growth. S&T is already a leader in consistently breaking new literary ground and my wish is for that to continue as is. I look forward to bringing this magazine forward for many more decades.
The world of publishing has drastically changed since Linzner first launched it back in 1966. Higher printing and postage costs are just a few of the realities that have challenged not just S&T, but magazines and newspapers in general. Given S&T’s long tradition of publishing excellence, talented core of passionate professionals and dedicated readership, I believe that the soul of S&T will remain and thrive.
The news that the magazine would be changing to my hands came on my 50th birthday. I had a quiet moment as I considered where things would go from here. This has been my dream for many years. There is a great joy to being published. To have the ability to bring other voices to ink only magnifies that joy. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to do just that for such an amazing magazine.
I credit the previous pioneers who have made S&T what it is today—Gordon Linzner, Hildy Silverman and all those who have contributed their talents for so many years. Thank you for allowing me to take the helm.
Onward to new horizons!