I just stumbled across a startling announcement: Space and Time Magazine will cease publication after 52 consecutive years. Hildy Silverman, who has been running S&T for the last 12 years, made the announcement two months ago.
“I haven’t made this decision lightly,” says Silverman in the announcement. “But after looking at all possible alternatives, there is simply no path forward.” Space and Time will cease publication in 2019 with the 133rd issue.
I feel like a crime has been committed by all of us. Silverman cites lack of subscribers for the magazine’s closure. That is on us.
I talk about the importance of publications like this for our genre all the time, but I have no subscriptions to any of them. We mourn the loss of print but refuse to support it. A subscription to Time and Space is just $18 a year.
S&T is 52 years old, started in 1966 by Gordon Linzner. This magazine has been the venue of literary greats like Jessica A. Salmonson, Norman Spinrad, Jack Ketchum, and Aliette de Bodard.
In fact, it was running across a video of the 50th anniversary of Space and Time, sponsored by The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, that convicted me. I popped over to the video out of curiosity.
To the far right, I saw a familiar couple of faces. There is Jack Ketchum and Linda Addison chatting. Jack is no longer with us and Linda’s hair is just at the beginning stages of the gorgeous, technicolor long locks she now sports.
This is history, essential stepping stones that have made our underdog genre what it is. Space and Time have been around before many of us have been writing. It was here at the beginning, laying down the foundation for future generations. It has remained as a venue for literary exploration.
I’m not sure if anything can be done to save the magazine, but we should at least be aware of its passing. I hope, somehow, life can be pumped back into this publication so it can one day celebrate a 100th anniversary at a time-to-be when the science fiction of today reads like history.