Monday, November 07, 2011

The boy who cried wolf

Realms of Fantasy is closing ... again. Supposedly.  Pardon me if I don't believe that they're actually closing this time.  Twice before they've delivered their swansong performances. Then, post-swansong, someone has leaped in from offstage and saved the magazine with a giant cash infusion.

Of course both times that happened, the new publishers didn't change enough about the publishing model to make the magazine viable. In its current format, it bleeds money. Sure, they can say in their swansongs that there are "not enough" subscribers, but a different magazine with a different owner would have changed the model and made the current number of subscribers be "enough" to keep that model open.

Anyway, they've cried wolf twice before. If this time really is when the wolf comes for them, I can't say anyone will know -- we'll all still be waiting for the announcement that they're coming back.

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