Aurora, IL (PRWEB) March 2, 2006
Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) March 2, 2006 -- The tradition continues, as Jim Baen, legendary science fiction and fantasy publisher, brings his new magazine, Jim Baen’s Universe to market in June of 2006. Baen, and the magazine’s editor, best-selling author Eric Flint, have reserved space in the magazine each issue for the premiere of new works by unpublished authors.
Baen has been responsible for discovering famed science fiction talent for over 30 years, including Elizabeth Moon, Lois McMaster Bujold, David Weber, John Ringo and many others. “It is getting harder and harder,” Baen says, “for new authors to find their way into print. That’s a shame, and we’re going to do something about it.”
Eric Flint explains why this is happening. “In decades past, it was the size and health of the magazines that allowed new writers a place to be published, gave mid-list writers a place to hone their craft, and allowed very popular and well-established writers to move easily from short fiction to novels and back again as they developed their fascinating and imaginative settings. The range of magazine markets also meant that an exceptional story could still be published even if it was beyond the then-boundaries of acceptable SF.
“Today, that's almost completely vanished. The economics of modern paper publishing and distribution have hammered the magazines badly, and the decline of short form SF has hurt the field as a whole. When once science fiction and fantasy was a cheap refuge from reality for bright teenagers, now the ticket to entry is a full-length novel — often enough, at hardcover prices.”
Flint goes on,”We’re using the attraction of major science fiction and fantasy stars like Catherine Asaro, Gregory Benford, David Brin, David Weber and others to pull in the readers that will make these new authors a new generation of household names.”
Jim Baen’s Universe is soliciting manuscripts by new authors through the Universe conferences on Baen’s Bar on the Internet. Complete instructions on submitting stories are found on the Baen’s Universe website, http://www.baensuniverse.com.
About Jim Baen's Universe
Jim Baen’s Universe is published as a bimonthly online magazine beginning in June 2006, with over 150,000 words per issue, making it far larger than a typical magazine. The magazine can be read online, or in a variety of downloadable formats, including Acrobat PDF, Mobipocket, Microsoft Reader, RTF, and others.
As with all of Baen Publishing’s electronic offerings, Jim Baen’s Universe is published completely unencrypted and without any Digital Rights Management schemes or copy protection.