The current 6c/word rate has been in effect since mid-2014. SFWA explains:
In accordance with our mission to support and empower science fiction and fantasy writers, SFWA periodically reviews and adjusts the minimum payment rates for professional short fiction markets, known colloquially as the SFWA Pro Rate… This change is the result of market analyses conducted by SFWA Board members, along with a review of the effects of inflation on author compensation.
… SFWA supports fair compensation for writers. We hope the new Pro Rate will encourage short fiction publishers to increase their payment rates.
Works in qualifying markets are judged by the date
they were purchased. Stories sold before September 1st, 2019 at the
then-current qualifying rate will continue to qualify a writer for SFWA
SFWA has slowly escalated its minimum rate over the past 15 years, as shown below:
Vertlieb: I interviewed
William Shatner for British magazine L’Incroyable
Cinema in the Summer of 1969 at The Playhouse In The Park whilst Star Trek was still in the final days of
its original network run on NBC. My old friend Allan Asherman, who joined Erwin
and I for this once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Captain James Tiberius Kirk,
astutely commented that I had now met all three of our legendary boyhood
“Captains,” which included Jim Kirk (Bill Shatner), Flash Gordon/Buck
Rogers (Larry “Buster” Crabbe), and Buzz Corry, commander of the Space Patrol (Ed Kemmer). It’s funny how
an often-charmed life can include real life friendships with childhood heroes.
hero Buster Crabbe was the special guest at a local Philadelphia nostalgia
convention during the Spring of 1979, and took the trouble to search for me in
the telephone directory. He telephoned my parents’ home and spoke with my
father, asking him if he knew Steve Vertlieb. My dad said that he did, indeed,
know me as I was his son. Buster said that he was in town for a few days, and
asked my dad to have me call him so that we might meet for dinner. It took my
father some thirty minutes to convince me that Buster had really called. I
called him back at his hotel, and we dined the next evening at a restaurant in
Philadelphia’s Chinatown where he playfully dumped some of his dinner into my
own plate, and urged me to “Eat, Eat, Eat.”
with one of my earliest boyhood heroes and role models, Ed Kemmer, who starred
as Commander Buzz Corry of the Space
Patrol, broadcast every Saturday morning on ABC Television and radio in the
early-to-mid 1950’s. After this initial meeting, Ed and I remained friends
through correspondence until his passing. Ed was a great guy. It was a thrill
to meet him finally after some fifty years, and to develop a friendship with
him in the years before he passed.
The Verge today launched Better Worlds, a new series of short fiction stories, audiobooks and animation that explores how technology could shape society and the environment in better, more equitable ways.
Everything today is so dark. The news is terrible. The TV shows are grim. The superheroes are dark. However many of the best creators and inventors were inspired by golden age sci-fi comics, shows like Star Trek, and writers like Isaac Asimov and Octavia Butler, who imagined science improving the future.
“At The Verge, we’re committed to exploring how the intersection of technology and culture will impact our lives in the future,” said Nilay Patel, Editor-in-Chief of The Verge. “Better Worlds will pull together some of biggest names in sci-fi to bring positive new light and thinking on what’s to come.”
That’s why The Verge is launching Better Worlds, bringing exciting names in science fiction like Justina Ireland, John Scalzi, and Leigh Alexander whose original short stories disrupt the common narratives of an inevitable apocalypse and explore spaces our fears have overlooked. The series, sponsored by Boeing, will showcase original storytelling from these heavy-hitting writers, with 11 original fiction stories, five animated adaptations, and five audio adaptations.
Hugo Award-winning Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 26th issue of their 2016, 2017, and 2018 Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine. As always, it features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with an award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards.
All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on February 5.
26 Table of Contents
Julie Dillon- Pearls and Stardust
The Uncanny Valley (1/1)
Fran Wilde- “A Catalog of Storms” (1/1)
Natalia Theodoridou- “Poems Written While” (1/1)
Senaa Ahmad- “Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear” (1/1)
Delilah S. Dawson- “The Willows” (2/5)
Marissa Lingen- “The Thing, With Feathers” (2/5)
Inda Lauryn- “Dustdaughter” (2/5)
Ellen Kushner- “The Duke of Riverside” (1/1)
Linda D. Addison- “Safe Havens– WFC Award Ceremony 2018 Toastmaster Speech” (1/1)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry- “How to Make a Paper Crane” (1/1)
Alec Nevala-Lee- “The Most Powerful Force” (2/5)
Keidra Chaney- “What It Feels Like for a Fangirl in the Age of Late Capitalism” (2/5)
Cassandra Khaw- “A Letter From One Woman to Another” (1/1)
Sonya Taaffe- “The Watchword” (1/1)
Hal Y. Zhang- “Steeped in Stars” (2/5)
Jennifer Crow- “Red Berries” (2/5)
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Natalia Theodoridou (1/1)
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Marissa Lingen (2/5)
Podcast 26A (1/1)
Fran Wilde- “A Catalog of Storms,” as read by Erika Ensign
Cassandra Khaw- “A Letter From One Woman to Another,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Fran Wilde
Podcast 26B (2/5)
Delilah S. Dawson- “The Willows,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Hal Y. Zhang- “Steeped in Stars.” as read by Erika Ensign
“See DC, that’s all we want. A definitive portrait of a beloved character
that balances multiple tones across dozens of hours that can only happen with a
perfect creative team and lands at the perfect time in the cultural
zeitgeist. Is that so hard?”
A British Doctor reaches for her sonic screwdriver, an American billionaire reaches for a gun.
“What’s wrong with you, why don’t you get a gun and start shooting things, like civilized people?” – Jack Robinson, Doctor Who, “Arachnids in the UK”, Season 11, Episode 4
Doctor Who villains
Doctor Who villains have included such memorable species and individuals as the Dalek, Cybermen, Sandaron, Slitheen, Silurian, Silence, Weeping Angels, Davros, the Master, the Rani, and Madam Kovarian. Now we have the Pting. How does this new creature compare with the Doctor’s other foes? Share your opinion.
Tonight Doctor Who ventured back to 1955 for a long, hard look at the struggles of Rosa Parks in mid-20th century Alabama. Let us know what you thought of its take on a crucial moment in history in our weekly, spoiler-tastic discussion zone.
New v. Old Who Fans
New Doctor Who fans don’t understand the rage of old Doctor Who fans and old Doctor Who fans don’t understand why the new Doctor Who fans don’t understand.