Klima Named SFWA Bulletin Editor

I was wrong to think SFWA wouldn’t hire a fanzine editor to run the Bulletin. John Klima, whose Electric Velocipede won the 2009 Best Fanzine Hugo, has been picked to helm SFWA’s revived quarterly. (Hey, Electric Velocipede even had actual paper issues, good prep for running the Bulletin.)

Of course, that’s not all he’s done — unlike most faneditors (myself included) he also has a considerable pro resume.

John Klima previously worked at Asimov’sAnalog, and Tor Books before returning to school to earn his Master’s in Library and Information Science. He now works full time as the assistant director of a large public library. John edited and published the Hugo Award-winning genre zine Electric Velocipede from 2001 to 2013. The magazine was also a four-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award and recipient of the Tiptree Honor List for one of its stories.

In 2007 Klima edited an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories based on spelling-bee winning words called Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories. In 2011, Klima edited a reprint anthology of fairytale retellings titled Happily Ever After. He co-edited Glitter & Mayhem with Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas — a 2013 Kickstarter-funded anthology of speculative nightclub stories.

This is a timely opportunity for Klima, who recently shuttered Electric Velocipede.

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6 thoughts on “Klima Named SFWA Bulletin Editor

  1. Wasn’t it always? Though if you mean how it’s classified for purposes of the Hugo Awards, the Bulletin is a semiprozine, not a fanzine, because it has paid staff.

  2. Actually, the Bulletin isn’t a semiprozine either. The publisher (SFWA) has a full-time employee. That makes them professional.

  3. You’re right, thanks for pointing that out. Having spent so many years complaining there no longer was a definition of professional magazine in the rules I seem to find it hard to remember that was finally patched in 2011 —

    3.2.9: A Professional Publication is one which meets at least one of the following two criteria:

    (1) it provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or,

    (2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner.

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