I’ve been made aware that the six stories that I edited for Eclipse Online in 2013 are all currently offline. While I have no control over this, I have made enquiries with Night Shade about their plans for the stories and will keep everyone up to date as I hear more.
Since I announced on April 4 that I was closing Eclipse Online I’ve had a number of queries about its future. Eclipse artist Kathleen Jennings has just posted about illustrating the final two Eclipse stories, and it has prompted me to clarify my plans for it.
As much as I loved working on the Eclipse series of anthologies and Eclipse Online, I know that it’s time to set it aside for awhile. I only have so much time and energy and I’m committed to a range of projects right now. When those settle down, perhaps in a year or two, I’d love to revisit it properly, either as an online publication or as a new anthology series, but for the moment it’s definitely on the backburner.
I would, though, like to thank again everyone who worked on both incarnations of Eclipse. It was a blast.
Seven years ago Eclipse One was published and went on to be part of one of the most respected original science fiction and fantasy anthology series of its time, featuring major awards winners and nominees, stories destined to become classics, and either winning or being nominated for the World Fantasy, Aurealis, Ditmar, and Locus awards.
In October 2012 Jonathan Strahan and Night Shade Books decided to relaunch Eclipse as Eclipse Online, an online magazine featuring two new previously unpublished stories and artwork by Kathleen Jennings each month. Eclipse Online has featured stories by Christopher Rowe, K.J. Parker, Eleanor Arnason, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lavie Tidhar, Christopher Barzak, Genevieve Valentine, F. Brett Cox, Susan Palwick, Peter M. Ball, E. Lily Yu and An Owomoyela.
It is with sadness, therefore, that we are announcing that Eclipse Online has ceased publication effective immediately. All stories in inventory have been returned to their authors, and no new stories will be considered for publication. All authors have been paid. Any queries regarding other payments should be directed to Night Shade Books.
Editor Jonathan Strahan said today: “While I am disappointed to see Eclipse Online close, I will always be grateful to Jason Williams, Jeremy Lassen, Ross Lockhart, and the team at Night Shade Books for their enthusiastic and energetic support of Eclipse over the past seven years. It was a joy and privilege to work with the authors and with Night Shade to produce such wonderful work, and I am deeply grateful to them all. There are no future plans for Eclipse at this time, but Night Shade will always be a critical, valued part of its past.”
And March draws to a close with another brand new story over at Eclipse Online, this time a powerful new science fiction story, “In Metal, In Bone“, by An Owomoyela. I’m delighted to be able to feature it over at Eclipse and hope enjoy it as much as I did.
Back from Gotham and certain celebrations, Gary joins Jonathan in the Gershwin Room to discuss the newly released Tiptree shortlist, Hugo nominations, and to start what will be a continuing discussing of grimdark fantasy. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!