is Turning Five…And There Are a Lot of People to Thank

At the end of the week, July 20th (not coincidentally the anniversary of mankind’s landing on the moon), will turn five. We plan to celebrate with lots of fiction offerings (more on that in a bit), a special edition of our regular New York meet-up, and some private cheers amongst the staff. But I wanted to take a moment to thank all those that have worked so hard on our little rocketship. In over twenty years of publishing I have never been part of a project that people have been so personally invested and eager to be part of.

About seven years ago at the company Christmas party, Sr. VP of Macmillan, Fritz Foy, came up with a notion to create a “river of conversation, art, and fiction” within the science fiction and fantasy community. At the time it was (or at least I thought it was) to be a fun side project between him, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, and myself, but as we fleshed it out and excitement grew it evolved into a full-on “Digital Initiative.”

In the years since we have published tens of thousands of articles, reviews, and news items. We have built a robust short fiction publishing program…including Hugo and Nebula winners. We’ve commissioned artwork for each of those stories, and more…also with award-winning results. We’ve posted funny articles and thought-provoking ones…ones that I agree with and others that I don’t (but am glad they are here). It’s been an amazing five years and it has passed in the blink of an eye. We have plans for the future, so many that it is hard to sit quietly while we work to get them out into the world. I cannot wait to see what will come of the next five years, and the five after that!

In the meantime, I want to thank a lot of people….

Those early rocketeers that helped us get off the ground: Pablo Defendini, Megan Messinger, Larry Hewitt, Faith Cheltenham, and Torie Atkinson.

I am truly honored to be part of our current team. It is a privilege to work with such a smart, funny, and giving crew as this. If you enjoy anything about the site, you can thank these guys: Bridget McGovern, Chris Lough, Emmet Asher-Perrin, Ryan Britt, Katharine Duckett, Leah Schnelbach, Sarah Tolf, and Jamie Stafford-Hill. (Guys, you make work a joy.)

On the fiction front, a huge thank you to our editorial dream-team: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Liz Gorinksy, Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, and a host of guest editors. Plus managing editor Jonathan Roberts, editorial assistant Carl Engle-Laird, and MacKids liason Gina Gagliano.

And a gigantic thank-you to our extended family—the hundreds of bloggers, authors, and the artists that we have had the honor of publishing over the years. I love that publishing means there are literally hundreds of creative people that I can call co-workers (and often friends). We are just a vehicle for your thoughts and ideas. (Selfishly, you have made this a site I want to visit everyday.)

We owe a big debt of gratitude to the continued support of  senior Macmillan folks: Fritz Foy, Linda Quinton, John Sargent, Stefan Von Holtzbrinck, and Tom Doherty. We have excellent angels.

But most of all, we thank you guys, our readers. We are having way more fun than anyone should and we owe it all to you. With every story, post, and artwork we look forward to hearing your thoughts. We hope this has become something of your SFF home.


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