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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG Realms of Fantasy fends off looming death

by Ken Newquist / March 10, 2009

According to SF Scope, Realms of Fantasy is going to be with us a while longer. Sovereign Media has sold the magazine to Tir Na Nog Press, which will continue publishing it.

It's good news -- I'd hate to see another genre fiction market fold -- but I have to admit that while I've seen it on news stands, I've never bought it. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy a good fantasy story but I find that when it comes to short fiction, I prefer scifi. Still, good news is good news (particularly in this economy) now that it's gotten a new lease on life, I might just pick up a copy.


Me and a couple of other spec fic authors used to call this venue "Realm of Fantasy" because it seemed stuck in a rut in regards to fantasy. I stopped bothering to read or submit back in 2002. It never had anything too interesting to read (all urban fantasy or magic realism, with a few fairy tales thrown in). It may have changed, but I can't say I was devastated to hear of its closure or elated to hear of its revival.

You're right in saying its important genre markets remain, but I'd be more excited hearing that it would be publishing stories I'd be interesting reading--S&S, grim heroic fantasy, stuff like that.

Fraser Ronald

That doesn't surprise me, given how prevalant urban fantasy has been over the last few years. I keep waiting for Conan the King to come along an revitalize the sword & sorcery and/or weird fantasy genres.

That's one of the reasons I keep getting the Conan comic book; it's scratching that particular itch, and has been remarkably loyal to Howard's vision.