The news came via a handful of flimsy postcards.
Four beloved fiction magazines were altering their formats to print only “double issues.”
They were dropping down to bimonthly releases.
The quality quartet – “Analog Science Fiction and Fact,” “Asimov’s Science Fiction,” “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine” and “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine” – have all been monthly publications, more or less.
For the last several years, they’ve been published 10 times a year – in eight regular-sized issues plus two double-sized issues.
But now current owner Dell Magazines, a subsidiary of Penny Publications, best known for its monthly flood of crossword and puzzle magazines, decided to switch them to bimonthly status and so notified its subscribers in postcards.
Is the change because of declining sales?