I find it intriguing that, seemingly, no one else finds it intriguing that Prime Books sold Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine - i.e. two incredibly popular, professional, and hot-button e-zines - to John Joseph Adams, their editor (viz. THE editor of science fiction and fantasy in today's world). I don't find it intriguing because I doubt Adams' abilities in the least: I'm more than sure he can handle the job. I just find it strange that everyone's too busy congratulating John to ask:
WHY WOULD A SUCCESSFUL PUBLISHER OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS DIVEST ITSELF OF TWO OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY MAGAZINES CURRENTLY IN EXISTENCE?
I believe the possibilities for growth are tremendous," must be in stark contrast to what Sean Wallace believes.
It's great that these magazines will continue to live - for now. But what, exactly, was the conversation between Adams and Wallace? Did it start with Wallace saying, "Things are going so incredibly well with the magazines right now that I would like to divest myself of my most speculatively valuable and innovative assets!" I suggest: probably not. It's more likely that these magazines are sinkholes or financially stale. And that possiblity clashes mightily with any optimistic vision one might hold of the future of short, electronic fiction.
That said: the "labour of love" thing is great. I respect, for example, that Strange Horizons thrives on donations. That's incredible. That's awesome. But Lightspeed is a pay-zine, and they just got sold to the editor, and John Joseph Adams didn't respond to my tweet inquiring after the physical state of his magazines' finances (solid, liquid... gas?), so now I'm going to point my finger at this mess and demand explanations, controversy, sex and debauchery from all parties.
Please someone expose the flaws in my logic. Please someone elevate me on a pedestal. Please, Internet, GIVE TO ME YOUR RESPONSE.