seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

A PUBLIC APOLOGY to Steve Davidson of Amazing Stories

There was considerable discussion about my question on what is and is not appropriate to do in preparing to publish a new magazine; the scenario I presented was universally viewed as improper at best.

However, Mr. Davidson has -- with patience and politeness -- contacted me directly, and addressed my real concern: specifically, he has stated unambiguously and firmly that *all* participants -- bloggers and editors and all -- *WILL* be compensated for their *prior* efforts when the project goes live and begins to bring in money.

This is a very different scenario, and one I find perfectly acceptable; in this one, the people aren't posting "for free" but are instead making a bet; that the project will succeed, and then their efforts will be compensated, rather than their efforts simply leading to the success of the project but not their own.

I therefore apologize most sincerely to Mr. Davidson and any and all connected with the revival of Amazing Stories, and I wish him great success in his attempt to bring ASM back to life. What he has told me of his business plan makes sense, and shows some considerable recognition of the realities of the current market which has been sadly lacking in prior attempts to make new SF magazines.

Thank you for your clarifications, Mr. Davidson, and once again, my apologies.

     Ryk E. Spoor
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