Baen Books, home of the famous Baen Free Library, will be publishing an online science fiction magazine in 2006. The magazine’s editor is SF author Eric Flint, who makes no bones about trying to revive an economically stagnant short fiction market. He hopes to increase the amount of “popular” science fiction being written, by which (I think) he means sf/f adventure stories written by popular writers.
I’m not sure I agree with this seemingly controversial implication that science fiction has been steadily producing ever-increasingly “unpopular” (or does he mean low quality?) science fiction. There have been many outstanding stories just last year alone. But, hey, any new venue for short fiction is a good thing. I suspect, given the increasing popularity of online fiction, especially over the last couple of years, that the online magazine will see the birth of many great pieces of short fiction.