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Lapine, Warren

Entry updated 10 July 2023. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1964-    ) US heavy-metal musician (prior to his publishing career), author, editor and Small Press publisher who began to publish work of genre interest with "Desolation" for the Fanzine The Equinox in 1992. He has occasionally used the pseudonym Jamie Wild for stories published in his own magazines, in particular Absolute Magnitude [see below]. Nineteen of his stories are assembled as Just Like the Jetsons (coll 2006).

Lapine's greatest importance to the genre is as a publisher of various Semiprozines of interest under his DNA Publications imprint. Absolute Magnitude (which see) was the first of these, edited by Lapine himself; initially launched as Harsh Mistress in Spring/Summer 1973, it was wisely rebooted under the more familiar title with #3 (Fall/Winter 1994), renumbered as #1. From the Spring 2002 issue, Absolute Magnitude also incorporated Charles C Ryan's Aboriginal Science Fiction; it continued to appear until Spring 2005. A selection of stories from its first seven issues is Absolute Magnitude (anth 1997) edited by Lapine and Stephen Pagel.

Further Lapine/DNA Publications fiction titles were Weird Tales (which see) edited by George H Scithers and Darrell Schweitzer, of which DNA became co-publisher with issue #313 in Summer 1998 and remained so until #336 dated December 2004; Pirate Writings edited by Edward J McFadden III, with Lapine/DNA taking over as publisher from issue #17 (undated, but February 1999) and the title changing to Fantastic Stories of the Imagination from issue #19 in Spring 2000, continuing to the final issue #26 in late 2005; and Artemis Magazine edited by Ian Randal Strock, from its launch in July 1999 (issue dated Spring 2000) to the final issue in January 2003. DNA Publications had become over-extended, and its financial difficulties contributed to the loss of Weird Tales (of which John Betancourt's Wildside Press became sole publisher) and the demise of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination; the DNA imprint failed altogether in 2007. A sampler of sf, fantasy and horror stories from DNA Publications appeared as The DNA Helix (anth 2003) edited by Lapine and his wife Angela Kessler.

Yet another acquisition during the lifetime of DNA Publications was the long-running nonfiction Semiprozine/Newszine Science Fiction Chronicle (which see) edited by Andrew Porter, published by DNA from #207 dated August/September 2000; Porter survived as news editor until 2002. The title changed to just Chronicle with #228 in September 2002, and the magazine ceased with issue #267 dated September 2006.

Lapine also operates Wilder Publications, largely devoted to reissues of public domain material, and in 2010 launched Tir Na Nog Press, whose sf/fantasy imprint Fantastic Books was sold to Ian Randal Strock in November 2010. Tir Na Nog published Realms of Fantasy (which see) from August 2009 to December 2010. [DRL]

see also: Event Horizon; SF Magazines.

Warren Lapine

born USA: 2 June 1964


works as editor


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