World's First True E-Novels 1996: Documented History
Clocktower Books Fall 2001. During the fall of 2001, John T. Cullen became sole owner of Clocktower Books when Brian Callahan moved on to found SighCo.com, a graphic arts venture where he could focus his talents in new directions. By this time, Clocktower Fiction had become Clocktower Books to allow for the addition of nonfiction titles. At the same time, as sole proprietor of the magazine, John T. Cullen changed the name, format, and approach.
Far Sector SFFH. The name of the Clocktower Books online magazine became Far Sector SFFH to reflect a change in operating philosophy. While continuing to follow SFWA requirements for a professional publication, the magazine now adopted a more pragmatic royalty format better suited to Internet publishing. The distributor became Fictionwise from 2002 until the termination of Fictionwise by its new owner, Barnes & Noble, after December 2012. The magazine published as Far Sector SFFH from late 2001 or early 2002 until January 2007, at the end of effectively a decade long run.
Fictionwise. Fictionwise, the premier e-book retailer in the 2000s, established separate publishing websites for Clocktower Books and Far Sector SFFH, with a rating system in four levels (great, good, ok, poor). Fictionwise also set up separate author pages for each author. By 2007, Far Sector SFFH had published nearly 70 authors including new and established names, as well as several top level SFWA officers. A number of new authors went on to garner nominations and/or awards: Nebula, Hugo, British Fantasy Award, Sturgeon, and more in Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. Several unknowns published by Far Sector SFFH became well-known in the field, including Pat York, Justin Stanchfield, Joseph D'Lacey, Karina Sumner-Smith, Tim Pratt, and more. This is in addition to names published earlier by Deep Outside SFFH.