DNA Publications

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DNA Publications was an American publishing company which existed from 1993 to 2007 and was run by the husband-and wife team of Warren Lapine and Angela Kessler, who met at a science fiction convention in Virginia. Although initially founded in Massachusetts by Lapine, the company later relocated to Radford, Virginia. As of 2004 it was the second-largest genre-magazine publisher in the US.[1] Its first publication, in 1993, was the magazine Harsh Mistress, which Lapine produced in collaboration with Kevin Rogers and Tim Ballon.

Specialising in both books and magazines, DNA Publication is most known for either distributing or publishing the following magazines: Aboriginal SF, Absolute Magnitude, Artemis, Dreams of Decadence, Fantastic Stories, Mythic Delirium, The Official KISS Magazine, Science Fiction Chronicle, and The Whole Cat Journal; and for the following book imprints: Spyre Books, and Wilder Publications. For their work on the magazines, DNA Publications was a 2000 World Fantasy Award nominee, in the "special award: professional" category, and then Absolute Magnitude was a 2002 Hugo Award nominee in the semiprozine category. Prominent authors published by the DNA Publications magazines include Chris Bunch, Hal Clement, Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, and Allen Steele.

DNA Publications collapsed in early 2007. Only the following survived: Weird Tales, having been bought in 2005 by Wildside Press; Mythic Delirium, which parted with DNA Publications around the same time; and Wilder Publications, assuming it is now part of Tir Na Nog Press.


  1. ^ Dellinger, Paul (April 27, 2004). "Company will publish Kiss magazine", The Roanoke Times & World News, p. C6.