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In my opinion, for decades the best of the best science fiction was that which had been published by small presses. Much of the rest, while some was skillfully crafted, was cookie-cutter and predictable baby steps toward art, never quite getting to a higher level than craft. Today, I've found it very hard to find honest traditional small press publications. Sure, there are titles that claim small press status but if one looks closer, they are mostly more similar to what once was called "vanity presses" than traditional publications from avant guarde presses which would never charge an author for any publication costs. Of course, there are a few notable self-published titles, so I'm not putting down the model and I'm glad that The Martian exists, although I would have given it three stars. I was wondering if science fiction fans think that the advent and increasingly lower costs of self-publishing killed traditional small presses.