OK, companies sell divisions and imprints have been consolidated or even closed in recent months (Random House being the largest publisher doing this), so this is at worst, something along those same lines. But considering the year-long lag according to this bit, it would seem that something a bit different, likely better than the decimation of the various Random House imprints, will occur with Solaris.
The Solaris SF/F imprint has been put up for sale by its owner, Games Workshop. Solaris is publishing Lord of Silence in July, and I’m told that publication will still go ahead, as will every book announced up to early 2010.
The little tidbit was quickly picked up here, here, and here, among others. Cheryl Morgan treats this much as I did, noting the "apparently" and engaging in no speculation. Aidan's post has a bit of speculation about certain authors contracted to publish books with Solaris, but Adam's post engages in quite a bit of apprehensive speculation about the publishing fate of a particular author. It is interesting to see this go from an "apparent" exploration of selling an imprint to wondering if Solaris might close to postulating on what effect this might have on a particular author's (in this case, Paul Kearney) career.
Rumor volat indeed. I think I'll just wait and see what Solaris/BL have to say before engaging in speculation, considering that rumors do have a nasty way of causing unintentional harm on occasion. After all, authors are always "free agents" who can negotiate various writing contracts with a multitude of publishers who might be willing to sign an agreement for a novel or three. It's not like it's life or death, although it wouldn't surprise me if further down the rumor trail, it'll be portrayed as such.