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charles CHARLES N. BROWN was Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Locus Magazine from 1968 until his death in 2009. He was involved in the science fiction field since the late 1940s. He was the original book reviewer for Asimov's, edited several SF anthologies, and wrote for numerous magazines and newspapers. Brown founded Locus in 1968 and has won more Hugos than anyone else. Also a freelance fiction editor for the past 40 years, many of the books he edited have won awards. He traveled extensively and appeared on writing and editing panels at the major SF conventions around the world, was a frequent Guest of Honor and speaker and judge at writers' seminars, and served on juries for several of the major SF awards. Obituary:

liza LIZA GROEN TROMBI is Editor-in-Chief of Locus. An avid reader of SF, she has a BA in Spanish Literature with a minor in History from SFSU and studied at Editcetera, an editorial association in Berkeley, before joining the magazine staff in early 2003. She became Editor-in-Chief in 2009. In addition to editing the magazine, she participates in convention panels and awards juries, is one of the organizers of the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, and has published several titles for the Locus Press imprint. Trombi serves as board president of the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. She lives in Oakland with her partner Daryl Gregory and her two young daughters.


kirsten KIRSTEN GONG-WONG, Managing Editor, joined Locus in 1993. A native of California's Central Valley (Porterville, to be exact), she attended UC Berkeley, then USCl. In 1989, she returned to the Bay Area and has since refused to leave. Prior to working for Locus, she practiced law as a litigator. At Locus, she is responsible for production, advertising, general office management, and miscellaneous troubleshooting. She resides in San Leandro, California with her husband and her daughter, Theodora.


mark MARK R. KELLY, Electronic Editor-in-Chief, is the designer, webmaster, and editor of Locus Online. He has a BA degree in Mathematics from UCLA, and has worked for a certain large aerospace concern in Canoga Park, California, for over 25 years. He wrote short fiction reviews for Locus Magazine under the "Distillations" heading from 1989 through 2001, and launched the Locus Online website in 1997, for which he won a Hugo Award in 2002. He compiled and created the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards in 2000. He lives in Oakland CA with his partner. For more about the website, see About Locus Online


carolyn CAROLYN F. CUSHMAN, Senior Editor, has worked for Locus since 1985, the longest of any of the current staff, and handles our in-house books database, writes our New and Notable section, and does the monthly Books Received column. She is a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in English. She published a fantasy novel, Witch and Wombat, in 1994.


tim TIM PRATT, Senior Editor, co-edited 'zine Flytrap with Heather Shaw from 2004 to 2008. His stories and poems have appeared in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and other nice places. He has been nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for a Nebula. His first collection, Little Gods, was published in 2003, and his first novel, The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, was published in 2005. Collection Hart & Boot & Other Stories was a World Fantasy Award finalist, and he won a Hugo Award for short story "Impossible Dreams" in 2007. He lives in Berkeley with his wife Heather Shaw and their son River. For more, see his web site.


francesca FRANCESCA MYMAN, Design Editor, grew up in Point Reyes Station in a dome house located adjacent to what was once Philip K. Dick's writing studio, which no doubt explains her early otherworldly dreams. She is a graduate of Yale University, and has two graduate degrees in English and creative writing, interdisciplinary with classes in art, design, film, and criticism. She maintains a tribute to pulp art covers online, and has been a fan for many years. She graduated from Clarion West in 2000.


arley ARLEY SORG, Assistant Editor, grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado. He studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland, and usually writes in local coffee shops. A 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, he is soldering together a novel, has thrown a few short stories into orbit, and hopes to launch more.


laurel LAUREL AMBERDINE, Assistant Editor, read at least novel a day for over a decade until she married someone who occasionally wanted to talk to her, putting an end to that streak. She has published poetry and short fiction, but loves novels best of all. Her debut novel Luminator is out from Reuts Publishing in 2017. She lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys visiting the ocean, taking naps, and teaching herself quantum mechanics. You can follow her on Twitter @amberdine.


bob BOB BLOUGH, Editorial Assistant, is a retired actor who has traveled all over the world but is now here in the SF Bay Area. While not an aspiring writer, he is an avid reader and a reviewer of short fiction for Tangent. "To those writers who have entertained me, enlivened my dreary days and enriched my life, I thank you. Contrary to many who think the genre is dying I believe it is alive and throbbing with brilliant writers and stories. Thank you."


josh JOSH PEARCE, Editorial Assistant, started working at Locus in 2016 and enjoys it much more than his other office job. He studied creative writing at SFSU and has sold short stories and poems to a variety of speculative fiction magazines. A Bay Area native, he currently lives in the East Bay with his wife and spends way too much time on Twitter: @fictionaljosh. One time, Ken Jennings signed his chest.


jonathan JONATHAN STRAHAN, Reviews Editor, is an editor and anthologist. He was co-editor/co-publisher of Eidolon, an Australian SF semiprozine, between 1990 and 1999, co-edited The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology series in 1997 and 1998, and is publisher of The Coode Street Press. He won the Australian National Science Fiction Award and the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review in 2002, and received the Peter McNamara Achievement Award in 2005. He has edited the Best Short Novels anthology series, co-edited the Science Fiction: Best of and Fantasy: Best of anthology series with Karen Haber, and co-edited The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction with Charles N. Brown in 2004. He currently edits annual anthology series The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and original anthology series Eclipse. He was nominated for the Hugo Award in 2008 as Best Editor, and co-edited the Locus Award winning anthology The New Space Opera with Gardner Dozois. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with former Locus Managing Editor Marianne Jablon and their two daughters. He now owns an iPod. For more, see his web site.

terry b TERRY BISSON, Contributing Editor, is the author of multiple award-winning stories "Bears Discover Fire" and "macs", and novels including Voyage to the Red Planet, Pirates of the Universe, and Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman (with Walter M. Miller, Jr.). He contributes "This Month in History" to Locus Magazine.

liz LIZ BOURKE, Contributing Editor, is a cranky queer person who reads books. She holds a Ph.D in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin. Find her at her blog. Or her Twitter. She supports the work of the Irish Refugee Council and the Abortion Rights Campaign.

CORY DOCTOROW, Contributing Editor, is author of LITTLE BROTHER and many other books. His website is, he is co-editor of Boing Boing, and he writes for Wired, InformationWeek, Forbes, and MAKE Magazine. He lives in Southern California with his wife Alice Taylor and young daughter Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor.

GARDNER DOZOIS, Contributing Editor, won 15 Hugo Awards during his editorial reign at Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1986 to 2004. He is the author of many short stories, including Nebula Award winners "The Peacemaker" and "Morning Child", and of novels Strangers (1978) and Hunter's Run (2008, with George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham), and he remains an active anthologist, with series The Year's Best Science Fiction in its 34th year.

stefan STEFAN DZIEMIANOWICZ, Contributing Editor, is author of The Annotated Guide to Unknown and Unknown Worlds and a collection of re-told urban legends, Bloody Mary and Other Tales for a Dark Night, and editor (with S.T. Joshi) of three-volume reference work Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia and of more than thirty anthologies including Bram Stoker Award-winning Horrors: 365 Scary Stories, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, and 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories. Between 1991 and 1999, he edited critical magazine Necrofile: The Review of Horror Fiction. His critical work on horror and fantasy fiction has appeared in Washington Post Book World, Lovecraft Studies, and other publications, and he is a regular contributor to Publishers Weekly.

amy AMY GOLDSCHLAGER, Contributing Editor, is an editor, proofreader, and book/audiobook reviewer who has worked for several major publishers. She is a former curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series. In addition to her Locus column, she has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and ComicMix. She lives in Brooklyn and exists virtually at

preston PRESTON GRASSMAN, Contributing Editor, was born in California and educated at U.C. Berkeley, where he lived on the same block as Philip K. Dick. He became a freelance writer after reviewing briefly for Locus in 1998. His most recent work has been published in Nature Magazine, Futures 2 (Tor), Mythic Delirium, and AE: Canadian Science Fiction. He currently blogs for Nature Magazine and writes a regular feature for Locus he calls "The Cosmic Village".

paula PAULA GURAN , Contributing Editor, is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (winning two Stokers, an IHG award, and a World Fantasy Award nomination), edited Horror Garage (earning another IHG and a second World Fantasy nomination), and has contributed reviews, interviews, and articles to numerous professional publications. Mother of four, grandmother of three, she lives in Akron, Ohio.

karen KAREN HABER, Contributing Editor, is the author of eight novels including Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, co-author of Science of the X-Men, and editor of the Hugo-nominated essay collection celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien, Meditations on Middle Earth and Exploring the Matrix. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, and many anthologies. She reviews art books for Locus and profiles artists here, and for other publications, including Realms of Fantasy. She collaborated with artist Todd Lockwood on a retrospective of his work, Transitions. With her husband, Robert Silverberg, she co-edited The Year's Best Science Fiction: 2001, The Year's Best Fantasy: 2001, and the popular "Universe" anthology series; with Jonathan Strahan, she edited Year's Best Science Fiction and Year's Best Fantasy anthologies in 2004 and 2005. Her website is

rich RICH HORTON, Contributing Editor, is a software engineer living in Webster Groves, Missouri. He was born in Naperville, Illinois, and received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1981. He has been working for the same large aerospace concern in St. Louis for over 20 years. He has been reading science fiction since the Golden Age (i.e since he was 12). His reviews and essays have appeared in many publications, including Antipodes, Black Gate, Argentus, SF Site, Locus (and Locus Online), 3SF, Lost Pages, Strange Horizons, and Tangent. Since 2006 he has edited two annual anthologies, Science Fiction: The Best of the Year and Fantasy: The Best of the Year, for Prime Books.

john JOHN LANGAN, Contributing Editor, is the author of two novels, The Fisherman (Word Horde 2016) and House of Windows (Night Shade 2009), and two collections of stories, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (Hippocampus 2013) and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime 2008). With Paul Tremblay, he edited Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (Prime 2011). He is one of the founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards, for which he served as a juror during its first three years. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife and younger son.

russell RUSSELL LETSON, Contributing Editor, is a freelance writer living in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He has published extensively on high technology and computer business topics (currently for Transform magazine) and is a frequent contributor to Acoustic Guitar. He is also working on a book on Hawaiian slack key guitar. More information is available on his web site.

lupoff DICK LUPOFF, Contributing Editor, started life as a science fiction fan in 1952 and is still at it. He's also the author of a shelf's worth of science fiction novels, something like 100 short stories, a dozen or so mystery novels, and assorted works of criticism and cultural history. His most recent books are a collection of short stories, Dreamer's Dozen and an autobiography, Where Memory Hides: A Writer's Life (both published by Bold Venture Press). His other notable books include Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure, The Great American Paperback, and Marblehead: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft.

adrienne ADRIENNE MARTINI, Contributing Editor, discovered science fiction at a tender age when she first picked up Heinlein's Friday. She's was the SpecFic Floozy for before writing about the field for the Baltimore City Paper and the Washington Post's Book World. She holds degrees in theatre and journalism, is a reformed newspaper editor and now teaches college students in Upstate New York. Her first book, Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood was published in 2006; currently she is at work on Sweater Quest. She has two kids, one husband and a lot of yarn and books. She also feels strange when forced to write about herself in the third person. More than you've ever wanted to know about Martini can be found on her website:

faren FAREN C. MILLER, Contributing Editor, worked full-time for Locus from 1981 to 2000, when she pulled up stakes and moved to Prescott, Arizona (a "mile-high city" not as widely known as that one in Colorado) with the man she subsequently married, Kerry Hanscom. She continues to review SF, fantasy, and horror -- enjoying, analyzing, then forgetting all the details on a regular basis -- and hopes to keep doing it for many years to come. Author of one fantasy, The Illusionists (Warner 1991), she is working on another which she's confident will be finished before the next millennium rolls around.

colleen COLLEEN MONDOR, Contributing Editor, is a writer, historian, and reviewer who co-owns an aircraft leasing company with her husband. She is the author of "The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska" and reviews regularly for the ALA's Booklist. Currently at work on a book about the 1932 Mt. McKinley Cosmic Ray Expedition, she and her family reside in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. More info can be found on her website:

tom TOM WHITMORE, Contributing Editor, was one of the founders and operators of The Other Change of Hobbit SF bookstore from 1977 to 2008. He regularly works on SF conventions of many sizes, reads far less than he used to, and likes recommending books for friends. He co-chaired the World Science Fiction Convention in 2002 (ConJose). He and his partner Karen G. Anderson occasionally find interesting topics to write about for Locus. In the rest of his life, he's a massage therapist and an art and book dealer in Seattle.

gary GARY K. WOLFE, Contributing Editor, has received both the Eaton Award and the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award for his science fiction criticism and scholarship. His books include The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction (1979), Science Fiction Dialogues (editor, 1982), Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy (1986), Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (with Ellen Weil, 2002), and a collection of his Locus Magazine reviews, Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 (2005), which was a Hugo Award nominee and won the British Science Fiction Association award. In 2007 he won a Special Award, Non-Professional from the World Fantasy Convention for his reviews and criticism. A Locus columnist since 1991, he is Professor of English and Humanities at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

bill c. WILLIAM G. CONTENTO, Computer Projects, designed and maintains the huge databases of books received by Locus since 1984, which are collected online. He has also indexed the contents of magazines, anthologies, and collections, both in the sf and the mystery fields (see his list of bibliographic resources). With Charles N. Brown he won the Eaton Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1988, and with Mike Ashley he won a 1995 Stoker Award for The Supernatural Index. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two daughters.

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