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Angry Robot Sold

Osprey Publishing Group has sold its SF imprint  Angry Robot to American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld, who also purchased Osprey imprints Nourish and Watkins, for an undisclosed price. The present staff will retain their positions.

Ilfeld owns Watkins Bookshop in London and is editor-in-chief of Mind Body Spirit magazine. He intends to form Watkins Media Limited, which will include his publishing, bookshop, and mobile app development businesses. Ilfeld said, “As a die-hard sci-fi fan, I’m thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot.”

Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize

Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, has announced a new SF short story contest called the Roswell Award, open to writers 18 and over worldwide. A $1000 prize will be granted to the best short science fiction story of 1,500 words or fewer. Submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

The festival is also starting the Tomorrow Prize, open to LA county high school students. The submission deadline is February 15, 2015, and the winner will receive $250.

For more, including submission details: www.sci-fest.com

 

Ray Bradbury News

The Pomona Public Library has put up a display from the collection of John King Tarpinian honoring Ray Bradbury, in preparation for their October 12, 2014 fundraiser. The event, which will include a showing of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and guest appearances by Joe Mantegna, Edward James Olmos, Liz Torres, director Stuart Gordon, Bradbury biographer Sam Weller, and Steven Paul Leiva, will take place Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and discounted for people with student ID cards and Pomona Library Cards. For more information, see the Pomona Library website.

The Bradbury Estate auction ended September 25, 2014 with total sales coming to $493,408. About 250 of the 460 items sold. Lots sold at a wide range of prices, up to $45,894 for the Dean Ellis cover of the 1969 edition of The Illustrated Man. Bradbury’s Retro Hugo Award went for $28,734. For more information, see the Nate D. Sanders auction website.

Eugie Foster (1971-2014)

Writer Eugie Foster, 42, died September 27, 2014 of respiratory failure, a complication of her cancer, in Atlanta GA.

Foster was best known for her short fiction, including novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” (2009), winner of a Nebula Award and finalist for Hugo and British SF Association awards. She began publishing fiction with “Second Daughter” in Leading Edge (2002), and went on to publish more than a hundred stories in magazines and anthologies.

Some of her work is collected in Still My Beating Heart/Inspiration’s End (2005); Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice (2009); Mortal Clay, Stone Heart and Other Stories in Shades of Black and White (2011); The King of Rabbits and Moon Lake and other Tales of Magic and Mischief (2013); and A Vampire Quintet: Five Sinister and Seductive Vampire Stories (2013). She also worked as managing editor at review sites Tangent Online and The Fix, and was involved with Dragon*Con as a director and as editor of their newsletter The Daily Dragon.

Eugie K. Foster was born December 30, 1971 in Urbana IL and earned a master’s degree in developmental psychology at Illinois State University, but chose to leave academia to focus on writing. She also edited legislation for the Georgia General Assembly.

Foster was diagnosed with malignant and fast-growing cancer in her sinuses in October 2013. She is survived by husband Matthew M. Foster, married 1992.

See the November 2014 issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

Hachette Children’s Group

Hachette UK is bringing together all their children’s imprints under a single division, combining Hachette Children’s, Orion Children’s, Orchard Books, and Little, Brown Children’s, starting January 1, 2015. Egmont UK’s managing director Hilary Murray Hill will come in as CEO on January 13, 2015, and Marlene Johnson will be in charge until then, with plans to retire at the end of January. Clare Somerville will serve as deputy managing director. The imprints will retain their individual identities, and no other job changes are expected, though some of the Orion and Little, Brown staff members will move offices.

CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson says, “We are bringing our abundant talent into one children’s publishing division that will be focused on ambitious and creative publishing programs in every children’s publishing area and for every age group. Our six current imprints will continue, retaining their identities and their individual strengths under the leadership of their current Managing Directors and Publishers.” The Hachette Children’s sales team will be in charge of sales for the division, and all books will be distributed by Bookpoint.

2014 European Utopiales Prize Finalists

Finalists for the 2014 European Utopiales Prize have been announced.

  • Juste à temps, Philippe Curval (La Volte)
  • 7 secondes pour devenir un aigle, Thomas Day (Le Bélial)
  • Sumerki, Dmitry Glukhovsky (L’Atalante)
  • L’Opéra de Shaya, Sylvie Lainé, (Actusf)
  • La longue terre, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (L’Atalante)

 

The Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, the Utopiales, will take place October 29 — November 3, 2014, in Nantes, France. The prize, amounting to €2,000 is awarded to an author of European citizenship for a novel or collection published in French during the “season preceding the festival.”

The winner, chosen by a jury, will be announced Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the festival, and will be the sixth Utopiales Prize recipient to date. The festival also has a European Youth Prize and a Julia Verlanger Prize. For more information, see the Utopiales website.

2014 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada). The Young Adult Award winner is Homeland by Cory Doctorow (Tor).

The Copper Cylinder is an annual award, with winners selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society, for books published the previous year. The award’s name comes from the first Canadian scientific romance, “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder” by James De Mille. The winners receive a handcrafted copper cylinder trophy. For more, see the Copper Cylinder Awards website.

Anders Leaving Pyr

Lou Anders is leaving his position as editorial director and art director at Pyr after ten years at the helm, in order to “devote his professional energy to being a full-time author.” His debut novel Frostborn appeared earlier this year. Rene Sears will take over as interim editor.

Changes at Apex Magazine

Apex Magazine publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that he will take over as editor-in-chief from Sigrid Ellis, who is stepping down. “Apex will publish the issues planned and purchased through December 2014. Beginning now, I will be selecting our 2015 magazine content.” He will publish stories that Ellis acquired for 2015 issues.

Poetry editor Elise Matthesen is departing, with Bianca Spriggs taking over.

NBA Longlist for YA Lit

The ten-title longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced, and includes the following works of genre interest: Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion/ HMH), 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith (S & S Children’s), and Noggin by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum).

Nominees in other categories will be announced later this week. Winners will be announced November 19, 2014. For more, including the complete list of nominees, see the National Book Award site.

 


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