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Monday, November 30, 2009

Robert Holdstock, 1948-2009

posted @ 11/30/2009 10:43:00 AM PT 

Robert Holdstock, 61, died in a London hospital at 4 a.m. on November 29, 2009 after almost two weeks in intensive care battling a severe E. coli infection. He was hospitalized after collapsing on November 18 and put on life-support, with multiple-organ breakdown, including his liver, kidneys, and heart. The E. coli infection was discovered the next day.

He is best known as the author of the Mythago Cycle and the Merlin Codex series. His latest novel Avilion, the direct sequel to Mythago Wood, was published in July 2009. Holdstock's works have won him four BSFA Awards and two World Fantasy Awards, as well as many nominations.

Born in Hythe, Kent, Holdstock held jobs as a banana boatman, construction worker, and slate miner. He earned a Bachelor of Science from University College of North Wales, Bangor, with honors in applied Zoology, and a Master of Science in Medical Zoology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. From 1971 to 1974, he conducted research at the Medical Research Council in London, while writing part-time. He became a full-time writer in 1976.

Holdstock is survived by partner Sarah Biggs.

The complete obituary with appreciations will appear in the January 2010 issue of Locus.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jay Lake Surgery Update

posted @ 11/25/2009 01:39:00 PM PT 

Shannon Page reports that Jay Lake's lung surgery went well. Lake's cancer appears to have been metastatic colon cancer. He faces four to six weeks of recovery. Further reports (and a photo of Lake's Hawaiian hospital gown) available via Shannon Page's livejournal.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Robert Holdstock in Hospital

posted @ 11/24/2009 04:58:00 PM PT 

Author Robert Holdstock is in a hospital in London with a severe E. coli infection. He is responding to medication, and his condition is currently stable. The family requests no calls or visits. Further updates will be available at Ansible.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I.F. Clarke (1918-2009)

posted @ 11/23/2009 09:25:00 AM PT 

British bibliographer and literary scholar I.F. Clarke died November 5, 2009 in a nursing home, following complications from a leg amputation in August. Clarke was an expert in future-war fiction, and his many publications include Voices Prophesying War (1966), the eight-volume British Future Fiction series (2001), and some important bibliographies. With his wife Margaret (who survives him), he produced translations and critical editions of early French science fiction.

Ignatius Frederic "Ian" Clarke, born 1918, worked in military intelligence during WWII. He attended Liverpool University, writing theses on "the Tale of the Future," and taught at the University of Strathclyde until 1964. He received the Pilgrim Award for distinguished contribution to science fiction studies in 1974, given by the Science Fiction Research Association. His essay "Future-war Fiction: The First Main Phase 1871-1900" won the SFRA's Pioneer Award in 1997.

See the January issue for a complete obituary.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Finch and di Filippo Join Campbell Jury

posted @ 11/19/2009 03:53:00 PM PT 

SFWA reports that Paul A. Carter has retired from the John W. Campbell Memorial Award jury after serving since the 1970s. In his absence, Sheila Finch and Paul di Filippo will both join the jury, effective immediately. The John W. Campbell Memorial Award is presented annually by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence Kansas.


Realms of Fantasy's Douglas Cohen Promoted to Editor

posted @ 11/19/2009 03:34:00 PM PT 

Douglas Cohen has been promoted to editor at Realms of Fantasy. Cohen's past job descriptions at Realms have included slush reader, assistant editor, non-fiction editor, and art director. His new title will encompass all these tasks, and he will also take on managing editor duties. Shawna McCarthy, who has been the magazine's editor since the first issue, will retain her position at the magazine.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Clute to Review for Strange Horizons

posted @ 11/16/2009 03:51:00 PM PT 

Niall Harrison reports that John Clute has agreed to write a review column for online magazine Strange Horizons every six weeks, starting in 2010, under the banner Scores. Like the Interzone column of the same name, the new column will cover more than one book in most installments. The decision follows the cancellation of Clute's long standing column, Excessive Candour.

Get the full story in the December 2009 issue of Locus!


Friday, November 13, 2009

SCI FI Wire Cancels Columns

posted @ 11/13/2009 06:20:00 PM PT 

SCI FI Wire, the online news division of Syfy (formerly the Sci Fi Channel), has canceled all their columns, including long-running series from John Clute, Wil McCarthy, and Michael Cassutt.

Clute was told that Syfy learned via research and focus groups that "the whole online column idea has become passe, because the medium has evolved." Features editor Scott Edelman told us, "We've discontinued the 'columns' concept on SCI FI Wire altogether, although we’ve extended offers to our former column writers to continue working with us in other ways. I'm grateful for all the amazing work John, Michael, and Wil have made over the past decade. It wasn't an easy decision, but we feel the column format is a legacy from the days of print that doesn’t serve Wire's readers or our writers particularly well anymore."

Get the full story in the December 2009 issue of Locus!


Ray Bradbury to Develop Miniseries

posted @ 11/13/2009 04:05:00 PM PT 

Ray Bradbury has signed with White Oak Films to develop a miniseries, The Bradbury Chronicles, based on six of his short stories. Bradbury and White Oak's John Dayton will be the executive producers of the planned six-hour event. Dayton previously partnered with Bradbury on Showtime’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, which ran from 1985 to 1992. Full story at


Joe Haldeman Discharged from Hospital

posted @ 11/13/2009 03:27:00 PM PT 

Joe Haldeman was released from a hospital in Cincinnati on November 10th, 2009. Haldeman writes: "It's beyond wonderful to be rid of the hospital room, the IV drips, the wretched immobility. Not to mention the scorns that a meritorious patient from th'unworthy take. The condo that Joel Zakem has graciously loaned us is comfortable as can be, and has a nice woodsy view out back. Speaking of woods, I'm not out of them, quite. I get tired walking across a room (but I can do it, without the walker). I have the clumsy ileostomy bag for another six months or so, and some pretty serious surgery in store then, when they reattach my large intestine." Further updates are available at Daily Diary on


Friday, November 6, 2009

Borders to Close 200 Waldenbooks Stores

posted @ 11/06/2009 02:17:00 PM PT 

Borders Group Inc. will close 200 Waldenbooks stores in January, cutting 1,500 jobs. The company plans to focus on more profitable superstores, and will leave only about 130 mall-based stores open. Borders shut down 112 stores during the 2008 fiscal year, and closed an average of 66 stores per year between 2001 and 2007. CEO Ron Marshall said, "We believe there remains an opportunity to profitably operate a much smaller Waldenbooks segment that complements our core Borders superstore business and continues to serve readers in their communities."

For more, see this USA Today story on the Waldenbooks closings.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Louise Cooper, 1952 - 2009

posted @ 11/05/2009 11:16:00 AM PT 

British fantasy author Louise Cooper, 57, died October 21, 2009 of a brain aneurysm at home in Cornwall. Cooper was a prolific author who wrote over 80 books for adults and children. She was best known for her Time Master trilogy, and for her Indigo Saga series. Louise Antell was born May 29, 1952 in Hertfordshire. She married first husband Gary Cooper in 1970. After working as a secretary and as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, she became a full-time writer in 1984. She married artist Cas Sandall in 1999; he survives her.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Artist Dean Ellis Dies

posted @ 11/02/2009 04:13:00 PM PT 

Artist Dean Ellis, 88, died October 12, 2009 at home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Born 1920 in Detroit MI, Ellis studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and served in the Pacific during WWII. He worked as an illustrator and painter after the war, and in 1950, Life included him in a list of the 19 most promising young American artists. He moved to New York in 1956, and created covers for Ray Bradbury novels in the 1960s, which led to jobs painting cover art for many of the SF publishers at the time. He also designed postage stamps for the US and other countries, and his paintings have been collected and exhibited widely. He is survived by Lois, his wife of 61 years, and their daughter Tracey.


New SF&F Translation Awards Launched

posted @ 11/02/2009 01:49:00 PM PT 

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards, for works of foreign-language speculative fiction translated into English, were announced at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose on October 29, 2009. The first awards are expected to be presented in 2011, for works published in 2010.

Two awards will be presented: one for long form literature (40,000 words and above) and the other for short form. Both the authors and translators of the winning works will receive a trophy and a cash prize. Critic and blogger Cheryl Morgan, who is one of the organizers, says, "In running the Science Fiction Awards Watch web site, I see non-English speaking countries all around the world give awards for translated fiction. Only in English-speaking countries are translations not specifically rewarded. We aim to change that."

Organizers are in the process of setting up a non-profit organization to administer the awards. Further information available at


Sunday, November 1, 2009

World Fantasy Awards Winners

posted @ 11/01/2009 03:29:00 PM PT 

The 2009 World Fantasy Award winners were announced today at the World Fantasy Convention held October 29 - November 1, 2009, in San José, California.

  • Ellen Asher
  • Jane Yolen
NOVEL (tie)
  • The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
  • Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)
  • The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
  • Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
  • "If Angels Fight", Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
  • "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
  • "The Overseer", Albert Cowdrey (F&SF 3/08)
  • "Odd and the Frost Giants", Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury; HarperCollins)
  • "Good Boy", Nisi Shawl (Filter House)
  • "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", Kij Johnson (Asimov's 7/08)
  • "Caverns of Mystery", Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
  • "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
  • "Our Man in the Sudan", Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)
  • "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)
  • Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)
  • The Living Dead, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Night Shade Books)
  • The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008:
    Twenty-First Annual Collection
    , Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (St. Martin's)
  • Steampunk, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)
  • The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)
  • Strange Roads, Peter S. Beagle (DreamHaven Books)
  • Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link (Viking)
  • Filter House, Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct Press)
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09)
  • Shaun Tan
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Janet Chui
  • Stephan Martinière
  • John Picacio
  • Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)
  • Farah Mendlesohn (for Rhetorics of Fantasy)
  • Stephen H. Segal & Ann VanderMeer (for Weird Tales)
  • Jerad Walters (for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft)
  • Jacob Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)
  • Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)
  • Edith L. Crowe (for her work with The Mythopoeic Society)
  • John Klima (for Electric Velocipede)
  • Elise Matthesen (for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her "artist's challenges.")
  • Sean Wallace, Neil Clarke, & Nick Mamatas (for Clarksworld)


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