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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mark Owings (1945-2009)

posted @ 12/31/2009 05:08:00 PM PT 

Bibliographer Mark Owings, 64, died December 30, 2009 from pancreatic cancer. Owings worked with Jack Chalker on The Index to the Science-Fantasy Publishers (1966) and The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography (1973), and was one of the publishers at Croatan House. He was a founder of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, served as Balticon chair many times, and was chair of the Compton Crook Award committee.

See the February issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


Internet Review of Science Fiction Folds

posted @ 12/31/2009 10:51:00 AM PT 

The Internet Review of Science Fiction will cease operations after their February 2010 issue. Publisher L. Blunt "Bluejack" Jackson and editor Stacey Janssen cite financial shortfalls as the reason for the closure.

According to Jackson, "What we learned with IROSF and Aeon Speculative Fiction was that neither traditional nor community-driven economic models met our needs, and that the complexity of managing a distributed volunteer pool burned people out, despite a steady increase in revenue and readership. Our plan is to use this knowledge, and the ready availability of new distribution channels, to create the kind of environment that would have empowered the editors to achieve the success that IROSF's superb content always deserved."


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Canada's McNally Robinson Files for Bankruptcy

posted @ 12/30/2009 09:37:00 AM PT 

Canadian independent bookseller McNally Robinson has declared bankruptcy and will close two of its four stores immediately: one in Polo Park in Winnipeg, and their new Toronto store. As a result, 170 of the bookseller's 425 full- and part-time employees will lose their jobs. Co-owner Paul McNally says that as long as the company's bankruptcy plan is approved, the other two stores in Winnipeg and Saskatoon will remain open. "They make money," he said. "They have a loyal following," while the "new stores absolutely did not perform."

The company intends to restructure and emerge from the bankruptcy as a smaller company, comprising the e-commerce website and the wholesale division Skylight Books, as well as the two remaining stores.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

World Fantasy Award Judges Announced

posted @ 12/23/2009 03:59:00 PM PT 

The judges for the 2010 World Fantasy Awards have been empanelled. All kinds of fantasy qualify; only living authors and editors are eligible; all books must have a 2009 publication date and all magazines a 2009 cover date.

To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges by June 1, 2010:

Greg Ketter
c/o Dreamhaven Books
2301 38th Street
Minneapolis MN 55406

Kelly Link
c/o Camelot Court Office
10 Camelot Court
Brighton MA 02135

James Minz
c/o Baen Books
500 Wait Avenue
Wake Forest NC 27587

Jürgen Snoeren
Publisher MYNX
Herengracht 507
1017 BV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Gary K. Wolfe
40 East Cedar
Apt 9A
Chicago IL 60611.

A copy should also go to

Peter Dennis Pautz, President
World Fantasy Awards Association
PO Box 43
Mukilteo WA 98275

Winners will be announced at the 2010 World Fantasy Awards Banquet and Ceremony during the 36th World Fantasy Convention, October 28 - November 31, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus OH. (Life Achievement nominees will not be released; the winner will be announced in advance of the banquet.)

For more:


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award Balloting Open

posted @ 12/22/2009 02:15:00 PM PT 

The Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award 2009 balloting is now open. All National Space Society members are invited to vote. The award honors individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the creation of a free, space-faring civilization. The winner will be announced at the International Space Development Conference, to be held May 27-May 31 2010 in Chicago IL.

National Space Society Members Vote Here


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Milorad Pavic, 1929-2009

posted @ 12/17/2009 02:55:00 PM PT 

Experimental Serbian novelist Milorad Pavic, 80, died November 30, 2009 in Belgrade of complications from a heart attack. Pavic's novels, which all had fantasy elements, were translated into over 30 languages. Pavic also published short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. Born October 15, 1929 in Belgrade, Pavic obtained a doctorate at the University of Zagreb and taught philosophy at the University of Novi Sad and later the University of Belgrade. He is survived by his wife Jasmina Mihajlovic, a daughter, and a son.

See the January issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Borders UK to Close

posted @ 12/16/2009 03:22:00 PM PT 

Borders UK will close all 45 of its Borders and Books Etc stores on December 22, 2009, unless a buyer for the chain is found. The troubled company's administrator, restructuring specialist MCR, said that while it is in “advanced stages of negotiations with a number of parties” about purchasing certain stores or assets, no deal has yet been made.

If the chain closes, 1,150 employees will lose their jobs on December 24, 2009. Borders UK stopped taking orders on its website on Monday, and a number of publishers have already stopped supplying the chain.

Additional information at The Independent and BBC news.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Joe Haldeman Named Grand Master

posted @ 12/15/2009 11:21:00 AM PT 

Joe Haldeman was named the 2010 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master. The Grand Master award is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's highest accolade and recognizes excellence for a lifetime of contributions to the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

SFWA President Russell Davis announced the decision after consulting with the Board of Directors and participating past presidents. “Giving the Grand Master is one of the true pleasures of serving as the President of SFWA,” said Davis. “Being able to give it to Joe Haldeman--a past SFWA president, an extraordinarily talented writer, a respected teacher and mentor in our community, and a good friend -- is not just a pleasure, but a genuine honor.”

In total, Haldeman's writings have garnered him five Nebulas, five Hugos, and a host of other awards, as well as numerous nominations. Haldeman will be the 27th writer recognized by SFWA as a Grand Master.

Joe Haldeman recently headed home to Gainesville FL after several weeks in a Cincinnati OH hospital following surgery for a twisted bowel and severe pancreatitis, and several further weeks of outpatient treatment. Haldeman said,"Still a couple of surgeries to go, but at least I'll be able to recuperate in the sunshine. And I'll recover much faster, surrounded by my telescopes and art stuff." More information available at Haldeman's Daily Diary on

The presentation of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award will take place at the SFWA Nebula Awards® Weekend in May. The Nebula Awards weekend is available to the general public with advance registration.

More information available at the SFWA website.


Monday, December 14, 2009

David D. Levine Wins Endeavor Award

posted @ 12/14/2009 09:43:00 AM PT 

Portland author David D. Levine is the winner of the 2009 Endeavour Award, for a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author.

  • Space Magic, David D. Levine (Wheatland)
  • Ill Met in the Arena, Dave Duncan (Tor)
  • A World Too Near, Kay Kenyon (Prometheus/Pyr)
  • Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Stories, Ken Scholes (Fairwood)
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson (HarperCollins/Morrow)

The winner is presented with an engraved glass plaque made by artist Ashley Harper, and a grant of $1,000. Judges for the 2009 Award were Joe Haldeman, John Helfers, and Sarah Zettel.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Frank Frazetta's Son Arrested in $20M Art Theft

posted @ 12/11/2009 11:57:00 AM PT 

Artist Frank Frazetta's son, Alfonso Frank Frazetta, 52, was arrested December 9, 2009, on charges of attempting to steal approximately $20 million in paintings from the Frank Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. According to the police report, Frazetta Jr., with the help of two men, including one operating a backhoe, broke through the museum door and attempted to make off with about 90 paintings. He was arrested by state police and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal trespass.

According to the police affidavit, Frazetta Jr. told the responding trooper he had Frazetta Sr.'s permission to enter his museum “by any means,” and move all the paintings to a storage facility. The elder Frazetta was in Florida at the time of the theft, and reportedly told police he had not given his son permission to take the paintings.

Frank Jr.'s wife, Lori Frazetta, said the incident was the result of family infighting, and further said Frank Jr. notified state troopers of his intentions to inventory the paintings, pursuant to a civil litigation among family members. She also said Frank Jr. was planning to take the paintings to a secure location when he was apprehended. Details are still emerging.

Full story at Pocono Record.


Author Peter Watts Arrested at US Border

posted @ 12/11/2009 09:36:00 AM PT 

Hugo-nominated author Peter Watts was reportedly beaten, pepper-sprayed, and imprisoned by American border guards on December 8, 2009. According to his friend David Nickle, Watts, a Canadian citizen, was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan, by US police for a search of his rental car. "When Peter got out of the car and questioned the nature of the search, the gang of border guards subjected him to a beating, restrained him and pepper sprayed him. At the end of it, local police laid a felony charge of assault against a federal officer against Peter."

Watts posted bond on December 9 and returned to Canada. He will have to return to Michigan to face the assault charge, which could mean two years in prison and a ban on travel to the US. Watts plans to mount a vigorous defense, and friends and family are fundraising to help cover legal costs. Paypal donations can be made to

More about Watts's arrest at Boing Boing. Watts posted his account of events at his website.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Janet Fox, 1940-2009

posted @ 12/10/2009 01:25:00 PM PT 

Writer and editor Janet Fox, 68, died October 21, 2009 at home in Osage City KS after a long struggle with cancer. Fox began publishing short fiction in the 1970s, and published scores of stories and poems in magazines including Twilight Zone, Weird Tales, Cemetery Dance, and others, as well as numerous anthologies. Under house name Alex McDonough she wrote five books in the Scorpio novel series for Ace, from 1990-93. She edited monthly market 'zine Scavenger's Newsletter from 1984-2003, and was secretary/treasurer of the Small Press Writers and Artists Organization.

A.R. Morlan has been named Fox's literary executor, and can be contacted c/o Locus.

See the January issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


Kirkus Reviews to Shut Down

posted @ 12/10/2009 11:50:00 AM PT 

Nielsen Business Media has "made the decision to cease operations" at Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus was an important and influential review outlet, founded in 1933, which reviewed over 5,000 titles per year and published biweekly.

Nielsen Business Media will also close the magazine Editor & Publisher, and has announced the sale of the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, and six other media brands to a new company called e5 Global Media. Nielsen will retain ownership of The Bookseller in the UK. The company has not yet decided whether the online Kirkus archives will remain available.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rappaport Agency to Close

posted @ 12/09/2009 02:21:00 PM PT 

Jenny Rappaport has announced that the Rappaport Agency, LLC will be closing at the end of 2009.

Rappaport says, "I have been privileged to get the chance to work with amazing people over the last four and a half years, many of who I am proud to call my friends. In the coming weeks, I will be wrapping up outstanding submissions and putting things in order."

The agency has represented John Joseph Adams, Tori Borland, Rebecca Coffindaffer, Douglas Cohen, Kylie Griffin, Anne Harris, Colin Harvey, Ted Kosmatka, Anne Ostby, Carol Pinchevsky, David J. Williams, and others.


Christopher Anvil 1925-2009

posted @ 12/09/2009 11:12:00 AM PT 

Harry C. Crosby, Jr., who wrote SF as Christopher Anvil, died at home in Cayuta NY on November 30th, 2009. He was born Mar. 11, 1925 in Norwich, CT.

He published over 100 short stories and several novels, and was most prolific in the '50s and '60s, with his work appearing extensively in Astounding/Analog. In recent years Baen Books has published seven of a planned eight volumes collecting all his SF, edited by Eric Flint.

He is survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.

See the January issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Dynamite Buys Dabel Brothers Titles

posted @ 12/07/2009 03:20:00 PM PT 

Comics publisher Dynamite Entertainment has acquired rights to the titles owned by Dabel Brothers Productions, and will publish and distribute those titles starting in April 2010. Dabel Brothers is best known for publishing comics adaptations of works by George R.R. Martin, Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and many other SF/fantasy writers.

Founders Les and Ernst Dabel will continue to acquire properties and work with authors, but Dynamite will take over production, marketing, sales, and all other aspects of the business. Dabel Brothers has a troubled history, with delayed projects, complaints from some authors about unpaid debts, and partnerships with other companies ending abruptly.

More details are available at Comic Book Resources and Bleeding Cool.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ellison Nominated for Grammy Award

posted @ 12/03/2009 02:25:00 PM PT 

Harlan Ellison is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category for his recording of Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There (Blackstone Audio). See the full Grammy Award ballot here.


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