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Promotions at Gollancz

Gillian Redfearn has been promoted to publishing director of Gollancz. Redfearn, who was previously deputy publishing director, will continue to report to Jon Wood. Wood is now the managing director of Gollancz, adding these duties to his continued roles as deputy group publisher and editor for the UK publisher. See the Gollancz press release here.

Jay Lake Makes Complete Genome Open Source

Author Jay Lake announced that he has made his entire genetic sequence open source through the Personal Genome Project. The sequencing was originally paid for by a fundraiser last January, Sequence a Science Fiction Writer, done as an attempt to find a new treatment path for Lake’s colon cancer. This may be the first time […]

Robert Silverberg Hospitalized

Robert Silverberg, 78, suffered a heart attack on October 29, 2013 while visiting the UK. He was hospitalized, had a stent implanted, and was discharged on October 30. Silverberg is in the UK for the World Fantasy Convention — which he was unable to attend — and is due to return home to California on […]

Gaiman Joins Bard Faculty

Neil Gaiman is joining the Bard College faculty as a Professor in the Arts for the Spring 2014 semester. His first course will be a writing workshop exploring “the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today.” Details Gaiman’s appointment can be found here.

Library Dedicated to Bradbury

On September 23, 2013, the Palms-Rancho Park library was dedicated to the late Ray Bradbury by the City of Los Angeles.  That branch of the library was frequented by Bradbury and his four daughters, three of whom were in attendance for the dedication ceremony.  Other attendees included Harlan Ellison, George Clayton Johnson, Steven Paul Leiva, Michelle […]

Russell Wins Genius Grant

Author Karen Russell is one of 24 MacArthur Fellows selected for 2013.  Each winner of the famed “Genius Grants” will receive $125,000 per year for the next five years (up from the previous $100K per year), with no strings attached. The awards are presented to ‘‘individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative […]

Spider Robinson Survives Heart Attack

Spider Robinson announced on his blog that he suffered a heart attack on August 31, 2013, calling 911 just in time to save his life. He was released from the hospital on September 7, and is expected to make a full recovery. For more, see the story on his website.

Rowling to Write Potter Spin-Off Film

J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) for Warner Bros. The film will  launch a new series of spin-offs set in the world of Harry Potter. For more, see the story on

Lucius Shepard Recovering from Stroke

Ellen Datlow reported on Facebook that author Lucius Shepard, 66, suffered a stroke a week after being admitted to the hospital for various health problems on August 5, 2013. He is now recovering in rehab. Datlow wrote, “He wants everyone to know that he’s okay, that he’s working on it, and that he cannot speak […]

Beale Expelled from SFWA

SF writer Theodore Beale, who blogs as Vox Day, announced that he has been expelled from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He posted a letter from SFWA President Steven Gould that reads, in part: After careful consideration of the evidence gathered by the Board-appointed investigator and your response, and in compliance with […]

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