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Friday, April 9, 2010

Jeanne Robinson Update

posted @ 4/09/2010 08:47:00 AM PT 

Author, dancer, and choreographer Jeanne Robinson, 62, has reached the end of chemotherapy treatment for her cancer, and has entered palliative care.

Letters and cards are welcome (please no flowers, phone calls, or visitors) and should be sent to Jeanne Robinson, Palliative Care Section, 7th floor, Lion's Gate Hospital, 231 15th Street East, North Vancouver BC V7L 2L7. Robinson is expected to be in the hospital for as long as another week, and will then return home. For more details, see this letter from her husband Spider Robinson.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Peter Watts Found Guilty

posted @ 3/19/2010 10:13:00 AM PT 

SF writer Peter Watts was found guilty of resisting a US Customs and Border Protection officer today. He will be sentenced on April 26, 2010, and could face up to two years in prison for the felony conviction.

Watts, a Canadian citizen, was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan in December 2009 for a search of his rental car. Border officials claim he resisted and physically assaulted a guard, while Watts says he merely questioned the reason for the search and was subsequently beaten and maced.

Watts wrote about the trial on his website, where he says in part, "While I think they made the wrong decision I’m obviously not the most impartial attendee at this party. I still maintain I did nothing wrong; but as far as I can tell the trial was fair, and I will abide by its outcome."

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Cheryl Morgan Refused Entry to US

posted @ 3/12/2010 08:52:00 AM PT 

SF critic, editor, and convention organizer Cheryl Morgan, a British citizen, landed at San Francisco International Airport on March 11, only to be put on a plane back to the UK. She will not be attending the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts as originally planned. See her blog for further details.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kirkus Bought by NBA Pacers Owner

posted @ 2/10/2010 05:12:00 PM PT 

Kirkus was bought by shopping mall developer Herb Simon, who also owns the Indiana Pacers basketball team and co-owns independent bookstore Telecote Books in Montecito CA. Terms were not disclosed.

Simon's business partner Marc Winkelman will become chief executive of the company, now called Kirkus Media. Elaine Szewczyk will remain editor and Eric Liebetrau managing editor, and Winkelman says no immediate changes to the print edition are planned.

Link to New York Times story

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Clarion West Board Changes

posted @ 2/10/2010 04:11:00 PM PT 

Three new members will join the Clarion West Writers Workshop board of directors, and two long-time board members will retire. Kelley Eskridge, a Clarion grad, will become board chair; Kij Johnson, a Clarion West grad, will become vice chair; and Karen G. Anderson will join as a board member.

Deborah Fisher, the outgoing chair, will remain on the board, while outgoing vice chair Eileen Gunn and board member Kate Schaefer will retire. Gunn and Schaefer will continue to volunteer for Clarion West. Gunn says, "I'm enormously pleased at the amount of experience in writing, editing, and management that Kelley, Kij, and Karen bring to the Clarion West board, and I'm grateful that they are willing to guide the organization at a time when publishing and writing are undergoing huge changes. And I'm looking forward to some time off."

"Between them, Kate, Eileen, and Deborah have nearly 50 years of service to Clarion West," says Kelley Eskridge. "I'm honored that they trust me to step into such big shoes and grateful that they're willing to serve on the board, on committees, and as volunteers for years to come; that's the kind of community every nonprofit dreams of."

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pratchett Promotes Voluntary Euthanasia

posted @ 2/02/2010 11:38:00 AM PT 

Sir Terry Pratchett, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in 2007, is arguing for the legalization of assisted suicide in the UK. Pratchett says Alzheimer's "is not nice and I do not wish to be there for the endgame."

Pratchett, the first novelist to deliver the annual BBC Dimbleby lecture, used his speech, "Shaking Hands with Death," to advocate for the rights of the terminally ill, and even volunteered to be a test case before a euthanasia tribunal.

Says Pratchett: "If granny walks up to the tribunal and bangs her walking stick on the table and says 'Look, I've really had enough, I hate this bloody disease, and I'd like to die thank you very much young man', I don't see why anyone should stand in her way."

Full story at the Guardian.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Kage Baker Update

posted @ 1/29/2010 09:42:00 AM PT 

According to Kage Baker's sister Kathleen Bartholomew, Baker's cancer has spread, and she has "reached the end of useful treatment." They are preparing for end-of-life care. See Green Man Review for the full statement.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Weird Tales Changes: Ann VanderMeer Promoted, Kowal & Guran Join

posted @ 1/25/2010 12:00:00 PM PT 

Fiction editor Ann VanderMeer has been promoted to the position of editor in chief at Weird Tales, while author Mary Robinette Kowal will serve as the magazine’s new art director and editor Paula Guran will serve as the new non-fiction editor. Editorial and creative director Stephen H. Segal is stepping away from the magazine’s day-to-day operations to accept a new full-time position as acquisitions editor for Quirk Books.

Segal will remain the magazine’s senior contributing editor. "It makes me very happy that three of the most creative, insightful and hard-working people I know in the fantasy world will be shepherding Weird Tales into the future," says Segal.

"Stephen’s been a trusted and brilliant co-conspirator on Weird Tales," says VanderMeer, "and I'm happy that he has such a great opportunity ahead of him. Meanwhile, I’m very excited about the addition of Paula Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal to the magazine team. Thanks to our subscribers for their support; thanks to everyone who submits their writing and art to Weird Tales; and thanks to John Betancourt for his belief in the magazine and in me personally."

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer to Marry

posted @ 1/15/2010 02:54:00 PM PT 

Author Neil Gaiman has announced his engagement to singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

Official announcement at Neil's blog.

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Kage Baker Health Update

posted @ 1/15/2010 11:12:00 AM PT 

Author Kage Baker, 57, has been battling cancer for some time, and is now in the hospital following surgery to remove a brain tumor on December 26, 2009. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but her condition remains very serious. For more details, see this letter from her caregiver.

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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.

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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 donate@rifters.com.

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

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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 SyFy.com column, Excessive Candour.

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

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Friday, November 13, 2009

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 sff.net.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Phil Klass (William Tenn) in Hospital

posted @ 10/15/2009 11:36:00 AM PT 

Phil Klass, who writes as William Tenn, is in the hospital in Pittsburgh PA with congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and gall bladder difficulties. His wife Fruma Klass reports that he is recovering, but will spend time in a rehabilitation facility.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Octavia Butler's Papers Bequeathed to Huntington Library

posted @ 10/02/2009 02:07:00 PM PT 

Octavia Butler's papers are being added to the holdings of Huntington Library, located in San Marino, California.

Butler, who died in 2006 at age 58, included the Huntington in her will after curator of literary manuscripts Sara “Sue” Hodson approached her regarding the dispensation of her papers. “I was over the moon about it, but I’m crushed to see it come true so soon," Hodson said. "We are so grateful for her gift but so very sorry that she’s gone.”

Butler's papers include more than 39 cartons and eight file-cabinet drawers of manuscripts, correspondence, school papers, notebooks, photographs, and other materials. Library staff are processing the collection, which will become available to researchers in the coming year.

For more information, see this item in the Los Angeles Times.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Haldeman in Hospital

posted @ 9/28/2009 09:34:00 AM PT 

Joe Haldeman is in the ICU at a Cincinnati hospital, following surgery last week for a twisted bowel, which led to the discovery of severe pancreatitis. Gay Haldeman is posting regular updates at Joe's SFF.net newsgroup.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jeanne Robinson Faces Chemotherapy

posted @ 9/06/2009 10:33:00 AM PT 

Author Jeanne Robinson, wife of Spider Robinson, faces a round of chemotherapy for a debilitating form of biliary cancer. To help defray the cost of treatment, a benefit concert for Jeanne has been organized by her friends and members of her Buddhist sangha. The concert (pdf link) will be held September 18, 2009 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island, Vancouver. Donations can be made through Paypal, and an e-bay auction has been set up as well. Further information is available at Spider Robinson's website.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

David Eddings $10m Bequest to Aid Asthma Research

posted @ 8/25/2009 11:51:00 AM PT 

Fantasy author David Eddings, who died June 2, 2009 at his home in Carson City, Nevada, bequeathed $10 million to National Jewish Health, considered one of the nation's top hospitals for respiratory disorders. The bequest is the largest in the history of the hospital. Eddings's wife and sometime co-author, Leigh, suffered from asthma most of her life. Accordingly, the Eddings bequest is hallmarked for research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood asthma. "We are extremely grateful for this generous bequest," said Michael Salem, MD, National Jewish Health President and CEO.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Fred Pohl Earns High School Diploma

posted @ 8/24/2009 11:38:00 AM PT 

Fred Pohl, 89, was awarded an honorary high school degree on August 20, 2009, from Brooklyn Technical High School. Pohl dropped out of high school at the age of 15, during his junior year. "I largely stopped paying attention," Pohl admitted. His parents were divorcing, and, due to Depression-era financial troubles, he felt he was unlikely to go to college anyway. However, his almost-alma mater is now eager to claim the famous writer as a graduate. Pohl says, "I do sort of wish I'd stuck it out. I like having learned all the stuff I did learn there; I just didn't like the business of learning." Pohl speculates that perhaps, if he had finished high school, he might have gone on to spend the rest of his career at American Car and Foundry, instead of writing multiple science fiction classics.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Octavia E. Butler Scholar Honored

posted @ 8/14/2009 02:14:00 PM PT 

A handcast commemorative pendant in the shape of an owl was awarded to the 2009 Octavia E. Butler Scholar, Rochita Roenen-Luiz, at the conclusion of this year's Clarion West Writers Workshop. The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in 2006 and administered by the Carl Brandon Society, provides full scholarships to Clarion and Clarion West students of color, covering tuition, room, and partial board for up to two students annually. Roenen-Luiz, a writer of Filipino extraction living in the Netherlands, says, "Without dreams, you're nothing. I am so grateful to the Butler scholarship for giving my dreams wings." The pendant was cast from an exclusive design that SF author and MacArthur "Genius" Award-winner Octavia E. Butler commissioned from artist Laurie Edison. This is the fifth pendant Edison has donated.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Newest Locusperson

posted @ 5/14/2009 10:19:00 AM PT 

Locus executive editor Liza Groen Trombi and husband Matt Trombi are the parents of Nora Isabel Trombi, born May 13, 2009 at 4:17 p.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Liza will be out on maternity leave for several weeks. Welcome Nora!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

One Opens, One Closes

posted @ 4/03/2009 01:00:00 PM PT 

A new used bookstore opened in Massachusetts on April 30, 2009, specializing in SF, fantasy, and horror. Seek Books is located at 1747 Centre St., West Roxbury MA 02132. See more information here.
In sadder news, owners Ted Ball and Erik Arthur of Fantasy Centre bookstore in London, possibly the only shop in Europe specialising in science fiction publications of all eras, announced they will be closing the store once their lease expires in June after nearly 40 years of trading. Established in 1971, the specialist SF bookshop does 90% of its trade in used, out-of-print and rare science fiction, fantasy, and horror, covering the entire field, including early and recent magazines, hardcover and paperback editions, reference books, and so on.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

EMP|SFM Appoints New Director

posted @ 3/24/2009 10:59:00 AM PT 

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) announced the appointment of Christina Orr-Cahall, currently CEO and director of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, to helm EMP|SFM as its new CEO and director. EMP|SFM Board President Jody Patton stated, "We are extremely proud to welcome Christina Orr-Cahall to Seattle.... Thanks to the superb leadership of our interim CEO Josi Callan, to whom we owe deep gratitude, EMP|SFM will now move into a new era led by Christina.” Dr. Orr-Cahall will be responsible for managing all aspects of the museum’s operations. The appointment will take effect on or before July 1, 2009.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Will F. Jenkins Day

posted @ 2/23/2009 09:23:00 AM PT 

The Virginia State Legislature has passed a resolution declaring June 27, 2009 Will F. Jenkins Day "in recognition of the author's creative genius and his numerous literary achievements." Jenkins wrote award-winning SF under the name Murray Leinster, and popularized parallel-universe stories with his famous "Sidewise in Time" (1934); the Sidewise Award for best alternate history is named in his honor. Jenkins died in 1975 at age 78, and spent most of his life in Virginia, where he was born. The author's family plans to hold a ceremony in his honor to celebrate the day. See the full text of the resolution here.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Ellen Datlow Released From Hospital

posted @ 2/08/2009 01:32:00 PM PT 

According to a post at theinferior4+1, Ellen Datlow has finally been treated and released from the London Hospital, and will be flying home to New York today.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Datlow Hospitalized

posted @ 2/02/2009 05:03:00 PM PT 

Editor Ellen Datlow is currently in a London hospital with cellulitis of the leg, but is expected to return home to New York on Wednesday as scheduled, and to be fully recovered soon. She went to London for the January 31st launch of her anthology Poe, but was unable to attend the event due to her hospitalization. She is reportedly in good spirits and resting comfortably.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nation On Stage

posted @ 1/14/2009 05:04:00 PM PT 

Terry Pratchett's YA novel Nation will be adapted for the stage by the National Theatre in London. The play will be written by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Melly Still, and is scheduled to open in November 2009 at the Olivier Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Terry Pratchett Knighted

posted @ 12/30/2008 09:07:00 PM PT 

Terry Pratchett, 60, has been knighted for his services to literature in the Queen's New Year Honours. "There are times when phrases such as 'totally astonished' just don't do the job... I am of course delighted and honored and, needless to say, flabbergasted." Sir Terry was previously made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998.

- For complete story details, see the upcoming February 2009 issue of Locus. -

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