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Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

YA and children’s author Walter Dean Myers, 76, died July 1, 2014. Myers wrote mostly mainstream YA, but he wrote some work of genre interest, including ghost story “Things That Go Gleep in the Night” (1993) and YA fantasies Shadow of the Red Moon (1995, illustrated by his son Christopher Meyers) and Dope Sick (2009).

Myers is perhaps best known for Fallen Angels (1988), a YA controversial for its depiction of the Vietnam War and its adult language, and for Monster (1999), which won the first ever Michael L. Printz Award for the best book of the year for teens. He published more than 100 titles, including YA novels, picture books, and non-fiction. In 1994 he won the Margaret Edwards Award for his teen writing, and in January 2012 he was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

Walter Milton Myers was born August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg WV. His mother died in 1940, and he moved with the Dean family to New York, later taking their surname as his middle name in recognition of their care for him. He served in the US Army from 1955-58, and worked various jobs, including editorial positions, before becoming a full-time writer in 1977.

 

 

Matthew Richell (1973-2014)

Hachette Australia CEO and Hachette New Zealand chairman Matthew Richell, 41, died July 2, 2014 in a surfing accident off the coast of Tamarama in New South Wales, Australia. He was swept onto rocks, received a head injury, and could not be revived.

Richell began his publishing career as the marketing manager for Bloomsbury UK from 1996-2001, and worked at Pan Macmillan UK and Hachette UK imprint John Murray before taking over as marketing director of the Headline and Hodder divisions of Hachette Australia in 2006. He was promoted to CEO in February 2013.

Richell lived in Sydney, and is survived by his wife and two children.

More information can be found at The Bookseller.

New SFWA Board Members

SFWA has announced two additions to the SFWA Board: Cat Rambo will be vice president and Sarah Pinsker will be one of the directors at large. The full SFWA board will now consist of:

President: Steven Gould

Vice President: Cat Rambo

Secretary: Susan Forest

Chief Financial Officer: Bud Sparhawk

Directors at Large: Sarah Pinsker, Lee Martindale, Jim Fiscus, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Mathew Johnson

See the announcement on the SFWA website.

Kay Awarded Order of Canada

Guy Gavriel Kay, 59,  has been made a Member of the Order of Canada for his “outstanding contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author.” The Order was established in 1967 and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to Canada.

See the official announcement here.

Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)

Author, editor, and pulp magazine scholar Frank M. Robinson, 87, died June 30, 2014. Robinson lived in San Francisco and had suffered from health problems in recent years.

Frank Malcolm Robinson was born August 9, 1926, in Chicago IL. After graduating from high school in 1943, he worked as a copy boy at the Chicago Herald-American, then as an office boy at Ziff-Davis and Amazing, until he was drafted into the Navy (where he served as a radar technician in WWII, 1944-45, returning for the Korean War in 1950-51). He worked at a number of magazines, serving as assistant editor at Family Weekly (1955-56), then at Science Digest (1956-59). He was managing editor at Rogue (1959-65) and Cavalier (1965-66), had a brief stint as editor of Censorship Today (1967), and was a staff writer for Playboy from 1969 to 1973, after which he became a freelance writer.

Robinson’s early SF sales began with “The Maze” (Astounding 1950) and “The Hunting Season” (Astounding 1951). His first novel, The Power (1956, filmed in 1967), was an extremely successful SF thriller — one of the first of that genre. In the ’70s and ’80s, he co-wrote a number of technothrillers (most with SFnal elements) with Thomas N. Scortia: The Glass Inferno (1974, filmed as The Towering Inferno)The Prometheus Crisis (1975), The Nightmare Factor (1978), The Gold Crew (1980), and Blowout! (1987). He also co-wrote political novel The Great Divide (1982) with John Levin and spy thriller Death of a Marionette (1995) with Paul Hull.

Robinson returned to SF, and solo writing, in The Dark Beyond the Stars (1991), SF thriller Waiting (1999), and medical thriller The Donor (2004). His short fiction has been collected in A Life in the Day of … and Other Short Stories (1981), Through My Glasses Darkly (2002), and The Worlds of Joe Shannon (2010).

Robinson was one of the foremost collectors of, and experts on, pulp magazines. His books on pulp magazines include illustrated histories Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines (1998, with Lawrence Davidson), Hugo Award winner Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History (1999), British Fantasy Award finalist Art of Imagination (2002, with Randy Broeker and Robert Weinberg), and The Incredible Pulps: A Gallery of Fiction Magazine Art (2006).

Robinson was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2001, and received a Moskowitz Archive Award in 2008. He won an Emperor Norton Award in 2004. Earlier this year, Robinson was named the recipient of the Special Honoree Award by SFWA.

2014 Locus Awards Winners

The 2014 Locus Awards winners have been announced.

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

FANTASY NOVEL

YOUNG ADULT BOOK

FIRST NOVEL

NOVELLA

  • “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com 10/2/13)
  • Black Helicopters, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • “The Princess and the Queen”, George R.R. Martin (Dangerous Women)
  • “Precious Mental”, Robert Reed (Asimov’s 6/13)

NOVELETTE

SHORT STORY

  • “Some Desperado”, Joe Abercrombie (Dangerous Women)
  • “The Science of Herself”, Karen Joy Fowler (The Science of Herself)
  • “A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel”, Ken Liu (F&SF 1-2/13)
  • “The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls”, Howard Waldrop (Old Mars)

ANTHOLOGY

  • Old Mars, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)

COLLECTION

MAGAZINE

  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Subterranean
  • Tor.com

PUBLISHER

  • Tor
  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean

EDITOR

  • Ellen Datlow
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

ARTIST

  • Michael Whelan
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess

NON-FICTION

ART BOOK

Harris Joins Tor.com

Lee Harris is joining the new Tor.com publishing imprint as senior editor. Harris was previously a senior editor at Angry Robot, where he began working in 2009.

2014 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2014 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame are Leigh Brackett, Frank Frazetta, Stanley Kubrick, Hayao Miyazaki, and Olaf Stapledon.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 and then relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of  Kansas to its permanent home at EMP Museum in 2004.

Nominations are submitted by EMP members and the final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals.

Hachette Purchases Perseus

Hachette Book Group is buying the Perseus Book Group. Hachette will incorporate all nine Perseus  imprints including Avalon Books, Running Press, and Da Capo Press, and will maintain Perseus’s various partnerships. The imprints will likely remain intact, and continue to operate from their current offices for the time being.

After the sale is finalized, Hachette will sell the Perseus Book Group’s numerous distribution companies to Ingram Content Group, including Perseus Distribution, PGW, Legato, Consortium, and the Constellation digital distribution platform.

Perseus is “the industry’s sixth largest general interest trade publisher” with “approximately 700 new titles per year” and “an extensive backlist of more than 6,000 books,” most non-fiction.

The purchase is expected to be completed by the end of July.

For more information, see this press release.

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Discontinued

Angry Robot announced on June 20, 2014, that they will be discontinuing their YA imprint Strange Chemistry and their crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A. The imprints “have unfortunately been unable to carve out their own niches” in the market, and will immediately cease all publishing activities. Forthcoming titles from Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A will be canceled.

The core Angry Robot imprint will increase output from two books a month to three. There are no plans to cancel any other titles. See the news release on the Angry Robot website here.


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