Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

Publisher Hugh Hefner, 91, died September 27, 2018 at home in the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Hefner created Playboy magazine in 1953, and spun it into the Playboy Enterprises empire including clubs, TV, and book and magazine publishing. A revolutionary men’s magazine for its time, Playboy from the start featured not only nude females, but also articles and stories by notable authors, among them some of the best in ...Read More

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Jonathan Strahan on Locus

“For nearly 50 years Locus has been the benchmark of excellence, the place our entire field looks to for information on what’s happening, what’s important, and who’s doing it. It’s been the best source of news and the best place for the people who buy books to find out about them. It’s where we find out about the good, the bad, the happy and the sad. It’s our talking post. ...Read More

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Nancy Kress on Locus

“When I first began writing, LOCUS was what opened up the world of SF for me.  Until I discovered the magazine, I didn’t know that conventions, review columns, or fandom even existed.  And there they all were in the magazine, along with interviews of writers I had worshiped from afar!  In the almost 40 years since, LOCUS has continued to be the richest source of information about who, what, where, ...Read More

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2010 Locus Awards Finalists

The top five finalists in each category of the 2010 Locus Awards have been announced. Winners will be presented during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010. Tickets are still available.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker (Subterranean; Tor)
  • Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress (Tor)
  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager;
    Ballantine Spectra)
  • Julian
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2010 Locus Award Finalists

The top five finalists in each category of the 2010 Locus Awards have been announced. Winners will be presented during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010. Tickets are still available.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker (Subterranean; Tor)
  • Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress (Tor)
  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager;
    Ballantine Spectra)
  • Julian
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Random Consolidates Ballantine and Bantam Dell

Random House Publishing Group is merging Ballantine and Bantam Dell into one group, Ballantine Bantam Dell, combining the two independent editorial departments into one. Ballantine senior vice-president and publisher Libby McGuire will helm the new division; Nita Taublib, executive vice-president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Bantam Dell, will “step down.” Random House Publishing Group president Gina Centrello said she was saddened to see Taublib go, calling her “a one-of-a-kind editor.”

Jennifer ...Read More

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John Schoenherr, 1935-2010

Artist John Schoenherr, 74, died April 8, 2010 in New Jersey.

John Carl Schoenherr was born July 5, 1935 in New York City. He became a full-time freelance artist shortly after his graduation from the Pratt Institute in 1956, and did hundreds of illustrations for SF magazines, including Astounding/Analog, Amazing, Fantastic, Infinity, and F&SF. He was the principle cover artist for Astounding/Analog in the late ’50s and ’60s, and was ...Read More

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Solstice Award Winners

SFWA President Russell Davis announced the recipients of the 2010 Solstice Awards: Tom Doherty, Terri Windling, and the late Donald A. Wollheim. They will be presented during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Cocoa Beach FL, May 14-16, 2010.

The award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals who have had “a significant impact ...Read More

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Jeanne Robinson Update

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 ...Read More

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Legend Awards Shortlist

The 2009 David Gemmell Legend Awards shortlist has been announced:

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz, Orbit)
  • The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Empire: The Legend of Sigmar, Graham McNeill (Black Library)
  • The Cardinal’s Blades, Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)
  • Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, Jesse Bullington (Orbit)
  • The Adamantine Palace, Stephen Deas
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An itch that had to be scratched

After my recent reread of Heinlein’s Double Star, I couldn’t resist revisiting John Varley’s The Golden Globe.*


Like Star, Globe is about a down on his luck actor. Kenneth “Sparky” Valentine made his nut on Luna as the kid star of a kid show. Right as Valentine is transitioning into adult roles, he is entangled in a crime and forced to run to the outer planets, where he ...Read More Read more