British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois’s Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.
Mercury Retrograde Press has announced that they will cease operations on January 17, 2014, at which time all of their books will go out of print with rights reverting to their authors. Their final public appearance will be at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention in November of 2013. Mercury retrograde has published Zachary Steele, Leona Wisoker, Edward Morris, and Larissa N. Niec, among others.
Steve Davidson has announced that Rick Brown will be taking over the new post as reviews editor for Amazing Stories. Davidson relaunched the world’s first science fiction magazine as an on-line zine earlier this year after buying the rights to the name a couple of years ago.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden announced via Twitter that long time editor James Frenkel is no longer working for Tor Books. According to Nielsen Hayden, works which had been assigned to Frenkel will be redistributed to other editors at Tor Books, but anything which had been submitted to Frenkel and not accepted should be resubmitted to Tor.
The second post-relaunch issue of Weird Tales with a Fairy Tale theme and fiction by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, and Tanith Lee is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 12. The issue also includes interviews with Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc.have announced that company will merge into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger. The new organization is led by five of Dragon*Con’s six founders. The sixth founder, Ed Kramer, who was arrested in 2000 and has not been part of the operational structure of Dragon*Con for several years, was offered a cash buyout. Kramer’s attorney has stated that Kramer may sue over the new organization and his share.
Art director Leonard P. Leone, Sr. (b.1921) died on July 1. Leone served as art director for Bantam Books from 1955 through 1984. During his tenure there, he hired artist James Bama to create a new look for the classic character Doc Savage, which resulted in Savage’s now-iconic widow’s peak. Leone took an active role in his work with artists who included, in addition to Bama, Boris Vallejo, John Berkely, and Vincent DiFate.
Czech SF magazine XB-1 has announced that it will cease publication with their June issue. XB-1 was founded in 2010 following the demise of Ikarie, however, it has fallen afoul of the current economic crisis, along with a lack of advertisers. The magazine published original stories as well as translations of English language stories.
Agent John A. Ware (b. c.1942) died on April 27. He began his career as an editor at Doubleday for eight years before joining Curtis Brown as an agent. He left Curtis Brown in 1978 and formed his own agency, The John A. Ware Agency, which represented Tony Daniel and Jack Womack. Some of his non-fiction authors include Jon Krakauer and Jennifer Niven. While at Doubleday, Ware taught an industry-wide editorial workshop at NYU for seven years.
Editor Jerry Wright (b.1946) died on May 9 after a battle with cancer. Wright was one of the founding editors and publishers of the webzine Bewildering Stories in 2002. Wright has written poetry and reviews in addition to publishing Bewildering Stories.