Obituary: Charles N. Brown

Publisher Charles N. Brown (b.1937) died peacefully in his sleep on July 12 on his way home from Readercon. Brown, along with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf, founded Locus as a fanzine in support of a Boston Worldcon bid. When the ‘zine received a Hugo nomination, Brown continued to publish it, eventually turning it into the news magazine of the science fiction field. Locus has won 29 Hugo Awards over the years. In addition, Brown contributed book reviews to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and year in review articles to Terry Carr’s anthology series.

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  1. Greyseeker — July 13, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

    RIP. He did a great service to SF.

  2. AlanMintaka — July 16, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

    Yes, this is a tragic loss. I’ve been a reader of Locus for many years, and have always been amazed that Charles and the staff could churn out such a mass of information each month. I have tremendous respect (and envy) for that kind of dedication.

    Locus won’t be the same without him; but fortunately, as the the Locus obituary says, “per his wishes, Locus will continue to publish, with executive editor Liza Groen Trombi taking over as editor-in-chief with the August 2009 issue.” It’s in excellent hands.

    Even though I’m an unknown in all respects, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to Charles’ relatives, friends, and of course to his close companions on the Locus staff. Best wishes to you all…

    Alan Mintaka

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