The Canadian science fiction magazine On Spec has announced that they will be suspending their print magazine, beginning with the delayed Spring 2015 issue. The magazine will still be available in a digital format, and they hope to relaunch the print magazine when funding allows. The decision was made in the aftermath of a second year in which On Spac did not receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Locus has announced that they have moved. Although their PO Box is still the same and mail can (and should) be sent to them at PO Box 13305, Oakland CA 94661, their street address for any packages that can’t be delivered to a PO Box (and for couriers) is now 1933 Davis Street, Suite 295/297, San Leandro, CA 94577.
Paul Bacon (b.1923) died on June 8. Bacon was a book jacket designer perhaps best known for the cover of Joeph Heller’s Catch-22 and Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Some of his genre works included the covers for Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Ellen Datlow’s Alien Sex, and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.
Bookseller and publisher Chuck Miller (b.1953) died on May 24. Miller ran a used bookstore in Pennsylvania before teaming up with Tim Underwood to found the publishing company Underwood-Miller in 1976. The two published several books, beginning with a reprint of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth before disbanding the company in 1994. Their final project was another reissue of The Dying Earth. They also published works by L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, and Philip K. Dick. Miller self-published the novel Blood of the Centipede in 2012.
Tor Editorial Director Julie Crisp has left Pan Macmillan to set up shop as a freelance editor, script doctor, and literary agent. Crisp served as a Senior Commissioning Editor for two years before becoming the Editorial Director in 2010. Her authors included China Miéville, Amanda Hocking, Peter F Hamilton, and Anne Cleeves. In addition to her work at Tor, Crisp had also worked on crime novels for Pan Macmillan.
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Susan Allison, who has served as editorial director for Berkley Publishing Group, including Ace Books, has announced her retirement effective July 1. Allison has been with the company for 33 years. She was made editor-in-chief in 1982 and a vice president in 1985. In 1990, Allison was the guest of honor at World Fantasy Con.
Malcolm Edwards, who has been serving as Deputy CEO and Publisher at Orion, will step down from that position at the end of the year. Edwards will instead serve as Chairman of the Gollancz science fiction and fantasy line, which is an imprint of Orion, as well as serve as a Consulting Publisher for Orion. The move will allow Edwards to focus on fewer projects that are more important to him. Edwards joined Gollancz in the 1970s
Bookseller Ted Ball died on March 18. Ball was the co-owner of London’s Fantasy Centre, a SF/fantasy bookstore Ball opened in 1969 with Dave Gibson and which closed in 2009.
Greg Ketter and Alice Bentley have announced a new partnership for Minneapolis’s DreamHaven Books. Ketter has run DreamHaven since its inception and was a partner with Bentley in her Chicago-based store The Stars Our Destination. Bentley will be moving to Minneapolis to help run the store. DreamHaven currently does mail order, deals at conventions, and operates out of its storefront 1-2 days a week. The new arrangements will allow the storefront to be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from Noon until 6:30 pm beginning in early April.