Borderlands Hits Goal

Borderlands Books in San Francisco managed to make its goal of 300 sponsors at 2:30 pm on February 21, just two days after announcing the sponsorship plan which they hoped would allow them to remain open past March 31. With their goal met, Borderlands will remain open at least through March 31, 2016, with current plans to hold another sponsorship period in early 2015.
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Borderlands Looks for New Lease on Life

After announcing at the beginning of February that Borderlands Books in San Francisco would be closing by the end of March due to a minimum wage increase, the bookstore has announced that they are hoping to stay open by selling sponsorships. If they can sell 300 annual sponsorships of $100 by March 31, they will remain open for another year, repeating the sponsorship sale each year. The sponsorships will help cover the wage increases as well as provide the store with case reserves.

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Borderlands Books Closing

San Francisco’s Borderlands Books, which has been in business for 18 years, has announced it will close its doors no later than March 31 due to an increase in the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15/hour. The financial realities of this increase and what it would mean to keep the store open are spelled out in a blog post on the website. On a personal note, enjoyed shopping at Borderlands the last time I was in San Francisco, and also enjoyed working with them the past two years at the Nebula Awards Weekends in San Jose.
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Promotions at io9

Annalee Newitz has been promoted to head the Future Initiative, which aims to bring sites like Gizmodo Sploid, Paleofuture, Space, and Reframe into closer collaboration. The promotion also means that Newitz will become the editor-in-chief for Gizmodo. At the same time, Charlie Jane Anders will become the editor-in-chief of io9.
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Conway Retires from Eaton

Melissa Conway, who has been the director of the Eaton Collection at the University of California Riverside since 2001, announced her retirement at the beginning of the year. During her tenure, she revived the Eaton Science Fiction Conference, established the Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction, and increased their holdings by 40%, including the acquisition of Bruce Pelz’s fanzine collection and Jay Kay Klein’s photography collection.
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Finlay to Edit F&SF…Permanently

Gordon van Gelder has announced that Charles Coleman Finlay, who has guest edited two issues of Fantasy and Science Fiction will take on the mantel of editor with the March-April 2015 issue. Van Gelder, who has served as editor since 1997 and publisher of the magazine since 2001, will continue in his role as publisher.

Staff Promoted at Tor

Tor Books has announced a series of beginning of year promotions for staff members. Melissa Frain and Marco Palmieri have been promoted to senior editors at Tor/Forge, Miriam Weinberg has been promoted to editor, and Diana Pho has been promoted to associate editor.

Obituary: Francisco Porrúa

Spanish editor Francisco Porrúa (b.1922) died on December 18. Porrúa founded the Minotauro science fiction press and published Spanish translations of The Lord of the Rings, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Martian Chronicles. Porrúa was also instrumental in getting Gabriel García Márquez’s novel Cien años de soledad published and recognized.

Ace Roc Star Program

Ace/Roc Books is looking for readers to help promote their books. Applicants selected to be Ace Roc Stars will receive packages of books (and occasionally swag) over the course of six months in return for promoting the books they like on social media. Applicants for the first group of readers runs until January 4.

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Librarian Wanted: UC Riverside

The University of California-Riverside is looking for an Associate Librarian or Librarian to fill the new position of Jay Kay and Doris Klein Science Fiction Librarian in Special Collections & University Archives, which was recently endowed by a grant from the estate of Jay Kay Klein. The position will be responsible for all aspects of the development, stewardship, and promotion of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The application period runs through January 26, 2015, but applicants are advised to submit their materials by January 19.

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