Edward Redefines Role

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

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Obituary: Ted Ball

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.

DreamHaven Partnership

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.

Musa Publishing Closes Doors

E-publisher Musa Publishing has announced that they were closing as of March 1. Musa was founded in 2011 and in addition to publishing books, such as Gary K. Wolf’s Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?, also published e-mags, such as the science fiction ‘zine Penumbra. Musa has reverted all rights back to their authors and has announced that purchased e-books will remain available until their domain registration expires.

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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.