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.
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.
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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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.