Obituary: Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschckes (b.1930) died on November 7. Weschckes was the publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which specialized in New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality. Weschckes purchased 60-year old Llewellyn Publications in 1961 and opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis 9 years later. Throughout the first half of the 1970s, he ran Gnosticon in Minneapolis.

Mann Leaves Games Workshop

George Mann has announced that after 11 years working for Games Workshop, he has decided to leave the company to spend more time focused on his own writing. During his time at GW, Mann has helped build their The Black Library and the Citadel Publications Studio lines, as well as edit several anthologies and write his own novels, including the “Newbury and Hobbes” steampunk series.

Crossed Genres Closing

The publishers of Crossed Genres have announced that the magazine will cease publication following its December issue. Publisher Bart Leib provided two reasons for closing the magazine. The publishers no longer have the time to produce it to their level of standards and they have also reached a point where they lack funding to continue.
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Obituary: Harriet Klausner

Prolific reviewer Harriet Klausner (b.1952) died on October 15. Klausner was a librarian and journalist who reviewed thousands of books on Amazon, at one time ranking at the #1 Amazon reviewer, although the quantity and brevity of her reviews caused many to wonder how closely she read the books. In 2006, she was selected by Time Magazine as one of the representatives of its Person of the Year when it selected “you,” representative of the individuals making a difference in the world.

Wolfe Named Series Editor

Gary K. Wolfe has been named the series Editor for the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series published by University of Illinois Press, with Marika Christofides serving as acquisitions editor. The series presents book length surveys of individual authors, including Frederik Pohl, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and Gregory Benford, among others.

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Variety Comics Closes

Variety Comics, the longest continuously operating comic store in Chicago, has announced that it will close on October 31 after 41 years in business. Everything in the store will be on sale during its last weeks.

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SFWA Issues Model Contracts

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have issued a new model magazine contract, based on existing magazine contracts as well as the needs of authors. The contracts team consisted primarily of Michael Capobianco, Jim Fiscus, and Ken Liu with feedback from John Joseph Adams, Michael Armstrong, Charles Coleman Finlay, Jeffrey Liss, and Jonathan Wall. They plan to release additional model contracts over the course of the next year.

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Lowder to Chaosium

James Lowder has announced that he has been retained as a Consulting Editor for the fiction line for the reconstituted company. Lowder will begin by figuring out the current state of Chaosium publishing contracts, rights, and obligations and will then help build the company’s new fiction line.
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Bergen Street Comics to Close

Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, NY for the past six years, has announced that they will be closing their doors next month. More details on the closing, as well as future plans, will be released in the next few days.

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On Spec Suspends Print Magazine

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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