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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Obituary: Karen Jones

Karen Jones died on November 8. Jones worked as a freelance User Interface Designer and also served as the Art Director for Lightspeed. She has also worked in photography, vector-based art, and character design for video games.

Games Designer Forced from Home

Game Designer Brianna Wu and her husband, Frank, were forced out of their home after Brianna received death threats over twitter which also revealed the couple’s home address. Police worked with the Wus to get them to a safe space, calling the threats credible, and Twitter shut down the offending account. Wu is believed to have been targeted because of comments she has made about misogyny rampant in the gaming community. Frank has written that they are currently okay, but suggests that anyone who wants to help can do so “by contributing to her friends’ legal fund.”

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Angry Robot Sold

Angry Robot Books, which has been struggling and which recently closed down its young adult and mystery lines, has been sold by Osprey Publishing Group to Etan Ilfeld, who also bought two other imprints from Osprey. Ilfeld is the editor of Mind Body Spirit Magazine and owns a bookstore in London.

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