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.
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.”
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.
Lou Anders, who has served as editor at Pyr Books for ten years, has announced that he is leaving the company. Anders will be replaced by interim editor Rene Sears, who is returning to the company to take the position. Anders received seven Hugo nominations and one win during his tenure at Pyr. He is currently promoting his debut novel, Frostborn.
Agent Kirby McCauley (b.1948) died on August 30. McCauley represented George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Stephen King, and many other successful authors. In addition to working as an agent, he was an anthologist and won the World Fantasy Award for editing Dark Forces. In 1975, McCauley chaired the first World Fantasy Convention.
Canadian SF magazine On Spec has received word that it will nto receive a government arts grant from the Canada Council for the forthcoming year, which will result in a decrease of funds between $20-25,000. The funding cut is for a single year and there is no means of redress, although next year’s jury may elect to reinstate the funding.
Angry Robot has announced that they are ceasing publication of their Strange Chemistry Books young adult line effective immediately. The imprint includes authors Gwenda Bond, Martha Wells, Sean Cummings, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Kim Curran, among others. Angry Robot is also closing their Exhibit A line of mystery/crime books. According to Angry Robot, the imprints are being closed because they haven’t been able to carve out their own niche in a saturated market.
Publisher Steve Davidson is offering a subscription to Amazing Stories to any member of Detcon1 or Loncon 3, this year’s NASFIC and Worldcon. Members of each convention will be given the opportunity to indicate whether or not they wish to take advantage of the offer. Amazing Stories subscribers will receive a number of benefits, including a subscriber discount on items sold in its soon to open store, advance notification and access to new fiction, special on-site services, and first dibs on limited edition offerings.
Advent:Publishing, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp, Sidney Coleman, Jon Stopa, Alex Eisenstein, Bob Briney, and George W. Price, has been sold to ReAnimus Press, which is run by Andrew Burt. Burt founded ReAnimus in order to help authors get their out-of-print books and short works back into readers’ hands.
Editor Oscar Dystal (b.1913) died on May 28. Dystal joined Bantam publishing in the 1950s and brought the company from the brink of bankruptcy to the largest paperback publishers by decreasing its print runs and inventory and promoting classic novels and books he felt would be widely popular. Dystal retired as the chairman of Bantam in 1980.