Obituary: Larry Smith

Columbus book dealer Larry Smith (b.1946) died on January 20. Smith co-chaired the Columbus in 1976 Worldcon bid as well as chairing Marcons III-XII. He served as a vice-chair for Chicon IV in 1982. He also co-chaired OVFF in 1998 and World Fantasy Con in 2010. In the early 1990s, he purchased Dick Spelman’s book business and, along with his wife, Sally Kobee, has sold books and most conventions in the Midwest and East Coast. He has managed the dealer’s room at numerous Worldcons and other conventions.

Obituary: Annemarie van Ewijck

Dutch fan Annemarie van Ewijck (b.1943) died on January 15. van Ewijck ran handicapped services at ConFiction, the 1990 Worldcon, and was a driving force behind NCSF, a Dutch SF club, for which she edited the clubzine, Holland SF. In addition, van Ewijck was an active translator under the names Annemarie van Ewijck and Annemarie Kindt. She was nominated for the King Kong Award for horror translation in 1977.

Obituary: Linn Prentis

Agent Linn Prentis (b.1944) died on December 24. Prentis began working as an agent for Virginia Kidd before opening up her own agency with offices in Washington state and New York. Her clients included Kage Baker, Patricia Briggs, Rick Bowes, A.M. Dellamonica, and James Morrow.

Analog & Asimov’s Change Schedule

Analog and Asimov’s Magazines, both published by Dell, have announced that beginning in January 2017, they will publish on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue will be sixteen pages longer than their current double-issues. The Magazines currently have been publishing ten issues a year (including two double issues).

Obituary: Barry R. Levin

Bookseller Barry R. Levin (b.1946) committed suicide on September 14. Levin operated Barry R. Levin Books in Santa Monica. During his years of bookselling, Levin also presented the Collectors Awards for authors, books, and publishers who were deemed to be the most collectible. Levin was suffering from depression. His wife, Sally Ann Fudge Levin, died in 2006.

Moreno-Garcia Joins The Dark

Silvia Moreno-Garcia has been hired to serve as co-editor of The Dark Magazine, alongside current editor and publisher Sean Wallace. Moreno-Garcia will assume responsibility on October 1 and her first issue with be the January issue.
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Arabic SF Publisher Launches

Noura Al No’man, an Emirati novelist, has announced the launch of Makhtouta 5229, a new publishing house aimed at science fiction. The publishing house, to be based in Sharjah, UAE, will produce science fiction, fantasy, with suspense, paranormal mystery, and supernatural fiction. The launch coincides with 2016 being the year of the book in the United Arab Emirates.

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More Changes at Tor

In the wake of the announcement that Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Linda Quinton had been promoted at Devi Pillai hired, Tor Books has announced that Diana Gill has joined the company as executive editor after working at HarperVoyager and Berkley. In addition, Liz Gorinsky and Miriam Weinberg have been promoted to Senior Editors, Jennifer Gunnels and Diana Pho have been promoted to Editors, Christopher Morgan has been promoted to Junior Associate Editor, and Melissa Singer has been named Manager of Editorial Operations. At Forge, Bess Cozby has been named Editor and Elayne Becker has been named Junior Associate Editor. Whitney Ross was promoted to senior editor and Amy Stapp was promoted to editor at Tor YA.
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Tor Names Associate Publishers

Tor Books has announced that Patrick Nielsen Hayden will be promoted to Associate Publisher. In addition, Devi Pillai will join Tor as an Associate Publisher. Nielsen Hayden has worked at Tor in various editorial positions for the past 28 years. Pillai joins Tor from Orbit US, which she has worked for the past several years. In addition, Linda Quinton has been named Publisher of Forge Books. Quinton was previously Associate Publisher and Vice President of marketing for Tor/Forge.
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IGMS New Editor

Scott M. Roberts has been named the new editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, replacing long time editor Edmund Schubert. Roberts takes over with the July/August issue, which is now posted. The magazine skipped the May/June issue and the number scheme picks up with issue 51, following issue 50, which was released in March/April.
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