Escape Pod Staff Changes

Norm Sherman has announced that he is stepping down as the editor of Escape Pod‘s weekly science fiction podcast. Divya Breed and Mur Lafferty will take over as co-editors with Benjamin C. Kinney as the assistant Editor.
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The Return of Pulphouse

Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch have announced that after a brief 20 year hiatus, they plan to bring back Pulphouse Magazine. Pulphouse originally ran for thirteen issues in the 1990s, along with the Pulphouse Hardcover magazine, Axolotl Press, and the Writer’s Choice Monthly series. They will be launching a Kickstarter later this year and expect the first issue to appear in January 2018.
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Obituary: Jonathan Matson

Agent Jonathan Matson (b.c.1950) died on February 1. Matson became an agent in 1991, taking over his father, Harold Matson’s agency. Prior that that, he worked for Harvard University Press. At various times, the Matson agency represented Ray Bradbury, Henry Kuttner, and C.L. Moore. More recently, Jonathan Matson represented Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts.

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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