Following the announcement in December that Karen Meisner was leaving the fiction department at Strange Horizons, fiction editor Susan Marie Groppi, who has held that post for more than a decade, has announced that she will be stepping down, although retaining an advisory role. The magazine is currently looking for a new fiction editor, and will be temporarily closed to submissions.
Dave Truesdale has announced that both on-line fiction Managing Editor Kevin Tipple and Assistant Managing Editor Steve Fahnestalk have stepped down from their positions at Tangent Online, which reviews short SF/F. Joseph Giddings has been named the new Assistant Managing Editor. Fahnestalk has stepped down to focus on his writing career and Tipple is stepping down for health reasons. Both editors stayed in their positions until Truesdale returned to the on-line world to ensure the smooth continuation of Tangent Online.
Waleed Abdalati has been named Chief Scientist at NASA by NASA Administrator Charles Borden. Abdalati will assume his new position on January 3, 2011. Currently the director of the Earth Science and Observation Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Abdalati will serve as the principal adviser to the NASA administrator on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related investments. Previously, Abdalati was head of the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
Laura Haywood-Cory has been promoted to Associate Editor at Baen Books. Haywood-Cory has previously served as an editorial assistant at Baen and has long been active in science fiction fandom and con-running.
Li Chang, the editor of Science Fiction World, the largest circulation sf magazine in the world, has been removed from his post. Li’s removal comes after many months of complaints about his practices and he is being replaced, temporarily, by Liu Shucheng, the vice president of SFW. Li was described in an open letter signed by numerous editors as unprofessional, arbitrary, and impracticable.
Hal Hall, who has served as curator of the Science Fiction and Fanzine collection at Texas A&M since 1978 retired on August 30. Hall built the collection to more than 46,000 items. He will be succeeded by Catherine Coke, who is also an SF fan.
Orbit Books is looking to hire a Deputy Publisher and Editorial Assistant. The Deputy Publisher will be responsible for implementing publishing plans, have excellent judgement, be a great communicator, and embrace change in the publishing industry and market-place. The Editorial Assistant will support the editorial department. Both jobs are London-based and the deadline for application for the WA position is September 6.
Tor Books is looking for two editorial interns to work for the Fall 2010 semester. The internships will require either two full days or three half days each week and will be paid positions that have the interns proofreading, evaluating manuscripts and writing reader reports, and performing various administrative tasks.