Obituary: Alice K. Turner

Editor Alice K. Turner (b.1939) died on January 16 from pneumonia. Turner had served as the fiction editor at Playboy from 1980 until 2000. In 1998, she edited The Playboy Book of Science Fiction, collecting 25 science fiction stories originally published in Playboy by authors including William Tenn, Ray Bradbury, Doris Lessing, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

ETC: Corrected year of birth.

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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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.

SF Site News Joins Twitterverse

You can now receive updates from SF Site News via Twitter, using the name @SFSiteNews.

Sizemore Editing Apex

Apex Magazine publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that he will become the magazine’s editor in chief beginning with the January 2015 issue. The magazine has been edited by Sigrid Ellis since late last year. The change comes as part of a realignment of Sizemore’s duties which will allow him to focus more personal attention on the magazine and Apex Publishing. Stories selected by Ellis will continue to appear in 2015 in the Sizemore edited issues. Sizemore also announced that Bianca Spriggs will be taking over as poetry editor, replacing out-going poetry editor Elise Matheson.

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On Spec Funding Cut

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.

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Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter

Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide initial funding for a new on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny will be published as eBooks on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue will contain at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter runs from July 29 and will run through August 28.

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Amazing Offer

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.

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Analog and Asimov’s Readers Polls

The winners of the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards and Analog‘s Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards were announced by Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams and Analog editor Trevor Quachri during the Nebula Weekend in San Jose.

Asimov‘s Readers’ Awards

  • Best Novella: “The Application of Hope,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (August)
  • Best Novelette: “Over There,” by Will McIntosh (January)
  • Best Short Story (tie): “The Wall,” by Naomi Kritzer (April-May); “The New Guys Always Work Overtime,” by David Erik Nelson (February)
  • Best Poem: “Rivers,” by Geoffrey A. Landis (June)
  • Best Cover Artist: Kinuko Craft

Analog‘s Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards

  • Best Novella: “The Chaplain’s Legacy,” by Brad Torgersen (July-August)
  • Best Novelette: “Buddha Nature,” by Amy Thompson (January-February)
  • Best Short Story: “The War of the Worlds, Book One, Chapter 18: The Sergeant-Major,” by John G. Hemry (January-February)
  • Best Fact Article: “The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown and Down-and-Dirty Mud-Wrassle,” by Michael F. Flynn (January-February)
  • Best Cover: July-August 2013 by Tomislav Tikulin

Obituary: Al Feldstein

Editor Al Feldstein (b.1925) died on April 29. Feldstein is best known as the editor of MAD Magazine from 1956-1985. He got his start freelancing artwork for Fox Comics before being hired by EC Comics in 1948, where he began as an artist, started writing, and became and editor, publishing work by Otto Binder, Daniel Keyes, and Harlan Ellison. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003 and received a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.