Lois Tilton has announced that she will no longer be reviewing short fiction at Locus Online stating “Without consulting or informing me, they had begun deleting material they considered negative from my reviews.” Locus has responded that they were changing the was “editing future online review columns was to be managed” to bring them into line with the way print reviews are edited at the magazine. Tilton has published 205 review columns on Locus Online.
Locus has announced that they have moved. Although their PO Box is still the same and mail can (and should) be sent to them at PO Box 13305, Oakland CA 94661, their street address for any packages that can’t be delivered to a PO Box (and for couriers) is now 1933 Davis Street, Suite 295/297, San Leandro, CA 94577.
Numerous items from the estate of former Locus publisher Charles N. Brown will be placed on the auction block on the weekend of October 11-12. The lots include pieces of furniture, artwork, and numerous lots of mystery novels, many of which are by authors such as Frederic Brown or Anthony Boucher who also have a tie to science fiction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. The auction is being managed by Clars Auction Gallery.
Publisher Charles N. Brown (b.1937) died peacefully in his sleep on July 12 on his way home from Readercon. Brown, along with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf, founded Locus as a fanzine in support of a Boston Worldcon bid. When the ‘zine received a Hugo nomination, Brown continued to publish it, eventually turning it into the news magazine of the science fiction field. Locus has won 29 Hugo Awards over the years. In addition, Brown contributed book reviews to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and year in review articles to Terry Carr’s anthology series.