Table of Contents, November 1985

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Contents
Austin NASFiC: A Hot Time in Texas..p.1
Part II: 3 Reports on Aussiecon II…. 1
A Fan’s Perspective, Amy Thomson…23
The World(con) According to Hull,
Elizabeth Anne Hull………. 26
Aussiecon II, Cont’d, Jane Jewell..27
Summer Film Finale, Faren Miller….. 1
Editorial Matters………………… 3
SF/Fantasy Galleries Open………… 4
Lundgren’s Farewell……………….4
Locus Letter…………………….. 4
Publishing Notes…………………. 4
Chad Oliver: Back to the Future…… 5
Book Notes………………………. 5
The Outer Limits…………………. 5
The Data File……………………. 5
People & Publishing……………….7
Agent’s Corner, Richard Curtis……. 9
Moons & Stars & Stuff, Fritz Leiber..11
Locus Looks at Australian Books,
Faren Miller…. …………… 13
Locus Looks at More Books,
Debbie Notkin……………….17
Locus Looks at More Books, Dan Chow..19
The First Deltacon, Bryan Webb…… 29
High Style Hits NASFiC………….. 35
Books Received— September……….. 37
Magazines Received— September……. 41
Classified Ads…………………..44
Bestseller Lists…………………48
Obituaries: Italo Calvino, E.B. White,
Helen Maclnnes………………50
Around the Bookstores…………….52
Ad Index
Ace………………………….. p.49
Baen…………………………… 18
Bantam……………………. 20,21,47
Berkley………………………. 2,14
Bluejay……………………… 12,36
Bridge Publications………………24
Classified Ads………………….. 44
Del Rey…………………… 16,22,55
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich……….. 38
Harper & Row……………………. 43
Locus Press…………………….. 41
Mayfair Games…………………… 39
Nebula Books……………………. 39
Phantasia Press………………….. 8
Prestige Art Galleries……………10
Questar………………………… 32
Scream/Press……………………. 40
Signet…………………………. 30
Science Fiction Shop……………..37
Simon & Schuster…………………42
Tor……………………….. 6,53,56
ISSUE #298 • VOL. 18, NO. 11 • NOVEMBER 1985 Mailing date: October 24,1985
ISSN-0047-4959
EDITOR & PUBLISHER
Charles N. Brown
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Faren Miller
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Donna Burriston
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Carolyn F. Cushman
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
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Richard Curtis
Fritz Leiber
Debbie Notkin
Dan Chow
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For the second time in three months,
I’m writing an editorial without quite
knowing what will be in the issue. I’m
off to the Frankfurt Book Fair tomorrow
and it will be up to Faren, Donna, and
Carolyn to put together the news portion
of this issue. They even get to
pick the color combinations for page 1.
In a way, it’s appropriate that they
get more say on this issue because they
no longer work directly for me.
LOCUS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
In late August, Locus Publications
became Locus Publications, Inc., a
California corporation, and I became a
company president instead of sole proprietor.
I had to fill out all the
papers of an employee instead of an
owner. I now draw a salary instead of
getting what’s left over at year’s end.
Oddly enough, unlike most small corporations,
the primary object was not to
save money on taxes (I save some, but
not really enough for the paperwork and
complications involved) but to give
Locus a life of its own beyond mine.
There is a board of directors which can
only advise right now, but will get to
pick my successor and help run the
magazine in the future. Nevertheless,
I seem to have saved money anyway. I
rent my house to the corporation, which
maintains it and requires me to live
there. This month, the city discovered
that the corporate sewer needed to be
fixed, and an inspection showed that
one of the corporate trees was being
attacked by pine bore beetles and termites
and had to be put to sleep. It
was an expensive month for the corporation.
The monthly Locus party, which was
supposed to celebrate just the incorporation,
turned into a wake for the
tree. In the past, it furnished shade,
a haven for squirrels and bluejays, and
lots of pine needles for sweeping. In
the future, it will furnish warmth and
light as firewood. But for this year,
it lies beneath the porch. Resting.
CLOSE CALL
We almost had an entirely different
lead story this issue. Jim Benford
called to tell us that his twin brother
Greg was in the hospital in critical
condition with massive infections following
a burst appendix. The next day
would determine whether or not he would
recover. I’ve written a lot of obituaries
of friends, but they’ve been much
older, terminally ill, or in accidents.
Here was a close friend who is younger,
healthy, and vital. I was in shock.
Bob Silverberg came over that afternoon
and we got status calls from Jim until
Greg’s white blood cell count stabilized
and he was merely serious, not
critical. That evening, Greg himself
was coherent enough to call to describe
the various tubes stuffed into his body
and to spend a half hour on a morphine
talking jag. I told him how worried
I’d been, and he allowed he’d been
scared too. He was gratified to know
that I had planned to give him two
columns on page 1, but was happy to
forego the honor.
AUSTRALIAN PUBLISHING
Prior to Aussiecon, I spent a week in
Sydney talking to Australian book people.
I saw Brian Wilder, head of Harper
& Row Australia, Harper rep Joy van
der Poorten (I stayed with her and her
family and wish to thank them for hospitality
— her husband Alf, an old
friend, also manned the Locus table at
Aussiecon and sold subscriptions with a
passion I found awesome); Sue Blackwell
of the Australian Book Publishers Association;
and John Crane and Karyn Lymbery
of Bantam/Corgi Australia. (Actually
I saw a lot more of the Bantam
staff. I joined them and Lou Aronica
for a beach picnic on Botany Bay.) I
also saw various bookstore people at
Angus & Robertson and at the Penguin
bookstore, and visited Shayne McCormick
at Galaxy, a specialty bookshop.
The signals I got on Australian publishing
were mixed. Sue Blackwell and
Brian Wilder are mostly concerned with
general publishing. Last year, for the
first time, the majority of the books
sold in Australia were Australian editions.
True, it was mostly small textbooks
(large technical books are still
mostly imported) and Australiana (the
Australians love books about Australia
as well as all things Australian), and
other non-fiction with a steady sale.
It helps that there is no prejudice
against trade paperbacks, since imported
mass market books are just as
expensive. It also helps that the
(Continued on page 50)
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