Table of Contents, September 1986

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THE NEWSPAPER OF THE SCIENCE FICTION FIELD
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EDITOR & PUBLISHER
Charles N. Brown
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EDITORIAL TRAINEE
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Fritz Leiber
Debbie Notkin
Dan Chow
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Editorial Matters
Welcome to the largest issue of Locus
so far. We’ve run 68 pages once before
(January 1985) and we’ve printed 8,300
copies once before (May 1986), but not
both at the same time before. Even
with the increased size, we’ve had to
hold some material for lack of space;
our bi-monthly coverage of British
books, an interview with Boris Strugatsky,
a look at French original books,
and several news stories on general
publishing. I also have to write this
editorial to come out exactly at the
end of the page because the back of the
issue is full.
CORRECTIONS
We managed to get the captions on the
bottom two photos in the World SF report
(Locus #307 p.27) reversed, and
the conference date should have been
M ay 27 and 28. The editorial on book
sales should have said that 1985 trade
sales were nearly S2 billion, not up $2
billion (they weren’t zero in 1984).
Jim Baen was happy with his interview,
but noted that he spent the sixties in
favor of nuclear detente, not a nuclear
tent. Yes, we now know there are two
“d”s in Riddley Scott. The anthology
HITLER VICTORIOUS went to the Military
Book Club (a Doubleday Club) and the
SFBC, not the History Book Club. The
Gollancz party photos in #305 were by a
staff photographer, not Steve Jones,
who said I Should Have Known because
they were in focus.
BRITISH IMPORTS ILLEGAL
The Stark decision, that British
books cannot be imported for resale,
will probably have some far-reaching
effects on the sf bookselling trade.
The collectors market for first editions
or for first hardcover editions
is fairly large. Most sf dealers routinely
offer (at high prices!) the new
Clive Barker, Brian Aldiss, and (when,
as in recent years, the first edition
is British) William Gibson, Frank Herbert,
Robert A. Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey,
etc., as imports in their catalog.
I don’t think a publisher or
author will sue if a bookdealer offers
a copy of a British book, but it’s possible.
Some British publishers print
hardcovers of original U.S. paperbacks
and import them for library sales.
They usually ask permission of the U.S.
copyright holder, but what if a bookseller
sued for lost revenue? The
First Amendment considerations were
concerned with a publisher controling a
copyright but not publishing the book.
The judge thought this was farfetched.
But, since he ruled that the “first
sale” doctrine only concerned American
books, could a used bookdealer be sued?
FANTASY REVIEW
I was sorry and surprised to hear
about the sale of Fa ntasy Review.
Sorry because it means one less fanatic
I can sympathize with and complain to
every month with nearly complete understanding
on both sides. Surprised
because I can’t see how it can be run
except on a semi-pro basis by a fanatic.
Carolyn has aptly described
putting out a small monthly magazine as
“finals week every month without spring
or summer vacation.” I’m very interested
to see if it can survive as a
professional operation.
HAILING HELP
Mailing help on Issue 307 was furnished
by Russ Elliot, Elena and Jonathan
Lyerly, Carol Day, Connie Buchanan,
Mike Friedrich, Dave Nee, Jim
Dumond, Barbara Kennedy, Mikey Roessner-
Herman, and Pat Murphy. Karen
Haber did the proofreading. With that
many people, we finished early and had
time enough for a small party. Thank
you all. — C.N. Brown
Index to Ads
Aboriginal SF…………………… 61
Ace………………………. 20,21,22
Air Craft Recording………………46
Amazing………………………… 49
Avon…………………………… 24
Baen……………………… 53,55,57
Bantam Spectra……….. 18,26,43,65
Berkley………………………… 12
Bluejay…………………… 36,37,41
Bridge…………………………. 51
California Book Auction…………..59
Classified Ads………………….. 56
L.W. Currey…………………….. 54
Del Rey………………………. 8,63
Ground Zero…………………….. 44
Locus………………………….. 66
Macmillan………………………. 10
NAL/Signet……………………… 16
Nemo Press……………………… 52
Peachtree……………………….. 6
Pendragon Gallery…………………2
Popular Library/Questar…………. 14
Tor……………….30,32,33,47,67,68
Workman………………………… 45
Table of Contents
Atlanta to Host ConFederation…… p.1
1986 World Fantasy Awards Nominations.1
Brin Wins Campbell Memorial Award…. 1
Putnam Buys New Heinlein Book…….. 1
Keith Roberts: No Free Tea……….. 1
Editorial Matters…………………3
Fantasy Review Sold……………….4
Stark Decision:
British Imports Illegal……… 4
Dragon Aid………………………. 4
Weird Lingerie Tales………………4
Headline: New British Publisher…… 4
Avon Projects With Clarke………… 5
Bookseller Wins Putnam Settlement…. 5
Norwescon Troubles………………..5
Aboriginal SF Appears;
To the Stars Aborts…………. 5
The Data File……………………. 5
Baen Book Club Battles…………….5
People & Publishing……………….7
Agent’s Corner, Richard Curtis……. 9
Moons & Stars & Stuff, Fritz Leiber..11
Locus Looks at Books, Faren Miller…13
Small Wonders, Amy Thomson………. 15
Locus Looks at More Books,
Debbie Notkin………………….17
Locus Looks at More Books, Dan Chow..19
1986 SFRA Meeting Held in San Diego..23
Lecturing Through Europe, James Gunn.25
Polcon…………………………. 27
SF in France, Pascal Thomas……… 28
1986 Metz Festival……………… 28
News from the Soviet Union………. 31
News from China………………….31
Along Publishers’ Row…………… 34
Tentative ConFederation Program….. 38
Convention Listings………………40
Magazines Received— July………… 48
Books Received— July……………. 50
Classified Ads…………………..56
Bestseller Lists…………………60
Locus Letters…………………… 62
Obituaries: Robert F. Young,
Stanley Ellin, Robert Holmes….62
ISSUE #308 • VOL. 19, NO. 9 • SEPTEMBER 1986 Mailing date: August 21,1986