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EDITOR & PUBLISHER
Charles N. Brown
Faren C. Miller
Carolyn F. Cushman
Pamela F. Troy
Frank M. Robinson
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ABA Photos p.1
1987 Locus Awards 1
James Tiptree, Jr. Dead 1
Editorial Matters 3
Pinnacle Settlement Near 4
Knight Special 4
Adams Tax Problems 4
Arbor House Absorbed 4
The Data File 4
Barrington Bayley Wins Again 5
Publishing Notes 5
A Party for Olaf Stapledon 5
Raymond E. Feist: Having a Wonderful Time 5
People & Publishing 7
Agent’s Corner, Richard Curtis 9
Small Wonders, Amy Thomson 11
Locus Looks at Books, Faren Miller 13
Locus Looks at More Books, Debbie Notkin 15
I lied last issue when I said it was the biggest ever.
This issue, at 74 pages with flyers, is even larger. At
that, we will still have lots of material left over –
mostly aging lists of catalogs received, other
publications received, stories in odd sources, etc.
They’ll all appear eventually in order to keep our
records straight. On the other hand, various
moldering photo stories on bookstore signings, etc.
will probably be skipped. No matter what size we
make Locus, there is always material left over.
We don’t usually mention trainees or list them on
the masthead until they survive our 3 months
baptism of fire, but Trevin Matlock likes books none
of our other reviewers can enjoy – he’s still young
and uncynical. So he’s been pressed into service as
another columnist. He gets last pick at the piles of
galleys and manuscripts.
STILL MORE HELP WANTED
Whether we want to or not, it seems as if Locus is
expanding, and Locus Press, our book operation, is
growing. We still want to hire one more full-time
employee. We need someone who has a good
memory, can deal with people, and can live with the
constant crisis that surrounds a job that’s always on
deadline. You also should love science fiction, of
JAMES TIPTREE, JR.
In 1968, shortly after Locus started publication, I
received a wildly enthusiastic letter sent from a post
office box in Virginia. The writer also asked if I
wanted to see a “Star Trek” story he had written. I
thought the letter was from a teenager and sent a
non-corranital reply and a discouraging note about
“Star Trek” fiction. The story, of course, was the brilliant
“Beam Us Home”, and the author was James
Tiptree, Jr. The enthusiastic heavy blue postcards
kept arriving, as well as one of our earliest lifetime
subscriptions and rafts of gift subscriptions for
In 1977, one of Tiptree’s friends gave us the story
on who “he” was. It was on the same day we were
going to the printer, and I remember the excitement
of pasting in a last-minute “scoop.” The letters
stopped coming, and it was quite a while before they
started again and I talked to Alice Sheldon on the
phone. She told me, in a matter of fact, even cheerful
voice, how she stopped writing, closed up her
affairs, and prepared to commit suicide after seeing
the story. The basis for social interaction and indeed
civilization is that, within margins, we can predict
how others will react to what we say and do. I found
I was wrong, and I lost my taste for “investigative”
reporting. With hindsight, I think maybe Tip’s
suicide was inevitable, but there’s still that niggling
thought that maybe the Locus story helped set it up.
Ironically, word of her death also came just as we
were going to press; this time the mood was one of
James Tiptree, Jr. was the first Locus lifetime
subscriber to die. I can no longer say that having a
lifetime subscription confers immortality, at least of
the physical kind.
We managed to lose the editor of Night Cry his job
even before the magazine was suspended. Alan
Rodgers, not Alan Ryan, is the Night Cry editor, and
he was understandably upset about becoming an
unperson so quickly. We’re sorry. The chances of
Night Cry being sold are also receding. It’s probably
worth more as a tax write-off than as a saleable
Owen Whitlock withdrew from the Hugo ballot in
the Best Fan Writer category.
The late Patrick Troughton’s last Doctor Who
(Continued on page 64)
LOCUS July 1987 / 3
Locus Looks at More Books, Trevin Matlock 17
Locus Looks at More Books, Dan Chow 19
Moons & Stars & Stuff, Fritz Leiber 21
The Media Scene, Frank M. Robinson 23
Locus Poll Results 28
Bests of the Year Contents 31
Writers of the Future Awards 32
1987 Nebula Banquet 36
Convention Listings 38
Books Received-May 40
Magazines Received–May 44
British Books-April 52
Bestseller Lists 60
James Tiptree, Jr. Dead 62
Other Obituaries: Gail Kaufman, Humberto
Costantini, Joseph LoBrutto, Dr. Archibald
F. Carr, Jr., Frank Andrasovsky 64
Locus Letters 65
Table of Contents
ISSUE #318 • VOL. 20, NO. 7 • JULY 1987 Mailing date: June 24,1987
Index to Advertisers
Classified Ads 54
Christian Fantasy Collectibles 46
L.W. Currey 48
Del Rey 1839
Locus Press 41
Popular Library/Questar 22
Serendipity Press 57
Simon & Schuster 14
Starmont House 46