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The success of the Harry Potter series is spreading to other fantasy books, according to this New York Times article. Booksellers provide lists of recommendations for what they call Harry Potter Deprivation Clubs; sales are up for Brian Jacques, C.S. Lewis, and others; and NYT is considering breaking children's bestsellers out onto a separate list.
(Mon 28 Feb 2000)
Preliminary ballot for the 1999 Bram Stoker Awards
(Fri 25 Feb 2000)
SFWA reports that Bertelsmann has appointed a Chief Creative Officer.
(Wed 23 Feb 2000)
Editors' Choice '99 selections by Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association, put Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn at the Top of the List in the Adult Fiction category. Other selections in Adult Fiction include Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis, while several other SFFH titles, by Orson Scott Card, Michael Crichton, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King, are included on the Adult Books for Young Adults list. J.K. Rowling's two Harry Potter books from 1999 are on the Books for Youth list. Neil Barron's Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet (Scarecrow) is on the Reference Books list.
(Updated Best of '99 Summary)
(Tue 15 Feb 2000)
Science Fiction Age will be discontinued after its May 2000 issue. Editor Scott Edelman will leave publisher Sovereign Media Co.; sister magazine Realms of Fantasy will continue.
(Fri 11 Feb 2000)
HarperCollins chairman Eddie Bell resigned Monday. He'll remain as an advisor for six months while a replacement is sought.
Daniel Keyes will be named Author Emeritus this year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He'll speak at the Nebula Awards banquet in New York City on May 20.
SFWA News 9 Feb
Lambda Literary Awards nominees include, in the Lesbian & Gay Science Fiction category, books by Richard Bowes, Severna Park, Keith Hartman (a book also nominated in the mystery category), and others. Samuel R. Delany's Times Square Red, Times Square Blue is nominated in the Gay Men's Studies category.
Lambda Literary Awards Finalists | SFWA News
(Wed 9 Feb 2000)
Kurt Vonnegut taken off respirator, condition upgraded.
CNN 8 Feb
(Tue 8 Feb 2000)
J.K. Rowling has won a British book award after all, namely one of the 11th annual British Book Awards, as Author of the Year.
(Fri 4 Feb 2000)
The SF Site's Readers' Choice Best Books of 1999 are led by George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings; the Site posted Best Books of 1999 selected by its contributors last month.
(Thu 3 Feb 2000)
Updated story on Kurt Vonnegut's condition following fire in his Manhattan home on Sunday.
Reuters obituary of A.E. van Vogt includes comments from SFWA president Paul Levinson
Reuters; reposted on CNN
Here's a tribute to van Vogt by Jesco von Puttkamer
(Wed 2 Feb 2000)
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