George R.R. Martin “Millionaire”

Amazon.com has announced that George R.R. Martin has sold over a million Kindle e-books.  Martin said, “Groucho Marx one said, ‘I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member,’ but even Groucho might have made an exception for the Kindle Million Club. It’s a real thrill to be inducted into this one.” Martin has been writing professionally since 1971. He is the eleventh author to sell ...Read More

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Edward Kramer Arrested on Child Endangerment Charges

Dragon*Con founder Edward Kramer was arrested on September 13, 2011 after being discovered alone with a 14-year-old boy in a motel room in Connecticut. Milford Police have charged Kramer with misdemeanor reckless endangerment of a child, according to defense attorney Edwin Marger. Kramer has claimed to be too ill to stand trial for multiple previous charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation, but witnesses in Connecticut reported seeing Kramer ...Read More

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Ed Bryant Hospitalized

Writer Ed Bryant was checked into a Colorado hospital on August 27, 2011 (his 66th birthday) with gastroparesis, a complication of diabetes that affects the throat, the stomach, and the digestive process. He was transferred out of intensive care on September 4, and according to Melanie Tem, “his heart and kidneys appear to be OK.” His feeding tube has been removed, and he is once again eating by mouth.

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Stephen King Launches ‘Provocative’ Radio Program

Horror writer Stephen King will launch a “deliberately skewed, left-leaning morning show” on two Bangor, Maine radio stations owned by King and his wife, WZON 103.1 FM and 620 AM. Regular hosts will be former gubernatorial candidate and journalist Pat LaMarche and Don Cookson, a former reporter and communications director for Maine’s Secretary of State.

“We wanted to shake things up a little bit in the market,” King said. “We’re ...Read More

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Rob Thurman Hospitalized

Author Rob Thurman was in a car accident last week, and is now hospitalized in critical condition, with her injuries complicated by double pneumonia. For more information, see her blog.

Her agent Lucienne Diver writes, “People can leave notes or well wishes on her blog, or can send cards to me, and I’ll see that they get to her mother to present to her. My address is: Lucienne Diver, ...Read More

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Scripts for Game of Thrones stolen

George R.R. Martin has reported that two autographed scripts from the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on his A Song of Ice and Fire series, were apparently stolen from the US mail. The scripts were intended to be auctioned for charity. The final shooting scripts for “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood”, episodes nine and ten of season one, were autographed by writers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, ...Read More

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LASFS Buys New Building

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society has purchased a new building to store its library and hold meetings and activities, at 6012 Tyrone, Van Nuys, CA 91401. The new building replaces a building half the size, acquired in 1977, which in turn had replaced a meeting place bought in 1973; previously it met in public places such as Clifton’s Cafeteria and the meeting rooms of the Silverlake Playground. The club ...Read More

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Sturgeon Papers Go to University of Kansas

The University of Kansas has received a collection of Theodore Sturgeon’s private letters, manuscripts, and other papers as a gift from the late writer’s daughter, Noel Sturgeon. Highlights from the collection include the original manuscript and multiple film script treatments of More Than Human, his notes and outline for one of the Star Trek episodes he wrote, and  personal documents, correspondence, and story ideas and drafts shared with other major ...Read More

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Schelling and Lotts to Leave Vicinanza Agency

Chris Lotts and Christopher Schelling have announced they have left Ralph Vicinanza Ltd. to open their own agencies.

The Lotts Agency will continue to represent commercial fiction and targeted upmarket non-fiction in a mix of domestic and foreign rights, working on behalf of Stephen King, Robert Silverberg, George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Connie Willis, Robert J. Sawyer, and R. Scott Bakker among many others. At Schelling’s new shop, Selectric Artists, ...Read More

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SFWA Executive Director Jane Jewell Steps Down

SFWA announced that Jane Jewell plans to step down from her long-time role as SFWA Executive Director this year. Kate Baker has been hired as an interim office manager, effective immediately, to handle membership services and administrative duties. All messages sent to the SFWA Executive Director will be forwarded to Baker, who will pass Nebula-related information and queries to Jewell.

SFWA has expressed deep gratitude to Jewell for “her long ...Read More

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2011 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2011 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame are Harlan Ellison, Vincent Di Fate, Moebius, and Gardner Dozois.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday June 25, 2011 at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum in Seattle WA as part of the Science Fiction Awards Weekend, June 24-26, 2011, in conjunction with the Locus Awards and NW Media Arts writing workshops with Terry Bisson and Connie Willis. The ...Read More

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Joe Haldeman Recovering from Surgery

Joe Haldeman is recovering from his ileostomy take-down surgery of February 17, 2011. The surgery was a laparoscopic procedure, designed to reconnect his intestines after a September 19, 2009 surgery for severe pancreatitis and twisted bowel. Gay Haldeman reports that “the surgery went well,” and that Joe is cracking jokes. As of February 21, Gay further reports, “They let Joe out of the ICU last night, into a regular room. ...Read More

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Peter Watts Hospitalized for Necrotizing Fasciitis

Canadian author Peter Watts is recovering from surgery for necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, in Toronto’s East General hospital. Part of his right calf was removed. According to Watts’s blog, “The good news is, I’m not dead, and the necrotising bugs have been scraped out of me as far as anyone can tell. The bad news is I’m stuck here in the e-boons for at least another week, and even ...Read More

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Leading Australian Bookseller Goes Bust

Australia’s dominant bookselling organization REDgroup Retail has been placed into voluntary administration by its owner, private equity group PEP, just a day after Borders Group filed for bankruptcy. The group includes Angus & Robertson, Borders in Australia, and New Zealand’s Whitcoulls, with a combined staff of about 2,500. Angus & Robertson’s history in Australia dates back to 1886, and Whitcoulls dates back to 1882.

Ferrier Hodgson partners were appointed as ...Read More

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Borders Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Borders has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing a debt of $1.29 billion and assets of $1.275 billion, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. They expect to “finalize and implement a store closure, store liquidation and lease modification plan” as approved by their board, closing about 30 percent of their 642 stores, or approximately 200 locations, over the next few weeks. Creditors, including book publishers and distributors, are owed about $230 ...Read More

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Nalo Hopkinson Appointed Associate Professor

Nalo Hopkinson has been appointed associate professor specializing in science fiction and fantasy at the Creative Writing Department of the University of California Riverside starting in Fall 2011. Dean Stephen Cullenberg announced the appointment during the 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference, where Eaton Awards for Lifetime Achievement were presented to Samuel R. Delany and Harlan Ellison. The professorship was originally offered to Hopkinson in Fall 2009 and was placed ...Read More

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Canadian Distributor H.B. Fenn Files for Bankruptcy

H.B. Fenn & Company, Canada’s largest book distributor, has initiated bankruptcy proceedings without warning. The National Post quoted former publicist Lisa Winstanley as saying, “We’re ceasing operations effective immediately.”

According to an official statement, Fenn recently “encountered significant financial challenges due to the loss of distribution lines, shrinking margins and the significant shift to e-books, all of which have significantly reduced the company’s revenues.” Canadian bankruptcy law allows 30 days ...Read More

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Gaiman and Palmer Marry

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer were married January 3, 2011 in Berkeley, California in the parlor of friends and fellow authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Musician Jason Webley, who was ordained on the Internet, officiated the “almost on the spur of the moment” ceremony.

Guests were friends who had gathered for dinner, but were instead treated to the spontaneous wedding. Palmer wore the dress she wore as a human ...Read More

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Harlan Ellison to Sell His First Typewriter

Harlan Ellison is selling his first typewriter, a Remington “noiseless” from “around 1936-1940,” with an asking price of $40,000” (though that price is negotiable). The typewriter was on display at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle from 2004-2010.

Ellison talks a bit about the typewriter’s history at his website, and in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, explains his motivations for selling the device: “It’s ...Read More

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Frazetta Feud Continues

Alfonso Frank Frazetta — son of the late artist Frank Frazetta — has filed a lawsuit in Fort Myers FL against his three siblings, alleging they violated the terms of their April 2010 settlement agreement by failing to pay him a 25% share of the estate, not providing an accounting of their business dealings, and refusing to consult with him on business decisions.

The family feud became public in 2009 ...Read More

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In with the new…

January is our 600th issue and we are going to celebrate!

We’ve a number of projects in the works for January 2011: we’re launching our digital subscriptions, running a special issue on SF in the Digital Age, and, most relevantly to this forum, we’re going to revamp and revitalize the Locus Roundtable Blog.

To engineer this feat, we’ve enlisted the help of online critic and web editor Karen Burnham, ...Read More

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Trilobite Named in Honor of Baxter

Czech scientists named a new species of trilobite in honor of  SF author Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee series. The pre-historic creature was discovered in the Czech republic; the derivatio nominis is Xeelee – “a legendary civilization of very advanced extraterrestrial beings forming a mainstay of [the] excellent science fiction sequence of Stephen Baxter.”

Baxter writes, “The beast itself looks like a woodlouse (to me), is about a centimetre long, and apparently ...Read More

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Ellison’s Final Convention

SF Grandmaster Harlan Ellison, 76, has announced that his final convention appearance will be this weekend at MadCon (Sept. 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison WI), where he is guest of honor. There was some doubt that he would make it to the convention due to poor health, but his attendance has been confirmed.

In an interview with Madison website The Daily Page, Ellison discusses his declining ...Read More

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William Burroughs Graphic Novel to Be Published at Last

Ah Pook Is Here, a graphic novel written by William Burroughs with art by Malcolm McNeill in the early ’70s, will be published in complete form by Gary Groth of Fantagraphics Books next year.

The project, about a Mayan death god and a billionaire’s quest for immortality, began as a monthly comic strip in English magazine Cyclops in 1970. After the magazine went out of business, Burroughs and McNeill ...Read More

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