Table of Contents, August 1987

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Charles N. Brown
Faren C. Miller
Carolyn F. Cushman
Pamela F. Troy
Dan Chow
Richard Curtis
Fritz Leiber
Debbie Notkin
Frank M. Robinson
Amy Thomson
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Robert A Heinlein at 80 p.1
Best All-Time Awards 1
No SF a t SF ALA 1
Editorial Matters 3
Piers Anthony: Bard in a Gilded Cage 4
Beer Saves Editor 4
London Book Fair 4
IRS Changes for Writers 4
Bart Books Announced 4
The Data File 4
Changes at Pocket 4
Notkin to Tor: Locus Loses Reviewer 5
Zebra Gets Pinnacle 5
Fantasy Review Dies 5
Davis Awards Presented 5
People & Publishing 7
The Media Scene, Frank M. Robinson 9
Agent’s Corner, Richard Curtis 11
Locus Looks at Books, Faren Miller 13
Locus Looks at More Books, Debbie Notkin 15
Locus Looks at More Books, Dan Chow 17
Moons & Stars & Stuff, Fritz Leiber 19
Ace 18,53
Avon 6,26,41
Baen 43,59
Bantam 10,22,23,47
Carroll & Graf 16
Classified Ads 46
DAW 49
Del Rey 45
Editorial Matters
The front cover story on the ALA is a non-story,
but an important non-story. We didn’t know it was
going to be that way when we took the color photograph
of the convention floor and started to cover
the event. In the past, the American Library Association
has been very supportive of science fiction,
with various sections on authors, publishing, and
academic coverage. There was nothing this year.
SFWA president Jane Yolen was there, but only in
her juvenile fiction alter ego. I wonder if there isn’t
some sort of reverse discrimination working. Now
that sf is so commercially successful, it doesn’t need
the intellectual backing it has gotten in the past. In
any case, the lead time for color photos made it too
difficult to drop unless we had something better for
page 1. The event wasn’t a total loss. Kristina
Anderson gave out Locus and various flyers at the
Davis booth, thanks to the generosity of Bill Battista.
Robert Heinlein called in early July to tell us he
was moving and wanted to get rid of some books
and magazines. I offered to sell them through Locus
and at our various convention tables. He accepted,
and Ricia Mainhardt and I went down to visit the
Heinleins and pick up a load of magazines – F&SF,
Galaxy, and Astounding/Analog, plus a few
miscellaneous items. There have been rumors that
he was very ill, and we were gratified to find him in
good health, both physically and mentally. It was
true he had been very ill, but had recovered just
recently. He has emphysema and has to rest frequently,
and uses a cane to get around, but is as
charming, cheerful, and friendly as ever. Rida fell in
love with him, of course. The Heinleins’ present
house is beautiful, but isolated, large, and in need of
constant upkeep. They bought a condominium
further south and plan to move rather quickly. Our
“short” visit stretched to five hours, with more talk,
picture taking, and book signing than actual work.
We had a marvelous time. Several days later we
went back to pick up more books — mostly recent
paperbacks, but some older books and some extra
foreign editions of his own work, which he signed.
He told us about his meeting with H.G. Wells, who
autographed a book for him and told him he would
only sign copies of his own work – no autograph
books, napkins, etc. Heinlein was impressed and
has followed the same philosophy. We had more
talk, more photo taking (including the cover photo),
and a fine home cooked dinner cooked by Mrs.
Heinlein, which included an 80th birthday cake. It
was another near perfect day.
The Heinleins obviously don’t need the money,
but feel the books and magazines should go to
readers who appreciate them. (The manuscripts,
correspondence, and other personal papers went to
the special Heinlein collection at Santa Cruz.) We
hope to have the material catalogued and priced by
the next issue, and may have some at NASFiC.
I was supposed to spend 10 days in Poland in
June, partially as a guest at the Polish convention,
but never got there. My acceptance took 8 weeks via
air mail to get to Warsaw (apparently standard in
Poland), the official letter the Polish group
requested from the government never arrived, and
the Polish Consulate in Washington sat on my visa
application and passport. I got caught in a classic
catch-22. In order to get my visa approved, I had to
call the press attache at the Polish Embassy. The
press attache was never there and would not return
calls. Mind you, they never said no, they just made it
impossible. I finally had to cancel my flight (and pay
the cancellation fee). I didn’t get my passport back
until well after the convention. To add insult to
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LOCUS August 1987 / 3
Small Wonders, Amy Thomson 21
Locus Looks at French Books, Pascal J Thomas 21
1987 SFRA Meeting 25
1987 DeepSouthCon 27
1987 ABA Held in Washington 28
SF in France, Pascal J. Thomas 30
1987 Nice SF Conference 31
All-Time Best Novels 32
All-Time Best Novelists 33
Eastercon 1987: Beccon 34
Locus Special Letter Section 35
Books Received-June 38
Magazines Received-June 39
British Books-May 44
Classified Ads 46
Bestseller Lists 52
Obituaries: Eugen Semitjov, Cecil Madden,
Carola Edmond, Paul Hugo Little,
Marguerite Lofft De Angeli 54
Karen A Brush: Exploring the Media 56
Locus Letters 57
Voices in the Wilderness 57
Table of Contents
ISSUE #319 • VOL. 20, NO. 8 • AUGUST 1987 Mailing date: July 27 1987
Locus 58
Locus Press 37
NAL/Signet 12
Popular Library/Questar 24
Simon & Schuster 20
Tor insert, 2,8,51,60
Ursus 42
Warner 14
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