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A Death In The SF Family

Charles N. Brown, 1937-2009

Just saw on Ellen Datlow's LJ ellen_datlow that Locus magazine founder and editor Charles N. Brown is dead. His health has been up and down ever since I learned about Locus about eight or nine years ago, but he gamely went on with his business -- reading, editing, interviewing, going to cons, eating and drinking -- and writing about it all, the good and the bad, in his monthly column. Sounds like he died in the saddle, so to speak, coming back from his last appearance.

Locus publisher, editor, and co-founder Charles N. Brown, 72, died peacefully in his sleep July 12, 2009 on his way home from Readercon.

His masthead entry in LocusOnline reads:
CHARLES N. BROWN is Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of 29-time Hugo winner Locus magazine which he founded in 1968 and has been involved in the science fiction field since the late 1940s. He was the original book reviewer for Asimov's, has edited several SF anthologies, and written for numerous magazines and newspapers. Brown founded Locus in 1968 and has won more Hugos than anyone else. Also a freelance fiction editor for the past 40 years, many of the books he has edited have won awards. He travels extensively and is invited regularly to appear on writing and editing panels at the major SF conventions around the world, is a frequent Guest of Honor and speaker and judge at writers' seminars, and has been a jury member for several of the major SF awards.

I had the great fortune to meet Charles at the WOTF XXIV workshop last August. He is invited to WOTF in order to help give the Reality Speech about how we're all crazy to be trying to be SF/F writers. (grin) A little dose of reality is a good thing, especially delivered by a man I might call a genial curmudgeon (double-grin), but alas such things are likely to fall on the deaf ears of those of who love to write and do still believe. (I probably have some pictures, but I'm not on a computer with any of the photos right now, so that'll have to wait. UPDATE: Pictures below.) Fellow 2004 Clarionite Amelia Beamer headed out West after Clarion and managed to become an Editor at Locus and I know how well she fit in the Locus family -- special thoughts go out to her in particular.

The WOTF XXIV "Reality Speech" delivered by Locus Editor Charles N. Brown

Charles Holding Court w/ Tim Powers (l), WOTF XXIV Gold Medal Writer Ian McHugh (c), Al Bogdan (r)

Locus will survive, it needs to survive. The August 2009 issue is supposed to include a remembrance of Charles N. Brown. The arrival of my subscription copy of Locus at the beginning of every month is always greatly anticipated -- this is one issue that I wish would not have come so soon.

Rest easy, sir.

Dr. Phil
Tags: locus, obits, publishing, wotf, writing

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