Monday, July 13, 2009

A Sad Day For SF Fandom

This weekend brought sad news of the passing of an icon in the SF community. Locus Magazine founder, publisher, and EIC, Charles N. Brown, died of apparent natural causes while returning from Readercon yesterday afternoon. He was 72.

I've written about Locus in the past here, mostly excerpting articles or interviews. There's no denying that it is a huge resource to both fans and professionals alike in the SF market. And no bigger fan existed in the field than this wonderful man. Despite being so busy running the magazine, he still managed to come out to all the big yearly conventions, and quite a handful of the smaller ones as well. I never met him, but as a long-time subscriber to the magazine, reading his personable and hilarious editorials at the end of each book afforded me a sort of armchair insider's view into his personality quirks and sense of humor. It was always a dream of mine to be a writer and to someday stop by the Locus office to be interviewed by Mr. Brown. From all accounts, his interviewing style was laid back and great at putting the writer at ease.

To read more about this ultimate fan, check out the obituary now up at Locus here.

R.I.P, Charles.

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