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Charlie Brown of Locus Dead at 71
From SFCrowsnest.com comes the news that Charles N. Brown, founder and publisher of Locus Magazine has died on his way back from Readercon. He was 71.

I first met Charlie Brown in about 1975. Locus was still truly a fanzine then, and Charlie was still married to Dena. They had mailing parties in Berkeley to get the magazine out. Over the years, my tastes in SF and Fantasy diverged from Charlie's, and I sometimes had problems with his jiggering the Hugo ballot criteria so that Locus stayed a fanzine and was basically guaranteed a Hugo almost every year.

But Charlie's magazine is the "magazine of record" for the science fiction and fantasy publishing genres. And it will apparently outlive him, as Liza Groen Trombi takes over with the August issue. Liza has very large shoes to fill-- sorta pun intended.

But Charlie, you've owed me the poster for Joan Vinge's The Snow Queen since 1976...and now I won't even be able to twit you about it anymore.

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