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RIP Charles Brown (editor/founder of Locus)

Posted on 2009.07.13 at 15:49
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http://www.locusmag.com/News/2009/07/charles-n-brown-1937-2009.html (via jaylake)

This, to me, represents the end of Era. I was lucky enough to be employed by Charles at Locus for a summer. It was a glorious summer and one of my touchstones of my life. Charles I remember fondly as a teacher, an editor, a crotchety old man, and a toddler. He actually said to me that he loved getting old because it meant he could throw tantrums again. He was endearing, sweet, and knew how to get the most out of people.

My interview was the result of an email I sent wherein I expressed my love of Science Fiction as well as my desire to learn some of the magazine trade. I was hired directly following my interview, literally starting work within minutes of it ending. Locus was published out of his home in the Oakland hills, which offered a stunning view and an even more stunning library in the baseball. I helped with filing, organizing, general office management, editing and coordinating subscriptions. I also took Charles out to shop for house and office every Friday and learned much from him. He was given to lecture about the state of the industry, the ups and downs of the genre, the rising stars and the past comets. He was friendly to all he met and I think he knew just about everyone in the science fiction world and many of those on the fringe. He reached out to others and touched them, changed them. While I still don't have any fiction published, my writing improved under his tutelage and he was kind enough to have me review a few books while I was working there. I was unable to continue to do so upon my return to college, but his red pen of editing helped me see my verbosity.

I will always have a fond place in my heart for Charles and I smile whenever I see Locus. I'm pleased to know his legacy will live on and I know that the group he has left in charge will carry on the tradition.

I will definitely be picking up a copy of the August issue to honor one of the bright stars of SF.


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