Charles N. Brown has passed away at 72.
This saddens me greatly. Charles was the founder and editor of Locus magazine, pretty much the only magazine in the world dedicated to fantasy and science fiction books and writers, as well as covering the conventions and fiction mags that have made up the industry. Locus started out as a fanzine and ended up becoming the authority on F&SF literature, and it always seemd to be Brown's enthusiasm that kept the magazine, and indeed a good chunk of SF fandom, alive. The magazine is to continue without him, as he wanted. He died in his sleep, on the way back from a SF book convention. R.I.P. to one of the biggest fans of the fantastic in fiction there's been.