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Charles N. Brown at Denvention 3 in 2008 **************************************
Charles N. Brown (1937 - 2009)

Locus Online reports that Charles Nikki Brown died peacefully in his sleep on July 12, 2009, while returning home from Readercon science fiction convention. He was 72.

Involved in the science fiction field since the 1940s, Brown was the founder and editor of Locus, which bills itself as "The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field," and serves as the trade magazine for genre SF. With others, Brown founded the magazine as a one-sheet news fanzine in 1968. He worked as a nuclear engineer until becoming a full time editor in 1975. Under his leadership, Locus magazine received the Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention a record 29 times.

Brown was married twice, to Marsha Elkin in the 1960s, and to Dena Benatan in the 1970s. Both were involved in the production of Locus, which was produced from his home.

Locus will continue to be published, Executive editor Liza Groen Trombi will be editor-in-chief starting with the August 2009 issue.

Charles N. Brown was a Lifetime Active member of Science Fiction and Fntasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Posted July 13, 2009

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