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Taylor Anderson in San Diego
Betsy Mitchell to Leave Del Rey
Publishers Weekly reports that Betsy Mitchell, editor-in-chief of Del Rey for the last decade, has chosen to take early retirement and will leave the Random House science fiction and fantasy imprint in December. With her pending departure, Tricia Pasternak has been promoted to editorial director of Del Rey Spectra, “overseeing both the editorial department in Del Rey’s traditional sf and fantasy publishing as well as the editorial content we are generating for our IP [intellectual property] business," according to a memo from Ballantine Bantam Dell heads Scott Shannon and Jennifer Hershey.
Other promotions include Keith Clayton who adds the additional responsibility of associate publisher for Del Rey Spectra to his existing role of director of creative development for BBD’s IP group; Anne Groell, editor of Wild Cards creator George R.R. Martin, has been named executive editor for Del Rey Spectra, editing the master of alternate history himself, Harry Turtledove.
Mitchell's retirement from Random ends a long career in the science fiction and fantasy field. Before joining Del Rey, Mitchell held top editorial spots at Bantam Spectra, Baen Books, and Warner Aspect. As noted by Random, the number of alternate history authors she has edited includes: William Gibson (co-author of The Difference Engine), Michael Chabon (author of The Yiddish Policemen's Union), Naomi Novik (author of the Temeraire series) and Peter F. Hamilton (author of Watching Trees Grow).New Releases: Ganymede by Cherie Priest
Ganymede by Cherie Priest, the third novel in the Clockwork Century series, was published on September 27. The series is a steampunk/alternate history adventure set during an American Civil War that has lasted twenty years and has been complicated by a zombie uprising. Alternate history, cool gadgets and zombies? Sounds like an interesting read to me. People interested in checking out Ganymede or the other novels and short stories set in the same universe can find them on Amazon.
Links to the Multiverse
John Hodgman interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Public Radio International.
A is for Alternate History by Djibril, at The Future Fire editors' blog.
The Science of Fringe by Dave Golder at SFX.
Review of Goliath by Scott Westerfeld done by Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing.
Review of The Tears of the Sun by S. M. Stirling done by Matthew Quinn.
An Alternate History Joke