The Locus Awards
July 1, 2004
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Editor: Charles N. Brown

Photo Credit: Mark R. Kelly

Charles N[ikki] Brown has been involved in the science fiction field since his early teens in the late 1940s, writing for various fanzines in the ’50s and ’60s before starting Locus in 1968. Brown was born June 24, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up there. He attended the City College of New York, with time off from 1956 to 1959 to serve in the US Navy, and finished his degree (BS in physics and engineering) at night on the GI Bill while working as a junior engineer in the 1960s.

Photo by Mark R. Kelly

Married twice — to Marsha Elkin (1962 - 69), who helped him start Locus, and Dena Banatan (1970 - 77), who co-edited Locus for many years while Brown worked full time — he moved to San Francisco in 1972, where he worked as a nuclear engineer until becoming a full-time SF editor in 1975.

During his SF career, Brown has been the original book reviewer for Asimov’s; written the Best of the Year summary for Terry Carr’s annual anthologies (#s 4-16, 1975-1987); written for numerous magazinedes and newspapers; edited several SF anthologies; and produced SF anthologies; and produced SF reference books and other bibliographical material, including The Locus Index to Science Fiction with William G. Contento since 1984. Also a freelance fiction editor for the past 35 years, many of the books he has edited have won awards.

Brown has traveled extensively for the past 20 years and appears regularly on writing and editing panels at the major SF conventions around the world. He is a frequent Guest of Honor, speaker, and judge at writers’ seminars, and has been a jury member for several of the major SF awards. As editor of Locus, he was won more Hugos (23) than anyone else. Oddly enough, he has always lived within a mile or so of Robert Silverberg — in Brooklyn, in Upper New York City, and in Oakland, California, the latter where he and the Locus offices, and his extensive book and magazine collection, have been located since 1973.

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