LOCUS SF FOUNDATION
Phone: 510-339-9196 / Fax: 510-339-9198
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation (LSFF) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Its central activity is the publication of Locus, the Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field, and its website Locus Online. LSFF is also responsible for the annual Locus Awards, first presented in 1971, to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature. In addition, the Foundation is responsible for preserving the Locus Collection, a large, historical library of speculative fiction materials.
About Locus Magazine
Locus is the trade magazine for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing fields. Established in 1968, the magazine features interviews with authors, reviews of new and upcoming books, industry news, an annual Recommended Reading list and survey of genre readers, as well as listings of new, in-print, and forthcoming science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles, and currently stands as the journal of record for the field. In addition, our website Locus Online provides independent and magazine content and access to a variety of reference indexes and databases: resources that are used by librarians, bookbuyers, readers, scholars, publishers, collectors, researchers, and fans. Locus is published out of Oakland, California; Liza Groen Trombi is editor-in-chief.
About the Locus Collection
The Locus Collection (the Charles N. Brown Memorial Collection) includes an impressive array of genre holdings, over 30,000 volumes comprising roughly 20,000 book titles and 10,000 periodical titles, including many rare and first editions and extensive runs of pulp magazines. The collection also includes historic ephemera, fanzines, photographs, correspondence, manuscripts, and artwork. The collection is now housed at Duke University.
Brown’s photo and ephemera collection is a historically significant archive of photographs from his over five decades of involvement in the science fiction and fantasy fields. The photo archive, amounting to roughly 35 linear feet materials, is currently housed in office-style file cabinets and contains records of approximately 4,000 individuals, including photos of virtually every author of note in the science fiction and fantasy field for the last 60 years; significant materials on notable authors such as Isaac Asimov, Octavia E. Butler, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey; and photos and letters from editors, publishers, book agents, and convention organizers. The ephemera and letters are currently housed at Duke.
LSFF is currently seeking funding for multiple projects, including a massive preservation and digitization project with Brown’s photo and ephemera collection. For more information see the Collections page.
Mission of the LSFF
The LSFF intends to continue to support the publication of Locus into the forseeable future. Beyond that, the Foundation’s goals are to establish a stable and sustainable annual budget to fully index and digitize the entire run of the magazine, to fund ongoing indexing and database projects currently conducted by the magazine, to preserve our literary heritage through continued acquisition of literary rights, and to provide community education through a series of local writing master classes.