I’m very sorry to hear that Alice K. Turner has passed away Jan 16, 2015. She was the Playboy fiction editor for many years, and before that she worked at New York Magazine and Publishers Weekly.
In 2002 I took a writing class at the New School in Manhattan taught by Alice Turner. I had no idea the class would change my life. Alice’s class was my introduction to the genre. I had always read SF&F, but this was the first time I seriously tried writing some. And I was terrible. But Alice was patient with all the students and even suggested to another writing group that I and one other “showed promise.” And because of that email I joined the Altered Fluid writers group. And later, after going to lots of Fantastic Fiction at KGB events, a reading series that Alice co-founded with Terry Bisson, I met Ellen Datlow, and a few years later was asked to co-host with Ellen. Now, almost thirteen years later, I’ve been nominated for a Nebula, published a few dozen short stories in pro markets, co-host the series that Alice founded, and have a trilogy book series coming out this fall. And all of that — ALL of it — wouldn’t have been possible without that first class I took with Alice. She was always warm and friendly and patient with everyone. When I saw her at various events, a few times at KGB or at the SFWA reception, no matter how much time had passed, she always remembered me and our class and asked how we were doing. I’m very sorry to hear of her passing, and despite not having seen her for a couple of years now, I will miss her very much. Thank you, Alice, for all that you have given.