Jeff VanderMeer’s “Science Fiction Chronicle” column was launched in America’s leading paper a few weeks ago. His reviews have been popular, but the choice of title has taken Andrew Porter by surprise.
“I am just back from my extended month-long trip to Australia for the Worldcon,” writes Porter, “and coming back to find that Jeff Vandermeer, who I have never met nor e-mailed, has a column under the SFC name in The New York Times.
“You’d think that someone would have chosen a less confusing name. There is no legal way I can prevent the name being used; I wonder if the Times knows its previous use.”
Porter founded Science Fiction Chronicle in 1979 and won two Best Semiprozine Hugos as its editor. He sold SFC to DNA Publications in 2000 and the zine died when that company collapsed in 2007. SFC also had an online presence but the original registration apparently lapsed because there’s now only a placeholder page at that URL.