The New York-based literary agent Ralph Vicinanza died on Sunday evening, aged 60.
Vicinanza was in publishing for nearly 40 years and early on took a special interest in what he considered an undervalued field — international rights, working on overseas deals for King, Norman Mailer, Carl Sagan and Philip K. Dick, among others. Vicinanza founded his own agency in 1978 and signed up some of the world’s top science fiction and fantasy writers, including Terry Pratchett, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert and George R.R. Martin.
He was also an executive producer on the 2008 sf movie Jumper and the 2009 tv series FlashForward.
[Thanks to Steve Green for the story.]
Update 09/29/2010: Depluralized Jumper.