So this one hit me a little.
I’ve never been to Minneapolis (and this post will not be about the rioting or the situations associated with it, as I’m not trying to invite a firestorm of angry, opinionated people). I’ve never once set foot in Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore. I’ve never even ordered from them.
But I have heard stories about them. This is the place that picked up a self-pub book to sell before indie was a real thing and started sending it to publishers with notes along the lines of ‘here’s how many copies I bought, why are you not publishing this?’ From the stories I’ve heard at cons and from other authors, they’ve flat-out kickstarted a lot of careers.
The store itself is only halfway regarded as a store by many, given that the owner loved collecting rare Sci-Fi books. Many also referred to it as a “museum of Science Fiction literature.”
And well … last night it was burned to the ground. Complete loss. Here’s a picture of what the place normally looked like:
Given the stories I’ve heard about this place, this one hit even me. I’ve never even been there but I’ve heard the stories.
Worse, it seems that the insurance will not cover civil disturbance. At least, not to the degree that would be needed to recover from such a loss.
A GoFundMe page has been started to raise funds for recovery from this. EDIT: The GoFundMe has been paused while the owner works out his options. The GoFundMe was started by a fan, who has paused it at their request. If a GoFundMe by the owner goes up, I’ll update this link.