Susan Ann Protter, who "became a literary agent in the 1970s, representing authors in various genres, including SF writers and editors Rudy Rucker, David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer," died April 26, Locus magazine reported. She was 78. Protter began her publishing career "working for Harper & Row in the subsidiary rights department (where, a lifelong progressive, she encouraged publishing workers to unionize)," Locus wrote.
A post on her Facebook page announcing Protter's death noted that "her decision to become a literary agent was a combination of 'why not' as well as a 'what else.' She spent the rest of her working life representing writers. It was work she loved and she was very good at it."