The Nebula Awards have had their rules changed by SFWA. Rolling eligibility is gone and the number of recommendations required has been decreased from ten to five and nominations must be made during a set nomination period from November 15 to February 15. Active and Associate members will be allowed to nominate. Beginning with works published in 2009, there are no more Nebula juries. The Best Script award has been replaced by the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and, like the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book is not a Nebula. Although not confirmed, Associate members may be allowed to vote on the final ballot.
Artist Harry Turner (b.1920) died on January January 12. Turner created art for fanzines and professional publications and worked as a graphic designer.
Actor Ricardo Montalban (b.1920) died on January 14. Montalban is best know for his portrayal of Mr. Roarke on the original “Fantasy Island” and for the role of Khan in the “Space Seed” episode of “Star Trek” and again in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” In recent years, Montalban has done voice work as well as appearing in a variety of genre shows and films. Montalban also appeared in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” and the made for television “Wonder Woman” movie.
Actor Patrick McGoohan (b.1928) died on January 13. McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on “Columbo,” but is best known for his role as Number Six in “The Prisoner.” McGoohan’s most recent work was providing the voice of Billy Bones in Disney’s “Treasure Planet.” McGoohan also appeared in “Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend” and played Christopher Syn in “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.”
Actor Steven Gilborn (b.1936) died on January 2. Gilborn appeared in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Tick.” He provided the voice for Father in Dlien: Resurrection”and was also in the films “Kvolution” and “Timescape.”
Dorechester Publishing has announced it is teaming up with LibreDigital to begin offering much of its catalog in the form of E-books. Although Dorchester is best known as a romance line, they also publish horror, science fiction, fantasy, and a manga-inspired line.
Kristine Smith has asked that her novel Endgame be removed from the Philip K. Dick nominees because it was originally published in 2007. It has been replaced on the ballot with Jeff Carlson’s Plague War.
Michael Burstein is scheduled to edit an issue of Apex Magazine. Burstein will be reading from January 15 to March 15 and is looking for dark science fiction stories about how people will remember the past. In addition to fiction, Burstein is looking for short poems. Submissions should be sent to Apex with the subject line “Special Issue.”
The SFWA has announced that Victoria Strauss will receive the SFWA Service Award at this year’s Nebula banquet for her work on Writers Beware, the SFWA’s watchdog group which warns writers of agents, publishers, and others in the publishing industry which may not be entirely legitimate.
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York will host a symposium examining the works of Octavia Butler on March 28. The program will feature panels and readings about Butler’s oeuvre and will be attended by L.A. Banks, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and Nnedi Okorafor. Admission to the symposium, which will run from 10 am to 5 pm, is $10, or $5 for students and seniors.