Endeavour Nominees

This year’s Endeavour Nominees have been announced. The Endeavour Award is presented annually by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. with the winners announced at Orycon, in November. The award honors a science fiction or fantasy book published by an author or authors with a connection to the Pacific Northwest. This year’s nominees include:

  • Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
  • Ill Met in the Arena, by Dave Duncan
  • Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Stories, by Ken Scholes
  • Space Magic, by David D. Levine
  • A World Too Near: Book Two of the Entire and the Rose, by Kay Kenyon

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SFWA Dues Increase

The Board of Directors for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced a dues increase. The increase will go into effect on August 1, with members who renew or join before that date still receiving the current dues schedule.

The new rates are:

  • Active $80 ($10 increase)
  • Associate $70 (no change)
  • Affiliate $60 ($5 increase)
  • Estate $70 (no change)
  • Institutional $100 ($20 increase)
  • Family Membership $120 ($10 increase)

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Campbell and Sturgeon Winners Named

Although the Campbell Conference is not scheduled to take place until the weekend of July 9-12, the winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards have been announced, with a tie for the Campbell Award. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.

  • John W. Campbell Award: (tie) Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow and Song of Time, by Ian MacDonald
  • Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Ray Gun: A Love Story,” by James Alan Gardner

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Obituary: Julie Hise

Kansas City fan Julie Hise (b.1962) died on June 28 following a battle with cancer. Hise was married to fan Bob Hise and the two of them were the fan guests of honor at Contraception 19 in 2007. Julie (née Hepler) became active in fandom in 1983 and met Bob at Archon in 1988. She was active in KaCSFFS sicne 1988 and co-chaired ConQuest 23 in 1993. She has typically worked registration at both ConQuest and Contraception.

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Origins Awards Winners

The winners of the 35th Annual Origins Awards were announced at Origins on Saturday, June 27.

  • Board Games: Pandemic
  • Children’s, Family, and Party Games: Say Anything
  • Historical Board Games: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
  • Card Games: Dominion
  • Collectible Card Games: Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara 1
  • Fiction: Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2, edited by James Lowder & Mike O’Sullivan
  • Non-Fiction: Tour de Lovecraft: the Tale, by Ken Hite
  • Miniature Figure Game Rules: Classic Battletech: Tactical Operations
  • Miniature Figure or Line of Miniature Figures: Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars
  • Historical Miniature Figure Game Rules: tie Fields of Glory Miniature Rules and Song of Drums and Shakos
  • Historical Miniature Figure Game Rules Supplements: Rise of Rome (Fields of Glory Supplement)
  • Historical Miniature Figure or Line of Miniature Figures: SS-Panzerdivision ‘Das Reich’ Panzerkompanie
  • Role-Playing Games: Mouseguard Role-Playing Game
  • Role-Playing Game Supplements: Serenity Adventures
  • Game Accessories: D-Total
  • Play-by-Mail: Hyborian War

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Locus Award Winners

The Locus Award winners, presented by Locus and voted on by the magazine’s readership, were presented at a ceremony and banquet in Seattle on June 27. The winners are listed below.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
  • Fantasy Novel: Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • First Novel: Singularity’s Ring, by Paul Melko
  • Young-Adult Book: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
  • Novella: “Pretty Monsters,” by Kelly Link
  • Novelette: “Pump Six,” by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Short Story: “Exhalation,” by Ted Chiang
  • Anthology: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: Pump Six and Other Stories, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Non-Fiction/Art Book: P. Craig Russell for Coraline: The Graphic Novel, by Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell
  • Editor: Ellen Datlow
  • Artist: Michael Whelan
  • Magazine: F&SF
  • Publisher: Tor

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Obituary: Michael Jackson

Singer Michael Jackson (b.1958) died suddenly on June 25 following a coronary. Jackson began as a member of the Jackson 5 when he was a young child and became the best selling singer of the 1980s with his album Thriller, which included one of the first music videos to fully adopt special effects, as well as present a view of genre creatures. His film debut was as the Scarecrow in the film version of The Wiz. Jackson also touched the genre with his appearance and performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s short film Captain EO and a brief appearance in the film Men in Black II. Changes in his appearance, erratic behavior, lawsuits, and a brief marriage to Elvis Presley’s daughter among other things made Jackson fodder for the tabloids.

Huntsville DeepSouthCon Bid

Toni Weisskopf, Linda Zielke, and Laura Haywood-Cory have announced a bid to hold DeepSouthCon 50 in Huntsville, Alabama in 2012. They point out that the original DeepSouthCon was held in Huntsville in 2012. Although NASFA runs an annual convention in Huntsville, this bid is independent of Con*Stellation and NASFA. The vote will take place at ConCarolinas in June 2010. The bid is chaired by Julie Wall.

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Obituary: Farrah Fawcett

Actress Farrah Fawcett (b.1947) died on June 25 following a long battle with cancer. Best known for her role as Jill Munroe on Charlie’s Angels, she only appeared as a regular on the show for a single season. Prior to that, she had appeared in two episodes of I Dream of Jeannie and in a recurring role on The Six Million Dollar Man, which starred her then-husband, Lee Majors. Perhaps her most well-known genre roles were in the film Logan’s Run and Saturn 3. She also did voice work in the animated film The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars in the role of “faucet.”

Saturn Award Winners

The winners of the Saturn Awards were announced on June 25.

FILMS

  • Best Science Fiction Film: Iron Man
  • Best Fantasy Film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Best Horror Film: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film: The Dark Knight
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man
  • Best Actress: Angelina Jolie in Changeling
  • Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
  • Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Jaden Christopher Smith in The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Best Director: Jon Favreau for Iron Man
  • Best Writing: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight
  • Best Music: Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for The Dark Knight
  • Best Costume: Mary Zophres for Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Best Make-Up: Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Best Special Effects: Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber, Paul Franklin for The Dark Knight
  • Best International Film: Let the Right One In
  • Best Animated Film: WALL-E

TELEVISION

  • Best Network Television Series: Lost
  • Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series: Battlestar Galactica
  • Best Presentation on Television: The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice
  • Best Actor on Television: Edward James Olmos in Battlestar Galactica
  • Best Actress on Television: Mary McDonnell in Battlestar Galactica
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: Adrian Pasdar in Heroes
  • Best Supporting Actress on Television: Jennifer Carpenter in Dexter
  • Best Guest Starring Role in a Television Series: Jimmy Smits in Dexter
  • Best DVD Release: Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
  • Best DVD Special Edition Release: Stephen King’s The Mist, Two-Disc Collector’s Edition
  • Best DVD Classic Film Release: Psycho, Universal Legacy Series
  • Best DVD Collection: The Godfather, The Coppola Restoration
  • Best Television Series Release on DVD: Moonlight, The Complete Series
  • Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD: The Invaders, The First & Second Seasons
  • Life Career Award: Lance Henriksen
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard Nimoy
  • Visionary Award; Jeffrey Katzenberg

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