Memorabilia from Coraline, including signed posters, books, and gym shoes, are being auctioned off on E-bay through July 26 with the proceeds to go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Some items in the auction are signed by author Neil Gaiman, others by actresses Dakota Fanning or Teri Hatcher.
Wizards of the Coast has announced a contest for kids between the ages of 8 and 14 to write lyrics set to the story of the Green Dragon as presented in the book A Practical Guide to Dragons. The contest runs until August 9, 2009. The winner and their associated library will receive a collection of books from Wizards of the Coast.
The Mythopoeic Awards, presented annually for works which typify the spirit of the Inklings, Inkling research, and works that look at authors who write in the Inklings’ tradition, were given out at a banquet in Los Angeles during Mythcon XL. This Inklings were a group of authors at Oxford who met and shared ideas and criticisms. The group included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
- Adult Literature: Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, by Carol Berg
- Children’s Literature: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
- Inkling Studies: The History of the Hobbit, Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end, edited by John Rateliff
- Myth and Fantasy Studies: Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper, by Charles Butler
Anthony Wesley, an amateur astronomer from Murrumbateman, Australia noticed a strange marking on Jupiter and contacted NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which confirmed that Wesley had discovered the aftermath of an impact of some item on Jupiter’s atmosphere, the first time this has happened since Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter in 1994. NASA believes the impact may have been a comet, which left a black spot on Jupiter, but hasn’t confirmed it yet.
Fan Arthur Lewis (b.1920) died on July 18. Lewis served as president of the Science Fiction Research Association in 1977-78. He was also a professor at Penn State until his retirement in 1985. Lewis specialized in Utopian literature and some of his work includes Of Men and Machines . He edited the anthology Utopias: Selected Short Fiction and a 41-volume reprint of Utopian literature fo Arno Press.
Author Michael Burstein and his wife, Nomi, became the proud parents of twin baby girls on July 19, the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11 entering lunar orbit. The babies were delivered by C-section at 9:20 and 9:21 AM. The babies’ names will be announced at a naming ceremony on July 25.
News anchor Walter Cronkite (b.1916) died on July 17. Cronkite was one of the most trusted news anchors on television, working as anchor for CBS from 1962-1981. He was on the air for much of Viet Nam, the King assassination, and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. For the later, Cronkite was on air for nearly the entire lunar part of the mission. In 1967, NYCon 3 presented CBS television a Special Committee Award for the television show The 21st Century, which was hosted by Cronkite.
Eleanor “Ellie” Frazetta (b.1919) died on July 17 following a year long battle with cancer. Frazetta, married SF artist Frank Frazetta in 1956. Ellie was a partner with Frank, handling many of the business aspects of his career.
The US Fencing Association seasons has ended and sf author Delia Turner has been named to the WSV50 World Team representing the United States in Moscow, Russia from September 23-27, 2009. In addition, SF author Linda Dunn was been named as an alternate for the team.
Actor Dallas McKennon (b.1919) died on July 14, five days before his nintieth birthday. McKennon is best known as a voice actor, having provided voices for numerous Disney films, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, and 101 Dalmatians. He also did numerous voices for the “Woody Woodpecker” cartoons and provided the voice for Archie Andrews in Archie and the voice of Gumby. McKennon’s voice work can also be heard throughout the Disney amusement parks. Early in his career, he made numerous appearances on such television shows and films including My Favorite Martian, Son of Flubber, and 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.