India has ended its first unmanned lunar mission after attempting to regain contact with its lost spacecraft. India lost contact with Chandrayaan-I on August 29 and has determined that there is no way to reestablish communications, although India has requested help from both the United States and Russia in locating the missing craft. According to Indian sources, the satellite, which is already in lunar orbit, has completed most of its scientific missions and has already completed 3400 orbits.
The winners of the Norton Award were presented in San Francisco on August 30 as part of the Tachyon Publications Annual birthday Bash. The Norton Award, named for Emperor Joshua Norton I, are given for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason,” should not be confused with the Andre Norton Award.
- Author: Doug Dorst for Alive in Necropolis
- Other: Charlie Jane Anders for Writers with Drinks and io9.com
Author and fan Anne Braude died on August 25. Braude was the co-editor with Ed Meskys of Niekas and was also an early member of SCA. Braude’s fiction appeared in Catfanastic IV and Olympus.
ChiZine Publications has announced that it has signed a deal with The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG). This deal means that all ChiZine titles will be available through Amazon and Chapters/Indigo. At the same time, ChiZine has announced that all of its titles available through its site with a 30% discount off the cover price with transactions handled via PayPal.
Howard Waldrop was named the winner of the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Cup. The award is given on an occasional basis for a work of fiction or body of work which best celebrates the spirit of author Jack Trevor Story. The award carries a prize of $1,000 and the stipulation that the recipient spend the entire amount within two weeks with nothing to show for it at the end. When Story, who died in 1992, was in front of a bankruptcy judge, he commented “You know how it is, judge. Two hundred or two thousand. It always lasts a week to a fortnight.”
Disney has announced that it has agreed to purchase Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, pending shareholder approval of the deal. If Marvel shareholders approve the deal, they will receive $30 in cash and .745 shares of Disney stock for each share of Marvel they currently hold.
The ballot for this year’s Pegasus Awards, given for Best Filk, has been announced. Ballots must be received no later than midnight on October 19. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) the weekend of October 22-25.
Best Filk Song
- “Gabriel Gray’s Song,” by Batya Wittenberg
- “One Small Boat,” by Marilisa Valtazanou
- “Take It Back,” by Kathleen Sloan
- “A Thousand Ships,” by Katy Dröge-Macdonald and Ju Honisch
- “The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster,” by Brooke Lunderville
Best Classic Filk Song
- “Chess,” by Juanita Coulson
- “Mad Scientist’s Love Song,” by Gary McGath
- “Spiral Dance,” by Dr. Anne Prather
- “Starship & Haiku,” by Kathy Mar
- “Still Catch the Tide,” by Talis Kimberley
- Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps
- Amy McNally
- S. J. Tucker
- Tim & Annie Walker
- Wild Mercy
- Dr. Mary Crowell
- Katy Dröge-Macdonald and Juliane Honisch
- Brooke Lunderville
- Steve Savitzky
- Vixy & Tony
A Little Bit Country
- “Feygrass,” by Scott Snyder
- “I Can’t Get Over You, So…,” by Nate Bucklin
- “Redneck Pagan,” by Larry Kirby
- “Stray Dog Man,” by Bill Sutton
- “Truck Drivin’ Vampire,” by Michael Longcor
A Little Bit Rock and Roll
- “Come to Mordor,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
- “Das Über Tuber,” by Rand Bellavia / Adam English
- “Fluorine Atom,” by Paul Estin
- “Howl at the Moon,” by Tim & Annie Walker
- “Six-String Love,” by Vixy & Tony
The Society of Illustrators at 128 East 63rd Street will host an exhibit in conjunction with the Spectrum art contest from September 1 through October 17. Spectrum was founded in 1993 and presents excellence in science fiction and fantasy art through a series of Hugo-nominated collections each year. A ticketed Opening reception will take place on September 11. The following day, the Society will host Art Out Loud 6 from 1pm to 5 pm featuring artists James Gurney, Sam Weber, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, and Gregory Manchess. A portion of the proceeds from the Spectrum Exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Dave Stevens’s memory.