Chesley Awards

The Chesley Awards were presented at Anticipation by ASFA. The Chesleys honor excellence in all forms of art.

  • Best Hardback Book Cover: Donato Giancola for A Book of Wizards,
  • Best Paperback Book Cover: John Picacio for Fast Forward 2
  • Best Magazine Cover: Matts Minnhagen for Clarkesworld, April 2008
  • Best Interior Illustration: Donato Giancola for “The Wraith”
  • Best Unpublished Color Illustration: Simon Dominic for The Gift
  • Best Unpublished Monochrome Work: Simon Dominic for Kraken
  • Best Three-Dimensional Artwork: Vincent Villafranca for The Celestial Itinerant
  • Best Product Illustration: Dan Dos Santos for Hellboy II promotional art
  • Best Gaming Related Illustration: Volkan Baga for Stoic Angel
  • Best Art Director: Lou Anders
  • Artistic Achievement: Julie Bell

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First Fandom Awards

The First Fandom Awards were presented at Anticipation to honor those with long-standing in the fannish community.

  • Hall of Fame Award: James Gunn and Ben Indick
  • Posthumous Hall of Fame Award: Walt Daugherty
  • Sam Moskowitz Award for Excellence in Collecting: Joe Wroz

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Sidewise Award Winners

The winners of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History were announced at Anticipation on August 7.

  • Long Form: The Dragon’s Nine Sons, by Chris Roberson
  • Short Form: “Sacrifice,” by Mary Rosenblum

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Prix Aurora Winners

The winners of the Prix Auroras, presented for Canadian Science Fiction, were announced on August 7. The winners were…

  • Best Long Form Work in English: Marseguro, by Edward Willett
  • Meilleur livre en francais: Les vents de Tammerlan, by Michele Laframboise
  • Best Short-Form Work in English: “Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta,” by Randy McCharles
  • Meilleur nouvelle en francais: “Le Dome de Saint-Macaire,” by Jean-Louis Trudel
  • Best Work in English (Other): Neo-Opsis, edited by Karl Johanson
  • Meilluer ouvrage en francais (Autre): Solaris, edited by Joel Champetier
  • Artistic Accomplishment: Looking for Group, by Lar deSouza
  • Fan Achievement (Fanzine): The Original Universe, edited by Jeff Boman
  • Fan Achievement (Organizational): World Fantasy 2008, Randy McCharles
  • Fan Achievement (Other): Heather Dale Concert, Joan Sherman (Organizer)

Obituary: John Hughes

Director John Hughes (b.1950) died on August 6. Hughes is known for writing and directing films including genre works including Weird Science, Flubber, and Miracle on 34th Street. Hughes was also known for his numerous coming of age movies, including Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Strange Horizons Fund Drive

On-line zine Strange Horizons has announced its 2009 Fund Drive. They hope to raise $7,000 during the month of August to help pay for the costs of running the magazine. Everyone who donates will be entered into a raffle to receive on of several prizes. Strange Horizons is a 501(c)3 organization, which means that donations are tax-deductable.

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Television Critics Awards

The Television Critics Association has announced their annual awards. Below are the winners with genre interest.

  • Program of the Year: Battlestar Galactica
  • Outstanding New Program: True Blood
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
  • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

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Baen’s Universe Closing

Eric Flint, the editor of Baen’s Universe has announced that the on-line magazine will close following the April 2010 issue, signifying a four-year run for the magazine. Baen is offering a plan for subcribers to receive back issues. According to Flint, Baen was “never able to get and retain enough subscribers to put us on a sales plateau that would allow us to continue publishing.”

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Herbert on Titan

Scientists have announced that the dark plains on Saturn’s moon Titan will be named for planets in Frank Herbert’s six-volume series which began with the novel Dune. The first plain to bear an Herbertian name is Chusuk planitia, located at 5°S, 23.5°W. Chusuk was a planet reknowned for its fine musical instruments.

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Obituary: Harry Alan Towers

Producer and screenwriter Harry Alan Towers (b.1920), (a.k.a. Joachim Linden and Peter Welbeck) died on July 31 in Toronto from complications from pneumonia and heart disease. His genre work included the film She, Dorian, The Mummy Lives, Masque of the Red Death, and numerous others. Using his Welbeck pseudonym, he wrote the screenplay to both Gor and its sequel, Outlaws of Gor.