British Fantasy Awards

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards were announced on September 20 at Fantasycon 2009 in Nottingham. Winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Memoirs of a Master Forger, by Graham Joyce writing as William Heaney
  • Best Novella: “The Reach of Children,” by Tim Lebbon
  • Best Short Fiction: “Do You See,” by Sarah Pinborough
  • Best Collection: Bull Running for Girls, by Allyson Bird
  • Best Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, edited by Stephen Jones
  • The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award: Elastic Press
  • Best Artist: Vincent Chong
  • Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Locke and Key, written by Joe Hill, art by Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Best Non-Fiction: Basil Copper: A Life in Books by Basil Copper, edited by Stephen Jones
  • Best Magazine/Periodical: Postscripts, edited by Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers
  • Best Television: Doctor Who
  • Best Film: The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan

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Emmy Awards

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the Emmy Awards on September 20. The Creative Arts winners were announced on September 12. All categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth for Pushing Daisies
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Michael Emerson for Lost
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: Junie Lowry Johnson & Libby Goldstein for True Blood
  • Outstanding Costuming for a Series: Robert Blackman & Carol Kunz: “Bzzzzzzzzz!” Pushing Daisies
  • Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic): Todd A. McIntosh, David Martin Deleon, & Steven Anderson: “Dim Sum Lose Some,” Pushing Daisies
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): Joe Leduca: “Prophecy,” Legend of the Seeker
  • Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series: Michael Wylie, Ken Creber, Halina Siwolop: “Dim Sum Lose Some,” Pushing Daisies
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Merritt Yohnka: “Chuck vs. the First Date,” Chuck
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series: Daniel Coleman, Jack Levy, Vince Balunas, Sam Lewis, Michael Baber, Doug Madick, & Rick Partlow: “Daybreak (Part 2),” Battlestar Galactica
  • OUtstanding Special Class-Short Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Joss Whedon, Michael Boretz, David Burns: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog
  • Outstanding Children’s Program: The Wizards of Waverly Place
  • The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award: NASA
  • Engineering: Henson Digital Puppetry Studio

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Obituary: Henry Gibson

Actor Henry Gibson (b.1935) died on September 14. Gibson was probably best known as a regular on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, which featured him as a poet, and her role in The Blues Brothers as the leader of the Nazis, but Gibson also appeared in several genre television shows and films. He appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Galaxy High School, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. his film work included Innerspace, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Escape from Witch Mountain.

Miéville Speaks at KU

British author China Miéville is scheduled to speak at Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium in Lawrence, Kansas as this year’s Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecturer on September 24 at 7:30. Miéville will be speaking on “Cognition as Ideology: A Dialectic of SF Theory.”

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Obituary: Patrick Swayze

Actor Patrick Swayze (b.1952) died following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on September 14. Swayze appeared in the films Ghost, as Allan Quatermain in King Solomon’s Mines, in Donnie Darko, and in Red Dawn among other films. His two most famous roles were in the genre film Ghost and in Dirty Dancing. Swayze also appeared in an episode of Amazing Stories.

Obituary: Larry Gelbart

Screenwriter Larry Gelbart (b.1928) died on September 11. Gelbart is best known as the producer of the television show M*A*S*H and the libretticist for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, but he also wrote Oh, God! and the remake of Bedazzled. Gelbart worked on Your Show of Shows (a.k.a. The Sid Caesar Show) and wrote for radio before television.

Delany in New York

Samuel Delany will have a conversation with Greil Marcus at the New School at 66 West 12th Street in New York on September 16 at 6:30pm. Admission if $5 for the general public or free for students with a valid ID. This forum is presented by the Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative.

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Obituary: Ray Barrett

Actor Ray Barrett (b.1927) died on September 8. Barrett is best known within the genre for his voice work on Thunderbirds in the 60s, portraying John Tracy, among others, but he also performed in Invaders from the Deep, Stingray, and two episode Doctor Who serial, “The Rescue.”

SFSFC Offers SMOFCon Scholarship

SFSFC, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, is once again offering a scholarship of $500 to allow convention runners to attend SMOFCon, this year to be held in Austin, Texas. The scholarship is open to any con-runners, but applicants must demonstrate that their attendance will benefit Bay area science fiction fandom. Applications must be received by October 15.

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Obituary: Richard Berg

Producer Richard Berg (b.1922) died on September 1. Berg produced the 1980 miniseries of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and the miniseries of James Michener’s Space. Berg also worked as a writer on several television shows.