Newton Heads DC

Warner Brothers has announced that Diane Newton will take the newly created position as head of DC Entertainment. The creation of DC Entertainment is to better manage the DC library of characters for Warner Brothers. Newton has previously overseen the Harry Potter franchise. DC President Paul Levitz will step down from his position to become a writer, contributing editor and consultant to DC Entertainment.

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Lord of the Rings Settlement

New Line Cinema has reached an undisclosed agreement with the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien and HarperCollins Books over royalties from The Lord of the Rings films. The estate alleged that they had not seen a single penny from the successful movie franchise and the dispute was threatening production of the two-film version of The Hobbit, scheduled to begin filming in 2010.

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Solaris Sold

British imprint Solaris Books, which was facing closure, has been sold by Games Workshop to Rebellion, a computer game developer. Rebellion has also signed a deal with Simon & Schuster UK to provide distribution for their Solaris titles. Until recently, Solaris was an offshoot of Games Workshop’s BL Publishing.

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Robert A. Heinlein Short Story Winners

The Robert A. Heinlein Society sponsored a short story writing contest in conjunction with the Heinlein Centennial in 2007. The winners have finally been announced and their stories will appear for a limited time on the Heinlein Society website.

  • First Prize (including a $5,000 award): “Under the Shouting Sky,” by Karl Bunker
  • Second Prize (including a $2,000 award): “In the Shadows,” by Charlie Allery
  • Third Prize (including a $1,000 award): “Salvage Sputnik,” by Sam S. Kepfield

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GUFF Nomination Call

GUFF administrator Ang Rosin has called for candidates to stand for the 2010 GUFF race to bring a fan from Europe to Australia for the 2010 Worldcon, Aussiecon 4. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 Europeans, 2 Australians or New Zealanders), a 100 word written platform, post a £15 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win.

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DUFF Nomination Call

DUFF administrators Steve & Sue Francis and Emma Hawkes have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 GUFF race to bring a fan from North America to Australia for the 2010 Worldcon, Aussiecon 4. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 North Americans, 2 Australians or New Zealanders), a short written platform, post a $25 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win.

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Freer Fundraiser

Author Dave Freer is moving his family from South Africa to Australia. Because of the worldwide economy, however, he discovered that he suddenly doesn’t have enough to pay the quarantine fee for their dogs and cats. Freer will be posting his novel Save the Dragons on his website, continuing when certain fund-raising thresholds are reached. Currently, Freer has raised enough to post the first ten chapters.

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Jeanne Robinson Ill

Author Jeanne Robinson, wife of Spider Robinson, is scheduled to start a round of chemotherapy for a virulent form of biliary cancer. A benefit concert for Jeanne will be held on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island and an e-bay auction has been set up as well as donations through Paypal to help defray the cost of treatment.

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Benefit Concert Information (pdf)

TAFF Nominee Call

TAFF administrators Steve Green and Chris Garcia have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 TAFF race to bring a fan from North America to Europe for the 2010 Eastercon, Odyssey. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 North Americans, 2 Europeans), a written platform of 101 words, post a $20 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win. At least two candidates are required for the race to happen.

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Datlow Speaks

Ellen Datlow will speak on “The Impact of the Economy on The Current Editing Climate” at the next Garden State Horror Writers on September 12 at 11 AM. The meeting and talk will be held at the Monmouth County Library (125 Symmes Dr. in Manalapan, NJ). Admission is free.

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