IV Xatafi-Cyberdark Award

The winners of the Xatafi-Cyberdark Award for the Critics of Fantastic Literature have been announced. The award is presented annually in Spain.

Spanish fiction book (ex-aequo):

  • El mapa del tiempo, by Félix J. Palma
  • El hermano de las moscas, by Jon Bilbao

Spanish tale:

  • “Mosquitos,” by Marc R. Soto

Foreign fiction book:

  • The Yiddish’s Policemen Union, by Michael Chabon

Foreign tale:

  • “The Index,” by J. G. Ballard

Publisher iniciative:

    Francisco Arellano, for Biblioteca del Laberinto

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Obituary: Dean Ellis

Artist Dean Ellis (b.1920) died on October 12 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ellis was trained at the Cleveland Art Institute, but interrupted his studies in 1941, serving in the Pacific Theatre until 1945. After finishing his BFA, he was named one of the country’s most promising artists by Life in 1950. He had a successful career when he was asked to create covers for Ray Bradbury novels in the 1960s, a job that led to him working for most of the major science fiction publishers of the period.

Pegasus Winners

This year’s Pegasus Award winners for achievement in filk were announced at OVFF over the weekend.

  • Best Filk Song: “The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster,” by Brooke Lunderville
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Still Catch the Tide,” by Talis Kimberley
  • Best Performer: Heather Dale / Ben Deschamps
  • Best Writer/Composer: Vixy & Tony
  • A Little Bit Country: “Stray Dog Man,” by Bill Sutton
  • A Little Bit Rock and Roll: “Six-String Love,” by Vixy & Tony

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Valada in Jeopardy!

SFWA member and photographer Christine Valada made her Jeopardy! debut on Monday, October 26. She has won her first two games and continues as champion. Valada, who suffered a major house fire earlier this year, chaired the Nebula Awards in Los Angeles in April.

Obituary: Don Ivan Punchatz

Artist Don Ivan Punchatz (b.1936) died on October 22 after suffering cardiac arrest. Punchatz began exhibiting his work in 1962 and in 1963 he began providing cover art for science fiction and fantasy books. In 1970, he established SketchPad Studio, which became a launchpad for many other artists and taught at Texas Christian University from 1970. Perhaps his most famous work in the field graced the covers of the Avon editions of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” novels and Philip José Farmer’s “Riverworld” books in the 1970s.

WSFA Press Sale

In an attempt to clear inventory and raise funds for future projects, WSFA is holding a sale on four titles: The Edge of Things, by Lewis Shiner, Home by the Sea, by Pat Cadigan, Future Washingtons, edited by Ernest Lilly, and Reincarnations, by Harry Turtledove. They are also offering a special bundle that includes those four volumes plus Mike Resnick’s Through Darkest Resnick with Gun and Camera.

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Obituary: Daniel Melnick

Producer Daniel Melnick (b.1932) died on October 17. Melnick served as the chief of MGM Studios in the 70s before becoming President of Columbia and then moving to Fox. His genre work included production credit on Altered States and Universal Soldier: The Return. he also was the producer of All That Jazz, Roxanne, Footloose, and numerous other films.

Vamped Contest

By the Book is giving away three copies of Vamped, by Lucienne Diver. To enter the contest, leave a comment on their website describing your scariest Halloween experience. All entries must be received by November 9. Entrants must be at least 13 years old, living in the US or Canada. There is a limit to one entry per day.

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ISFiC Press Sale

ISFiC Press is holding a sale in conjunction with the debut of the television series FlashForward, based on Robert J. Sawyer’s novel. Any multiple book purchase directly from ISFiC Press that includes at least one copy of Sawyer’s first US collection, Relativity, will receive a discount on the entire order between 10-40%, depending on the number of books ordered. The offer runs through November 10 and applies to all currently available titles (ISFiC Press’s newest release, James P. Blaylock’s The Shadow on the Doorstep, is scheduled for a November 13 release and is not included in the sale).

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Ticonderoga Sale

Ticonderoga Publications is running a sale on all stock through November 8. All their books are selling between 20-25% off with free shipping in Australia with the purchase of A$100. Ticonderoga is the publisher of Simon Brown’s Troy, Stephen Dedman’s The Lady of Situations, and Fantastic Wonder Stories, edited by Russell B. Farr, among other books.

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