The judges for the 2010 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. This year’s judges include Greg Ketter of DreamHaven Books, Kelly Link of Small Beer Press, James Minz of Baen Books, Jürgen Snoeren of MYNX, and Gary K. Wolfe of Locus. The World Fantasy Awards will be presented at World Fantasy Con in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of October 28, 2010.
Anne K.G. Murphy and Brian Gray won this year’s TAFF race to represent North American fandom in Europe. THey will travel to Eastercon in the United Kingdom. Murph and Gray were elected over their competition, Frank Wu is a cordial race whcih saw the candidates working together to raise funds for the eventual winners. Murphy/Gray received 49 votes and Wu received 30 votes. 10 of the Murphy/Gray votes came from Europe/Rest of World, 12 Wu votes came from Europe/Rest of World. There were 13 votes for No Preference and 3 votes for holdover funds.
Actor Arnold Stang (b.1918) died on December 20 of pneumonia. Stang appeared in numerous television shows, radio shows, and movies, including It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His genre credits include Ghost Dad, an episode of Tales from the Darkside, Hercules in New York, and voicework in numerous cartoons including Herman the mouse, Top Cat, and Shorty in the Popeye cartoons.
The Chicago Film Awards were presented and although The Hurt Locker swept all categories it was nominated in, there were some categories with winners of genre interest.
- Best Animated Feature: Up
- Best Original Score: Up
- Most Promising Filmmaker: Neill Blomkamp for District 9
Baen is sponsoring a contest asking readers to re-write holiday songs to refer to Baen authors, books, or characters. They ask that all songs be PG-13 or better and that entries include the title of the original song. The winner will have his/her entry rendered by the staff at Baen Books, with video posted online. Judges are the editors of Baen Books. Entries will be judged on originality, sophisticated word play (okay, puns) and overall fun factor. The contest runs from now through mid-January.
To enter, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Actress Connie Hines (b.1930) died on December 19. Hines is best known for her role as Carol Post on Mr. Ed, but also appeared in an episode of Sea Hunt and Fractured Flickers.
Actress Brittany Murphy (b.1977) died on December 20 after going into full cardiac arrest. Murphy made her debut in an episode of Murphy Brown and went on to have roles in the television series Seaquest DSV and the films The Devil’s Arithmetic and Sin City. She did voice work for Futurama and Happy Feet.
The NSS has opened up voting for the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award to all members of the National Space Society. The award is presented to individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the creation of a free, space-faring civilization. The award will be presented Memorial Day Weekend, 2010 at the International Space Development Conference in Chicago, IL.
Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (b.1946) died on December 17. O’Bannon began writing screenplays with the film Dark Star and when on to work on numerous science fiction films including the Alien franchise, Total Recall, Invaders from Mars, and The Return of the Living Dead. He had bit roles in a couple of the movies he wrote, worked on computer animation for Star Wars, and directed The Return of the Living Dead.
Roy Disney (b.1930) died on December 15. Disney was the nephew of Walt Disney and began working for the Walt Disney Company in the 1950s. Disney produced the True Life Adventure series in the 1954, which included the controversial Academy Award winning film White Wilderness. In he 1970s and 80s, Disney led campaigns against the company as he felt it was going in the wrong direction after his uncle’s death.