Naperville Reads Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman will be the focus of the Naperville (IL) Reads campaign on February 23 and 24. Gaiman will make appearances at Waubonsie Valley High School, Neuqua Valley High School Auditorium, and Naperville Central High School during the event to talk to students as well as at ticketed events for anyone interested at Waubonsie Valley High School on both evenings.

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Obituary: Ernesto Vegetti

Italian fan Ernest Vegetti (b.1943) died on January 16 Vegetti began reading science fiction in 1956 and eventually became an expert in the field, publishing articles, bibliographies, and running conventions, including Eurocon and Italcon.

Golden Globe Awards

The Golden Globe winners were announced on January 17 in Hollywood. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Motion Picture, Drama: Avatar
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Coemdy: Robert Downey, Jr. in Sherlock Holmes
  • Best Director of a Motion Picture: James Cameron for Avatar
  • Best Original Score for a Motion Picture: Michael Giacchino for Up
  • Best Animated Feature Film: Up

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Obituary Takumi Shibano

Japanese fan Takumi Shibano (b.1926) died on January 16 from pneumonia. Shibano co-founded and edited Uchūjin, Japan’s first sf magazine, in 1957. He wrote several science fiction novels and in the 1970s he became a translator of science fiction into Japanese. Shibano was guest of honor at two worldcons, LACon III in 1996 and Nippon 2007.

Philip K. Dick Nominees

The nominees for the annual Philip K. Dick Award for best paperback original work of science fiction have been announced. The winners will be announced at Norwescon 33 on April 2, 2010 in SeaTac, Washington. The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.

  • Bitter Angels, by C. L. Anderson
  • The Prisoner, by Carlos J. Cortes
  • The Repossession Mambo, by Eric Garcia
  • The Devil’s Alphabet, by Daryl Gregory
  • Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald
  • Centuries Ago and Very Fast, by Rebecca Ore
  • Prophets, S. Andrew Swann

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Baker Fighting Cancer

Author Kage Baker was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2009. Initial surgery went well, but on Christmas Eve doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her brain. A tumor was removed, but it has regrown, and there are also tumors in her lungs. Baker’s prognosis does not look good. She is currently too weak for phone calls.

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Google Book Settlement Workshop

On January 20, from 2-4:30, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, ASJA, the National Writers Union, NWU, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are sponsoring a workshop to examine what the Google Book Settlement means to authors. James Grimmelmann and Lynn Chu are both scheduled to speak, and additional speakers will be announced. The event is scheduled to take place at the New York NWU office, 256 w. 38th St., 12th floor, between 7th and 8th. Attendees should RSVP by calling 212-997-0947 or sending an e-mail to asjaoffice AT asja.org. (Put “Google settlement” in the subject line)

UC Riverside Schedule

The University of California, Riverside has announced its 2010 schedule of events beginning with a colloquium of science fiction authors featuring Gregory Benford, Larry Niven, Sheila Finch, and Rob Latham on February 9 at noon.

The second annual Science Fiction Studies Symposium is scheduled to be held on May 27 from 2:30-5:00. It will feature Sherryl Vint, Joan Gordon, and Carol McQuirk.

The 30th Annual Eaton Conference in February 2011 will focus on Global Science Fiction and will see the debut of the new Science Fiction Translation Award.

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Dalmas Award

Jay Lake has been announced as the winner of the 2010 John Dalmas Award. The Award, named for author John Dalmas, is presented by RadCon to recognize Lake’s “gift of himself” to RadCon and fandom in general. RadCon is held in Pasco, Washington from February 12-14 and Lake will be presented with the award at opening ceremonies.

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Directors Guild Nominations

The Directors Guild of America has announced nominees for its feature film category. Nominations in additional categories are expected to be released later.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film:

  • Avatar, by James Cameron
  • The Hurt Locker, by Kathryn Bigelow
  • Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarrantino
  • Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, by Lee Daniels
  • Up in the Air, by Jason Reitman

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