Watts Found Guilty

Canadian SF author Peter Watts has been found guilty of assaulting resisting and obstructing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The charges stem from an incident when Watts was stopped at the Blue Water Bridge on Dec. 8 and was beaten and pepper sprayed. The jury began deliberating on March 18 and returned a verdict on the morning of March 19. Watts faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced on April 26.

Updated to correct charge. The Times-Herald reporter misrepresented the verdict.

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Obituary: Joe Sarno

Comic book fan Joe Sarno died on March 18. Sarno was a founder of both The Fantasy Collectors of Chicago and the Chicago Comic Con, which was eventually sold to Wizard World. In 1971, he opened one of the country’s first comic book stores, The Nostalgia Shop, initially in his basement before moving to a store front and eventually becoming Comic Kingdom, which closed in 2003.

Darrell Winners

The Darrell Awards were presented at Midsouthcon on March 13. The jury announced that the Other Media category would not be selected this year, but would be considered in conjunction with the 2011 nominees. The Darrell Awards promote literacy in the mid-South by recognizing the best published science fiction, fantasy and horror. The awards are named for Memphis Science Fiction Association founder Dr. Darrell C. Richardson.

Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame: Bryan Davis
Best Midsouth Short Story: “Tamer,” by C.R.S. Bailey
Best Midsouth Novella: Hold the Dark, by Frank Tuttle
Best Midsouth Novel: A Mage of None Magic, by A. Christopher Drown

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Scribe Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Scribe Awards, given for excellence in tie-in writing, have been announced. The awards will be presented by the International Association of Media Tiee-In Writers at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Best Novel (General Fiction):
As the World Turns: The Man from Oakdale, by “Henry Coleman” & Alina Adams
CSI: Brass in Pocket, by Jeff Mariotte
Psych: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read, by William Rabkin

Best Novel (Speculative Fiction):
Enemies & Allies, by Kevin J. Anderson
Terminator Salvation: Cold War, by Greg Cox
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Warhammer: Shamanslayer—A Gotrek and Felix Novel, by Nathan Long
Star Trek Vanguard: Open Secrets, by Dayton Ward

Best Adaptation (General & Speculative):
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, by Max Allan Collins
Countdown, by Greg Cox
The Tudors: Thy Will be Done, by Elizabeth Massie

Best Young Adult (Original & Adapted):
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Bandslam: The Novel, by Aaron Rosenberg
Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger, by Joan Marie Verba

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Under Heaven Auction

An auction for Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay’s forthcoming novel, will be conducted on E-bay from March 18 through March 25. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Indigo Books & Music, Inc.’s Love of Reading Fund with Kay matching the bid up to C$1,000 and Penguin Canada matching up to C$500. The auction is for the very first copy of the book to come off the printing presses and will include a product identification slip and letter from the printing press identifying the book as the first copy printed. Kay will autograph the book to the winner.

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Tiptree Award Winners

The winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually for gender-bending speculative fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Wiscon on Memorial Day weekend. This year’s judges included Karen Joy Fowler, Jude Feldman, Paul Kincaid, Alexis Lothian, and Victor Raymond.

Cloud and Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales, by Greer Gilman
Ooku: The Inner Chambers (volumes 1 & 2), by Fumi Yoshinaga

The jury also indicated a special honor to L. Timmel Duchamp for her five volume Marq’ssan Cycle series. Furthermore, an honor list of six works was announced:

“Wives,” by Paul Haines
“Galapagos,” by Caitlin R. Kiernan
“Beautiful White Bodies,”, by Alice Sola Kim
“Useless Things”, by Maureen F. McHugh
Distances, by Vandana Singh
Lifelode, by Jo Walton

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Watts Trial Begins

Peter Watts’s trial on charges of resisting arrest stemming from a December incident in which he was beaten and pepper-sprayed, began on March 16. Following opening statements, the prosecution called the first of its four witnesses.

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Obituary: Peter Graves

Actor Peter Graves (b.1926) died on March 14. Graves has appeared in several iconic roles, from Jim Phelps in Mission Impossible to Captain Clarence Oveur in the two Airplane! films (the second of which was a genre film, to Price in Stalag 17. Graves also appeared in several episodes of Fantasy Island and an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Other genre roles included the film It Conquered the World and The Clonus Horror.

Obituary: Dan Province

Fan Dan Province (b.1947) died on March 13 after suffering a stroke on March 11. Province was an Ohio fan who was active in running Marcon, Context, and Millennicon. He served on the board of Fanaco, the organization that runs Context. He is survived by his wife, Jan.

Morgan Refused Entry to US

Hugo Award-winning fan writer and editor Cheryl Morgan was denied entry to the United States on March 11 due to a bureaucratic mix-up between the US State Department and Customs & Border Patrol. Unfortunately, Morgan reports, nothing can be done to rectify the situation and she will no longer be able to use the visa waiver program. Morgan is currently in the United Kingdom.

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