Dwarf Planet Definition Offered

Although astronomers created a definition for a Dwarf Planet in 2006, the definition only dealt with the upper size limit. Now, astronomers Charles Lineweaver and Marc Norman at the Australian National University in Canberra, have offered a definition for the lower end of dwarf planets, stating that a dwarf planet must have a circumference of at least 200 miles. Lineweaver and Norman selected that figure because anything larger will naturally form into a sphere, while anything small will retain a lumpier shape. The IAU has yet to debate and vote on the issue.

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Clarion Seeks Exec Director

Clarion West is seeking a part time Executive Director to lead fundraising, manage the Clarion West staff, and ensure everything related to Clarion West runs smoothly. The job is expected to take about 500 hours over the course of a year. The position is based in Seattle, WA. Cover letters, resumes, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references should be submitted by April 21.

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SMOFCon 2013 Bid

Diane Lacey has announced a bid to hold SMOFcon 2013 in Toronto, Canada. Lacey will chair the bid and the committee currently consists of Lacey, Jeff Orth, Mark Olson, Catherine Crockett, Ruth Lichtwardt, and Claire Beaumier. Although they do not yet have a hotel, the con would be on the traditional December 6-8 weekend in downtown Toronto.

Gaylaxicon 2010 Canceled

Gaylaxican 2010, originally scheduled to be held in Montreal, has been canceled due to problems with hotel negotiations. The committee decided to cancel rather than postpone the event since Gaylaxicon 2011 is already scheduled to take place in Atlanta at the end of April, 2011 and they didn’t want the two events too close together. The committee has contacted its members to arrange options regarding their memberships.

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Spinrad Diagnosed with Cancer

Author Norman Spinrad has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors have recommended he treat the cancer with chemotherapy as it is currently inoperable. Spinrad is being treated at Sloan-Kettering.

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Filk Hall of Fame Inductees

Three new members were added to the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario. The Filk Hall of Fame honors performers and organizers. It was founded in 1995. Nominees are suggested by members of fandom and the winners are selected by a panel of judges from a variety of filk conventions.

The 2010 inductees are

  • Mike Whitaker
  • Kristoph Klover
  • Jan DiMasi

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Obituary: Meinhardt Raabe

Actor Meinhardt Raabe (b.1915) died of an heart attack on April 9. Raabe only appeared in a few films and is most notable for his portrayal of the coroner in 1939′s The Wizard of Oz. Raabe continued to make appearances at Wizard of Oz conventions until his death. In 2005, Raabe published his autobiography, Memories of a Munchkin: An Illustrated Walk Down the Yellow Brick Road which talked about the film, his work at the 1933 world’s fair, as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, and as the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile driver.

Obituary: John Schoenherr

Artist John Schoenherr (b.1935) died on April 8. Schoenherr was the recipient of the Hugo Award and illustrated numerous books and magazines, both within the field and outside it. Among his best known works were his covers for Analog that illustrated the serialization of “Dune World,” which became the novel Dune. Schoenherr’s illustrations were often influenced by his knowledge of zoology.

SF in Texas Symposium

The Cushing Memorial Library & Archives will host a free symposium entitled “Amazing, Fantastic, Weird: Science Fiction Studies in Texas” on April 15. The symposium, which will run from 1-5pm, will include nine speakers on a variety of aspects of science fiction.

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North American Jules Verne Society Meeting

The 2010 North American Jules Verne Society Annual Meeting will be held from May 20-22 at the Hilton Columbia Hotel in Columbia, MD. The event will include a discussion and live performance of Mark Brown’s”Around the World in Eighty Days. This year’s theme will be “Voyaging to America with Verne.”

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