Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize

Transworld Publishers and Terry Pratchett have announced the Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize. This contest, which is open to unpublished authors living in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or the Commonwealth, is looking for novels which are set on an earth different from our own in some way. Submissions should be between 80,000 and 150,000 words with a synopsis of less than 600 words. The deadline is December 31, 2010.

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Golden Duck Awards

The winners of the Golden Duck Awards, presented annually by SupderConDuckTivity, have been announced. The Golden Ducks are given to recognize excellence in young adult science fiction.

  • Picture Book: The Swamps of Sleethe, by Jack Prelutsky
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades: Z. Rex, by Steve Cole
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adults: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

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BSG at SFM

The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle has announced that it will host an exhibit on Battlestar Galactica in cooperation with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy. The display will open on October 23 and will include props from the recently aired show, including three full sized spaceships and costumes. The exhibit will run through March 4, 2012.

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Obituary: Alexei Kondratiev

Fan and Celtic scholar Alexei Kondratiev (b.1949) died of an heart attack on May 27. Kondratiev, who was fluent in all six Celtic language, was instrumental in the Celtic Reconstructionist movement and a strong defender of Celtic language and culture. His books included The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual, Learning the Celtic Languages: A Resource Guide for the Student of Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Breton, Manx, or Cornish, and the comic Vidorix the Druid.

Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest Winner

Patrick Lundrigan has won this year’s Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest with his story “Space Hero.” The contest is sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society to promote and reward forward thinking science fiction authors who write exciting and innovative stories about the near future of manned space exploration. Lundigran’s story will be published on Baen’s website and he will receive a membership in the NSS, Baen Books, and NSS merchandise. The winner was announced at the International Space Development Conference in Rosemont, IL on May 30.

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British Fantasy Award Nominations

The British Fantasy Award nominations have been announced. The winners will be announced at FantasyCon in September. Members of the BFS, FantasyCon 2009 and FantasyCon 2010 can vote via the online voting form or by emailing your choices to bfsawards@britishfantasysociety.org. The deadline for voting is 31 July 2010.

Best Novel

  • Best Served Cold, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Futile Flame, by Sam Stone
  • One, by Conrad Williams
  • The Naming of the Beasts, by Mike Carey
  • Under the Dome, by Stephen King

Best Novella

  • “Old Man Scratch,” by Rio Youers
  • “Roadkill,” by Rob Shearman
  • “The Language of Dying,” by Sarah Pinborough
  • “The Witnesses are Gone,” by Joel Lane
  • “Vardoger,” by Stephen Volk

Best Short Story

  • “Careful What You Wish For,” by Justin Carroll
  • “George Clooney’s Moustache,” by Rob Shearman
  • “My Brother’s Keeper,” by Nina Allan
  • “The Confessor’s Tale,” by Sarah Pinborough
  • “What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night,” by Michael Marshall Smith

Best Anthology

  • Cern Zoo: Nemonymous 9, edited by D.F. Lewis
  • Dragontales: Short Stories of Flame, Tooth and Scale, edited by Holly Stacey
  • Hellbound Hearts, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20, edited by Stephen Jones

Best Collection

  • Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald
  • Just Behind You, by Ramsey Campbell
  • Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, by Robert Shearman
  • Once & Future Cities, by Allen Ashley
  • The Terrible Changes, by Joel Lane

PS Publishing Award for Best Small Press

  • Newcon Press, Ian Whates
  • Screaming Dreams, Steve Upham
  • Subterranean Press, William Schafer
  • Telos Publishing, David Howe
  • TTA Press, Andy Cox

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Fables, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham
  • Freakangels, by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield
  • Locke and Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • The Girly Comic, edited by Selina Lock
  • Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert

Best Artist

  • Charles Vess, for work including Neil Gaiman’s Blueberry Girl
  • Les Edwards, for work including the cover of Cemetery Dance #62
  • Shaun Tan
  • Steve Upham, for work including the Estronomicon Sketchbook Special
  • Vincent Chong, for work including covers for The Witnesses are Gone and Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20

Best Non-Fiction

  • Ansible Link, by David Langford
  • Case Notes, by Peter Tennant
  • It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium, by Axelle Carolyn
  • Whatever, by John Scalzi
  • Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King, by George Beahm and various artists

Best Magazine

  • Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
  • Cemetery Dance, edited by Richard Chizmar
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Midnight Street, edited by Trevor Denyer
  • Murky Depths, edited by Terry Martin
  • Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction, edited by Stephen Theaker and John Greenwood

Best Television

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Being Human
  • Doctor Who
  • Lost
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth

Best Film

  • Avatar, directed by James Cameron
  • Coraline, directed by Henry Selick
  • District 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp
  • Let the Right One in, directed by Tomas Alfredson
  • Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder

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Beaded Creature Contest

Book View Café is sponsoring a contest to come up with cpations for pictures of beaded creatures Vonda McIntyre has created, which have been exhibited at museums around the country. The contest, in conjunction with the release of an e-book edition of McIntyre’s Nebula Award-winning novel The Moon and the Sun, will be judged by McIntyre and Deborah Ross. The winners will be announced on Sunday, June 20.

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Obituary: Everett Bleiler

Everett Bleiler (b.1920) died on June 13. Bleiler, who was twice nominated for the Hugo Award for his works Science Fiction: The Early Years and Science Fiction: The Gernsback Years, was a leading bibliographer of the field. He is also credited with co-editing, with T.E. Dikty, the first year’s best anthology series. He won the SFRA Pilgrim Award in 1984 and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988.

Obituary: Arthur Herzog III

Author Arthur Herzog III (b.1927) died on May 26. Herzog published numerous novels, including Orca, Immortalon, Icetopia, and more. Herzog also published two collections of science fiction short stories as well as non-fiction books. His novel The Swarm was adapted for film in 1978 and his novel IQ 83 is currently in production.

Obituary: Al Williamson

Illustrator Al Williamson (b.1931) died on June 13. Williamson began working on the Tarzan with his mentor, Burne Hogarth, in 1948. By 1952, he was working for EC Comics on Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, often collaborating with Frank Frazetta. In the mid-80s, Williamson worked on comic adaptations of many sf films, including Bladerunner and The Empire Strikes Back. He remained active into the 2000s.